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Donald Trump Appoints A Nigerian As A Member Of His Economic Team

Adebayo Ogunlesi, the chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners, has been named a member of an economic advisory forum to Donald Trump, the U.S president-elect.

The 63-year-old Nigerian-born is the only African face in the 16-man team, which has CEO of private-equity giant Blackstone, Steve Schwarzman as chairman.

“President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced that he is establishing the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum,” Blackstone said through press release

“The Forum, which is composed of some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders, will be called upon to meet with Donald Trump frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the president implements his plan to bring back jobs and Make America Great Again,” Blackstone said in the release published by Business Insider.

The members of the forum are:

  • Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Stephen Schwarzman (forum chairman), chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone
  • Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
  • Mary Barra, chairwoman, and CEO, General Motors
  • Larry Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
  • Jim McNerney, former chairman, president, and CEO of Boeing
  • Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Rich Lesser, president and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, chairman and managing partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
  • Doug McMillon, president, and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Ginni Rometty, chairwoman, president, and CEO of IBM
  • Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO, EY
  • Jack Welch, former chairman, and CEO, General Electric
  • Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in economics at the Hoover Institute, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winner, vice chairman of IHS Markit

For Mr. Ogunlesi, the Trump advisory appointment may be a distraction as he has his hands full.

Mr. Ogunlesi on 15 October was named as an independent director of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.


Adebayo Ogunlesi to advise Trump on the economy 
Adebayo Ogunlesi to advise Trump on the economy

Apart from being managing partner of Global Infrastructure Partners, he also serves on the boards of Callaway Golf Co. and Kosmos Energy Ltd.

At the same time, he is the chairman of Africa Finance Corporation and serves on the boards of various not-for-profits ranging from New York Presbyterian Hospital to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Mr. Ogunlesi, whose father came from Makun, Sagamu in Ogun state was born in 1953. His father, Theophilus Ogunlesi was Nigeria’s first professor of medicine.

After attending Kings College, Lagos for his secondary education, he received his B.A. with first class honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, from Oxford University.

He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and later got an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Ogunlesi had a banking career with Credit Suisse First Boston from 1983 and rose to become its executive vice chairman.

Before joining Credit Suisse, Ogunlesi was an attorney in the corporate practice group of the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

From 1980-81 he served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.

Ogunlesi was a lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Yale School of Organization and Management, where he taught a course on transnational investment projects in emerging countries, according to Wikipedia

Ogunlesi is married to an optometrist, Dr. Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi.

His company Global Infrastructure Partners manages Gatwick Airport in the UK.






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