Benjamin Ola. Akande

Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Affairs - Africa; Director, Africa Initiative; Associate Director, Global Health Center



Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande is Assistant Chancellor of International Programs-Africa, Director of Africa Initiative, and Associate Director of the Global Health Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He was appointed in March 2018 to strengthen and expand the University’s efforts in Africa. 

Dr. Akande is a respected economist, scholar and global consultant to Fortune 500 companies and institutions in the areas of strategy, leadership development, corporate responsibility, and market positioning. 

Dr. Akande served as the 21st President of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri from 2015-2017 and was a tenured Professor of Economics and Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University in St. Louis from 2000-2015. 

Dr. Akande holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and completed post-doctoral studies at JFK School of Government, Harvard University. 

Dr. Akande currently serves on the Board of Argent Capital, a $4 billion asset management company. He is a member of the Board of Enterprise Bank & Trust ($5 billion assets). He also serves as a board member of Forest Park Forever, the Danforth Plant Life Center Leadership Council, and the MUNY. 

He and his wife, Bola, a pharmacist, have three adult daughters.