MR. A. OLAWALE EDUN
With nearly forty years of finance related work experience Wale Edun has a background in economics, public finance, international finance, merchant banking and corporate finance at both national and international levels. Wale is the Chairman of Lagos investment Bank Chapel Hill Denham Group, following the merger of the financial advisory and asset management company he founded and once led, Denham Management Limited, with Chapel Hill Advisory Partners Limited. The firm has several times been voted the best investment bank in Nigeria and best advisory firm in Africa, by Euromoney. Prior to this, he was twice appointed Commissioner of Finance in Lagos State between 1999 and 2004. In Government, he spearheaded the revival and expansion of the sub-sovereign government bond market with a landmark multi-year bond issuance series, by Lagos State Government in 2002. In addition, he was an Executive Director, heading Corporate Finance and Treasury, at Lagos merchant bank, Investment Banking & Trust Company Limited, now Stanbic IBTC.
His experience includes working for the World Bank/International Finance Corporation in Washington DC, USA which he entered through the highly selective Young Professionals Program. In this role he was involved in large-scale macroeconomic and sectoral advisory assignments and negotiations, in India, the Caribbean and East Asia, amongst others. Prior to this,he worked at Chase Merchant Bank Nigeria Limited and NAL Merchant Bank Limited. He served as Chairman of STL Trustees Limited, one of Nigeria’s leading trust companies. He established Global Credit Ratings Nigeria Limited, now a subsidiary of private equity giant Carlyle and, one of the country’s leading credit ratings and research firms; and he currently Chairs the Board of Trustees of the US$1 billion Ogoni Trust Fund, for the environmental clean-up of Ogoniland.He has made various contributions to the institutional strengthening of the capital market including serving on a committee that drew up new Listing Requirements for The Nigerian Stock
Exchange and co-chairing the SEC committee that initiated the setting up of the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Over-the-Counter Securities market.
Wale is an International Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and Chairman of Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame, a registered non-profit youth development organization he set up, that runs amateur boxing in Lagos and other states in conjunction with the state Amateur Boxing Associations. He is also involved with other not-for-profit organisations. He obtained his Masters Degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London. He is married with three children