Dr. Fola Yahaya is Managing Partner of Strategic Agenda LLP, a consultancy that specialises in helping aid organisations communicate internationally. Recent Strategic Agenda projects include a report mapping the extent of human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Nations’ flagship Human Development Report.
Prior to founding Strategic Agenda, Dr. Yahaya worked as an economic consultant for both the United Nations and World Bank, and as a strategy consultant for clients including the Government of Qatar, the Foreign & Commonwealth office, BP and Morgan Stanley.
Dr. Yahaya received his PhD in information infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa from the London School of Economics in 2000.
Ayisha Osori has over ten years experience straddling the public and private sectors as a lawyer, writer, and communications consultant. As a lawyer in the private sector she has worked in legal advisory positions in oil and gas, financial advisory and FMCG sectors. Her desire to contribute to social discourse and knowledge has led to various collaborations, including a series of children’s primary school text books on social studies and a reference book on Nigeria for children. For over two years she has written a weekly column called ‘Pedestrian Lawyer’ in a national newspaper (This day), where she discusses the legal implications of topical issues. And most recently, to support the drive to increase women’s participation in governance by at least 35%, she hosts a radio program “Women Talk Politics’ on one of the local radio stations in Abuja, Nigeria.
Ayisha Osori has an impressive record of successfully planning, creating and executing projects and is specializing in change and development communications particularly, on how to use strategic communications to overcome barriers to change resulting from social and cultural attitudes.
Ms. Osori is a graduate of law and was called to the Nigerian and New York State bars in 1998 and 2000 respectively. She has degrees from the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School and most recently the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was awarded the Ash Fellowship and a Masters in Public Administration.
Lai Yahaya is a lawyer, economist and policy entrepreneur who advises African governments on economic reform, energy sector restructuring, privatisation, public sector reform and public financial management issues.
He is currently Team Leader of the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency (FOSTER) a UK DFID-funded initiative designed to support the restructuring of the oil and gas sector and to increase transparency and accountability in oil sector governance in Nigeria. He also recently sat on the Presidential Task Force on Power and worked previously as Technical Adviser to the Minister of Power and as Deputy Director/Special Assistant to three successive Directors General at the Bureau of Public Enterprises in the Presidency in Nigeria. In this guise, he oversaw several key aspects of privatisation and sector reform processes in the power, telecoms, natural resources and services sectors.
Lai was previously an associate with the global energy project finance team of the leading Wall Street law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and General Counsel of the LSE-listed African gas player, Gasol. In addition he currently advises the board of GADCo Coöperatief U.A, a leading African agri-business venture and is a board member of the African Leadership Institute in South Africa.
He received his BA (Hons) and MA from Balliol College, Oxford University, was awarded a Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and was a qualified solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He is also a Fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Programme and was named a New Leader for Tomorrow by the Council of Europe-affiliated Fondation du Forum Universale.