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Aderinwale was born in Osogbo, Nigeria. He attended the University of Lagos for his first degree in Political Science and a Master of Science in Political Economy and International Relations in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He is an alumnus of the United Nations University's International Leadership Academy, and of Harvard University's Executive Programme for Leaders in Development.
He provides consulting services for several international agencies, including the United Nations, European Union and the former Organization of Africa Unity now known as the African Union. He participated in the initial drafting of the Millennium Plan for Africa (MAP) which later became the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and was an inaugural member of the Nigeria Steering Committee of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Justrite Limited, one of the largest superstores in Lagos and Ogun States; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Business School Netherlands and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Bells Educational Services, as well as the Bells Comprehensive Secondary School for Boys and Girls.
Africa leadership forum
As the Executive Director of ALF, he began several programs such as the Regional African Parliamentarians Conference, the Africa Women's Forum, the Legislative Internship Programme and the Democratic Leadership Training Workshop. He helped create the Conference on Stability, Security, Development and Cooperation in Africa (CSSDCA) which was adopted by the African Union in 2002.
On 21 December 2006, the President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, conferred on him the membership of the Order of the Federal Republic. His classmates and colleagues launched a foundation, the Ayodele Aderinwale Foundation for Education and Leadership in Africa (AAFELA) in his honor, which provides scholarships to young boys and girls in schools across the country.
- Abah, Charles (2004) "Nigeria: Amazons Brainstorm On Challenges of Leadership", AllAfrica.com, 22 December 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2013