Mr Atanda-Lawal was born on the 13th of February, 1968 in Lagos State, Lagos Island Division. He started his primary education at Ireti Primary School, Ikoyi, Lagos and was at St. Gregory College, Lagos for his secondary education.
He was at Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State for his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Studies (1991). He holds a post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from University of Ibadan, Oyo State (1999) and later had his Master Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos (2006).
He started his working career at CFAO from 1994-1996 from there joined Public Service as an Administrative Officer 1 and posted to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure; 1999-2003.
Mr. Atanda-Lawal was deployed to Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Board; as Senior Administrative Officer /Head of Training Unit and Secretary Transport Sub-Committee and later Principal Administrative/Head of Planning, Research and Statistics of the Muslim Pilgrims Board and later moved to Lagos State Sport Council where he was the Secretary. He equally served in Ministry of Transport in the Public Transport Management System Directorate as well as Transport Organisations. He was posted to Audit Service Commission before his deployment to Office of the Chief of Staff to Head Employee Relations Unit in the Department of Administration and Human Resources in 2020. He got promoted to Deputy Director in Year 2020. He became Deputy Director/Head of Administration & Human Resources Department in March; 2023 in the Office of the Chief of Staff.
Professionally, Mr. Atanda-Lawal is an Associate Member, Association of Human Resources Practitioners of Nigeria.
He is a devout muslim and happily married with children.