Lai YahayaLai Yahaya



Occupational Information

Occupation: Government policy advisor

Professional History

Lai Yahaya advises governments in Sub-Saharan Africa on energy sector reform, natural resource management, and public-private partnerships.

He was most recently Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria, with responsibility for Policy and Strategy and Team Leader of the Senior Advisors Group of the US Government Power Africa initiative.  Prior to this he was 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 qualified as an attorney with the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and started his career at the United Nations Development Programme in New York.  

He is a Yale World Fellow, a Gleitsman Fellow, and sits on several non-profit boards. 


BA (Hons) and MA from Balliol College, University of Oxford.
MSc in Business Economics
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.


2009 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow