Mrs. Arinthia S. Komolafe is an experienced professional with a successful career in law, banking, policy making and corporate administration. A goal-oriented leader with great interpersonal and communication skills, Mrs. Komolafe possesses an analytical mind that provokes progressive conversations in the national interest. She was elected as the DNA’s leader on February 22nd 2019.
A nationalist to the core, Mrs. Komolafe is a weekly columnist for The Nassau Guardian and has espoused policies and solutions in diverse essays relating to issues affecting the Bahamian people and the nation at large. She is a disciplined and organized Bahamian professional with a proven track record of achieving results and driving positive change.
Mrs. Komolafe is the 2nd of five children born to Bradley and Jenniffer Braynen in the Farm Road constituency. She attended St. John’s Native Baptist pre-school and the Willard Patton Primary School in Bain and Grants Town. A ‘1997’ graduate of C.R. Walker Secondary School, Mrs. Komolafe studied Accounting & Finance at the College of The Bahamas and the American Intercontinental University in London, England. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) from the University of Buckingham and completed postgraduate studies at BPP Law School in London. She was called to the Bar of England & Wales and The Bahamas Bar in 2003 and is a member of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. In the same year she was licensed as a Notary Public.
Besides being a corporate lawyer by profession, Mrs. Komolafe is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners in the UK and has participated in a number of working groups of the Bahamas Financial Services Board. She has worked for institutions such as Lloyds Bank, MeesPierson Fund Services, Credit Suisse, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and Lombard Odier both in The Bahamas and Switzerland.
In her most recent role, Mrs. Komolafe served initially as consultant to and the Managing Director of the Bahamas Development Bank; a post she held for almost 4 years. Prior to returning to the private sector, she spearheaded the restructuring of the bank and cleaning up of its loan portfolio. She also participated in high level meetings involving the United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, Caribbean Export Development Agency and Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture among others.
Mrs. Komolafe has served in multiple senior positions at the Party level in Bahamian politics and was instrumental in modernizing the governing structure and processes in specific arms of the Party. She currently serves as a Board member, Human Resource Committee Chair, member of the Audit committee and member of the Review Panel of the Securities Commission of The Bahamas. Mrs. Komolafe is an active advocate for the rights of Bahamians via membership of the National Women’s Advisory Council and the Bureau of Women’s Affairs with an annual commitment to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meetings held in New York as a part of the Government delegation. She is a founder and director of the Komolafe Foundation, a family non-profit organization geared toward the education and scholarship of Bahamian youth.
In 2014, Mrs. Komolafe was nominated for the US State Department’s Global Leadership Mentoring Program for being a strong example of leadership that has made a difference in building The Bahamas. She speaks conversational French and basic Spanish and is currently the senior partner of Komolafe Law Chambers as well as a licensed corporate service provider with specific focus on small business creation and development, estate planning and regulatory compliance. Mrs. Komolafe worships at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican church and is married to Emmanuel O. Komolafe. They are proud parents of three children, Morgan Elizabeth, Alexandria Grace and Joshua Oluseyi.