Olugbenga Adesida is the founder and a partner in Ihaba, a business development firm based in Praia, Cabo Verde Islands. He is the founder and currently serves as the interim CEO for Bonako, a mobile app and games development firm. He is the founder of 238CV, a portal and an app for tourism for Cabo Verde. Olugbenga is also the founder and director of the Africa Innovation Summit, a platform for promoting innovation in Africa. In addition, Olugbenga served as an advisor to the Government of Cabo Verde at very high levels from 2001 to 2015. He was a staff of the United Nations Development Programme from 1992 to 1998. He has served as a consultant to many international organizations and African countries. He is a board member for the Africa Leadership Institute (South Africa) and the Pedro Pires Leadership Institute (Cabo Verde). Olugbenga received his BA and MA in economics from the City College of New York and his PhD with a dissertation on the role of intermediary institutions in the diffusion of complex innovations from the London School of Economics.
Biografia - José Brito
José Brito is the co-founder and partner in Ihaba. Jose was also the co-founder of Bonako and 238CV, where he serves as the interim CEO. José is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2011), former Minister of Economy, Competitiveness and Growth (2006-2008), and ex Senior Advisor of the Prime Minister and also former Ambassador of the Republic of Cabo Verde to the United States, Canada and Mexico from 2001 to 2006. He has over 35 years of professional experience in the Government arena. In addition, José worked for Ocean Energy, an Oil Company in Texas, United States, from 1997 through 2001, as a vice president, in charge of government relations. From 1992 to 1996, he managed a programme at the United Nations entitled “African Futures” aimed at helping African Governments to develop and implement, at long term, the process of strategic planning. José served as a Secretary of State, Minister of Development, Planning and Foreign Aid from 1977 to 1991. José also held a position as a Technical Manager of the Oil Refinery of Abidjan before joining the post-independence government of Cabo Verde. José graduated in Chemical Engineering from “Institut Français du Pétrole” (IFP), in Paris, and holds a Master degree in Chemistry and Physics. He received his first degree in Mathematics.