Moji RhodesMoji Rhodes



Occupational Information

Occupation: Professional

Occupational Position: On research sabbatical at Oxford University

Professional History

Moji’s 13 year career spans public and private sector organisations in the UK & Nigeria. She commenced her career in the public sector as a business planning manager at the UK government’s Department of Health. She went on to serve as the Senior Special Assistant for Administration & Strategy and the first female Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor of Lagos from 2007 - 2015. In her position as Deputy Chief of Staff she had administrative oversight for the Governor’s Office and managed relations with over 75 government ministries and agencies. In partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School’s IFED Programme, she established and managed the INNOVATE LAGOS initiative, which was the first government-led programme to support innovation in Nigeria. She also served as Chairman of the Lagos State Competitiveness Project, set up by the Lagos Business School & Lagos State Government.

As Senior Special Assistant for Administration and Strategy, she restructured operations in the Governor’s Office to improve efficiency and delivery, established a Project Monitoring Unit and the Lagos-Clinton Foundation Partnership programme. She also served as a member of the Lagos State Government's high level policy team that developed and implemented transformational policies covering Infrastructure, Security, Transportation and The Environment.

In the private sector she served as Brand & Communications Manager at United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA) Nigeria and Creditor Relations Analyst at Lehman Brothers (London).

With a keen interest in politics she also served as a member of the APC Presidential Campaign’s Communications and Fundraising Committees for the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria.


LLB Law - University of Kent
MSc Development Finance - University of Reading
Negotiation Programme - Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow