Dr (Mrs.) Omolara Ololade Akanji retired from the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2007 as the Director Trade and Exchange Department. She is currently an Independent Director on the Board of Sterling Bank Plc and M Kudi, a subsidiary of Interswitch Nigeria.

Dr(Mrs. Omolara Ololade Akanji has her career spanning 35 year at the Central Bank of Nigeria during which she was Acting Director of Research (2000 to 2001), Director, Performance Improvement Department (2002 to 2004), Director, Trade and Exchange Department (2004 August to 2007 December). She became an In-House Consultant to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (2008 to 2011). She rose through the ranks from the entering point as an Assistant Economist in the Research Department; giving her the opportunity to have gone through all the processes of Central Banking. She was the Team Lead for the Project EAGLES- the Restructuring/ Re-engineering of the Central Bank during 1999 to 2004. The Restructuring/Re-engineering was able to deploy 5 applications to drive the front and back office processes of the Central Bank of Nigeria for efficiency and effectiveness.

Dr (Mrs.) Omolara Ololade Akanji has over 40 Professional Papers written and published in both domestic and foreign journals with the most recent paper written and published:

1. Developments in the monetary base in 2008Q4 to 2009Q2: Implications for Price Level Changes (2009) being paper published in the Central Bank of Nigeria Bullion, Volume 30, No 2, April- June 2009.

2. The Central Bank of Nigeria, the Liquidity and the Sectoral Credit Allocation being paper published in the Central Bank of Nigeria Bullion, Volume 34, No1, January-March, 2010

3. The Role of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) In Nigeria Economic Development being the paper presented at the Institute of Certified Economist July 9, 2010.

4. A Statistical Survey of Productivity, Monetary and Financial Indicators In Nigeria being a paper prepared for presentation at the Central Bank of Nigeria Executive Seminar Holding during November, 23, 2010. Published in the Central Bank of Nigeria, Economic and Financial Review (EFR); Volume 48, Number 4; December 2010

5. Oil and Gas Management in Nigeria: Lessons for Ghana being a paper presented at the induction course for the Chartered Institute of Economist, Ghana during December 3, 2010. Published in the Central Bank of Nigeria, Bullion Volume 34, No 4; October- December, 2010.

6. Leadership and Institutional Development being a paper published in the Vol. 3 No 2 2012 edition of the Human Resource Management Journal.

7. Design, Implications and Analysis of Household Surveys: A Practical Issues to note being a paper published in the Central Bank of Nigeria, Bullion Volume 37, No 3: July-September, 2013

Since retirement from the service of the Central Bank of Nigeria, she has engaged in consulting/training on finance and trade finance matters. She has held the following position:

(i) Vice-Chairman, Banking Commission of the ICCN, 2012 to date.

(ii) Independent Director, Sterling Bank Plc Nigeria, 2014 to date

(iii) Independent Director, M Kudi (Interswitch Company Nigeria), May 2021 to date

(iv) Independent Director, Nigeria Spinners Company, 2012 to date

Dr (Mrs.) Omolara Ololade Akanji is a graduate of Agricultural Economics (BSc) University of Ibadan (1973); University of Reading, Berkshire England (1976); University of Canterbury, Kent, School of Mathematics (1986) and European American University (EAU) Commonwealth of Dominica (2011). She has Certification in Financial Programming from the IMF Institute, Washington (2001); Certificate in Monetary Policy Management, Harvard School of Government (2001). She has attended several Harvard Business School Executive Programs from 2002 to 2019 ranging from Negotiation, Compensation, Board Leadership, and the Ministerial World Trade facilitation.

She is a Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (HS75562), a Fellow of the Institute of Cost Managers (FCM), a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Economist (FCE), a Fellow of the Nigeria Statistical Association and an Alumni of Harvard (0004248985), An ICC Certified Trainer on INCOTERM (2010 to date), A Certified Trainer on IFC/FITC Corporate Governance (2013 to date).

She currently lives in Abuja, Nigeria and married to Colonel Michael Olusola Akanji (Rtd) with three children.

She was awarded by the Pope Dame of St. Sylvester (DSS) of the Catholic Church in March, 2020.

When not engaged in Board matters and Training, Dr (Mrs.) Omolara Ololade Akanji engages in reading and creative writing and working on her Foundation for Widows named Marycare Foundation. She is very engaged with the financial monitoring of the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) agencies.