Lecture at Harvard Business School, Spring 2014


Ade Abayomi Olufeko or simply Adé, is a technologist, designer and entrepreneur of Ijebu descent. His multidisciplinary work led to the formation of Visual Collaborative, a 360 festivals platform for humanities and innovation. He has lectured around the world on digital new media, technology and business at various institutions, conferences and festivals. He is a recipient of the IBM Gerstner Award for client excellence following a computer worm in 2003.

In humanitarian affairs his digital painting on canvas has been leveraged by internationally recognized NGOs, and received commissions to champion design work for noteworthy American celebrities at various times during his residency in New York City and Minneapolis - Saint Paul.


Consulting & Freelance

Brands & Clients — Warner Music Group (New York City), Atlantic Records, Allianz, Amel Larrieux, American Express Blisslife Records, Bank of America, PayPal, Bravo TV / NBCUniversal, Carole Bruns Couture, Constellation Energy, Olaleslie Solicitors London UK, Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Deinte Jewelry Lagos, WebMD, Beachland Boatclub Apapa Lagos, Deutsch Inc NYC, American Chemical Society, International Energy Services Limited (IESL) Lagos, Bertelsmann Direct NYC, Wunderman DC, ModernContempo, Target Minneapolis, Wellsfargo, Quality Certain Inc, CoStar Group.

Fulltime Engagements

IBM, Cognitive & Experience Design —

Visual Collaborative, Founder & Chief Curator —

Sico America, Global Web Design Manager 2006 - 2007

Shavlik Technologies, Quality Assurance / Web Designer 2004 - 2006

Adeave Studios, (Minneapolis) Freelance Web Design 2000 - 2009

3M Imation, 1999 - 2000

DecisionOne (Ameritech.net) 1998


Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul - Computer Science: Multimedia

Minneapolis Technical College

Patrick Henry (Minneapolis)

St. Gregory's College, Lagos

Helmbridge Study Centre, Lagos


Hinshaw and Culbertson Minneapolis, Law + Technology Intern 1997


2003 - IBM Gerstner Award

Speaking Engagements, Lectures, Interviews

2017 TEDxIkeja - Featured Speaker

2017 WEF - Abuja Global Shapers - Keynote Speaker

2017 Smooth98.1FM Radio Victoria Island - Featured Technologist

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

2017 Oxford University - United Kingdom, OAC - Speaker

2017 TVC News - TV Interview - Featured Technologist

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 Voice Of America - Washington DC - Featured TV Guest & Interview

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 Impact Africa Radio by VoiceAmerica — Featured Guest

2013 The Africas Amplified Podcast Series — Featured Guest

2013 SaharaFM Radio - New York City — Featured Guest

2013 United for Kids Foundation Washington DC - Speaker

2013 Social Media Week, Video Art Network - Lagos

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

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

2006 Macromedia Flash Group - Saint Paul MN — Interactive Design Demo

1996 Henry High Minneapolis — International Baccalaureate English. Featured Speaker, A collaboration with Eric Schneider

Press Features

2017 - African Music Law - Feature

2017 - Diaspora Quarterly Magazine - Article

2017 - Vanguard News Paper - Article

2016 - Pambazuka News - Work Featured

2016 - Business Day News Paper - Technologist Interview

2015 - Ladybrille - Production Feature

2015 - The Guardian - Production Feature

2012 - MADE Lifestyles Lagos Vol 4 - Technologist Interview

2008 - NewWebPick Issue #37 - Work Featured

Silver Spring Maryland backwoods, Circa 2015


Past or Present

Society for Neuroscience - Washington DC

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

2006 - 2013 Adobe Prerelease Community / Beta Groups:
Creative Cloud, Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, Flash Builder, Flex, Soundbooth, Fireworks, Illustrator & Indesign

Group Exhibitions, Curations

2015 VANITY, Visual Collaborative LUSTINE CENTER, gatesway arts Hyattsville, MD

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

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

2012 A Pop-up exhibition, A collaboration with Ben Jones, Marvin Ammori, Sascha Meinrath & Berenika

2012 Visual Grandeur Series Washington DC

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

2008 Visual Collaborative Miami FL, Undercurrent Arts Gallery

2007 Visual Collaborative Minneapolis MN, Center for Independent Artists

Solo Exhibitions

2014 ABC Gala at Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Boston Massachusetts

2011 Queens Gambit Series, Crepe N Tearia, (Multiple Locations) Queens New York City

Other Exhibits

2014 TUM - The Urban Marketplace, University of Maryland College Park

2013 UKF - Passion Ball Civic Center Lagos, Nigeria


2002 - The Collab Project, Adeave Studios and EBA Productions

Spoken Word Appearances

2000 Java Noire Cafe, South Minneapolis

2001 Blue Nile, South Minneapolis

2002 Poetry Café, Covent Garden London

2002 The Swan, Depthford London

2002 University Of Minnesota SPSC Theater - Saint Paul

2011 Bambou, Houston TX USA

2012 & 2015 Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville MD USA