Partner of Ihaba
Olugbenga Adesida is a co-founder and partner of Ihaba, a business development venture, and the knowledge Network, a strategy consulting firm. He is leading the effort to incubate three start-ups and serving as the director for the Africa Innovation Summit. Olugbenga has worked extensively in Africa as strategy consultant and earlier in his career he worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) between 1992 and 1998.
Olugbenga has published articles in several journals and has edited or co-edited special issues of Foresight, Futures, African Development Review and African Journal for Science, Technology and Innovation. He co-edited the book, African Voices, African Visions in 2001. He is particularly interested in issues relating to the future and the interplay between institutions, innovation and national competitiveness. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the African Leadership Institute (South Africa) and the Pedro Pires Institute for Leadership (Cape Verde).
Olugbenga holds a BA and an MA in Economics from the City College of New York (US) and a PhD from the London School of Economics (UK) with a research on the role of intermediary institutions in the diffusion of complex technological innovations.