Adetola 'Tola Onayemi

Outgoing Curator, Abuja Hub

ADETOLA ONAYEMI, LLB, LLM (Cantab) serves as Assistant Chief Negotiator for Nigeria & Head, Trade Remedies and Investigating Authority at the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN). Adetola is also the Winner of The Future Africa Awards (TFAA) 2019 Prize in Public Service. In furtherance of the mandate of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and Nigerian Economic Management Team (EMT), Adetola worked with a global law firm to develop a Trade Remedies Infrastructure for protecting the Nigerian economy from injurious and unfair trading practices from foreign countries and companies. He is presently working on the full implementation of the Nigerian Trade Remedies Infrastructure. Through the NOTN and select committees in the Negotiating Forum, he also participated in the pivotal work of negotiating the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). He is the incoming curator of the Abuja Global Shaper Community, and presently serves as legal director. Adetola is deeply invested in developing Nigeria's technology ecosystem and serves as legal counsel to Form+ (Winner, Google API award 2012), Tuteria NG (Winner, Facebook 2016 Impact Awards & 2017 UK Engineering Awards), Blendology (UK) and PrepClass NG on transactions, legal structures, intellectual property, investment and technology law. He is also Legal and Partnership Adviser at the Civic Innovation Lab, Abuja. Prior to the NOTN, 'Tola served as Special Assistant on Industry, Trade and Investment in the Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. At that time, he also doubled as a Reform Leader within the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES) of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), and led reforms across several of the World Bank indicators nationally. Thanks to these efforts, Nigeria moved up 24 ranks in the World Bank global 2018 Ease of Doing Business ranking. Adetola has previously served as a visiting lecturer in a Nigerian University. He is an international lawyer who is widely consulted on international economic policies, investment law, trade law and policy, intellectual property and technology law. He has also written severally on policies for economic development in emerging economies through an initiative called the "Policy Bank Centre".