Meet Yele Okeremi, the Newly Appointed ISPON President

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"People Need to Know the Difference Between Being a Programmer and a Software Engineer"- Dr Yele Okeremi, Founder, PFS
“People Need to Know the Difference Between Being a Programmer and a Software Engineer”- Dr Yele Okeremi, Founder, PFS

Recently, Dr. Yele Okeremi was chosen as the new president of The Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON). Taking over from the immediate past president, James Emadoye, Okeremi is expected to run the affairs of the organisation for the next two years.

He was brought in to pursue the ‘Software Nigeria’ goal of the organization, and to ensure that Nigeria does not continue to snub indigenous development but embrace locally-produced software which in turn would help establish the industry as the engine of Nigeria’s New Economy.

Let’s Meet Dr. Yele Okeremi

Yele Okeremi is the Founding and incumbent Chief Executive Officer of Precise Financial Systems Ltd (PFS), an indigenous software company through which he has championed indigenous contents and digital changes in the software industry as well as the financial sector.

It is also good to note that he started PFS over 20 years ago with a startup fund of N8, 250 and today PFS is a multi-billion dollar company.

Before PFS, Okeremi had a successful professional career starting at Inlaks Computers. He then moved to Industrial Bank Limited (Merchant Bankers) as a Programmer/Analyst where he rose to become the Chief Information Officer of the bank before leaving for Ventura Savings and Loans Limited as the Head of Systems and Logistics department.

A former board member of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Okeremi is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and a member of the Presidential Initiative for developing the software industry in Nigeria. He is an icon in software development in Nigeria, spanning over 30 years of experience across the IT and financial sector in which he has been involved in different areas of IT – as a Programmer, Systems Analyst, IT Manager, Head of Systems and Logistics.

He holds a B.Sc degree in Computer Science (With Economics) from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and a Masters in Business Administration. He has also schooled at Wits Business School, Johannesburg South Africa and the prestigious Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA where he completed the Owner President Management Program as well as Doctor of Business Administration degree from the Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland.

Before his now appointment as president of ISPON, Okeremi has served in the capacity of the first Vice President of ISPON (ISPON) having previously served as Second Vice President and Chairman Legal and Legislative Committee of the Institute.

Okeremi is to lead the affairs of the institution for the next two years alongside other members of the newly elected National Executive Council (NEC) which includes: Mr. Cliff Bitrus (1st. Vice-President), Mr. David Majomi (2nd Vice-President), Mr. Lanre Adelanwa (General Secretary), Mr. Bimbo Abioye (Chairman, Policy and Strategy Committee), and Mr. Abiodun Falade (Treasurer).


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