Emmanuel Kuyole is a program officer on the Natural Resources and Climate Change team, based in the foundation’s office in Lagos, Nigeria. He has worked on extractive governance and public policy for nearly 20 years, leading national and international development institutions, projects, and campaigns.

Before joining Ford in 2021, Emmanuel was executive director of the Centre for Extractive and Development, Africa, where he was responsible for strategy development, team leadership, fundraising, research, and program management. He was also responsible for establishing the institutional and program presence of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (formerly Revenue Watch) in sub-Saharan Africa as Africa regional coordinator and later served as deputy director, Africa, from 2008 to 2016.

He has experience working with government, industry, civil society leaders, and community groups and believes in the importance of collaborative approaches. He has led the design and execution of several programs on transparency and accountability, capacity-building, community participation, and citizen oversight in the extractive sector. A passionate advocate for social justice, he has led several national and global campaigns on injustice, rights, corruption, and social exclusion. He has also championed centering Africa’s extractive sector in development policy discourse, with the goal of promoting better governance of the continent’s mineral resource endowment.

Emmanuel holds a master of science degree in oil and gas management from Coventry University and an executive master’s degree in governance and leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.