Former international economic adviser under the era of President Barack Obama, the lawyer originally from Nigeria, Adewale Adeyemo has been appointed Assistant Secretary in the United States Treasury Department by the brand new President Joe Biden. He thus becomes the first African citizen to occupy this position of choice in an American government.
Adeyemo grew up east of Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and Yale Law School. His career has been sparkling and his experience unique for an African evolving in the United States.
He has worked with International Organizations that are at the intersection of public policies, the private sector and non-profit organizations whose goal is to create economic opportunities.
Currently, he is chairman of the “Obama Foundation” and advises on business strategy and macroeconomic policy. He is also sought after by lawmakers, business leaders and nonprofits for advice on economic development, trade, investment and strategies to reduce economic inequalities as much as possible.
In 2015, he was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor and Deputy National Director by President Barack Obama. As the President’s international economic adviser, he coordinated the policy formulation process on international finance, trade, investment, energy and government matters. It was he who represented the American president to the G7 and G20.
Always in his rich career, he was the first chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Office. He has also been a member of various boards and organizations such as the Aspen Strategy Group, the board of directors of the Golden State Opportunity Foundation.
Adeyemo “Wally” Adeyemo will have the heavy task of contributing to the revival of the American economy in this transitional phase and especially in this context marked by the constantly increasing evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic which has already made 250,000 deaths in the country.