Our Trustees play an integral role in the oversight of all operations and support resource development to achieve DRASA’s mission
Mr. Olasupo Shasore
Mr. Shasore SAN is a Partner at Africa Law Practice (ALP), a leading law firm operating in two cities in Nigeria. He was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2006, and in 2007 agreed to serve as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Lagos State where he initiated reforms leading to the Arbitration Law of Lagos State. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator; member of the London Court of International Arbitration, Africa User Group; Chairman of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Section on Business Law, Nigerian Bar Association; Chairman of the National Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Reform Committee; and a member of the Advisory Committee, International Lawyers for Africa. He is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria, the current Chairman of the Lagos Law Reform Commission, and the President of the Lagos Court of Arbitration. He is the author of “Jurisdiction and Sovereign Immunity in Nigerian Commercial Law” (2007, The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs), co- author of “Commercial Arbitration Law & International Practice in Nigeria” (2012, LexisNexis) and “Possessed” (2014, CLRN Publishing).
Dr. Yemi Johnson
Dr. Johnson is the Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Cardiology Consultants Ltd which he founded in 2008. He has spearheaded contemporary invasive cardiology in Nigeria and has performed several pioneering procedures including the first coronary angioplasty with stent implantation and the first non-surgical closure of holes in the heart for children and adults. Dr. Johnson graduated from the University of Lagos College of Medicine; began his postgraduate training at Yale University and enrolled in its Master of Public Health and Preventive Medicine program; and underwent his internal medicine residency and cardiovascular disease fellowship at Columbia University in New York. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease Subspecialty) in 1989. He subsequently underwent an interventional cardiology fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center and then became Director of Vascular Cardiology at Mid Carolina Cardiology in North Carolina. He is credited with the initiation of the peripheral vascular intervention program at the institution.
Dr. Ama Walley
Dr. Ama Walley is an associate in a private dental practice. She has practiced dentistry for over 30 years and has extensive experience in all aspects of the field with a specialized experience in pediatric dentistry. She graduated from the University of Lagos College of Medicine and Dentistry in 1984 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. She started her graduate studies with a residency at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Dental School and then relocated to the United Kingdom for further training. In 1994 she attained the prestigious Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Ama Walley subsequently joined the program for advanced studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2000.
Mr. Deji Akinyanju
Mr. Akinyanju pioneered the entry of International Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) into Nigeria. He Founded Food Concepts Plc, and created its flagship brand – Chicken Republic. He led the company in the acquisition of other brands: Butterfield Bakeries, and St Elmos Pizza. He also served as the Pioneer Founder Chief Executive for over 15years and as Group Chairman until 2016. During his tenure he merged Food Concepts Bakery Division with Pioneer Foods PTY South Africa and sold its Poultry Farm. Previously, he was a founding partner of DevAccess, a leading commodity trading and logistics entity based in South Africa. Deji also established Ganic, an agricultural commodity trading platform, which currently specializes in grain aggregation, processing and soft commodity export. He is currently the Chief Executive of Donnais Capital, an Asset and Investment management company based in Nigeria.
Mr. Olayemi Cardoso
Mr. Cardoso has extensive executive level experience working with the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He worked for decades within banking with Chase, Citibank, and Citizens International Banking. In 1999, upon the return to civilian rule in Nigeria, he was approached by the Government of Lagos and appointed to the cabinet as the first Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos State. In 2004, he voluntarily relinquished his position and returned to private life focusing his business on developmental and financial activities and through his interest in public-private partnerships, he forged working alliances with several donors such as the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and United Nations Habitat. Mr. Cardoso is Chairman of Citibank in Nigeria and has served on the board of other leading companies including Chevron Oil Plc for several years. Mr. Cardoso holds a first degree from Aston Business School UK and a second degree from Harvard University.
Ms. Doyin Akinyanju
Ms. Akinyanju is a leader with a proven track record of business growth, efficiency improvement, and profitability increases acquired from 27 years of experience in numerous management and senior leadership positions across geographic regions. She was Chief Executive Officer for GE Oil & Gas in West and Central Africa and Chief Strategy Officer for GE Oil & Gas in Sub-Saharan Africa for 2.5 years. She previously held senior managerial positions with Schlumberger where she spent 18.5 years in global and regional workspaces including Kenya, Ethiopia and Gulf of Guinea. She has served on several boards and is Co-Founder of DFD SmarTech Construction. Ms. Akinyanju currently serves as the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of IBILE Oil and Gas Corporation.
Mr. Kodjo Adadevoh
Mr. Kodjo Adadevoh is the Director Analytics, Lifecycle Managment at Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company. He has over 20 years of experience working in a number of Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry managing scientists in development and quality control roles. Mr. Adadevoh has also taught as an adjunct Professor, in the MS Biotechnology program, at the Kean University in New Jersey. He is a prolific writer, who is a published author and has contributed articles to scientific journals, various magazines, and online sites in the United States. He has also served on the board of Family & Community Services of Somerset County, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, guidance and counseling to individuals and families in need. Mr. Adadevoh holds a BSc in Chemistry from Ahmadu Bello University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and an MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. He is Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh’s younger brother.