An accomplished professional in both the legal and administrative fields, Mr. Kolawole has built a career that has spanned about 24 years, beginning in 1991 when he served as a Youth Corps member at the Customs, Immigration & Prisons Service Board.
Born on the 9th of June 1968, Mr. Samuel Kolawole attended Ansar-Ud-een Primary School III, Itire, Surulere, Lagos State from 1974 to 1980, and attended Ijeshatedo Grammar School, Okota, Isolo, Lagos State between 1980 and 1985.
Mr. Kolawole is a product of the Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, where he got his Bachelor of Law degree in 1990, graduating as the best student in Commercial Law, and the best student in Law of Banking. Subsequently, he was called to Bar in 1991 and worked as a Counsel with Austin Mamedu & Co. from 1992-1993, as a Legal Officer with Allied Bank of Nigeria between 1993 and 1998, as a Liquidation Officer with Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1998-2000, and as Company Secretary/Legal Adviser with University Press Plc from 2001-2005. In March 2005, he became the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of University Press Plc, thus making a switch from law to administration.
Since 2005 when he has served as MD/CEO at University Press Plc, Mr. Kolawole has had landmark achievements and impacted greatly on the organisation.
Apart from his degree in Law, Mr. Kolawole holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from University of Liverpool, as well as professional certificates from the Council of Legal Education (1991), the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (London) (1996), National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (2011), and Nigeria Institute of Management (2015). Currently, Mr. Samuel Kolawole is studying for a doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Liverpool.
He has also attended various professional courses and trainings both within and outside Nigeria. Some of them are: Understanding Digital Rights in a Digital Selling World, Frankfurter Buchmesse, Frankfurt (October 2010); Strategic Publishing Management – Publishing Training Institute, London (2008); Business to Business Marketing Strategy Course – Harvard Business School (2008); and Total Quality Management Course held at Allied Bank Training School, Lagos.
While working full time in various capacities, Mr. Kolawole has at the same time been committed to various professional bodies and institutes. He serves as Vice President, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) from 2015 to 2017; Council Member, Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (West Zone); Chairman, African Publishers Network (APNET). He is also immediate past Chairman, Nigeria Book Fair Trust and Immediate past President, Nigerian Publishers Association. His membership of professional bodies includes:
For his commitment to industry and his organisational acumen, Mr. Samuel Kolawole earned the 2015 Businessday Top 25 CEOs in Nigeria award.
Mr. Kolawole was elected President of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria on 30th June, 2017.
Mr. Samuel Kolawole has a good collection of publications, research papers and other presentations at different fora. They include: