Lanre Akinola London, UK

  • Expert on development, policy and business in Africa
  • Editor of This Is Africa magazine, a Financial Times publication (2011-present)
  • Trustee and Director at Tutudesk UK (2013-present)


"Is Africa's Optimism Misplaced?" (2012)
Dirty money: breaking the link between organised crime and politics (2014)
Dirty money: breaking the link between organised crime and politics (2014)


A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Lanre Akinola is Editor of This Is Africa magazine, a Financial Times publication, which focuses on the policy and the business environment across the continent, as well as Africa’s strategic relationships with other world regions.

Lanre is also a Trustee and Director at Tutudesk UK, the international arm of the South Africa based Charity. With Archbishop Desmond Tutu as its Patron, Tutudesk offers a practical and highly effective solution to chronic desk shortages for kids across Africa. The Campaign’s objective is to distribute a further 20 million desks to 20 million children.

Lanre is a sought-after speaker and commentator on Africa. Some of the organisations and companies he has and continues to work with are World Economic Forum, German Development Bank, European Commission, Rockefeller Foundation, OECD, Brookings Institute, IBM, Eversheds and the Financial Times.

Lanre has also appeared as a commentator on Bloomberg TV and the BBC.

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