Dr Olaopa is a University of Ibadan trained political scientist and holds a doctorate degree in public administration. He retired from the Nigerian Federal Civil Service as Permanent Secretary in 2015. He is currently the Executive Vice-Chairman, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy – ISGPP, a topmost school for executive education and independent Think Tank dedicated to research and consultancy in support of governance and public policy.
His about three decades’ career in the Nigerian Civil Service was replete with seminal contributions in almost all dimensions of the civil service especially to its reform strategy formulation and implementation designs and Implementation. As Permanent Secretary in several key positions, Dr. Olaopa contributed to fashioning key institutional frameworks such as the Development of the National Public Service Reform Strategy and the conception of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in 2003 and the National Strategy for Public Service Reform (NSPSR) in 2009, the facilitation of the National Productivity Model as a framework for paradigm shift in productivity management, industrial relations and remuneration, facilitation of the process to institute performance management system and professionalization of the human resource function in the public service both in Nigeria and in Africa via the AUC African Public Service Charter, the National Youth Development Strategy known as the National Accelerated Youth Development Programme (NAYDEP).
A seasoned researcher, trainer, management consultant, prolific writer and public service reform expert, Dr Olaopa has utilised his extensive theoretical knowledge and critical expertinsider experiences extensively. This blend of theory and practice has yielded a solid base for his profound scholarly contributions in the form of books, papers, journal articles, monographs, newspaper columns and articles. He is the recipient of many honours and awards, amongst which are the 2012 Dr. Kwame Nkrumah African Distinguished Public Service Order of Merit Award and the 2015 National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award conferred by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the 20th 0f August, 2015. He is married with three children.