Prof. Adesoji Adelaja

Dr Adelaja is the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy at Michigan State University (MSU). His areas of expertise include Land, Place & Regional Economics; Agricultural & Food Industry Development; Economics of Conflict Prevention & Management; Post-Crisis Reconstruction & Redevelopment Policy, Food Security and Renewable Energy Policy. With 1000+ publications, his experience in institutional capacity building, public-private partnerships and public policy development is heavily relied on by government and the private sector.  In academia, he previously served as university-wide Executive Dean, College Dean, Research Dean, Department Chair and founder/director of several centers and institutes at Rutgers University. In government, he served in advisory roles at the Federal, Regional and State levels, domestically and internationally.  He initiated and chaired the Presidential Initiative for the Northeast (PINE) and helped define the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiative (PCNI).

Dr Adelaja has chaired or served on several corporate and NGO boards in the US and Africa.  His visionary leadership and intellectual skills have been recognized through awards ranging from the Governor’s Tribute for contributions to Michigan’s economic development and energy policy, Governor’s Tribute for Contributions to the Development of the State of New Jersey, the Rutgers Presidential Award for Distinguished Public Service, Michigan State University, Distinguished Faculty Award, induction into the Roll of Distinguished Alumni at West Virginia University, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Pennsylvania State University, the Outstanding Economist Award from the American Applied Economics Association (COSBAE section), the Person of the Year Award by the US National Prepared Foods Association, Fellow of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Outstanding Paper of the Year Awards and various awards for excellence in research, teaching, outreach and teambuilding.

He has a B.S., Agric. Mechanization, 1978, Penn State University, Univ. Park, PA, USA; M.S., Agric. Economics, 1980, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA; M.A., Economics, 1981, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA; and a Ph.D., Economics, 1985, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA.



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