Biography


Dr. Olayele is a professional economist, business strategy consultant, senior policy expert and infrastructure specialist. An avid international trade/development enthusiast, his diverse career spans banking, government, management consulting, academia and non-profit management across Africa, Europe and North America. Much of his work examines the complex intersection of economics, business strategy and public policy. Before now, he was President/CEO of two Canada-based non-profit organizations. With expertise in change management, public-private engagements, strategic positioning, high-profile fundraising, project management and business development, he has a proven track record of facilitating applied research and public-private dialogue on a wide range of policy issues.

Dr. Olayele has worked for the Canadian Provincial Governments of British Columbia and Saskatchewan in the Energy, Economic Development, Strategy, Competitiveness and Economic Analysis Departments. Prior to that, he was a professional banker with the Global Trade Division of Citibank in Nigeria. A senior expert on a number of Canadian federal/ provincial/territorial working groups associated with energy, natural resources, infrastructure and climate change issues, he sits on the Boards of the Global Economic Institute for Africa, and the Canada-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce. An avid strategy advisor, he provides advice on a wide range of policy and business issues to senior executives and project teams. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.

A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he has presented on trending economic issues at major conferences, with active engagement on the international speaking circuit. He graduated with First Class Honours in Economics. Dr. Olayele holds a PhD in Economics from Lancaster University and a Master’s degree in the same discipline from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.