Tola is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in government and regulatory roles, working at senior government levels both at state and federal levels in Nigeria on strategy development & implementation, policy making, and operations. Tola Odeyemi is currently the Head of Public Policy for West Africa at Uber Technologies.
Prior to this, she served as the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Environmental Trust Fund, and simultaneously served as the Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos state Governor on the Public Utilities Monitoring and Assurance Unit (PUMAU).
In the span of her career, she has served as the Special Assistant to the Lagos state Governor on Global Outreach and Partnerships at the Office of Overseas Affairs & Investment (Lagos Global). She was also project lead for the South West region of Nigeria in the Shared Services office under the Banking Operations directorate of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Her team was responsible for the banking industry infrastructure transformation program that included an industry wide cash management infrastructure projects, financial infrastructure, and IT standards for the banking sector which constituted the basis of the Central Bank’s policy thrust towards a cashless economy.
A technology and policy advocate, she is a firm believer that the solutions to national challenges lie primarily in technology and innovation and her mission is to create a perfect synergy of technology and public policy. She is passionate about increasing youth and female participation in public service and politics, as she herself has been a part of three political campaigns at national and state levels. She has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University and an M.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University.