Ade Olufeko

A continuum since ’97
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As Seen / Featured

Ade Abayomi Olufeko, is an American-trained technologist and design consultant known for offering exceptional approaches rooted in timeless principles to solve complex challenges. Esteemed in West Africa and the sub-Saharan region, Ade’s insights and diverse skills inspire those seeking new paths.

His journey seamlessly blends innovation with tradition, connecting open-source technology and diverse disciplines. In 2003, he was honored with the IBM Gerstner Award in North America. Ade is the founder of Visual Collaborative—an international platform exploring socio-economics and innovation.

Roles

Chief Executive at The Avenue Creative Ltd since 2017. Previously held roles at IBM in 2002–2004 and again in 2016–2017, contributing to different service lines. Chaired the Creative Group at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2021 to 2023.

Selected Brands & Clients

Warner Music Group (New York City), Allianz, American Express, Bank of America, PayPal Inc,  Ameritech, Olaleslie Solicitors United Kingdom, 3M Imation, Sico America, Visual Collaborative, IBM North America, Shavlik Technologies, WebMD, American Chemical Society, Bertelsmann Direct Long Island, Wunderman Thompson, Target Minneapolis, Wellsfargo, CoStar Group.

Awards

2003 – IBM Gerstner Award, United States

2018 – NABF Youth Entrepreneur Achievement Award

2019 – Special recognition Award Grand Finale Judge, University of Lagos PAADC 4.0 design competition

Speaking Engagements, Lectures and Appearances

2019  Columbia University New York City – Guest Moderator, A business case for Arts and Literature

2019  Yale University – Keynote speaker and Panelist, Innovation, and Development

2018 TEDx Lagos, Muson Centre – Spotlight Speaker

2018 Rotary Club of Lagos, Ikoyi – Featured Speaker

2018 London Business School, United Kingdom – Socio-Cultural Panel – Featured Moderator

2018 The Funding Space, Victoria Island – Featured Technologist

2018 Sycamore Africa (Formerly Toogedar) – Featured Mentor

2018 WordPress Technology Conference Lagos – Keynote Speaker

2018 Georgetown University, Washington D.C. – Panelist & Lighting Round Speaker

2018 NABF (Nigerian American Business Forum) – Tampa Florida – Speaker

2017 World Economic Forum – Abuja Global Shapers – Keynote Speaker

2017 TEDxIkeja – Featured Speaker

2017 Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences – Algiers Algeria – Speaker

2017 Oxford University – United Kingdom, OAC – Speaker

2016 WeThinkAfrica – Lekki Lagos, Welcome & Commencement – Featured Speaker

2016 Covenant University Ota, ICT e-Governance Conference – Featured Speaker

2016 Lagos Business School, Business Conference, Technology & Infrastructure Panel

2015 American Chemical Society, Summer Institute – Presenter

2015 ABC, Carnegie Mellon University — Tepper School of Business

2014 Harvard Business School, 16th African Business Conference

2013 United for Kids Foundation Washington D.C. – Speaker

2013 Social Media Week, Video Art Network – Lagos

2011 America Meets North Africa Conference (New York Chorus Ensemble & Harlem Arts Alliance)

2006 Macromedia Flash Group – Saint Paul Minnesota — Interactive Design Demo

1996 International Baccalaureate English — Featured Speaker, A collaboration with Eric Schneider

Interviews

2022 – ARISE TV – Featured Guest & Interview2022 – BBP – Berendzen Bond Podcast – Episode 90, Interview in Houston Texas.

2019 – The Omenka Pod – Merging Art and Science, Interview

2018 – Voice Of America, Upfront Africa – Washington DC – Featured Guest & Interview

2018 – Spice TV on DSTV – Interview

2018 – Soni Irabor Live – Featured Guest & Interview

2018 – African Music Law – Podcast feature

2018 – Ebonylife TV – Featured Guest

2018 – NABNTV – Mini Documentary & Featured

2017 – Smooth 98.1FM Radio Victoria Island – Featured Technologist

2017 – TVC News – TV Interview – Featured Technologist

2015 – Voice Of America – Washington DC – Featured Guest & Interview

2013 – SaharaFM Radio – New York City — Featured Guest

2013 – Impact Africa Radio by VoiceAmerica — Guest

2013 – The Africas Amplified Podcast Series — Featured Technologist

2007 – AIT (Africa Independent Television) Village Square – Production Feature

Selected Press & Features

2022 – The Sun News Online – Article2020 – Business Day News Paper – Featured

2018 – London Business School – Article

2018 – BellaNaija – Article

2018 – New Telegraph – Career Retrospective

2018 – PM Express News – Feature

2018 – Punch Newspapers – Article

2018 – Vanguard News Paper – Article

2017 – African Music Law – Feature

2017 – Diaspora Quarterly Magazine – Article

2017 – Vanguard News Paper – Article

2016 – Pambazuka News – Work Featured

2015 – Ladybrille – Production Feature

2015 – The Guardian – Production Feature

2012 – MADE Lifestyles Lagos Vol 4 – Technologist Interview

2008 – NewWebPick Issue No. 37 – Work Featured

Education, Academia & Internships

Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul – Computer Science & Multimedia

St. Gregory’s College, Lagos

Helmbridge Study Centre, Surulere

Hinshaw and Culbertson Minneapolis
(Law + Technology Intern 1997)

Affiliations, Past or Present

Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lagos NigeriaSociety for Neuroscience – Washington, D.C

2009 St. Gregory’s College Alumni Foundation Inc -Miami, Board of Directors

2006 – 2016 Adobe Prerelease Community and Software Beta Groups

Curated Group Exhibitions

2015 VANITY, Visual Collaborative Lustine Center, gateway arts Hyattsville, MD

2013 ENCORE, Visual Collaborative VII Modern Contempo, Columbia, MD

2013 Brave is Beautiful, Hudson Terrace SM Foundation, New York, NY

2012 Visual Grandeur Series Washington DC

2011 Black White + Monochrome & Color, Wonderland Gallery, San Francisco California

2008 Visual Collaborative Miami FL, Undercurrent Arts Gallery

2007 Visual Collaborative Minneapolis MN, Center for Independent Artists

Solo Exhibitions

2014 – Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Boston Massachusett

s2011 – Queens Gambit Series, Crepe N Tearia, (Multiple Locations) Queens New York City, USA

2014 TUM – The Urban Marketplace, University of Maryland College Park, USA

2013 United For Kids Foundation – Passion Ball Civic Center Lagos, Nigeria

FYI — Above is not a complete chronological list