Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations/Civic Innovation Lab, Abuja
Area of Expertise
Business Development, Product Development, Finance, Startup, Funding
‘Tola Onayemi, LLB, LLM (Cantab), BL, serves as Head, Trade Remedies Authority and Assistant Chief Negotiator at the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN). A qualified international trade lawyer, ‘Tola is also deeply invested in the development of Nigeria’s technology ecosystem, serving as Legal and Partnership Adviser at the Civic Innovation Lab, Abuja. He has also provided legal advisory on tech, investment, Intellectual Property and transactions to Formpl.us, Tuteria NG, Blendology (UK) and Prepclass NG among others.
Till September 2017, ‘Tola provided technical policy advisory assistance within the industry, trade and investment cluster of the Economic Team of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. At the time, he also doubled as a Reform Leader within the Secretariat for the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), driving across several World Bank indicators, and particularly in Lagos (Nigeria’s most populous state of 22 million and business capital). Thanks to these efforts, Nigeria moved 24 ranks in the World Bank global 2018 Ease of Doing Business ranking. He has also served as a visiting lecturer in a Nigerian University.