Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre

Bankole Oloruntoba is the CEO of the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center , a Climate Technology Partnership program of the World Bank with the help of the Government of Nigeria focusing on the growth of a viable green economy in Nigeria. The NCIC has, since its inception, incubated over 60 green ventures and seed funded 24 ventures in total of $240,000 USD and developed knowledge on the emerging Nigeria Green Economy. The center has worked with several partners to create growth structures in Nigeria including solving scale challenges including Coca-Cola Foundation, AllOn, EDC/PAU, FC4S Lagos and GIZ etc implementing Green Economy startups and SME economic scale projects worth over $3million USD.

Bankole is currently the Honorary Consul to Finland in Lagos, Nigeria and has a first degree (BSc. Economics) from ABU Zaria, an executive certificate in Building Brands from the Lagos Business School (LBS) and an MBA from Business School Netherlands (BSN). He is a social and business tactics engagement specialist with a deep background in entrepreneurship development, business development and innovation management. Bankole started the Abuja startup Ecosystem and has supported the setup of over 15 innovation hubs in Nigeria. Bankole has shown strength in the identification and building of strategic work/business partnership in Innovation ecosystem development.

As a thought leader in Digital and Climate focused Start-ups and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development in Nigeria/West Africa, Bankole sits on the board and advises several organizations, governments, dozens of Hubs and Businesses in Nigeria and West Africa. He brings a wealth of experience in Green Innovation Programs Design, financing and Sustainability Management, Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship (IDE) Development, Startup Business Development and Ecosystem Advisory.

Bankole is an engaging Speaker, Convergence Coordinator and a fantastic listener.