Babatunde Ahonsi joined the Population Council in 2010 as the country director of the Nigeria office.
Before joining the Council, Ahonsi led the research, development, and fundraising strategy for adolescent sexual and reproductive health at the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre in Benin City, Nigeria. Prior to that, he worked for 11 years at the Ford Foundation where he managed its West Africa sexuality and reproductive health/human rights grant portfolio. During his tenure at Ford, he contributed significantly to the adoption and rollout of Nigeria’s National Family Life and HIV Education Curriculum, the establishment of HIV reference laboratories and clinical research centers, and the engagement of people living with HIV in the national- and state-level responses to the HIV epidemic.
Ahonsi holds a BSc in sociology from the University of Lagos and a PhD in population studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.