Rolake is an energy expert and finance executive who heads energy and natural resources for FBNQuest Merchant Bank, investment banking arm of Nigeria’s largest financial services group, First Bank of Nigeria Plc helping local energy corporates raise and structure debt and equity capital. From 2016 – 18, she also served in an advisory capacity in the Economic Advisory Group in the office of the Chief Economic Adviser to the government. A well sought-after thought leader on African energy she has also been a regular reviewer of global newspaper headlines on BBC World News TV since 2012, and in 2015 founded a platform, InaTidé to help off-grid renewable energy entrepreneurs source funding.
Prior to FBNQuest, she was for more than 3 years head of the energy research team at pan-African Ecobank Group and in her earlier career, Rolake was the lead analyst for West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea at the New York-based global risk consultancy, Eurasia Group. She was also a Senior Africa Analyst in the global risk analysis team of London-based Control Risks Group, advising companies on business and investment risks in Africa. She has also worked for the International Crisis Group in Senegal, the European Commission in Brussels and the Foreign Policy Centre, London. 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 2016 & 2017 Choiseul Institute’s (France) top 200 Under-40 Young Economic Leaders in Africa. In January 2016 she was listed in pan-African law firm Centurion LLP’s Africa’s 10 to watch in Oil and Gas in 2016 and in May 2015 Rolake was also named Africa’s Best Oil and Gas Analyst by US organisation Energy & Corporate Africa, from a shortlist of 7 nominees
Fluent in French, she has lived in Senegal, Belgium and the UK and traveled extensively across Africa She has a BSc & MSc degree from the London School of Economics (LSE), and a joint MBA from LSE, HEC School of Management Paris & NYU’s Stern Business School (TRIUM).