Rolake Akinkugbe joined FBN Capital in May 2014 as the Vice President and Head of Energy and Natural Resources. In this role, she leads investment banking deal origination in the energy and natural resources sector and manages key sector relationships for FBN Capital. Prior to this role, Rolake was Head of Energy, Oil and Gas Research at pan-African Ecobank Group. She managed the desk’s research output and provided advisory support to the Corporate and Investment Banking arm with its energy strategy across 33 countries. In 2012, her research team won the Africa Investor Index Series Awards for Best Africa Research House.

Rolake has also worked as the lead country risk analyst for Francophone and Anglophone West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea for Eurasia Group as well as Senior Africa Analyst in the global risks analysis team of Control Risks Group. She is a frequent media commentator and is a regular review of global newspaper headlines on BBC World News since 2012.

In August 2015, Rolake founded and launched InaTidé, a curated funding platform and social impact initiative that sources both finance and technical expertise for off-grid energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was also awarded the Best Africa Oil and Gas Analyst of the year and Most Valuable Player on the Oil Patch Award prize by Energy & Corporate Africa in April 2015. She holds a B.Sc. in Government and M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

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