OLUWADARE OWOLABI takes a vision and transforms it into reality through a comprehensive result-oriented approach & strategic growth. He instinctively identifies opportunities in any organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, drives the thinking process of others and intensifies material business advantage. He is an inspirational leader who creates a stimulating pathway for his company brand while at the same time is grounded in financial information and technology that levers the business. Respected as a reliable voice in decision making, discovering strategic business partners, and establishing administrative frontiers, Oluwadare earns a seat at the table wherever he serves.
Currently, as the CEO & Managing Director at Xpress Payment Solutions Limited, a financial technology company, Oluwadare oversees the operations of this colossal organization. He led the successful implementation of the business from inception and transitioned the company to a successful organization navigating towards a profitable future. He spearheads major strategic revolutions for transforming the day to day process from a functional focus to an enabler of innovation for the business and integrates business investment so that it supports & represents an international company.
Previously, in managerial positions at various organizations within and outside the country, Oluwadare has excelled and was part of the team that orchestrated the IT transformation at UBA; a move directed by Tony Elumelu, the Managing Director at the time. Once his mission had been accomplished in the IT Transformation, he moved into the mainstream IT operations and led the software development, testing and business analysis group. He also operated in the same role at Access Bank; driving the Solution Delivery, Project Management Office (PMO) and the Software Architecture teams of the bank. In 2011, he left Access Bank to start up a mobile payment company called Funds & Electronics Transfer Solutions (FETS), one of the first companies to be granted a mobile payment license from the Central Bank of Nigeria. He left FETS in 2014 to lead and grow a software development and testing firm called Quality Certain. Oluwadare rose through the ranks of companies such as Equifax, BearingPoint (USA) and Hewlett Packard (USA). He began his career as a seasoned software developer and systems analyst at Lucent Technologies & has a track record spanning over 20 years’ experience.
Oluwadare holds an MBA from the Southern Polytechnic State University GA, USA and a BSC in Computer Information System from the University of Bridgeport, CT, USA. He is a one-time Chairman of the Association of Licensed Mobile Payment Operators of Nigeria (ALMPO) and a notable member of various Associations such as EFInA Mobile Money Working Group (MMWG), E-payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN), Central Bank of Nigeria Financial Inclusion Management Working Group and Central Bank Steering committee on Mobile Payment.