Professor Adebisi Emmanuel Babatunde Thomas passed away on Friday, August 19, 2016 at the age of 75 and will be laid to rest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday, August 28th at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 10:00 a.m..
Dr. Thomas was the Founder and Honorary Chair of ABTEI (Adebisi Babatunde Thomas Entrepreneurship Initiative), Managing Director of African Capacity Matters Ltd., Managing Director of Maintenance Unlimited Co. Ltd. and Director for Africa, CURE International. Dr. Thomas has served in many other capacities including Presidential Adviser on Human Resources, Science & Technology to President Obasanjo; Chairperson of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Science & Technology Forum; Coordinator of United Nations Secretary General’s Special Initiative on Africa; United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Uganda; Executive Director of the African Regional Center for Technology (ARCT/CRAT). Dr. Thomas also served as Special Adviser to the Panel of Eminent African Personalities of the African Union on the mediation of the Kenyan post-election national crisis. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of SONGHAI Regional Center of Excellence in Cotonou, Benin.
Launched 20th January, 2016, the entrepreneurship institute partnered with the Strathmore University School of Management & Commerce (SMC) through the Strathmore Enterprise Development Center (SEDC) to teach, train and nurture entrepreneurship skills especially to the youth and women of the country and the continent at large.
The main aim of the Institute was to grow, and combat youth unemployment, through exploring other alternatives to make a noble living.
Memorial donations may be made to the Adebisi Babatunde Thomas Entrepreneurship Initiative (ABTEI) at http://www.babatundethomas.com/abtei/.