Oluwatobi A. Oluwatola

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in electronic and electrical engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University

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Tobi Oluwatola is an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He began his career at KPMG Management Consulting where he advised clients in diverse areas, from Nigeria's ministries of finance and energy to multinational technology companies and banks. He developed corporate strategies, designed organizational structures, drafted policies and procedures, and developed complex financial models and business plans.

Oluwatola took a leave of absence to become the national coordinator of the volunteers supporting the 2011 presidential campaign of the Action Congress of Nigeria (Nigeria's largest opposition party). Combining skills developed at KPMG with his networks from the campaign, he then co-founded a consulting firm that employed more than 150 people and worked with the British Department for International Development (DFID). He recruited and managed senior consultants, and developed and lobbied for business environment reform policy proposals. Some of the policies he worked on included assessing the national fertilizer policy, resolving climate change induced conflicts over resources, and increasing access to electronic payment systems.

He has volunteered extensively for the World Energy Council, where he uses his B.S. in electrical engineering to provide global energy thought leadership as a member of the Future Energy Leaders Advisory Board. His research interests include energy, robust decision making, operations research, security and economic development.


  • Supporters of Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari gesture in front of his election posters in Kano March 27, 2015

    What's at Stake in Nigeria's Elections

    Next to ethnic and religious predilections, security is by far the biggest issue for Nigerians in Saturday's election. For more than 50 years, since Nigeria's independence from British rule, its military has played an important role in peacekeeping across the continent. Paradoxically, the country has struggled with an insurgency within its own borders.

    Mar 27, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • Double maize yields for Malawian farmer with conservation agriculture

    Climate Change, Uncertainty Cast Clouds on Malawi's Food Policies

    Malawi has the highest per capita maize consumption in Africa, but it may need to consider alternatives, taking into greater consideration weather, climate change and water needs.

    May 20, 2014 The RAND Blog