Lai Yahaya is an energy, infrastructure and development adviser to senior policy makers in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was most recently Senior Special Assistant to the President in Nigeria, with responsibility for Policy and Strategy.
He was previously Team Leader of the Senior Advisors Group of the US government Power Africa initiative, working with a group of former Heads of State and industry leaders, to provide advice to serving government leaders on how best to navigate and drive power sector reform in sub-Saharan Africa.
Lai was also formerly Team Leader of the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency and Reform (FOSTER), a donor-funded initiative designed to support the restructuring of the oil and gas sector and to increase transparency and accountability in oil sector governance in Nigeria. Lai worked with the Nigerian privatization agency, the Bureau of Public Enterprises; as Special Assistant and advisor to former Nigerian Ministers of Power, National Planning and Finance; as Senior Policy Advisor with the DfID-funded Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF) and for several years on the power sector reform program, initially on the development of sector policy, legislation and the landmark Roadmap for Power Sector Reform.
He was previously a project finance attorney with the leading global firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and General Counsel of the London Stock Exchange-listed African gas player, Gasol. He received his BA (Hons) and MA from Balliol College, Oxford University, is a Fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu/Oxford Business School Leadership Program and was designated a New Leader for Tomorrow by the Council of Europe-affiliated Fondation du Forum Universale.