Olawale Ajai

Policy Lead

Olawale Ajai

Policy Lead

Olawale Ajai is the Professor of Legal, Social and Political Environment of Business and Head, Department of Strategy at the Lagos Business School. He holds a PhD in law and facilitates sessions on social and political environment of business, business law, microeconomics of competitiveness and public policy/administration. His research focuses on financial inclusion/digital technology laws and policies, business laws and corporate political activity.

He was Executive Director, Human Capital (with responsibility for relating to government and other stakeholders) and Executive Director, Marketing and Strategy at Dunlop Nigeria Plc. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School, IESE Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was the inaugural Visiting Professor at the Yale University School of Management on the Global Network Scholars Fellowship for Africa in 2019. He is a consultant for the World Bank and on several regulatory, national environmental and natural resources law initiatives.

He is the SIDFS Public Policy Lead and the editor of the monthly DFS Policy Bulletin.

Academic Qualifications

  • LL.B, University of Ife, Ile-Ife

  • LL.M, University of Ife, Ile-Ife

  • PhD, University of Ife, Ile-Ife


  • Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association;

  • Member, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law;

  • Member, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria;

  • Member, Institute of Directors of Nigeria;

  • Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria

  • Fellow, LEAD International