Dr. Fred Olayele is Associate Director of the Sprott Centre for African Research and Business and an Adjunct Professor at the Sprott School of Business.

Dr. Olayele facilitates applied research and public-private dialogue on a wide range of public policy and commercial issues. A senior expert on a number of Canadian federal/provincial/territorial working groups, much of his work examines the complex intersection of economics, strategy and public policy. His diverse career spans banking, government, management consulting and academia.

His academic research interests span trade policy, energy & climate policy, economic development, innovation economics, strategic management, international development and political economy. He teaches courses in International Business, Corporate Strategy and Managerial Economics in the MBA program at Carleton University. Prior to that, he taught several applied and theoretical economics classes at the University of Regina.

Dr. Olayele has led various strategic initiatives for the Canadian Provincial Governments of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Prior to that, he was a professional banker with the Global Trade Division of Citibank. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he is reputed to have helped numerous corporate and government entities anticipate and manage economic growth and development. He has presented on trending economic policy and business issues at major conferences, with active engagement on the international speaking circuit.

A first class honours economics graduate, he holds a PhD in Economics from Lancaster University, and a Master’s degree from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He is Associate Director, Centre for African Research and Business at Carleton University. In a bid to contribute and help shape economic policy for Africa’s development, he founded Ottawa-based Global Economic Institute for Africa, a non-profit research and development organization. He sits on a number of non-profit Boards.

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