Dr. Fred Olayele’s diverse career spans banking, government, international development, management consulting, and academia. As Chief Economist with New York City Economic Development Corporation, he leads economic research and policy initiatives aimed at making New York City the global model for inclusive growth and innovation. He has consulted widely and advised many public and private organizations in Canada, United States and Africa –including startups, multinational corporations, and international development agencies. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), his work cuts across the public, private, philanthropic, and academic sectors – both nationally and internationally. Prior to his current role, he was President & Chief Economist with the Global Economic Institute – where he championed internationalization through the triple helix approach. A First Class Honours Economics graduate, his research interests are in trade policy, economic development, energy and climate policy, political economy, and strategic management. Dr. Olayele earned his Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Victoria in Canada, and a PhD in Economics from Lancaster University, United Kingdom. A Research Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Canada, he has taught strategy and international business in the MBA program; and applied and theoretical economics classes at the University of Regina, Canada. He is a frequent speaker on trending economic and public policy issues, and has published in reputed international journals. Among others, he sits on the International Advisory Committee of Washington D.C.-based International Economic Development Council.