The United States President-elect, Donald Trump, has appointed a Nigerian businessman, Adebayo Ogunlesi, as a member of his Economic Advisory team.
Adebayo Ogunlesi is a Nigerian-born lawyer and investment banker. He is the founder of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).
Donald Trump is making a history with the choice of his billionaire cabinet members. According to Business Insider, Adebayo is the only black man who has been appointed by Trump as a member of his Economic Advisory Committee.
Amongs the other appointed members of the committee, report says the group will advise Trump on how to institute policies to encourage job growth and improve productivity in the United States.
Adebayo Ogunlesi was born in Ondo State, Nigeria. His father was the first Professor of Medicine in Nigeria. In the 80’s, Ogunlesi served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.
The Oxford and Harvard graduate also happens to be a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.
He worked at Credit Suisse First Boston; he lectured at Harvard Law School and the Yale School of Organization and Management where he teaches the course, Transnational Investment Projects in Emerging Countries.
Adebayo’s equity firm has invested in the purchase of a couple of airports.
In 2006, GIP bought London City Airport; In 2009, the firm acquired the majority in London Gatwick Airport in a deal worth £1.455 billion. The purchase earned him a nickname, “The Man Who Bought Gatwick Airport” from the Nigerian media.
By 2012, he became the owner of Edinburgh Airport. That same year, Ogunlesi was appointed to the Board of Directors at Goldman Sachs.
Adebayo Ogunlesi is a Nigerian who has done incredibly well for himself in the diaspora. Trump’s appointment of him could reduce the tension of Nigerian immigrants who fear the worst in Trump’s presidency.