Funkola Odeleye

Co-founder at DIYlaw

Location: UK

Funkola Odeleye is co-founder at DIYlaw - a legal technology company committed to empowering entrepreneurs through the provision of accessible and affordable legal services and free legal and business resources.

She has a background in corporate-commercial law firm practice with years of in-house counsel experience in investment banking. Funkola’s experience cuts across corporate governance, capital markets, fundraising and investment advisory, compliance, process improvement and operations.

Funkola has a Masters in Finance and Financial Law from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London in addition to her LLB from the Lagos State University and BL from the Nigerian Law School.

She is a Cartier Women’s Initiative 2020 Fellow, 2019 Obama Africa Leader, 2019 Sub-Saharan winner and Global Finalist of the Entrepreneurial Award of the British Council Study UK Alumni Award, 2019 Africa 35 under 35 Laureate and a 2015 Innovating Justice Fellow of The Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law (HiiL). Funkola was recently recognized as 1 of 5 business leaders whose work significantly impacts their countries’ economies by the Reykjavík Global Forum.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of H&F Giving, Tech4Dev and Emerging Communities Africa and a member of the Working Group for User-Friendly Contracts at the Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law. She is a legislative draftsman of the Nigerian Startup Bill.

Funkola believes that entrepreneurship is the most sustainable solution to unemployment and she is passionate about mentoring and developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nigeria. She enjoys sudoku and mindfully scrolling through food pictures.