Chief Gbola Akinola is a practising Lawyer and Arbitrator. He obtained a B.Sc Degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan in 1982, was called to the Nigerian Bar and admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1987. He is a Partner in the law firm known as ‘THE LAW UNION’ with cognate experience in Corporate and Commercial Law practice and a highly skilled advocate with extensive commercial legal advisory experience. Chief Gbola Akinola was appointed a Notary Public in May 1998, admitted as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in November 1999, elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in February 2001 and became listed as a member of the Institute's Panel of Chartered Arbitrators in August 2006, admitted to the KIAC Panel of International Arbitrators, Kigali, Rwanda, in November 2012, member African Arbitration Association (AfAA) and member of the Board of Directors of Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) January 2021. He became an Approved Tutor and Resource person of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in January 2003 and lectures in Arbitration both in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. He was a member of the National Committee on Reform of Arbitration Laws. Past President of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria (MAAN), November 2010 – 2013. He is a branch Officer of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria Branch, and currently serves as the Chairman.