Dr. Dooshima Yemisi Suswam was born on 30th April, 1967 into a Christian family of Chief Ayo Balogun of Emure, Ekiti State and Chief Mrs. Hannah Balogun (Nee Haliru Kaiama).
Her early education started at St. Claire’s Nursery and Primary School, Oshogbo, Osun State between 1972 –1979. It was at this stage that her innate leadership skills were discovered by her teachers, and she was made class prefect and Head girl in primary 3 and 5 respectively.
Between 1979 –1985, she attended Federal Government Girls College Oyo. Being a multi-talented athlete and an active participant in sporting activities in the school, She was made the School Sports Prefect in her final year.
For her tertiary education, She was admitted into the Federal University of Technology, Minna, where she studied Architecture. She graduated in 1992 with B.Tech Architecture and M.Tech Architecture in 1993.
Yemisi Suswam is a 2009 graduate of Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education in Women and Power: Leadership in a new world.