Dr. Omoayena Rosemary Odunbaku is the Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements, Anglophone West Africa with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
Prior to that, she held the dual position of Acting Head, Governance Unit, and Programme Manager, Africa Urban Agenda programme (AUA) at the UN-Habitat.
Before joining the UN-Habitat, Dr. Odunbaku was a lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos, as well as the Department of Town Planning, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ojere, Ogun State. She also served as a Senior Human Settlements Consultant with Geo Trans Nigerian Limited and Henrich Boll Stitfung Nigeria.
Dr. Odunbaku holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
As a researcher she spent her time advocating for cleaner environments in the poor neighbourhoods of Lagos metropolis.
She is a strong advocate for the empowerment of the girl-child, women and youths, and is deliberate about devoting a significant proposition of her time to mentoring youths.
Her book, OMOH, which was published on her 40th birthday, is an objective account of her journey to becoming a successful African professional, braving all the odds that were not in her favour.
The book from direct and indirect testimonies has been a contact and reference point to encourage young girls especially in her home country (Nigeria) to strive for independence and excellence in their lives.
Dr. Omoayena Odunbaku is married to Olayinka Odunbaku and together they have three lovely children.