The Governor - Olusoji Akinyele
’Soji Akinyele is a seasoned Economist and Technocrat with over 15 years of experience actively covering key economic sectors, markets and policy areas across Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. He currently serves as Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (“NSE” or “The Exchange”), an institution that services the largest economy in Africa and champions the development of Africa's financial markets. In this role, he doubles as Head of Government Relations, leading the strategic pro-market policy advocacy and government engagement efforts at all levels, on behalf of the $71 billion multi-asset Exchange platform.
Prior to this, he was an Embedded Adviser and Technical Assistant on Industry, Trade and Investment in the Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where he was part of the core team responsible for implementing Nigeria’s ease of doing business reforms and improving the country’s in World Bank Doing Business rankings by an unprecedented 39 places in only 3 years. Mr. Akinyele is also an investment and market researcher – he once led the research team at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) before his stint as Senior Economist and Member of the Editorial Board of BusinessDay Media Ltd, after which he established the Nigeria office of a global business research firm that executed the commercial due diligence for $80 million private equity investment in a Nigerian biscuit manufacturer, among other achievements.
He has consulted for the World Economic Forum; the Africa CEO Forum; the Gordon Institute of Business Science (South Africa) and the West African Capital Market School (Ghana), among others. Soji holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Economics from the University of Lagos; he is an MBA Programme Candidate and an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Chartered Economists. He is married to Ngozichukwuka Akinyele and blessed with two daughters. "