Fola Adeleke is a South African trained lawyer whose work focuses on international economic law and human rights, corporate transparency, open government and accountability within the extractive industry. Prior to joining the South African Human Rights Commission as the Head of Research, Fola was a Clinical Advocacy Fellow at Harvard Law School supervising clinical projects on business and human rights. Fola was also a Fulbright visiting scholar with the Center for Sustainable Investment at Columbia University. He clerked at the Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa, and worked at the Open Democracy Advice Centre, where his human rights work spanned across Africa.

He once served as the country researcher for the Open Government Partnership Independent Reporting Mechanism in South Africa and was part of an expert group reviewing the African Union’s Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa. Fola has also produced research for the Carter Center, the Open Society Foundation and the World Bank.

He was  selected as one of 25 young Africans in the inaugural ‘leading in public life’ fellowship and was part of the 2015 Mo Ibrahim residential school on governance for development in Africa
PhD, Wits University, Johannesburg, 2014
LLM, University of Cape Town, 2009
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Freedom of Information; Administrative Law; Transparency; International Economic Law; Investment Regulation; Extractive Industry; Human Rights
Personal Interests
Avid marathon runner and supporter of Manchester United.