Folasade Odunaiya (‘Sade’) graduated with a First Class (Honours) degree in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and is a merit award winner of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). She was awarded the CFA Charter by the CFA Institute in the year 2000 and was the Founding President of the CFA Society Nigerian (a members Society of the CFA Institute). She is a Certified Professional Coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and its Nigerian Chapter - ICF Nigeria.
Sade spent six years in the Audit and Business Advisory units of Arthur Andersen (now KPMG Professional Services) before joining IBFC Limited (Business & Financial Consultants) in 1993. At IBFC, she was responsible for managing the firm’s training business, and also participated in several financial and tax consulting assignments. In 1999, IBFC Limited merged with the business consulting department of Agusto & Co Ltd to form Alliance Consulting, a firm specializing in financial consulting / advisory services, strategy and process consulting, human resource consulting, solicited market/investment research and risk management consulting services.
Immediately after the merger, she was seconded to IBFCAgusto Training as the Chief Executive Officer for two years. She returned to Alliance Consulting to manage the Process / Risk Management and Human Resource Consulting services of the firm.
Alliance Consulting merged with IBFCAgusto Training to form IBFCAlliance Limited. Consequent on the merger, Sade became responsible for the Business/Financial Consulting business leading initiatives in the firm's Financial Advisory/Consulting, Risk Management, Human Resources and Corporate Governance Consulting.
Currently, Sade is running a Business Coaching practice (operating the ActionCOACH Business Coaching franchise in Nigeria) under the business name, Inventivo Professional Services. She is a Non-Executive Director in IBFCAlliance Limited and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited.