SOAS University of London

Lanre Akinola

SOAS is the ideal place for people interested in emerging market geographies.

Year graduated from SOAS

Programme studied
BA Politics

Current job title and name of organisation
Editor of This Is Africa, a publication from the Financial Times Limited

What do you like about what you do? 
This Is Africa is a specialist publication focused on Africa's changing international role. We engage with the most pressing and important political, economic and developmental issues that are redefining the continent's business and policy environment.

As such we have a broad geographical scope for content, looking at everything from the emergence of the "Bric" economies and China's relationship with Africa, to the reforming of international economic and political institutions.

The job involves regular international travel, including attending high profile events and summits such as the Woorld Economic Forum's meeting on Africa, the UN's climate change negotiations, the IMF/World Bank annual meetings etc. It also offers unparalleled access to the most influential people from the world of business and politics. This includes the heads of international organisations such as the UN, heads of state and business leaders.

A few examples include:
Ban Ki-Moon, Kofi Annan, Paul Kagame, Olusegun Obasanjo, Mo Ibrahim, Jeffrey Sachs, Paul Collier, Andrew Mitchell, Jean Ping, Alassane Ouattara, Justin Lin,

How has your time at SOAS helped you succeed in this role? 
SOAS is the ideal place for people interested in emerging market geographies. Given what is happening internationally, the need for such knowledge is greater than ever before.

Can you give current students any tips on getting into this kind of work? 
Apply yourself, do NOT be afraid and get an internship!