Profile of Tola Odeyemi
Tola Odeyemi is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in government, global overseas affairs, and investment, making significant contributions in regulatory roles.
Today, October 16, 2023, she assumed the role of Post Master General of the Nigerian Postal Service, following her appointment by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR).
Educational Background and Expertise
Tola Odeyemi holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University, a renowned institution known for its excellence in engineering education. Her pursuit of academic excellence led her to earn a Master’s in System Engineering from The George Washington University – School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2007. With a strong technical foundation, Tola has demonstrated her proficiency in navigating the complex intersections of technology and governance.
Career Trajectory and Impactful Roles
Throughout her career, Tola Odeyemi has showcased a passion for strategy development, policy-making, and operational excellence. Her extensive experience in technology policy, financial technology regulation, environmental investment and trade promotion, infrastructure finance, and public sector policy reform has positioned her as a leading figure in Nigeria’s governance landscape.
Her previous roles include serving as the Head of Public Policy for West Africa at Uber, where she played a pivotal role in shaping the regulatory environment for the ride-sharing industry. Additionally, she held the position of Head of Government Operations for West Africa at Binance, a global cryptocurrency exchange platform, contributing to the advancement of financial technology solutions in the region.
Commitment to Governance and Environmental Stewardship
Tola Odeyemi’s dedication to public service is evidenced by her impactful roles within the Lagos State Government. As the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Environmental Trust Fund from 2016 to 2019, she spearheaded initiatives focused on environmental stewardship and sustainability. Simultaneously, she served as the Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor, overseeing the Public Utilities Monitoring and Assurance Unit (PUMAU), contributing to the efficient delivery of public services.
Championing Technology and Policy Convergence
Recognized for her unwavering advocacy for the convergence of technology and policy, Tola Odeyemi firmly believes that innovation is the cornerstone for addressing national challenges. Her pioneering efforts in transforming the banking industry’s infrastructure and her instrumental role in driving the Central Bank of Nigeria’s policy direction towards a cashless economy underscore her visionary approach to governance and technology.