Timi Olagunju is a recipient of several Awards for his distinction in open development, including a recipient of the President Barack Obama Award for Mandela Washington Fellows. He is a lawyer with specialization in open development, information technology/cyberspace, and start-ups –- he provides legal and business support to nonprofits, start-ups, and innovators. Previously, he litigated and negotiated in a number of high profile cases, some of which involved the Nigerian President, and others involving the Power Holding Company of Nigeria. He currently provides legal and business advisory service to a number of technology start-ups in Nigeria, some of which include foreign owned Nigerian start-ups such as Groundswell EdTech (www.Groundswell-edtech.com).
Timi is the co-founder, Youths in Motion (YIM), which operates actively in Nigeria, Liberia and also established the Africa American Youths in Motion (AA – YIM) based in New York. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), a member of the International Association of Information Technology Lawyers (IAITL) with endorsement from the World Intellectual Property Organization, a Fellow of the Presidential Precinct, the youngest Board member of the Africa Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) in Texas, a founding member of Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE) – West Africa, and a Trustee of the Nigeria Internet Society (NIS) with affiliation to the International Internet Society.
Timi has written and spoken on the subject of social entrepreneurship, governance, and start-ups in conferences involving the Nigerian government and the private sector. He runs a column, ‘Legal Clinic’ on a leading tech-information platform in West Africa www.Techpoint.ng. He has authored and co-authored three books namely: ‘The Hustlers’ Mentality’, ‘Leading From Within’, and ‘Yes Africa Can’.
He studied Law at the University of Ibadan, and earned a Certificate in the Science of Communication
from the Graduate School of Communication, Amsterdam. He has also attended leadership, business,
and policy courses at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business (the second ranked Business
School in the World according to the Economist 2015 rating), the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the College of Williams and Mary (the first public institution in the United States, and the second University after Harvard).
Timi speaks English and French, and loves listening to country and classical music.