Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani

Chief Commercial Officer, Mixta Africa (ARM Group) (Guest Moderator at NEF2023)

An award-winning and versatile energy and infrastructure sector executive, Rolake is currently the Chief Commercial Officer of a leading infrastructure developer, helping the group craft and execute its commercialisation strategy for infrastructure projects in Nigeria, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, and Morocco. She was also the Senior Advisor on Energy to IFU, the Danish Investment Fund and sat on the global advisory board of Canadian Private Equity firm, Stonechair Capital advising on its renewables and gas sector Energy Africa fund. From 2014 – 2019 she was head of energy for FBN Capital and FBNQuest Merchant Bank (investment banking arm of Nigeria’s largest and oldest financial services group), raising debt and equity capital for local energy companies, and during which time she was also member from 2017-2019, of the private sector economic advisory group advising the Office of the Vice President on a range of national development policy issues. Prior to FBNQuest Merchant Bank, she was head of the award-winning energy research team at pan-African Ecobank Group covering 33 African markets out of London. In her early career, she worked as a political risk analyst with Control Risks Group and Eurasia Group and worked in international affairs and development with the Development Directorate Générale of the European Commission in Brussels and the International Crisis Group in Dakar, Senegal. She was recognised as a top 275 Global Female Influencer Executives (2020) in Energy by the UK’s Energy Council, and in 2015, won the Best Africa Oil and Gas analyst award from Energy Africa US, and was in 2016 recognised as One to Watch in African Energy by Centurion LLP. She was also recognised as a Young Economic leader in Africa, by the Choiseul Institute (2018, 2019 & 2020) and was listed in the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 100 Under 40 in the 2018 Business and Entrepreneurship Category. She is a regular feature on platforms like CNBC, BBC, CNN, and Arise News, where she anchors a weekly Saturday business program, Business Week. She has published scores of articles on African energy, infrastructure, and markets. She has a BSc & an MSc degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a joint MBA degree from the London School of Economics, HEC School of Management Paris and NYU’s Leonard Stern School of Business (TRIUM). Rolake also sits on the global advisory board of Persistent Energy, Africa’s Climate Venture Builder, and the African Energy Chamber, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of WIMBIZ, Nigeria’s leading women’s network. She is also a founding member of the Women In Energy Network (WIEN) where she serves as Director for Strategy, Policy and Research.