The Founder of the Christopher Kolade Foundation (CKF), was born on December 28, 1932. He had his early education in Nigeria, and his university education at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. His career has spanned Education (1955 – 60), Broadcasting (1960 – 78), Business (1978 – 2002), and Diplomacy (2002 – 07). He retired in mid-year 2007 from the position of Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Between 1995 and 2002, he was on the Faculty of the Lagos Business School as Lecturer in Corporate Governance, Leadership and Human Resource Management. After leaving his London post, he returned to the Lagos Business School, Pan-African University, to continue his teaching and research programme. In February, 2009, he was appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University.
Christopher is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, the Society of Nigerian Broadcasters, the Nigerian Institute of Management of which he was President from 1985 to 1988, and the Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria where he served as President from 1988 to 1994. He is also a Lay Canon Emeritus of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Guildford in the UK. In year 2000, Christopher was awarded the national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).