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Olumide Lawson

Partner at Sahel Capital


Olumide Lawson is partner at Sahel Capital, a private equity and advisory firm focused primarily in agribusiness in Nigeria.  Prior to his current role, Olumide has had almost 18-year career in finance. Olumide was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Lotus Capital, a full service ethical investment boutique asset management, private wealth management advisory services, and financial advisory services firm. In this role, he developed and executed the financial strategy, oversaw the company’s financial planning and budget, and managed the treasury function.

He previously worked in senior finance roles at Ocean & Oil Holdings and Legacy Realties Limited. Olumide began his career in the Commercial Banking Group of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc., and from there joined the Financial Control unit of Asset & Resource Management Company Ltd. (now ARM Investment Managers).

Since mid-2013, Olumide has been one of the fund managers and a member of the investment committee of FAFIN (Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria), a target US$100 million agriculture-focused investment fund sponsored by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the KfW German Development Bank and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. He also sits on the Board of Directors of three of the fund’s portfolio companies, L&Z Integrated Farms, Dayntee Farms Limited and Diamond Pearls Agro-Allied Limited.

Olumide holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation. He is a member of the Nigeria n Institute if Directors, and is also an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA). Olumide holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

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