“I grew up in Surulere Lagos. I later spent many winters in Minneapolis where Visual Collaborative a platform for innovation was conceived, at that juncture I became a New Yorker, my relationship with the city expanded into an objective sense of public service. More recently, I co-create, direct, produce and advise on consumer experiences for the internet, mobile and public spaces across West Africa.” – Ade Olufeko

Ade has lectured around the world on digital new media and the developing technology ecosystems at various institutions such as; Oxford University, Harvard Business School, Georgetown University, Carnegie Mellon and Lagos Business School, he has addressed audiences at conferences and festivals such as TEDx. In 2018 he served as a keynote speaker for the WordPress Technology Conference in Lagos and in 2017, he was a keynote speaker at World Economic Forum Global Shapers community Abuja. Ade has rendered enterprise and ICT services to various Industries, working with brands such as Adobe Systems, PayPal Inc, WebMD, Bank Of America and Warner Music Group. He previously served as a management consultant in cognitive design for IBM’s Interactive experience and IoT practices. He is a recipient of the Gerstner Award for client excellence following a computer worm virus in 2003.


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, 3M Imation, Sico America, Visual Collaborative, IBM, Shavlik Technologies, 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.


Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul – Computer Science, Technical Communications

St. Gregory’s College, Lagos

Helmbridge Study Centre, Surulere


Hinshaw and Culbertson Minneapolis, Law + Technology Intern 1997


2003 – IBM Gerstner Award

Section(s) below last updated 2017**

Speaking Engagements, Lectures, Interviews

2017 World Economic Forum – 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


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 Curations Exhibitions

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

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

2013 UKF – Passion Ball Civic Center Lagos, Nigeria