Adetola 'Tola Onayemi

Global Shaper, Abuja Hub

ADETOLA ONAYEMI, LLB, LLM (Cambridge) serves as Chief Executive Officer of Norebase, a company building the digital infrastructure that empowers businesses to start, scale and operate in any African country. He formerly served as Assistant Chief Negotiator for Nigeria & Head, Trade Remedies at the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN), where he led portions of the technical negotiations for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement - an agreement that makes Africa's 1.2 billion people market into a single market for trade and services. Between 2016 to 2018, he was also the Technical Adviser to the Nigerian President (in the Office of the Vice President) on Industry, Trade & Investment He was also co-founder and General Counsel at Future Africa, an early stage venture fund that invests in mission-driven founders turning Africa’s most difficult challenges to global businesses. So far, Future Africa invested $10 million in over 100 African & US start-ups. He is one of Africa’s top technology lawyers and has advised over 100 businesses in and outside Africa. He also designed the trade remedies infrastructure for Nigeria, and within 4 years, set-up 2 of Nigeria’s pivotal policy mechanisms - the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN) and the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES). 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. Thanks to these efforts, Nigeria moved up 24 ranks in the World Bank global 2018 Ease of Doing Business ranking. Adetola is also the Winner of The Future Africa Awards (TFAA) 2019 Prize in Public Service.

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