My surprise was not only getting elected into this office, also the interest demonstrated by young Nigerian men and women members prepared to sacrifice for their community. Unlike paid political positions, community leadership demands time and pecuniary involvements to accelerate ones objectives.
Engineer Oluyemi Olawale Ogundele, a mechanical and multimedia engineer was born in Lagos, Lagos state of Nigeria on the 18th of October 1960, he hails from Abeokuta, Ogun state of Nigeria.
He attended Surulere Baptist School, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria and Baptist Boy's High School, Abeokuta, Ogun state before proceeding to Europe to study Mechanical engineering at higher Technological institute (TGM), Vienna, Austria.
Before leaving for Europe he worked with Research Bureau Nigeria LTD, Lagos, NIGERIA and Volkswagen of Nig. LTD, Lagos, NIGERIA. In Europe he started his career as a Technician with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), before joining the private sector, where he worked with Niedermeyer AG, Austria for eleven year, he then return back to the International arena by taking up the post of a Multimedia/Electronic Engineer at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
He is a fellow of several professional institutes:
As a student, he was the President of the Nigerian Students Union, Austria for many years.
He was also the President of (Egbe omo Oduduwa, Austria) the Yoruba Community in Austria between 2004 to 2007.
He is a recipient of several awards amongst which are: NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2005 (An award he received together with his colleagues at the International Atomic Energy Agency for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way).
He also received the Nigerian Student Union Merit Award and ODUDUWA Leadership Award in 2008.
He is happily married with children.