‘Seyifunmi Adebote is a leading environmental and communication practitioner with over 8 years of active experience. His works span across environmental policy and communication, multimedia strategy, international diplomacy and youth mobilization.
As the youngest Nigerian delegate to the United Nations in 2019, Seyifunmi represented Nigeria at the General Assembly along with President Mohammadu Buhari, the Minister of Environment, Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama. His work in Nigeria and across Africa has significantly contributed to youth inclusiveness in projects by the United Nations, European Union, World Bank and other diplomatic entities.
‘Seyifunmi has over eight years’ experience working across broadcast, print and digital industries leading several media projects. As a media consultant, he has designed several frameworks that have continued to reshape narratives, build public image and significantly raise revenues.
In his current engagement as a Diplomat-in-training, Seyifunmi leads the Promotion and Communication Unit at the Embassy where he interfaces with 100s of CSO, NGOs and other diplomatic institute to promote Climate and Environment, Drive for Democracy and Feminist Foreign Policy in Nigeria.
He currently hosts the Climate Talk Podcast; in over 20 episodes, he simplifies and communicates Climate Change and Climate Action to over 5,000 subscribers monthly. The podcast also serves as a platform to share practically youth-led solutions to environmental challenges that the world can learn from and scale-up.
Some of the notable recent project’s that Seyifunmi has been a part of includes: co-initiating the Youth Climate Innovation Hub by the Federal Ministry of Environment and UNDP Nigeria (2019), Advisory Member of the Youth Climate Council (2020), member of the steering committee for the preparation of Nigeria’s Medium-Term Development plan (2021 – 2025), youth delegate, United Nations General Assembly – New York, USA; UNFCCC’s Conference of Parties – Madrid, Spain (2019) and Glasgow, Scotland, UK (2021); UN Preparatory Summit – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; UN’s Regional Climate Week, Ghana; and the first-ever Climate Action Summit – New York, USA (2019)
He is a founding member of Media for Community Change, an organization that amplifies the voices of people at the grassroots and trains NGOs on maximizing the media for community development and PickThatTrash – a people-led waste awareness group. Seyifunmi is also a part of the management team at the Ecobarter, International Climate Change Development Initiative, Wildlife Africa Conservation Initiative, and Sustainable Africa Cities and Communities Initiative – all environmental-focused and youth-centered initiatives working across the African continent.
His work has been featured by local and international media stations including CNN, BBC, CNBC, TVC, Bond UK, Premium Times, etc. Seyi holds a bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Wildlife, Environment Resources Management and is a fellow of Premium Times’ Natural Resource, Extractives and Climate Change Programme.
‘Seyifunmi enthusiastically works with other environmentalists, activists and development experts around the world to strengthen youth inclusiveness in global climate negotiations, as well as support the growing climate-smart start-ups industries across the African continent.