KEY NOTE SPEAKER | CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council
Olusegun Awolowo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). NEPC is Nigeria’s apex organization for the development and promotion of non-oil exports to diversify the Nation’s economy. He leads a team of nearly 400 staff spread across 15 offices Nationwide and the headquarters in Abuja.
Nigeria is witnessing significant growth in non-oil contribution to the nation’s GDP occasioned by increased trade volumes, export of non-traditional goods and exports to new markets. Engagements with the private sector, relevant government institutions and foreign missions are strengthening synergies and yielding positive outcomes for the sector.
His goal is to shift the focus from export of raw produce to value added products to increase revenue, value for the products, create jobs and improve lives.
Prior to NEPC, Mr. Awolowo worked in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in Abuja from 2007 as Secretary for Social Development and later in 2008 as Secretary of Transport, where he played a significant role in evolving a Master Plan for an efficient urban transportation system in the FCT.
He worked in the FCTA until 2011, when he went back to his law practice. In November 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan GCFR appointed him as Executive Director/CEO of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council. Mr Awolowo is a lawyer and a scion of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of Nigeria’s great founding fathers.
He was called to the Nigerian Bar in December 1989. In the early days of his legal career, he worked with the prestigious law firm of Abayomi Sogbesan & Co. SAN and GOK Ajayi & Co. SAN.
Preceding to working in the FCTA, Mr. Awolowo also served in various positions in Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s Administration including as Special Assistant on Traditional Institutions (2003); Special Assistant on Legal Due Diligence with the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (BMPIU) 2005 and as Special Assistant Legal Matters during, which he covered a wide range of legal issues for Mr. President including drafting of bills for passage to the National Assembly.
His experience at the highest level of the Nigerian Government has exposed him to national policy making at the highest levels as well as across the country. He has built a solid base of friendship over the years, which cuts across regional, ethnic and international lines. He is married with three children.