Hakeem Belo-Osagie started his career as a petroleum economist and a lawyer. For over three decades, he has been a key player in the Nigerian economy through his participation in several businesses in the private sector particularly in the energy, finance and telecommunications sectors. He began his career in the service of the Federal Government of Nigeria working in various capacities in the energy sector ranging from Special Assistant to the Presidential Adviser on petroleum and energy, to Secretary of the Oil Policy Review and LNG Committees. He subsequently set up CTIC, which became a leading energy consulting firm.
Belo-Osagie is a past chairman of the board of directors of the United Bank for Africa Plc, one of the largest commercial banks in Nigeria. He is also the founder and former chairman of First Securities Discount House, Nigeria’s leading money markets and treasury bill trading financial services firm, in which the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is an equity investor.
He is currently the Chairman of the board of directors of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Ltd (EMTS), a mobile telephone operator which operates in Nigeria under the Etisalat brand. He was recently appointed as a member of the global board of advisers for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the preeminent independent, nonpartisan think tank in America.
Belo-Osagie holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a law degree from Cambridge University and an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar.