Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima leads the youth transitions portfolio of the Ford Foundation office for West Africa as the program officer. His current work involves programming for youth leadership development and the design of programs to support youth transition from vocational education and training to decent employment. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Dabesaki worked as an independent consultant, supporting and leading the formulation of policies, strategies, action plans, and research on youth development for such organizations as the United Nations Population Fund, UNESCO, Commonwealth Secretariat, African Union and national government institutions. He also served as Executive Director, Development Partnership International, Nigeria for four years with a strong emphasis on documenting innovative youth programs. Dabesaki has more than ten years’ experience on youth development work at national and international levels spanning adolescent sexual and reproductive health, education and economic empowerment. His research interests include youth quality of life, aspirations, and, marginally, migration. He also has significant field experience and research in/on many countries including Sierra Leone, Swaziland, South Africa, Algeria, Ethiopia, Liberia, the United Kingdom and Zambia.