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Dr. Fred Olayele brings extensive capability and all-round professional experience to technical economic analysis, strategy consulting, and public policy advisory. A professor, distinguished economist, and public policy expert, his research interests and practice areas cover trade policy, innovation, FDI, urban policy, political economy, and inclusive development. He has published and shared best practices in these areas at numerous conferences and institutions around the world. His diverse career spans academia, government, finance, and international development. He recently served as Chief Economist and Senior Vice President with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he oversaw a wide range of economic research and policy initiatives. Prior to that, he held several economic policy positions and advised the Canadian provincial governments of British Columbia and Saskatchewan across the FDI, economic development, and energy policy domains. Earlier in his career, he was a global trade finance specialist with Citigroup. Dr. Olayele has held academic positions and taught at the University of Regina and Carleton University in Canada. He has served as a visiting professor and guest speaker across universities and academic institutions abroad. He was a Visiting Scholar at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland, and a Visiting Professor of Trade and Development at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. He has consulted widely and advised many public, private, and development institutions in Canada, United States, Spain, and Africa. A passionate teacher and public intellectual, he earned his PhD in Economics from Lancaster University, United Kingdom, and MA in Economics from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he serves on various non-profit boards and supports many social causes.