Plenary Session 1 Panelist Profiles



Babatunde Raji Fashola
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Nigeria

Mr. Babatunde Fashola has been the Minister of Power, Works and Housing in Nigeria since November 2015.
Fashola previously served as the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria's commercial capital from 2007 to 2015, leading a wide range of development programmes in one of Africa’s largest cities. His career in law and politics spans over 20 years. He was called to the Nigerian Bar as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in November 1988 after completing his professional training programme at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. In 1988, he joined the law Firm of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe and Belgore as a litigator covering a wide range of subjects including intellectual property, commercial law, general contracts and mergers & acquisitions. In August 2004, he was conferred with the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Nigeria's highest legal distinction. Fashola is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

Rotimi Ameachi
Minister of Transport

Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was appointed as Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation in 2015. Amaechi cut his early teeth in politics as Secretary of the now defunct National Republican Convention in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. Between 1992 and 1994, he was Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Rivers State. He was a member of the Board of West Africa Glass Industry as well as Risonpalm Nigeria Limited. In 1999, Amaechi was elected a Legislator in the River State House of Assembly, where he also became speaker, under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party. In 2007, he was elected governor
of River State and re-elected in 2011.

 

Akinwumi Adesina
President of the African Development Bank Group

Dr Adesina was elected to the position of President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on May 28, 2015. He is a distinguished development economist and agricultural development expert with 25 years of international experience. Prior to joining the AfDB, Adesina served as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015, implementing bold policy reforms in the distribution of fertilizer to farmers and pursued innovative agricultural investment programs to expand opportunities for the private sector.
He has also worked at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) as Principal Economist and Social Science Research Coordinator. He was also Principal Economist and Coordinator of the West Africa Rice Economics Task Force at the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) and an Assistant Principal Economist at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). From 2008 to 2010, Adesina was the President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists and previously Vice-President (Policy and Partnerships) of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He was also Associate Director (Food Security) at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, where he worked for a decade (1998-2008) in senior leadership positions, including as Regional Director and Representative for Southern Africa.

 

Dr. Olubunmi Peters
Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, North South Power

Dr. Olubunmi Peters is the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive North South Power, operators of the newest and most sophisticated hydropower plant in Nigeria. He has over 35 years experience in a variety of roles in the public and private sector. He was the Managing Director/CEO of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) from 2006 to. Dr. Peters serves on the boards of several companies including Roads Nigeria, Prepaid Medicare Services Limited, as well as Covenant Securities and Asset Management. He is also a member of the Board of Trustee of Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA among others. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, El Paso, USA and a Master’s degree in Highway Engineering from California State University, Los Angeles, California, USA.

 

Adesuwa Okunbo
Director, Head of Africa, Syntaxis

Adesuwa, formerly of J.P. Morgan is a Director and Head of Africa, responsible for the firm's investment activities in Africa including originating, structuring, executing, fundraising and post investment monitoring. Prior to joining Syntaxis, Adesuwa was in the EMEA Acquisition & Leveraged Finance team at J.P. Morgan. She was involved in $3.2 billion worth of transactions across different geographies and industries, including a $100 million refinancing and capex  financing for a Nigerian oil field services company. Prior to joining the Leveraged Finance team, Adesuwa was in the UK Client Coverage and Mergers and Acquisition team covering companies in the Diversified Industries & Consumer, Healthcare & Retail teams, working on transactions totalling just over $2 billion. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Adesuwa worked in Africa-focused private equity as an investment analyst at TLG Capital and started her career at Lehman Brothers.

 

Mr. Solomon Asamoah
Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund

Mr. Solomon Asamoah is the CEO of the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund and is an investment
professional with over 25 years of experience originating and executing transactions in both developed and
developing markets. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President of Operations for Infrastructure, Private Sector & Regional Integration at African Development Bank. He also served as Chief Investment Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Africa Finance Corporation. Mr. Asamoah served as Vice-President and Executive Manager of Private Sector and International Investments at Development Bank of Southern Africa. He worked in various investment advisory roles within Softbank Emerging Markets, HSBC Markets and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He was the Special Assistant to the Executive Vice-President of the International Finance Corporation and Managing Director of the World Bank based in Washington, DC, and later became a Principal Investment Officer at the IFC in Johannesburg, leading IFC's activities across Africa in the ICT sector.



Plenary Session 2 Panelist Profiles


Mr. Audu Ogbeh
Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr. Ogbeh is Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. In 1979, he was elected deputy speaker ran for office in the Benue State House of Assembly on the Platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), becoming deputy speaker of the house. In 1982, he was appointed Federal Minister of Communications, and later became Minister of Steel Development. In 2001, he was appointed National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) apposition he held until January 2005.
He was chairman and managing director, Efugo Farms, Makurdi, and a member of Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships Incorporated, based in Philadelphia, United States of America.


Dr. Konyin Ajayi
Managing Partner at Olaniwun Ajayi Law Practice

Dr. Konyin Ajayi is the Managing Partner at Olaniwun Ajayi. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, he has over 29 years of legal practice experience. He is a member of various domestic and international associations such as the International Bar Association, the English and the Nigerian Bar Association. Dr. Ajayi serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Kaizen Venture Partners. Konyin is the Vice President of the Worldwide Alumni Association of the Harvard Law School and an Associate fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, England. He is also a Director of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. Konyin has authored and co-authored over 120 legal writings under the heads of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Banking Law, Commercial Law, Project Finance and International Capital Markets. As a prolific speaker and expert in his field, Konyin is frequently sought after by law firms, multi-national organizations and various associations to share his wealth of knowledge and expertise at seminars and conferences. He obtained an Honors Degree in Law from the University of Ife in 1975, an LLM from Harvard University in 1982, and a PhD on International Capital Markets from University of Cambridge in 1990. He is of the Middle Temple, England and Wales and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1980.

Dr Amy Jadesimi
Managing Director, LADOL

Dr. Amy Jadesimi is the Managing Director of LADOL, an oil and gas fabrication and multi-logistics service based in Nigeria. She was on the 2015 advisory board for the UN Development Programmes Africa Human Development Report and joined LADOL after working at Goldman Sachs and Brait Private Equity in London. In 2013, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and in 2014 Forbes included her in the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa. She is a founding member of the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development announced in January 2016 at the WEF in Davos. In 2012, she was named an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow; in 2013, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society. Dr. Jadesimi received her first degree from Oxford University, where she earned a BA in Physiological Sciences. She attended Oxford University Medical School and then earned an MBA at Stanford Business School.

Prof Ademola Abass
Special Adviser: Overseas Affairs and Investment, Lagos State

Ademola was appointed by the Lagos State Governor in 2015 lead the investment drive of Nigeria's commercial capital. This initiative, also known as Lagos Global, is the flagship policy direction of the Lagos state administration to drive economic growth. Prior to his current role, he was a Research Fellow in Peace and Security at the UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS). Ademola was a Professor of International Law and Organisation at Brunel University, West London. He holds a Ph.D. in International Law and has previously taught in several British universities. He was the African Union’s first expert on regional mechanisms and served as the European Commission’s expert on capacity building for African regional organisations. He conducts research broadly in Public International Law and Security, and has written widely on collective security law, international criminal law, and international organisations. He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth and a member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.