Olabisi Iyabode Shonibare was born on 10th July, 1966 in Isale Eko area of Lagos Island Local Government, Lagos State. She had her Primary School education at St. Mary’s Nursery and Primary School before proceeding to the prestigious Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, Lagos for her WASC and HSC where she also served as the School’s ‘Head Girl’ as a result of her outstanding qualities. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B A Hons) Degree from the Lagos State University in 1988 as a Pioneer Student.
Olabisi started her career in 1985 as Summer Intern with the then National Electric Power Authority (NEPA). She was deployed to Ogun State Governor’s Office for her National Youth Service where she served in the Protocol Department. Thereafter, she had a stint with a Private firm; Essentials Ltd.
She joined the Lagos State Civil Service as a Senior Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure in 2001. Within a short while, she was appointed as the Secretary, Lagos State Central Works Registration Board, a post she held and distinguished herself as the Board Secretary through the many innovations she introduced until her deployment to the Public Service Office in 2005.
Since then she has worked in different capacities in various MDAs such as the Ministry of Health; as the Assistant to the Director of Finance and Administration, the HOD, Inter-Governmental Relations Department in the then Ministry of Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations, the HOD Inter-Governmental Relations & Regional Integration and Development in Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations. She was later deployed as the Head of Admin to the Economic Advisory Committee under the Governor’s Office, a post she held, until her deployment to the Lagos State College of Health Technology to serve as Director of Admin & HR where she was also appointed as the Registrar of the College.
She is presently the Director, Political Affairs and Special Services at the Office of the Secretary to the State Government /Cabinet Office.
A Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Risk & Safety Management, she is also a Full member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (chartered) NIM and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).
She has been privileged to attend many courses and conferences which included Effective Leadership training, Public Administration & Civil Service Management, HR master class, Manpower Development, Emotional Intelligence, Information Technology amongst others.
She enjoys cooking, reading, listening to music, indoor games and traveling at her leisure.