Rolake Akinkugbe

Head, Energy and Natural Resources, FBNQuest Merchant Bank

Rolake Akinkugbe

Head, Energy and Natural Resources, FBNQuest Merchant Bank
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Biography

Rolake leads energy deal origination and manages key sector relationships for FBN Merchant Bank, investment and merchant banking arm of Nigeria’s largest financial services group FBN Holdings Plc. She is focussed on delivering the full resources of the investment bank across equity, debt and other financial products to assist energy sector clients. She also provides strategic and expert insight and advice on the energy industry both internally and externally. In May 2017, she was appointed as an advisory member of the Economic advisory board in the Office of the Vice President, working closely with the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, on a range of sector, macro-economic and national development policy issues.

Prior to this, FBN Merchant Bank, Rolake was for more than 3 years head of the energy research team at pan-African Ecobank, based in their London office. 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 energy multinationals on business and investment risks in Africa. Passionate about the energy space, Rolake is also the founder of InaTidé a social impact investment platform aimed at sourcing funding for and incubating off-grid renewable energy SMEs in Africa.

She was listed in the 2016 & 207 Choiseul 200 Africa Under-40 list of Young Economic Leaders on the continent. In May 2015 Rolake was also named Africa’s Best Oil and Gas Analyst by US organization Energy & Corporate Africa. She is a regular commentator on global and African energy and has been a regular reviewer of global newspaper headlines on BBC World News TV since 2012.

She holds a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics (LSE) and is currently pursuing a Global Executive MBA at TRIUM, a partnership of LSE, NYU Stern, and HEC Paris.