Bamidele Seun Owoola
Bamidele is an energetic entrepreneur passionate about the development of Africa. She is a visionary with proven strengths in communications, marketing, branding, and project management, alongside a proven track record of identifying, initiating, and capitalizing on business opportunities across sectors especially Africa’s Agribusiness sector.
Bamidele is an astute business facilitator, with experience facilitating and forging local and international partnerships and alliances namely with The African Development Bank, Dubai Gold, and Commodities Exchange the largest derivatives exchange in the Middle East, Africa commodity exchange, Alluvial Agriculture, Arab trading company and many more. In addition to this Bamidele has spearheaded a number of high-level investment conferences in London, Germany, Ghana, Luxembourg, Nigeria, and Belgium.
Bamidele is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Welcome2Africa International (W2A), whose mission to become the center of excellence for the facilitation and deployment of investments and trade opportunities on the African continent. Through W2A's knowledge dissemination and convening activities along with bespoke client services, W2A looks to catalyze and facilitate finance, investments, and trade into and across Africa - with a special focus on Nigeria’s Agricultural sector
Bamidele attended the prestigious Essex University, United Kingdom, and is currently a political science student at the University of Abuja.
Ayo is a Leading policy advisor to senior African policymakers and international C-Suite investors, with a focus on economic reform, energy sector restructuring, privatization and & public-private partnerships, public sector reform, and public financial management issues. Recently Special Adviser to the Minister of State of the Federal Capital Territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senior Power Infrastructure Advisor to the $90m, Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF II) where he was seconded to the Presidency, Bureau of Public Enterprises (Nigeria’s Privatization Agency) as the Head of Power Post-PrivatisationPrivatization team ($2bn+ Power PrivatisationPrivatization of GENCOs & DISCOs), to advise the board directors, enhance the power sector reform program, develop sector policy, legislation, and for several years he was the Lead Safeguards Advisor at the World Bank $115m Public-Private Partnership implementation Unit support to the Presidency, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Finance. He is also a board member of Africa 2.0 Global and Strategic Agenda ltd.
Prior to this, Ayo He worked for Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in the British AislesIsles (Guernsey, Jersey, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Thomson Reuters, Milward Brown, etc)