Bisi Alimi is the founder and the Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, an organisation working to accelerate social acceptance of LGBT people in Nigeria.
Alimi has a BA in Theatre Arts (2004) from the University of Lagos Nigeria and MSc in Global Governance and Public Policy (2011) from Birkbeck College University of London.
Alimi is a multitalented storyteller, actor, activist and angelic troublemaker. He has over 15 years experience working on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Africa.
Before starting Bisi Alimi Foundation, he was a lecturer at the Humboldt University in Berlin teaching “Pre and Post Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Africa”.
In his spare time, he loves to read, watch television and cook. He lives in London with his husband.
I am passionate about development, particularly in the areas of policies and the incentives that prompt and informs certain policy making as well as exploring a right based approach to most development challenges in Africa.
I have over seven years experience in the development and non-profit field, with practical knowledge spanning from the informal sector, inequality, public health, access to education for the most vulnerable and excluded children in rural Nigeria, to ICT for job creation and youth development.
More recently, I began researching how government policies and action impact Nigerians. My research interest includes forced evictions and demolition of informal settlements as well as the anti-LGBT and gay community policies in Nigeria. My approach and strategy include exploring these issues from a rights-based approach.
My greatest desire and the long-term goal is to translate of these experience into tangible influence such as shaping and informing policies making in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.
My academic background includes bachelors in a Psychology, a masters degree in International Development with a specific focus on inequality, poverty and development and another masters degree in Political Economy of emerging nations all from Universities in the United Kingdom.