Bola Olusanya is the Chief Investment Officer at The Nature Conservancy. Bola has more than 20 years of experience in investment management as both an executive and thought leader. His most recent position was Managing Director at Key Private Bank where he oversaw asset allocation, portfolio strategy and manager research across all asset classes for the bank’s $40B investment management business.
Prior to joining Key Private Bank, Bola was a Managing Director at Strategic Investment Group, a $37B Outsourced CIO firm, where he co-managed the public equity portfolio as well as the firm’s emerging manager program. Before that, he was a Managing Director at Vanderbilt University’s investment office where he was responsible for managing the university’s $6.3B endowment. Earlier in his career he worked at Emory University’s investment office and held senior positions within the Nigerian banking sector.
Bola was named one of the top “40 under 40” institutional investors by CIO magazine in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, he was the recipient of Institutional Investor magazine’s “Investor Intelligence award for endowment and foundation risk management.” He is a member of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance, the primary goal of which is to facilitate the interchange of ideas between leading quantitative investment professionals, and he serves on the advisory board of Vanderbilt University’s Masters in Finance program, where he has appeared as a guest lecturer for the past 10 years.