A Nigerian, Adebayo Ogunlesi, was recently appointed as part of Donald Trump’s new economic advisory team, making him the only African man on the 16man power list.
There are some vital things you should know about this enigmatic man.
For example, Adebayo Ogunlesi is the owner of London Gatwick Airport . The Gatwick deal was a £1.455 billion agreement with BAA Airports Limited.
Adebayo Ogunlesi, then 56, is the chairman and managing partner, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), an independent investment fund based in New York City with worldwide stake in infrastructure assets.
Ogunlesi is the son of T.O Ogunlesi of Makun, Sagamu, Ogun State,Nigeria where he grew up. His father is the first Nigerian professor of medicine. He attended Kings College, Lagos.
He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He was a lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Yale School.
Ogunlesi has lived in New York for 20 years and is active in volunteer work. But he also cultivates his ties to Africa. He informally advises the Nigerian government on privatisation.
Prior to his current role, he was executive vice chairman and chief client officer of Credit Suisse, based in New York. He previously served as a member of Credit Suisse’s Executive Board and Management Council and chaired the Chairman’s Board.
Previously, he was the Global Head of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse. Since joining Credit Suisse in 1983, Ogunlesi has advised clients on strategic transactions and financings in a broad range of industries and has worked on transactions in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Ogunlesi is very much in touch with developments in his homeland Africa. In Nigeria, as an informal adviser to former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Ogunlesi has been known to advise successive governments on fiscal policies, economic development and strategic management.
Amongst other things, he has been involved in AFC. it was AFC that led Africa’s participation in the $750 million syndicated lending facility to develop Ghana’s Jubilee Oil Field, which is deemed one of West Africa’s largest deep-water offshore developments in over a decade.
Ogunlesi has been married to optometrist, Dr. Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi since 1985.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors amongst which is, The International Center in New York’s Award of Excellence.
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