Ahmed Babatunde Popoola is the pioneer Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of CRC Credit Bureau Limited since 2008, a premier credit bureau established by 11 foremost Nigerian banks in association with a world renowned risk management solutions company, Dun and Bradstreet, to assist in providing financial infrastructure to revolutionize access to finance especially by individuals and small businesses. Between 2006 and 2007, he was also the pioneer Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Abuja Enterprise Agency, an agency established by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in partnership with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) with the support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) to stimulate entrepreneurship and business growth in the FCT. Before then, he was in the banking industry until 2005 where he rose to the position of a General Manager.
He attended various academic and professional programs at University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile – Ife, Nigeria and the University of Lagos. Mr. Popoola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, two Masters Degrees in Banking & Finance and Economics. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and the Institute of Directors (IoD). He holds the fellowship of four institutions, namely, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) and the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria. He has facilitated and attended several programs especially on Entrepreneurship, Banking and Finance, Leadership and Development. He holds several awards and recognitions especially for his role in entrepreneurship and self empowerment of the youths.
He has passion for youth development and for developing small businesses and he has successfully assisted in setting up, nurturing and running quite a number of them. He is a multi – skilled professional with emphasis in economics, banking, accounting, finance, risk management, taxation, business development, management and leadership. He is a confident, self-motivated and resourceful individual with a high level of leadership and management acumen.
Widely traveled, Mr. Popoola provides leadership in various other spheres. He was Chairman of the Lagos and District Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (2007-09). His services to Nigeria and humanity especially his contribution to youth empowerment and business development have been recognized through a number of awards. He is an Ambassador for Peace; an Officer of Great Ife, an award and recognition conferred on him by his university alumni association, the Great Ife Alumni and the country (Nigeria) winner of the 1st Pan African Prize for Entrepreneurial Teacher in 2007. He holds a special recognition and commendation by the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory for his innovation and promotion of youth enterprise in the FCT. He was also conferred with the 2007 Partners for Excellence in Education and Learning (PEEL) Role Model (Children Mentor) award.
He is the founder of TOMEB Foundation for Youth Development and Sustainability.