Ade Olufeko

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Ade Olufeko has lectured around the world on digital new media and developing technology ecosystems at various institutions such as; Oxford University, Harvard Business School, Georgetown University, Carnegie Mellon, and Lagos Business School. In 2019 he served as a keynote speaker on development on the African continent at Yale University, in 2017 he was a keynote speaker at World Economic Forum, Abuja Global Shapers community. The intersection of his expertise in different domains led to the 2007 formation of Visual Collaborative, a platform for humanities and innovation. He presently serves as a chairman for the Creative Sector of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He consults in technology, exhibits data-driven prints, and serves as advisory on consumer experiences for the internet, mobile and moveable spaces across West Africa. He is a 2003 recipient of the IBM Gerstner Award for client excellence following a computer worm epidemic.

Brands & Clients

Warner Music Group (New York City), Atlantic Records, Allianz, Amel Larrieux, American Express, Blisslife Records, Bank of America, PayPal, Ameritech, 3M Imation, SICO America, Visual Collaborative, IBM, Shavlik Technologies, American Chemical Society, International Energy Services Limited (IESL) Lagos, Bertelsmann Direct, Wunderman DC, Target Minneapolis, Wellsfargo, CoStar Group.


2003 – IBM Gerstner Award
2018 – NABF Young Entrepreneur Achievement Award (Nigerian American Business Forum)

Speaking Engagements, Lectures, and Appearances

(Not a complete list)

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  (NDIS) Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit – Abuja Nigeria

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 MN — Interactive Design Demo

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


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

2018 Spice TV on DSTV – Interview

2018 Soni Irabor Love – 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

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

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 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 / Urban League (Law + Technology Intern 1997)

Affiliations, Past or Present

Society for Neuroscience – Washington DC

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

2006 – 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 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