Professional Profile

about1Dr Abolo holds a Ph.D degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and is a fellow of six [6]  professional institutes in Nigeria. He was awarded National Merit Award by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1984.

He is currently the Chief Economic Thinker at The Economic Thinktank Centre Limited; President, The Professional Speakers Society of Nigeria and President, Institute for Governance, Risk Management & Compliance Professionals. Proir to holding these positions, He was Ag. Executive Director [Corporate Services], General Manager and Regional Head [South-South], Chief Risk & Compliance Officer all at the Nigerian Export-Import Bank.

25+ years of increasing and dynamic responsibility in strategy crafting, research, risk management, compliance , including Chief Risk Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Economist, Head-Economic Intelligence, Assistant Fellow [National Centre for Economic Management and Administration], Senior Consultant [Coopers & Lybrand], Head, Special Projects, Head [ERM], Relationship Management, Chief Anti-Fraud Officer, Associate Lecturer, Group Head, Market and Operational Risk,etc . Experience involves leading key Risk and Compliance initiatives, Economic & Financial Advisory roles in strategic industries, including Financial Services Industry, public & Private sectors, Education and Consultancy.

He is a consummate professional with extensive experience in economic research, risk management, compliance, corporate governance, project management, strategy crafting and execution He is a business development expert with ability to link risk to corporate strategy. He has equally covered the three critical areas of risk and beyond —Credit, Market and Operational risk with robust and vast knowledge of Basel Accords  Implementation and the COSO framework. He is an international scholar, a respected and tested economist, a prolific writer with strong passion for value creation. His experience cuts across the academia, public and private sector as well as journalism.

He is a member of over 9 professional bodies.

He was also former Head, Operational Risk Management Group, Project Manager[ Basel II], Chief Economist, Head[ Strategy] all at First Bank of Nigeria Plc and has also worked in the following organisations: Coopers & Lybrand, National Centre for Economic Management & Administration, Credit Alliance Financial Services, Financial Post , etc.

Dr. Abolo is also Council member, Gerson Lehrman Group; GRC Faculty member, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and Member, National Think Tank. He is equally listed among Africa’s finest minds in Risk Management by the World Bank.

He is a Certified Compliance Officer[cco] obtained from the International Academy of Business & Financial Management as well as obtained the Certificate in Corporate Governance Practices by the George Washington University, USA.

Had served on the Board of the following organizations:

  • First Registrars Nigeria Limited
  • FBN Bureau De Change Limited
  • FBN Insurance Brokers Limited
  • Access Bank Asset & Investments Limited

Dr, Abolo is a Member, Editorial Review Board, International Journal of Risk & Contingency Mgt., USA[2016-Date]; Member, External Reviewers Board, Journal of Risk Governance and Control [ Financial Markets and Institutions], Ukraine [ 2018 to Date] and was Member, Editorial Board, NESG Journal, 2008 – 2012 ;Quarterly Management and Business Journal [ 2006-2011]; Lagos Organizational Review-2007-2011; Journal of Banking, CIBN [ 2010-2016]

Dr.Abolo is happily married with Children.