Lade ArabaLadé Araba



Occupational Information

Occupation: Development Finance

Occupational Position: Africa Region Representative at Convergence Finance and Co-Founder/President of the Visiola Foundation

Professional History

Ladé is the Africa Region Representative at Convergence Finance, Co-Chairs the Advisory Board of EED Advisory and she is also the Co-Founder/President of the Visiola Foundation which empowers African girls and young women through education, training, and mentoring in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Previously, she served as Technical Adviser to the former Minister of Finance of Nigeria and was the Head of the Strategic Monitoring Unit. Additionally, she was an Adviser in the Power Sector Team at the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF), a Technical Assistance Program funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Prior to NIAF, Ladé was Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) where she advised on the building blocks for financing regional infrastructure projects and promoting intra-African trade.

She has also been a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank, where she played key roles in deal origination and appraisal, and led diverse teams to obtain Board approval for senior loans to several infrastructure projects across Africa collectively valued in excess of $2 billion; was an Enterprise Development Specialist at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); and, worked for the QED Group LLC in Washington, DC.  A native English speaker, she is fluent in French and Italian and has basic knowledge of Spanish.


MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management
MBA Exchange Student at HEC School of Management, France
BBA from the University of Oklahoma
Study Abroad at Universite de Paris - La Sorbonne, France


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow


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