Dr. Olufemi Osidele joined HRC in 2023. In his current role as Chief Executive Officer, he leads the overall strategic, research and operational functions at HRC. With more than 35 years of combined experience in engineering hydrology, information technology and banking operations, energy risk management and environmental policy, Dr. Osidele brings to HRC an interdisciplinary, systems-driven approach to resource planning and operations management as precursors to organizational success. He specializes in water resource and water quality management, integrated energy and environmental assessment, uncertainty and environmental risk analysis, decision-support systems, and stakeholder-science integration.
Before joining HRC, Dr. Osidele was an independent consultant and regulatory advisor to private equity investors in the agriculture, water technology and renewable energy sectors of industry. Previously, he spent 12 years at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, where he rose to the position of Senior Research Engineer responsible for performance, safety, and environmental compliance assessments of various nuclear energy facilities for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Georgia, Dr. Osidele participated in collaborative research with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he developed uncertainty analysis methods for evaluating integrated risk assessment models to inform hazardous waste regulatory policy. In his early engineering career, Dr. Osidele conducted hydrological analyses, engineering designs, risk assessments and construction supervision for various dam, irrigation and water supply projects in drought-prone regions of Northern Nigeria.
Dr. Osidele has volunteered his expertise in support of various courses. He has published more than 15 peer-reviewed papers on hydrology and environmental modeling, integrated systems analysis, decision analysis and sustainable development. As a technical reviewer for the Austrian Climate Research Programme, he evaluated more than 20 grant proposals (valued at over 5 million Euros) from various European institutions on the human dimensions of climate change, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, and adaptation to climate change impacts. He has also reviewed technical papers for several national and international journals and conferences. Dr. Osidele served for seven years as an expert advisor on EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, as Co-Chair of the citizens Steering Committee that developed the first climate action and adaptation plan for the City of San Antonio, Texas, and as San Antonio’s mayoral appointee on the Rate Advisory Committee for the largest municipally-owned electricity and gas utility in the United States.
Dr. Osidele holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria; Masters degrees in Hydrology from Imperial College, University of London and in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado; and a Doctorate in Forest Resources and Environmental Systems from the University of Georgia.