An astute leader with outstanding track record in mobilising for corporate and public sector reform, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Recognised and respected both within and outside the legal profession for her legal, administrative and organisational skills, Funmi Roberts has the profound ability to utilise her excellent analytical skills to achieve defined impactful objectives and develop novel strategically designed solutions to challenges.
She became a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria haven graduated top of her class with a Second Class Upper Division after passing out, also top of her class from the of the University of Ife, Ile Ife in 1981. It was also in the University of Ife, Ile Ife that she earned her Masters of laws Degree, during which she was given the University of Ife Fellowship. Funmi’s tenacity and refusal to be defined or limited by her environment, have enabled her to build of one of the leading value-driven legal and ADR law firms in Nigeria, Funmi Roberts & Co, which she registered in 1989. She is also the founder of a limited liability company known as Funmi Roberts & Co. Nominees Limited which offers cutting edge company secretarial services to several blue-chip companies in Nigeria. The two firms operate from Ibadan, Oyo State and Lagos State, with a focal point at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Funmi Roberts belongs to several professional organizations such as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), where she served in various capacities and is currently a member of the National Executive Council, the highest decision-making organ of the NBA. She is member and former chairperson of Oyo State Chapter of the Federacion Internacional de Abogadas.
(FIDA, which in English means International Federation of Women Lawyers) Funmi is a member of the International Bar Association, Business Recovery Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Society for Corporate Governance etc. Funmi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K), a member of the Global Panel of Mediators of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution CEDR, (U.K). She is a tutor and assessor of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution CEDR, (U.K) and has recently been appointed to the Dispute Resolution Panel of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
Funmi Roberts, a member and tutor of the Institute of Directors (Nigeria), is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Women in Management Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) and serves as a director of the not-for-profit organisation known as Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH). She seats on the board of several corporate bodies, including the largest bank in Liberia, Ecobank, Liberia. She is a director in Agile Communications Limited, FBN Mortgages Limited, Lagos Court of Arbitration, Qvate Solutions Ltd etc.
Funmi Roberts is married with 4 sons and several grandchildren.