Abdoulkarim Soumaila

Osondu C. Nwokoro

Senior Policy Advisor, Nigeria

Osondu is a communications law, policy and strategy specialist who has been actively involved in the development of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry policy and regulatory framework from its partial liberalization in the mid-1990s through to present day. He is an experienced regulator and business representative, and this broad perspective serves him well as a strategic advisor and industry commentator for our clients.

At the Nigerian Communications Commission, Osondu helped craft pioneering regulatory guidelines and, as Head of Licence Documentation, was responsible for drafting operating and frequency licences, including the landmark GSM licence awards in 2001. He was a member of the Telecommunications Sector Reform Implementation Committee of the National Council on Privatization that wrote the National Telecommunications Policy of 2000, and was actively involved in the conception and drafting of the Nigeria Communications Act.

Following his distinguished career as a regulator, Osondu was hired by Econet Wireless Nigeria Limited (now Airtel Networks Limited) in 2002, where he rose to become Regulatory Affairs Director in 2008. During his tenure, Airtel developed its reputation as a thought leader on communications industry policy and, in 2010, he was appointed as the mobile network operator’s representative on the Ministerial Committee for the Review of the National Telecommunications Policy. From 2015 to 2018, Osondu was External Affairs Director at Natcom Development and Investment Limited.

Osondu holds degrees in law, is a member of the Nigerian bar, and an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and Wits Business School of South Africa, from where he obtained certifications in advanced management and general management respectively. He is also an Accredited Management Consultant (AMC) and a Fellow (FIMCB) of the International Management Consultants Board.