LUCAS Africa Policy Forum – Mr Babatunde Irukera – Africa’s emerging market: A matter of Asset and Access

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  • Time: 16:00 - 17:30
  • Location: Michael Sadler Building 311
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LUCAS is delighted to welcome Mr Babatunde Irukera to the University of Leeds to deliver his presentation “Africa’s emerging market: A matter of Asset and Access” as part of the LUCAS Africa Policy Forum. Mr Irukera is the Director General of the Consumer Protection Council of Nigeria.

Profile Of The Director General Consumer Protection Council

Babatunde Irukera is the Director General/Chief Executive of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC). He is responsible for the daily management and leadership of the Council in fulfilling its mandate to protect consumers and secure remedies when consumer rights are violated. His record of advocacy and representation in consumers’ issues is exceptional and provides the clarity both the Council, and industry need in addressing the balance the twin issues of customer service/protection and regulatory stability.

He has been in active legal practice for almost three decades. His varied experience range from being In-house Counsel to General Counsel, Managing Partner in a law firm, and advising senior government officials as well as key government institutions. Over this diverse career, Babatunde gained considerable experience in transactions, civil rights and commercial litigation, regulatory work, government relations and practice management.

Key areas of significant litigation and resolution experience for Babatunde include medical malpractice. He was key counsel in prosecution, negotiation and settlement of a large multi-jurisdictional case involving a major pharmaceutical company and the conduct of a clinical trial that resulted in injuries. He also played vital roles in sector related consumer protection advancements including advising the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority with respect to its role in sector consumer protection. He led the initiative in developing current aviation consumer protection regulations as well as the Passenger Bill of Rights. He also led the team that revised existing aviation economic regulations and superintended a comprehensive regulatory and parliamentary investigation into anti-competitive behaviour by foreign airlines. He has also provided capacity-building and advisory services to government institutions and other clients with respect to competition/antitrust issues. He co-authors the Nigerian chapters in a range of competition/antitrust related widely regarded international publications.

His unique combination of advocacy, commercial practice and reputation provides the required mutual industry/regulatory assurance and balance for a vibrant and robust consumer protection regime that promotes business stability and investment, as well consumer satisfaction and confidence.

Babatunde was admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1990, and before the Washington State Supreme Court in 1996.