Two days after Professor Wole Soyinka reportedly tore his American green card, because his preferred candidate, Hilary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in the last United State of America election, a Nigerian, Adebayo Ogunlesi has been named member of the 16-man economic advisory team of Trump.
Ogunlesi, 63, the only African in the team, is the chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm and one of Fortune 500 companies.
He hails from Makun, Sagamu in Ogun State, and was born in 1953, by Theophilus Ogunlesi, Nigeria’s first professor of medicine.
He attended Kings College, Lagos, for his secondary education and proceeded to Oxford University for his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and graduated with first class honours. Also, he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and later got an MBA from Harvard Business School. He later taught at Harvard Law School and the Yale School of Organisation and Management.
Ogunlesi had a banking career with Credit Suisse First Boston from 1983 and rose to become its executive vice chairman. Before then, between 1980-81, he served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.
He is married to an optometrist, Dr. Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi.