My name is Babatunde Valentine Onabajo. What a mouthful – most people simply call me ‘Baba’ 🙂 . My name is pronounced as either ‘Bah-bah-toon-day’ or ‘Bah-bah-toon-dee’. I am 24 years old and I am from London here in the United Kingdom.
I currently work at the London Internet Exchange (LINX), one of the world’s largest internet exchange points, and my role is a Public Affairs Executive. As part of my role, I try to persuade senior policymakers from implementing legislation that could adversely impede the freedom of the internet. Thus, if you see policies being mooted relating to online censorship, banning ‘hate speech’ and undermining encryption technologies, chances are that I’m against it. I have often heard my role being summarised as a ‘lobbyist’, which is what you can effectively call me. I have previously worked at the British Bankers’ Association, The TaxPayers’ Alliance as well as for Mark Field MP (Cities of London and Westminster).
I graduated from King’s College London with a postgraduate degree in MSc Brazil in Global Perspective, which allowed me to learn about emerging markets around the world with a particular emphasis on Brazil. I also undertook The Associateship of King’s College (AKC) as well as a short course in International Law at the University of Geneva. Finally, I did my undergraduate studies in BSc Economics at Cardiff University. In the future, I am considering doing a Ph.D. in Development Studies with reference to Emerging Markets at King’s College London.
I enjoy travelling, reading, coding, politics and theology.