Nigeria Computer Society, the umbrella organization of all information technology professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in the country has named Yele Okeremi, the founding and incumbent Chief Executive Officer of Precise Financial Systems Ltd as its IT Personality of the Year 2017.
Okeremi, a leading icon in software development in Nigeria beats other IT gurus to emerged the winner of the prestigious award. Other people shortlisted for the award are, Amos Emmanuel, Chief Software Architect/Chairman, Programos Software Group, Dr. Isaias Barreto da Rosa of the Telecommunications & Information Technologies, ECOWAS, Tope Aladenusi, Chief Strategy Officer & Cyber Security Leader, Deloitte West Africa and Valentine Obi, the Group Chief Executive Officer of eTranzact Global
Okeremi is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland having previously obtained a Masters of Applied Business Research from the same institution. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (With Economics) from the Obafemi Awolowo University and a Masters in Business Administration. He is an alumnus of the Wits Business School, Johannesburg South Africa and the prestigious Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA where he completed the Owner President Management Program.
Prior to PFS, he had a successful professional career at Inlaks Computers before he proceeded to Industrial Bank Limited (Merchant Bankers) as a Programmer/Analyst. He was the Chief Information Officer of Industrial Bank as at the time he left for Ventura Savings and Loans Limited as the Head, Systems and Logistics department. He held this position until 1994 when he founded PFS with Philip Ayeni, a Chartered Accountant.
As a leading icon in software development in Nigeria, Okeremi is also a member of the Presidential Initiative for developing the software industry in Nigeria and has previously served on the board of the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). He is the first Vice President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) having previously served as Second Vice President and Chairman Legal and Legislative Committee of the Institute.
As a technology startup advocate supporting the promotion and funding of indigenous entrepreneurs, twice, he served as the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee [LOC] for Demo Africa in 2014 and 2015. Demo Africa is an initiative of the United States Department of State and Lions@frica to promote innovation in the technology field globally and connecting startup companies with investors.
Dr. Okeremi has a passion for the development of intellectual capital of the black race and continues to advocate his position that irrespective of the conditions of the black man, the black man is by no means inferior in intelligence to anyone else in the world