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Temitope Fajingbesi



Institute of Applied Agriculture 2123 Jull Hall 4196 Stadium Drive College Park, MD 20742-2525


  • Agricultural Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Literacy

Temitope (Tope) Fajingbesi is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Nigerian
Chartered Accountant. She is also an Africa-focused social entrepreneur and a published
author. Prior to joining the IAA, Tope served several Washington D.C. organizations as an
outsourced financial consultant after leaving her full-time position at the American
Federation of Teachers as an Assistant Director of Financial Services in 2015.

Tope is passionate about serving her communities in Nigeria and the United States.
She co-founded United for Kids Foundation, an international organization committed to
creating a better world for children from low-income families through the education,
healthcare and social welfare initiatives in 2002. She also hosted Impact Africa, a radio
program that inspired listeners to participate actively in African development through
entrepreneurship from 2013 to 2015. Tope frequently speaks to global audiences with a
mission to inspire. She was the keynote speaker at Grand Rapids City High School’s 2017
graduation ceremony, and has taught financial management courses to female
entrepreneurs in Maryland and Washington D.C. through the Latino Economic Development
Council since 2012.

Tope is married to Niyi Balogun, a farmer who manages their joint venture, Dodo Farms, a
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) produce farm in Montgomery County Maryland.


B.S. Accounting, University of Lagos, Nigeria
MBA, Emory University
Executive Education, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.