Mr James Ayodele is a communications specialist with more than 20 years of experience in managing corporate, project and programme communications internationally. He currently serves as Principal Communications Officer for Africa CDC, a specialized technical institution of the African Union, with headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to his appointment into this role, he provided communications support for several international organizations, including the International Centre for Agriculture in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), FHI 360, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and Hivos. He also worked at different capacities for some UN agencies, including UNODC, FAO, UNOPS, UNICEF and UNDP. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC), where he managed communications activities and two international peer-reviewed journals – the African Journal of Reproductive Health and the Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He switched career from agriculture to communications in 1997 when he was appointed science editor for Spectrum Books Limited, Ibadan, Nigeria. James holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, a master’s degree in professional communication from Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom, and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the London School of Journalism. James speaks fluent Yoruba and English, conversational Efik and Igbo, and basic French, Italian and Arabic.