Tobi Oluwatola is an assistant policy analyst at RAND 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.