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I n our first episode, Chief Commercial Officer of Mixtra Africa Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani looks at the gains and missed opportunities at COP 26 and the COP 27 outlook for African countries. She discusses measures taken by African governments to bolster energy security and the complexities of financing Africa’s energy transition. As a member of the Persistent Energy Advisory board, Rolake also shares what motivated her to join the board and what she hopes to achieve while in the role.

About Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani

As a reputable infrastructure, energy and investment executive, who, over the last 15 years has built a track-record of helping to finance and scale African businesses, Rolake recently made a career transition to add real estate and affordable housing infrastructure to her portfolio, as the Chief Commercial Officer of leading infrastructure developer, Mixta Africa, helping the group craft its commercialisation strategy, driving growth and market-penetration across the Group’s subsidiaries in Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia & Cote d’Ivoire .

This multi-discplinary professional is also a highly sought-after industry expert and conversationalist, noted for her astute analysis, and able to distil complex topics on global energy, infrastructure, economy, markets, and contemporary society to a wide variety of audiences and is a regular feature on platforms like BBC, CNN, CNBC, and others.

She was the Senior Advisor to IFU, the Danish Investment Fund and recently sat on the global advisory board of Canadian Private Equity firm, Stonechair Capital advising on its $300 million #EnergyAfrica Fund for infrastructure investments in Sub-Sahara Africa. From 2014 – 2019 she was head of energy for FBN Capital and FBNQuest Merchant Bank, investment and merchant banking arm of FBN Holdings PLC, Nigeria’s oldest financial services group. With a deep passion to make a difference in the infrastructure landscape, she is part of a new generation helping to improve access to energy in Africa, and founded InaTidé, a not-for-profit social enterprise aimed at helping renewable energy off-grid and mini-grid entrepreneurs access finance.

From 2017-19 she was a member of the private sector economic advisory group in the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria, working closely with the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, and the VP’s office on a range of national development policy issues. Prior to FBNQuest Merchant Bank, she was head of the energy, power and oil and gas research team at pan-African Ecobank Group in their London office covering 33 African countries.

Rolake was recognized in the United Nations’ MIPAD Top 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Under 40, in the Business & Entrepreneurship Class of 2018, and was listed in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Choiseul Institute’s (France) top 200 Under-40 Young Economic Leaders in Africa. In 2015, she received the Best Energy Analyst award from Energy Corporate Africa (US) and was listed in pan-African law firm, Centurion LLP’s, one to watch in African energy in 2016, and most recently recognized in the Energy Council’s (UK) Global Female Influencer List of 275 female executives in 2020.