Ayo Ayodele and I got to know each other when he was working as an Assistant Treasurer and Deputy Chief Investment Officer at the City of Chicago. He now works in Global Wealth Management at a large firm in Chicago, and prior to his role at the City of Chicago worked in a series of investment banking roles, including 3 years at Afrinvest West Africa, based in both London and Lagos. He was educated in Nigeria, Harrogate in the UK and the University of Arizona.
Our conversation traces his journey from Lagos, to the UK, to Chicago, back to Lagos and back again, and discusses the secrets to success in building a rolodex in private wealth. We also discuss the right of passage of public service, and the insights that that provided.
Finally, we examine what it means to be an ally, and which allies are the most helpful, as well as mentors who have influenced him and encouraged him in his current field.