Olasupo Shasore is a partner at Africa Law Practice and a Senior Counsel as well as serving as the Chair of CWEIC’s Nigeria Advisory Board
Olasupo Shasore is a partner at Africa Law Practice and a Senior Counsel (a member of the inner bar, appointed Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2006); often referred to as a ‘seasoned arbitrator and strategic litigator’, thirty years of experience acting for sovereign, sub-national and private international parties in international commercial & investment arbitration/ litigation and other advisory capacities; shipping & maritime law, project and risk advice in mining, natural resources, energy and infrastructure; seasoned and frequently appointed arbitrator or expert on Nigerian Law.
Shasore has significant experience in commercial arbitration; lead counsel in an on-going complex State- Investor dispute, an International Investment Arbitration before ICSID Tribunal; Represented the Sovereign States and entities in leading precedents on Sovereign Immunity in Nigeria; Frequently selected expert on Nigerian law at arbitration/foreign proceedings.
Olasupo is a counsel and legal adviser to the Eko Atlantic City development project, a ten million square meter city and infrastructure development project in Nigeria; Energy advisor to energy sector investors and transactions involving significant power company M&A transactions; significant public sector experience: Attorney-General for Lagos State Nigeria, (2007-2011); He was a member of ICCA’s Consultative Workshop Cooperation among African Arbitral Initiatives; London Court of International Arbitration Africa User Group; the Panel of Recognised International Market Experts (PRIME) and its Advisory Committee; the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA); board member of Nigeria Ports Authority and Interswitch.
Author: ‘Commercial Arbitration Law and International Practice in Nigeria’ (2011) (Johnson & Shasore); ‘Jurisdiction and Sovereign Immunity in Nigerian Commercial Law (Practice and Textbook) (NIIA 2007); Publisher and Editor-in-Chief (since 2004), Commercial Law Reports of Nigeria(CLRN).
Obinna Anyanwu, Country Director Nigeria
Obinna Anyanwu has served as CWEIC’s Country Director in Nigeria since 2017, leading the growth of the Network from less than 10 Strategic Partners to the active and engaged network of 20 we have today
He cut his banking teeth when he joined Fidelity Bank Plc in 1997 as a Treasury Operations Officer and rose to the position of Head Foreign Currency Dealing in 1999. In 2000 he moved on as part of the team that set up Guardian Express Bank Plc to become the pioneer Head of Foreign currency Treasury. In 2003 obinna became the Ag. Head of Treasury of Guardian Express bank Plc coordinating the entire Treasury Group and in 2003 he assumed the position of Head Office Branch Manager of the bank. He moved to head the Affiliate Group of the bank in 2004 and upon the merger of Guardian Express bank Plc with other five banks to form Spring Bank plc he assumed the position of Head Foreign Treasury Group and Chief Dealer of the bank.
Obinna is a graduate of Economics from Abia State University and holds an Executive MBA (EMBA) degree from the prestigious Lagos Business School. He is also an Associate Chartered Economist (ACE) and a member of Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).
He has attended professional courses at home and abroad which includes but not limited to the following: Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA (2008), Cash and Trade Seminar Organized by Citibank London (2007), Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking Sub-Saharan Banking Leaders Conference in London (2007), Competing in a Global Environment at IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain (2004), Asset and Liability Management Course by Money Market Association of Nigeria (2002), Total Quality Management course by Lagos Business School (2000), Foreign Exchange Management Course (The Bourse Game) by Citibank Training Center, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa (1999) and various Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) organized courses and workshops. He is currently the Managing Director/CEO of Capital Square Limited, an Investment and Financial Advisory firm and also the Chairman of the Financial Services Group, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
John Apea, Ghana Head of Mission
John Apea is the Ghana Head of Mission for the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. He is also the Africa Regional Coordinator of The Royal Commonwealth Society.
He has extensive experience across communication, business and entrepreneurship. Current/ previous roles include: Special Adviser, SCL Group and Principal Partner with Interstandard Group and PTE Banyubang. He has also worked in senior roles with the UK Office for Civil Society, advised senior leaders and Governments across Africa and Executive Produced award – winning media projects.
Mr. Apea holds graduate and postgraduates from the University of York and the University of Oxford, respectively.
Ben Gomado-Cobblah, Country Director Ghana
Benjamin serves as CWEIC’s Country Director Ghana, working closely with John Apea, they are tasked with growing CWEIC’s network in Ghana and West Africa.
Benjamin is an International Development Expert and Education Economist.
Benjamin is also an Executive at AB&M, Unihead and Principal with the InterStandard Group with responsibilities for defining and delivering strategic end to end policy direction for the businesses.
Benjamin actively worked as a Senior Lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College, UK and a Business Development Director (West Africa) to the JS Group, UK and Consultant with Advance HE, UK.
Benjamin also consulted for a number of institutions and works closely with the Danish Technological Institute-DTI, Institute of Financial Services-UK, University of East London, UK as well as undertaking various international researches within Education and International Development sectors.
Benjamin has over the 20 years worked in various organisations but specifically within the Education and International Development sectors. Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education & Development from Huddersfield University, UK, a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching – (PGCE) from Christ Church Canterbury University, UK, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Birkbeck College, UK and a Master’s Degree in Educational Planning, Economics and International Development from University College London, UK. Benjamin recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in International Human Right Law and Practice with the London School of Economics (LSE)–UK.
Tulsi Wallooppillai, Director for South East Asia
Tulsi Wallooppillai serves as CWEIC’s Director for South East Asia leading our work in Singapore, Brunei and the ASEAN region.
Tulsi Wallooppillai is Managing Director of Hypower Engineering, an infrastructure consultancy company that works across Asia.
Hypower Engineering has been delivering large infrastructure projects for the last twenty years in the renewable energy, roads, waste and water sectors. During his stewardship of Hypower Engineering, Tulsi has delivered well in excess of USD 1Bn of projects. This experience has led to Tulsi being one of the leading experts on project financing and export finance in Asia.
Tulsi has championed the Commonwealth for decades and looks forward to developing closer links with a Global Britain following it’s exit from the European Union.
Jared Peralta, Country Director Gibraltar
Jared Peralta serves as CWEIC’s Country Director for Gibraltar, tasked with growing our network in the region.
Jared is the Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Gibraltar, a non-profit organisation focused on developing a local entrepreneurial ecosystem, aiding policy development and leading national delegations to key events.
In parallel Jared also works for the Bassadone Automotive Group (BAG), a leading vehicle supplier for the UN, GO’s and NGOs in developing countries with the primary focus of converting vehicles for humanitarian aid purposes.
Prior to the above, Jared founded a business dealing with the manufacture and supply of specialist recycling units designed specifically for nature reserves. As a keen business enthusiast with a drive for helping small businesses, Jared also became a volunteer consultant for struggling businesses in the UK and in Gibraltar.
Jared is a graduate of Business Management from Cardiff University, is a Prince2 Practitioner and amongst several personal development courses, has attended the Washington Leaders Programme during his time in the U.S.
He has also represented Gibraltar on different Commonwealth platforms and is focused on developing further links with the Commonwealth.