Mrs. Belinda Aderonke Odeneye was born on the 3rd of September, 1965 in Manchester, United Kingdom into the family of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Kadara of Oyingbo, Lagos State, both of blessed memory. She attended k. Kotun Memorial Nursery and Primary school, Bode Thomas Street, Surulere Lagos, for her primary education (1970-1976). Her Secondary School education was at Government College, Agege, Lagos State in 1976-1981 where she completed her West African school Certificate with Grade (I) .Her tertiary education was at University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State where she studied Industrial Chemistry and graduated in 1985 with second class Honours (Bachelors Degree). She observed her mandatory NYSC at Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) Imo State as a Graduate Assistant at the school of Natural and Applied Sciences (SNAS) from 1985-1986.
Her job experience started with two different industrial attachments at Imarsel Chemical Company and Pfizer Product Limited during her degree course in 1983 and 1984 respectively.
She Obtained her Masters’ Degree in Environmental Pollution Control from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom in 1992 and has had decades of experience in both the Public Service of the Federal Government of Nigeria and Lagos State. Having worked for 23 years as a Scientific Officer at the Federal Ministry of Works and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) which metamorphosed from the Environmental Planning and Protection Division of the Federal Ministry of Environment, she transferred her service to Lagos State in 2010, serving at the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, Lagos State Safety Commission and the Environmental Services Department of the Ministry of the Environment.
She has attended several capacity building conferences to enhance her capabilities. Such include NERBOSH (National Examination Board on Occupational Safety and Health, Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Practices in Netherlands.
As an astute Health Safety and Environment (HSE) professional, she participated in many capacity trainings and international congresses such as the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Frankfurt, Germany in 2014 and Safety and Health Exposition in London in 2016.
She is a Fellow of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) and Specialist member of the United Kingdom based International Institution of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM). She also holds the membership of many Non-Governmental Organisations including the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON) and Friends of Environment Society (FOTE) among others.
She is a community leader and devout Christian who is happily married to Mr. Seth Adetunji Odeneye and they are blessed with children.
Mrs Odeneye was sworn on August 19, 2019 as the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of The Environment.