Gbolahan Lawal has over 20 years post graduate experience. He is a seasoned security and development expert with bias for political economy of development, especially in low and middle income economies, with many years of experience in the Public sector. He has experiential knowledge of real-time business dynamics, global demographic/ economic challenges and opportunities, and market shifts.
Gbolahan obtained an M.Sc. degree in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, this is sequel to his B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Botany, from the University of Port-Harcourt. He is also a product of the Harvard Kennedy School and the World Bank Institute, Washington DC. An Associate Member of Food Studies Centre, SOAS and Board member, Lagos State Security Trust Fund. He also holds certificates in Strategies for Managing PPP from ECAPS in Cambridge and Advanced Management Programme (AMP) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
As a former Honourable Commissioner of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives under the Babatunde Fashola (SAN) Administration, between July 2011 and May 2015, he raised the State’s food security profile through the initiation of various programmes and projects such as the Integrated RIce mill, Imota; HIgh Quality Cassava Factory, Poka-Araga, Epe and the Songhai Regional Centre, Badagry. Sequel to this, he was appointed as Senior Special Assistant on Special Projects to His Excellency, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) between 2008 and 2011, where he coordinated the activities of the Agriculture-based Youth Empowerment Scheme (Agric-YES) since 2009, which has today become a youth empowerment model for many states of the federation.
His career started as a Scientific Officer with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (Federal Ministry of Science and Technology) between 1994 and 1996. He was later commissioned as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent in the Nigerian Police Force, while in service he held several duty posts amongst which was as the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the one-time Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu between 2001 and 2007. He retired voluntarily from the Force in 2008 as a Superintendent of Police.
He has displayed the ability to manage challenging projects, lead people and build teams. He has also received numerous awards for his contributions to the development of the agricultural sector of Lagos state.
He has interests in Sports, Music and the arts.
Gbolahan is happily married with children.