15 Nov Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani
An award-winning, multidisciplinary, and versatile infrastructure executive and energy sector guru, Rolake has more than 15 years track-record of helping to finance and scale businesses across Africa. Following a career pivot in 2020, she is currently the Chief Commercial Officer of leading infrastructure developer, Mixta Africa, helping the group craft and execute its commercialisation strategy for infrastructure and housing projects within its Lagos New Town (LNT) development in Nigeria, and also across subsidiaries in Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, as well as the commercialisation of its key hospitality asset, Lakowe Lakes Golf and Country Estate. She was also recently appointed as the overseeing Country Executive for Mixta’s operations in Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal. Mixta has delivered more than 15,000 units across Africa to date Prior to Mixta Africa, she was Senior Advisor to IFU, the Danish Investment Fund and sat on the global advisory board of Canadian Private Equity firm, Stonechair Capital advising on its renewables and gas sector Energy Africa fund. From 2014 – 2019 she was head of energy and infrastruct for FBN Capital and FBNQuest Merchant Bank, raising debt and equity capital for local energy companies, and during which time she was also member from 2017-2019, of the private sector economic advisory group advising the Office of the Vice President on a range of national development policy issues with a focus on infrastructure. Prior to FBNQuest Merchant Bank, she was head of the energy, infrastructure and power research team at pan-African Ecobank Group covering 33 African markets out of London. In her early career, she worked as a political risk analyst with Control Risks and Eurasia Group and worked in international development with the European Commission in Brussels and the International Crisis Group in Dakar, Senegal. She has a BSc & an MSc degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a joint MBA degree from the London School of Economics, HEC School of Management Paris and NYU’s Leonard Stern School of Business (TRIUM).