To say that Olugbenga Agboola is a man of many talents is, at this point, likely a bit of an understatement.
Born and raised in Nigeria in 1985, Olugbenga Agboola has risen through the ranks to become both the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flutterwave. That financial services company has operations in both San Francisco and Lagos.
Prior to becoming the company’s CEO, Olugbenga Agboola actually held the position of Chief Technology Officer at Flutterwave. It was only after the prior CEO stepped down that he was able to ascend to his current position.
He received his Masters of Business Administration from the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology, otherwise known of MIT for short. He attended the Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, building upon the early education he had received in Nigeria. It’s important to note that he also holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Security and Behavioral Engineering.
After this part of his educational career was complete, Olugbenga Agboola began to obtain all of his standard IT security certifications from EC-Council University. That particular educational institution is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Once completed, he went to the University of Westminster in London, where he received his Advanced Computing degree.
Since he was a young child, Olugbenga Agboola had always had a passion for education – which is why even at this point and with everything that he had already accomplished, he did not consider his own to be complete. In 2012, he completed the Fundamentals of Finance course at The Technical Executive. Just a year later, he developed a Leading Edge Operations Strategy.
In 2014, he participated in both an extensive supply chain strategy and management program, as well as an essential IT program aimed at non-IT executives. It was during this period that he began to hone the types of skills in the usage of development tools that he would need to thrive for the rest of his career.
Keep in mind that even during this period, Olugbenga Agboola was still hard at work for various companies. In addition to holding a position as an application developer for British Telecom Professional Services, he also worked as an application engineer at PayPal, became a member of the Enterprise Infrastructure Solution Development team at GTB, and even worked for Standard Bank Nigeria.
From 2014 to 2016, he was the Head of Digital Factory and Innovation at Access Bank. It was then that, almost immediately after participating in a Management Program at the Wharton School, he co-founded Flutterwave. From that moment on, he never looked back.
Flash forward to today and Flutterwave is more than just another financial services company. It is one of the top five FinTech unicorns in operation in Africa. It has a current value of over $1 billion, this despite the fact that it was only first established a few years ago.
When you consider all that Olugbenga Agboola has been able to accomplish up to this point, it’s truly exciting to think about what the future has in store.