When it comes to strategy and business coaching, especially within Nigeria, one name that is highly respected is Wole Oluyemi. A finance expert, business coach, and more, Wole Oluyemi is an authority you can bank on in the field. Through his business coaching and board memberships, he is silently empowering young business executives, entrepreneurs, start-up CEOs, and just about anyone that comes across his path with strong financial counsel and helping businesses and companies scale hurdles that come along with everyday management.
An interesting point to note here is that while he works for the big names, he balances this out by empowering small businesses in a bid to raise a generation of small businesses with the potential to go global. As an entrepreneur himself, he knows just what is needed. As a business coach, Wole Oluyemi is a professional who speaks from experience, not just theories picked up from business books. He not only has practical insights into how businesses should be run, he has put this into practice.
He is a director at Bishop & Rooks, an outfit that provides advisory and business support services to ambitious organizations. He is on the board of some other growing companies that are in the food value chain, foodtech and other tech-enabled businesses, consultancy, hospitality and real estate sectors, including Agriko, Bishop & Rooks, InstaDash and Kajola.
Early Years and Growth
Wole Oluyemi was born and raised in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State, South West Nigeria by parents who believed in the concepts of hard work, ethical behavior with a strong moral compass, God’s grace, and strong community impact.
He is an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University and the Lagos Business School and has also attended a number of high profile executive development programmes in leading business schools in the UK and USA. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).
Wole Oluyemi’s Rich Experience in Financial Matters
A financial expert to the core, Wole Oluyemi is a trained chartered accountant with over 20 years of diversified experience covering the USA, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, South Africa and other African countries. This also cuts across a number of Fortune 500 organizations such as Arthur Andersen, KPMG and the Chevron Corporation, with experience spanning across financial accounting and reporting, financial planning and analysis, strategy and planning, business and market intelligence, and digitalization strategy and delivery.
He is an experienced senior finance analyst, business coach, and strategy advisor to founders and senior executives of large and growing organizations.
A Respected Thought Leader
He is a highly respected thought leader that provides valuable insights to business leaders and senior executives as a writer and frequent speaker at leading business schools, conferences, seminars, executive leadership sessions, and media conversations. He speaks on topics such as investing in Africa, private impact investments, investments in real estate, financial and strategic planning, business and market intelligence, government policy and regulatory compliance, corporate political behavior, and political CSR.
Passionate About the Growth and Development of African Entrepreneurship
Wole is passionate about the development and growth of entrepreneurship in Africa.
Through his speaking engagements at leading business schools, conferences, seminars, and executive leadership sessions, he provides valuable insights on issues such as Africa, private impact investing in Africa, private impact investments, corporate political behavior, and harnessing disruptive influences for competitive advantage.
He deploys value accretive capital alongside other investors in early stage companies that focuses on generating a measurable and beneficial social impact (alongside strong financial returns) across the Sub Saharan region.
Launch of DataPro
In 2020, Wole Oluyemi launched a pet project called DataPro. With the project, he says the target is to reach about 100,000 people through targeted learning and development sessions to help them enhance their data analysis and reporting skills, including the development of dashboards for data visualization and reporting. This is aimed at helping businesses spot trends and identify actionable insights. “Business intelligence solutions help users to get a better understanding of their business data and thus help to improve decision making,” says Wole Oluyemi.
In 2009, he was a nominee for the Professional of the Year award by The Future Awards Africa than a decade.
Via his Twitter and Instagram handles, he reaches out and connects with his audience while providing business support to SMEs.