Olu Olanrewaju

Olu leads Altair International business that provides advisory services to global clients ranging from Development Finance institutions, Government ministries, municipal authorities and private organisations. This includes providing advice on areas such as housing market reviews and feasibility studies, development of housing strategy and policy and implementation of identified housing interventions. He also has oversight of our Transformation and change team.


Housing market demand and supply studies, design and implementation of interventions such as setting up institutions, Capacity review and institutional strengthening, review of business models, housing finance, Target Operating Models, transformation and service improvement, organisation design and review, change, human resources, governance, service review, strategy development, market and competitor analysis, project management, Development appraisal and financial modelling.

About Olu

Before consultancy, Olu has been Chief Executive and Executive Director of several housing companies in the UK. These organisations range from those that have developed and managed around 1000 homes to nearly 100,000 homes in their portfolio. In recent past Olu has chaired several Housing companies including a G15 Housing Association. He is also a co-founder of a start-up affordable housing company providing climate smart affordable homes in Africa. Olu is currently Chairman of Leadership 2025, a charity supported by the Mayor of London and was set up to increase the number of people of colour in leadership positions, Chairman of BLP a London based charity transforming young lives through entrepreneurship, and Altwood Housing Group, a private property group based in London.

Recent Altair Assignments

Comprehensive housing market study and development of a business plan to set up a rental housing company in Rwanda for a major pan – African housing bank.

Led project team to undertake housing market assessment, develop corporate plan and funding structure for Africa’s most recent housing fund in Nigeria.

Design of a new housing co-lending mortgage product to provide homes for lower income households.

Market assessment and feasibility studies for Africa’s first new build green city project in Rwanda.

Project leader for the development of strategic options for housing bank in West Africa.

Review of existing business model and design of new funding model for a housing fund in West Africa.

Housing market analysis and development of a business case for micro housing finance in Tanzania.

Review of housing market and development of rental housing vehicle in Burkina Faso.

Review of REITs and potential for REITS as a funding source for Affordable housing in Kenya.


Co-authored a case study of ‘Change Management and Turnaround in an Affordable Housing Company in the UK.’ ‘5 Top Tips for Managing Mixed Tenure Estates’ CIH Magazine

Fun Facts

Olu is an avid supporter of the greatest football club in the world, Manchester United, though not a Mancunian!

Frustrated Saxophonist and enjoys playing Badminton with friends every Friday night!

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