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An alumni of Harvard Kennedy School, Moji Rhodes is the first female Deputy Chief of Staff in the history of the government of Lagos. A member of the Governor’s high level policy team that developed transformational policies and consequent improvements in the State.

She served as Senior Special Assistant-Admin & Strategy from 2007-2011, restructuring operations in the Governor’s Office, establishing a Project Monitoring and Implementation Unit and Lagos-Clinton Foundation Partnership programme. She also coordinated the professional’s arm of the Governor’s re-election campaign ‘I SEE LAGOS’ in 2011. In her current position, she assists the Chief of Staff in overseeing the daily administration of the Governor’s Office and relations with over 75 Government ministries & agencies.

In partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School’s IFED Programme, she established and manages the INNOVATE LAGOS project (, the first government & private sector led initiative in West Africa, supporting innovation across all sectors.

With degrees in Law & Development Finance (UK) her 13year career covers legal & financial analysis, business planning, brand management, relationship management in organisations such as the UK Department of Health, Lehman Brothers UK, UBA Plc and GTB Plc. She is also an alumni of the African Leadership Institute, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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