Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Trump Names Goldman Sachs-Connected Nigerian to His Economic Team

Donald Trump has named Nigerian-born, Adebayo Ogunlesi a member of an advisory council that will help the incoming president implement “ his plan to bring back jobs and Make America Great Again.”

The 63 year-old Ogunlesi is the chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm.

Blackstone in a statement said Ogunlesi, who is also a board member at Goldman Sachs, joins other business leaders in the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which “will be called upon to meet with the President frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the President implements his economic plans."

“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” said President-elect Trump.

Ogunlesi is an independent director of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Apart from being managing partner of Global Infrastructure Partners, he also serves on the boards of Callaway Golf Co. and Kosmos Energy Ltd.

At the same time, he is the chairman of Africa Finance Corp. and serves on the boards of various not-for-profits ranging from New York Presbyterian Hospital to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Ogunlesi was also the former head of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston before being promoted to vice-chairman of the bank.

Former UK Prime Minister John Major is a senior adviser to Global Infrastructure Partners. The firm manages approximately $35 billion for its investors.

Trump has promised to spend trillions of taxpayer money on infrastructure projects.


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