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Rolake Akinkugbe

London, UK / Lagos, Nigeria

Energy and natural resources specialist

Head of Energy and Natural Resources (VP), FBN Capital Limited (2014-present)

African investment specialist

Rolake Akinkugbe is an energy and natural resources investment banking professional and specialist with a solid grasp of the global oil, gas, energy, mining and metals industries. She is currently Head of Energy and Natural Resources (VP) at FBN Capital Limited, investment banking arm of Nigeria’s largest banking group, FBN Holdings.

From 2011 to 2014, Rolake was the Head of Energy, Oil and Gas Research at Ecobank, on the award-winning research team (which, for 3 years running won the Africa Investor Index Series Awards for Best Africa Research House). She managed the pan-African banking group’s energy research team and advised the Corporate and Investment Banking arm with its energy sector strategy across its 35-country African banking footprint.

Rolake has built an extensive network and reputation in the global and African energy sectors. Some of her specialist areas include global and African energy financing dynamics, regional infrastructure challenges, gas and LNG projects, sustainable energy solutions, the power sector, petrochemicals, refined products, and natural resource policy.

In her earlier career, Rolake was the lead country risk analyst for West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea at the New York-based global risk consultancy, Eurasia Group, focusing on the oil & gas and mining & metals sectors. She was also a Senior Africa Analyst in the global risk analysis team of London-based Control Risks Group, advising multinationals on business and investment risks in Africa. Rolake is a regular commentator on global and African energy and natural resources, and has been a regular reviewer of global newspaper headlines on BBC World News TV since 2012.

Fluent in French, Rolake has also lived in Senegal and travelled and worked extensively across Africa. She is currently working on a sustainable energy initiative for African entrepreneurs, due to be launched later in 2015.

Our Comment

"Rolake examines the demand, supply, and prices of energy, oil and minerals in Africa, and seeks to make sense of other observable market-moving, short-term and long-term trends affecting investment in the sector. She is articulate, and an excellent communicator and presenter, with inside knowledge of the governance and policy challenges in these industries."

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