Bolaji Balogun – Everything you need to know about the Chapel Hill Denham boss
Bolaji Balogun is Chief Executive Officer of Chapel Hill Denham, Nigeria’s leading independent investment banking firm and Chief Investment Officer of the Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund and he is currently one Nigeria billionaires featuring in Africa Magic TV show Lion’s Den
Bolaji Balogun has over thirty years of experience in investment banking, investment management and mobile telecommunications. Chapel Hill Denham is one of Nigeria’s leading investment management firms and the leading alternatives investment manager with funds in infrastructure, Real Estate and SMEs.
He spent eleven years with FCMB Group, in investment banking and securities trading, leaving in January 2001. From April 1993 to January 2001, he was Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at CSL Stockbrokers Limited. Bolaji was Executive Director at FCMB Capital Markets from January 1996.
Bolaji Balogun left FCMB Capital Markets in January 2001, to become co-founder and Director at Econet Wireless Nigeria, now Airtel Nigeria. He led the capital raising and license bid auction process for Econet Wireless Nigeria’s USD285 million GSM license. He was Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer and was appointed Chief Marketing Officer in October 2001. The USD1.67 billion sale of Econet Wireless to Celtel in 2005 remains Nigeria’s single largest successfully exited private investment. Bolaji left mobile communications and returned to investment banking when he founded Chapel Hill in 2005.
Bolaji Baloy is Chairman, Lafarge Africa, Vice Chairman of Endeavor Nigeria, a Director at Trustfund Pension, one of Nigeria’s largest pension fund managers, and SME NG, a Nigerian impact investment platform, investing in Nigerian women and youth-owned SMEs. He was formerly Chairman on Nahco FTZ Limited, a former Director of Nahco Avaince Plc and NASD Plc. He was appointed to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Africa Advisory Board in September 2009.
Bolaji is an Economics (Honours) graduate of the London School of Economics, University of London.
In the early years of his career, Bolaji Balogun was majorly identified as the son of one of Nigeria’s notable banker and founder – Olasubomi Balogun. Long after his father’s retirement, however, Bolaji has gone ahead to earn a name for himself in the investment banking space. He has built a track record of closing groundbreaking deals and even founded his own investment banking group.
Bolaji decided quite early that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps as a banker and this guided his educational pursuit. He attended Igbobi College, Lagos, before moving to the United Kingdom where he attended Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey; and then got his First degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.
Bolaji’s career started in investment banking and securities trading under the First City Group. He started out in the early 90s as Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of CSL Stockbrokers Limited, Lagos, Nigeria and he held that position till 2001. From January 1996, he became Executive Director at FCMB Capital Markets, still under the Group.