Occupation: Policy advisor
Occupational Position: Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria, with responsibility for Policy and Strategy.
He was previously Team Leader of the Senior Advisors Group of President Obama’s Power Africa, 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.
Prior to this he was Team Leader of the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency and Reform, 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.
He worked for several years as adviser to several Ministers of Power and as Deputy Director in BPE, the Nigerian privatisation agency, where he was involved in developing the power sector reform programme. Lai qualified as an attorney with the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and was General Counsel of the London Stock Exchange-listed African gas player, Gasol.
He was a Gleitsman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy school in 2010, and a Yale World Fellow in 2013.
BA (Hons) and MA from Balliol College, University of Oxford.
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
2009 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow