Funkola Odeleye

Co-founder & CEO, DIYlaw

Funkola Odeleye is a lawyer and entrepreneur with experience across commercial and corporate law firm practice, in-house counsel in investment banking, capital markets, investment advisory, compliance and securities as well as entrepreneurship. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL. B) from the Lagos State University; the Nigerian Law School Qualifying Certificate of Call to Bar; and a Masters in Finance and Financial Law from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.

She is Co-founder and CEO at DIYLaw Technologies Ltd, a legal technology company focused on providing automated, accessible and affordable legal services to Nigeria-based entrepreneurs. At DIYLaw, she leads strategy and oversees core functions of the business including operations and business development.

Beyond her role at DIYLaw, she leads the Corporate – Commercial and Intellectual Property department at The Longe Practice, a law firm which she co- founded in 2015. Prior to these roles, she worked with FBN Capital, Cordros Capital and George Ikoli & Okagbue where she offered unique values in her roles both as associate and team lead across compliance and corporate-commercial.

Funkola was the 2019 Sub-Saharan winner and Global Finalist of the Entrepreneurial Award of the British Council Study UK Alumni Award. She is a 2019 Africa 35.35 Laureate and an Obama Leader, having been recently chosen as a 2019 Obama Africa Leader. She is also an Innovating Justice Fellow of The Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law (HiiL) and was once named one of Nigeria’s 100 Most Innovative Persons in Technology.

She believes in social responsibility and is a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor. She is passionate about mentoring and developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nigeria.

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