Dayo Israel is a renowned polymath; an Advisor to Governments, International Development Specialist, International Speaker and Preacher. He is also a globally recognized personality with over 15years of professional experience in international development having worked with organisations such as The United Nations, British Council, Save the Children UK, UNICEF, in various capacities. He was selected by the United Nations to represent all delegates to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children on a special CNN Live Interview in 2002. He was specially invited by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to a private reception at Buckingham palace as a result of his contribution to Africa Diaspora Development, the only ever recipient of the Young PEWA (Person Earnestly Working for Africa) Award at the office of the Mayor of London. He was also invited by the Obama Administration to the White House President’s Forum for Young African Leaders in Washington DC and an Alumnus of the US State Department International Visitors Leadership Program that has produced over 400 Heads of Government globally.



Professionally, He is a dynamic, result and impact oriented leader with a strong track record of performance in high paced organizations and extensive experience in establishing & managing various International non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations. An energetic and outgoing individual with strengths in training, mentoring and team management; alongside being an effective and action-oriented problem solver who thrives on innovative challenges. Thrive on opportunities to drive people, and processes while equally offer international experience; have routinely travelled and worked in over 3 continents. An event organizer per excellence with extensive experience in conceptualizing, facilitating, fundraising for and organizing events of different budget, targeted at different audience both locally and internationally with participants cutting across various class of the society.

Dayo possess excellent interpersonal skills with ability to be efficient in a variety of working environments, including public service and research organizations. Above all, I’m an analytical thinker and dynamic speaker with unique presentation and communication skills; having interacted with and served as advisor to many Government leaders, Business executive and more recently Queen Elizabeth II, I carry a presence that command respect and possess an ability to talk as easily with presidents and heads of state as with volunteers.


In recent times, Dayo’s United Nations engagement have included the management and coordination of the UNICEF Nigeria/Lagos State Government Launch of the Violence Against Children Campaign and the Visit of the Special Representative of the Secretary General to the Launch in Lagos as a UN consultant.

As a Social Entrepreneur, Dayo has been at the forefront of various advocacies for Youth Empowerment, Gender Development, Sustainable Development and Sustainable Livelihood. Dayo has appeared on countless television interviews, commercials, talk shows, radio programs globally to bring to the forefront of global consciousness the issues that affect our Sustainable Development.

Through his work at GLEEHD Foundation, Dayo helps drive trade and investment between Africa and the West (Europe and North America) through various activities including Trade Delegations, Business Roundtables, Investment Forums and Bilateral Meetings. Dayo also consults for Senior Executives and Government leaders in the areas of brand positioning and visibility strategy.

Prior to his role as Regional Director for Africa at GLEEHD Foundation, Dayo served as Special Assistant at the National Assembly of Nigeria, YTI Special Representative to the United Nations, and YGA Ambassador to the United Nations. As a Civil Society Diplomat at the United Nations, he was responsible for overseeing YTI/YGA’s Interaction and relationship with the United Nations, Representing YTI/YGA at various UN Meetings and Functions and also leading various advocacies of the organisation, which led to various side events at the UN DPI meetings in Bonn, Paris and New York coordinated by Dayo.

At the National Assembly of Nigeria (Office of Senator Omoworare – now Chairman Senate Committee on Rules and Business), Dayo was responsible for Strategy Development, Project Design and Evaluation. He was also responsible for Creating and maintaining relationships with Strategic Global partners such as the World Bank, VSO, British Council and other International Organisations etc. Dayo was responsible for arranging the first official visit of the Former US Consul General –Jeffrey Hawkins and the US embassy delegation to the National Assembly of Nigeria – during which the delegation observed the sitting of the parliament and were acknowledged by Senate President David Mark.

His achievements at the National Assembly also included Fostering Trade and Investment Opportunities for his constituents and linking local businesses with international partners in Europe and North America with support from UK Trade and Investment; as well as Supporting his principal in his interactions with International Organisations, Diplomatic Community, and UN entities by working closely with liaison staff and senior officials of those entities. He developed new initiatives concerned with: community development, women empowerment, youth development, renewable and alternative energy, health care, and education, while building partnerships with the funding, civic, and political communities. Dayo created international opportunities for his Youth Constituent through design, development and implementations international exchange programs.

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