Wale Lawal is an LSE, Oxford and Harvard trained researcher and the founder of The Republic, a startup building digital tools and infrastructure to support Africa-focused media.
He is also the editor-in-chief of The Republic’s award-winning magazine covering news, debates and ideas on politics, culture, science and more from a Nigerian lens. In 2022, The Republic became the first Nigerian magazine to win the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge.
Previously, Wale led research at Harvard Business School’s Africa Research Center, producing research on companies and business environments across sub-Saharan Africa as well as case studies taught in HBS as well as business schools around the world.
Wale is also an ex-KPMG management consultant and a graduate from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on the politics of tech startups in Nigeria, graduating top of his class. In 2019, Wale was selected by Quartz as one of Africa’s top 30 innovators. In 2021, he was selected by Reuters as a global thought leader and by Forbes as one of Africa’s 30 Under 30. Wale has published short fiction and has exhibited artwork at several venues including the Venice Biennale.
Wale has also written the Future Yoruba exhibit for the forthcoming John Randle Center for Yoruba Culture and History.