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Nigeria’s Adebayo Ogunlesi appointed as part of Donald Trump’s Economic Advisory Team



Adebayo Ogunlesi

Adebayo Ogunlesi

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has appointed a Nigerian, Adebayo Ogunlesi, the Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners, to be part of a group of business leaders to frequently advise him on economic matters.

According to a release by private-equity giant, Blackstone, “The Forum (President’s Strategic and Policy Forum), which is composed of some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders, will be called upon to meet with the president frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the president implements his plan to bring back jobs and Make America Great Again.”

Ogunlesi, a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Oxford, is the son of Professor Theophilus O. Ogunlesi, the first Nigerian Professor of Medicine.

Apart from his First Class B.A degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Ogunlesi also has an MBA, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.

The Ogun state indigene is also a member of the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs, a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, and a former lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Yale School of Organization and Management, where he taught a course on transnational investment projects in emerging countries.

The members of the forum include CEOs from Disney, JPMorgan, General Motors, and BlackRock. Here’s the full list:

  • Stephen Schwarzman (forum chairman), chairman, CEO, and cofounder of Blackstone
  • Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mary Barra, chairwoman and CEO, General Motors
  • Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
  • Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Larry Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
  • Rich Lesser, president and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Jim McNerney, former chairman, president, and CEO of Boeing
  • Ginni Rometty, chairwoman, president, and CEO of IBM
  • Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in economics at the Hoover Institute, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO, EY
  • Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO, General Electric
  • Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winner, vice chairman of IHS Markit

“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth. My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America,” Trump was quoted as saying.

The group’s first meeting will be in the first week of February and will advise Trump on how to institute policies to encourage job growth and improve productivity.

Photo Credit: Goldman Sachs


  1. Rain

    December 3, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Great man….great stock

  2. Paul Adeyemo

    December 3, 2016 at 9:54 am

    How does this help Nigeria out of this recession
    Abeg, next story pls.

    • Insi

      December 3, 2016 at 10:50 am

      And most of the time, these Nigerians and Africans abroad don’t give a crap about their homeland. They identify more with the westerners that have helped them achieve success.
      So its really funny/sad to me when news outlets in Africa carry stories like these. Wanting to claim these people by force

    • Vidavi

      December 3, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      That’s not true, most successful Nigerians abroad think about how to help Nigeria. Just because they don’t make a lot of noise doesn’t mean they aren’t doing anything. You just haven’t heard about it.

    • Nahum

      December 4, 2016 at 3:27 am

      Abeg shut up jor. Will you Nigerians back home allow us to even steer you guys in the right direction? As soon as we open our mouths to advice, you will start accusing us of being out of touch, feeling superior, start harassing us with corruption and jazz. Abeg!!! Make una carry your wahala on your head hare and leave those of us who want peace in our lives alone

  3. EE

    December 3, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Sara Wole!

  4. Loki

    December 3, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Wait, so we have people like this and we’re stuck with Kemi Adeosun?

    • Jade

      December 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Well, education doesn’t equal experience, intelligence and being perceptive. This guy right here won’t be as efficient with any Nigerian team because the Nigerian mentality don’t give room for properly applying your knowledge, being pragmatic and excellent leadership. It’s better for him to stay abroad. Even if you try to do it differently to give better results, the old stuck in your ways won’t give room for it. I mean look at how they are prepping Atiku for presidency. It’s like the government is here for themselves. If the elites want to rule at least care a little bit about the people.

  5. goodgirl

    December 3, 2016 at 10:37 am

    The amount of first class brains in diaspora makes one really sad about the state our country..i wish we could just for once put aside sentiments ,politics and tribe affiliations and concentrate on who and what can help make this country great again..but i don’t see that happening any time soon

    • Jade

      December 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

      The first class brain is possible because the environment gives room for that type of brain where you can grow, nurture your gift/talent and utilize your skills. They instill application rather than just knowledge and until the mentality and society changes the country will remain the same. And what we see in the government, country it’s a clear reflection of the people.

  6. Suga

    December 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

    @goodgirl it’s never too late,for the sake of your children’s future. Thank God you know the truth, which is already a step ahead.

  7. Darius

    December 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Trump is the most misunderstood American politician. I used to think he was a racist. Trump is not a racist: he is a realist, driven by his undying love for his country. He puts America first. Now that’s not racism; that’s pariotism!

    • Marlvina

      December 3, 2016 at 11:23 am

      He’s still a racist. By his words and actions. Doesn’t matter whatever excellent plans and policies he has laid out for America.

    • Vidavi

      December 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      I couldn’t have said it any better. You hit the nail on the head.

    • Vidavi

      December 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      P.s my comment was directed at Darius

    • seriously

      December 4, 2016 at 2:38 am

      That same patriotism can be said about Hitler which led him to have extreme hatred for a group he saw as a threat. Trump is a nationalist, and we can’t underestimate his beliefs. Regarding his policies he’s not clear about it. What are his exact plans for his country because he’s changed his mind couple of times already.
      I like the idea of electing a non conventional politician but Trump is the wrong person for this job neither was hilary any better. We are stuck with one.

    • Damilola

      December 4, 2016 at 10:56 am

      @ Darius
      You are delusional. It’s quite sad how blacks get carried away so easily and fall all the time for white people’s strategic game. And it’s worked over and over again with blacks on the losing team. When will Africans wake up from their slumber? Trump can hire all the black people and women to prove he’s not racist and misygonist. The truth remains he’s a white supremacist and sexist. America was built by immigrants whether from Europe, Asia to Africa, so t it’s not home to just Whites. Majority of whites have been ruling and they see the “lower immigrants” climbing up the ladder, they see it as a threat.
      It’s not love for his country, just fear of whites losing a strong power. Just like how Hitler worked on his fears that Jews were becoming too powerful.

      A Nigerian being hired by Trump is something to be proud but at the end of the day, whites call the shot and he follows their plans. This is the same strategy that was used when Obama was elected portraying the “united America” then everybody is shocked now about the silent racism still very much present in the American society. The same strategy by democrats to portray their care for black people with their handouts yet black people are still treated like second class citizens and a way to suppress them. Clinton is acting pro black but he signed a bill that has a huge effect on the high incarceration of black men till today. The same strategy they have used for years in colonization/imperialism to now. And African/black people are still lost? C’mon man.

      I’m yet to understand the obsession Nigerians have with Trump. How is his election affecting things in Nigeria. Once again, Africans are displaying their misplaced priorities again

  8. sista

    December 3, 2016 at 11:14 am

    ..I read on BN somewhere last year that about 75% of African’s best brains live and work outside the continent and this right there is a proof. But we can’t blame them, our politics is so dirty. No decent professional will want to be involved with shady deals.
    BTW, I believe Trump will do well.

  9. bruno

    December 3, 2016 at 11:27 am

    trump is racist trump is this trump is that. trump hates gay people trump hates women.

    now he has hired ur nigerian brother, u are changing ur mouth once again. nigerians shouldn’t be taken seriously I swear.
    its like many of u atill haven’t learnt anything from this election. the media is bais. they have portrayed trump as a racist, sexist, homophobic, ignorant bigot which is false.

    crooked hillary Clinton is still trying to steal this election from trump through jill stein. its like they want a civil war. continue with ur yeye recount. #lockherup..

    • Vidavi

      December 3, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Gbam! People have no clue how powerful the media is. They shape our impressions of people.

    • seriously

      December 4, 2016 at 2:53 am

      They didn’t portray him any kind of way. It was based on what he said, did and his behavior. So, the videos of where he said “grab them by the pussy and he will get away with it” is false or was it a different person in the video. Then insulting Megayn kelly and constantly attacking women about their looks and level of intelligence. When he said they don’t send their best but the worst ones with drugs, rape referring to latinos. Also mentioned how the Mexican judge is incompetent because of his nationality. Then talked negative about all muslims. etc I mean, it’s okay to like him but to be foolish and blame others for his own action is unacceptable.
      The people he’s hired on his cabinet are questionable which has caused other whites themselves to raise concerns. So, it’s not just blacks complaining since we are accused of whining over nothing.

      Trump is becoming more lenient by hiring women and people of color which is all same dirty politics, so he can have the tag of see he’s good to minorities this will allow him to get away with more things. All his blind supporters are going to be the fooled ones at the end of the say.
      The oligarchs and elites are the ones who rule America, so Trump is a big win for them.

  10. Ms

    December 3, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Trump is a Patriot. I am Nigerian – jus sanguine.. I voted for Trump. . Hilariy is a dangerous, dubious character – I shall never forget Libya. With The Donald, what you see, is what you get.

  11. Ms

    December 3, 2016 at 11:49 am

    BN do something about the auto correct.

  12. Lailatu

    December 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    This is how you build a solid economic team, you go for the experts, whoever they may be. I hope buhari is taking notes.

    • Author Unknown

      December 3, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Hold your horses until it translates into something meaningful for the average American.

  13. Rain

    December 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    We have lousy Kemi Adeosun……,.pity

  14. Big Tee

    December 3, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    We have Auntie kemi …with the lovely British accent…..

  15. Yemi

    December 3, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    You guys have no idea what is happening in the U.S do you? Do you even know Trump’s history? Do you think Trump recognizes you?
    You guys and your lazy journalism. I pity Nigerians! They are so clueless and desperate at times. I’m SOOO glad i left y’all with your ignorance.

    • Loki

      December 3, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      And yet, here you are…

  16. molarah

    December 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    You guys have gone on to discuss Trump and his patriotism, me I can’t even get past the man’s CV. See brain, kai! People like this make me proud to be a Nigerian – in fact, he’s my new role model 🙂

  17. Kokoro Dudu

    December 5, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Igi Iwe!

  18. ann

    December 6, 2016 at 1:52 pm


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