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Ahmed Babatunde Popoola ('Tunde Popoola)

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Ahmed Babatunde Popoola ('Tunde Popoola) is the pioneer Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of CRC Credit Bureau Limited, a premier credit bureau established by eleven foremost Nigerian banks in association with a world renowned credit rating company, Dun and Bradstreet, to assist in providing financial infrastructure to promote borrowers information sharing among lenders.[1]

Education[edit | edit source]

Popoola has a degree in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ille-Ife, an MSc in Economics and a Masters in Business and Finance both from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School of government Harvard University and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. Popoola is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD). He is also a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM)[2]

Career[edit | edit source]

Popoola worked for many years in the banking industry rising to the position of General Manager in 2005. He left the banking industry to start up the Abuja Enterprise Agency as the pioneer chief executive. The Abuja Enterprise Agency is an initiative of the Mallam Nasir El-Rufai's administration as the Minister of Federal Capital Territory(FCT) supported by the United Kingdom's Department of International Development(DFID)[3]. In 2008 he became the first managing director of CRC credit bureau and under his watch CRC credit bureau has grown to become a leading credit bureau in Nigeria winning the 2017 Nigeria Brand award for "most innovative and impactful credit information service provider in West Africa" and cfi.co 2014 "Best Loan Applications service provider" award in Nigeria.[4] The services provided by CRC credit bureau has increased access to credit and improved Nigeria's rating in the world bank's ease of doing business[5]. Popoola brought the first international consumer credit scores to Nigeria in partnership with Fair Isaac Corporation(FICO) and this has greatly helped in securing consumer and mortgage loans for individuals.[6]

He has speaking engagements both nationally[7] [8]and internationally. He has had several interviews with leading newspapers in Nigeria concerning the credit industry in Nigeria [9] [10] [11] [12]

Awards and Achievement[edit | edit source]

He has won the Partners for Excellence in Education and Learning (PEEL) 2007 Role Model (Children Mentor) Awards and he was the winner of the 1st Pan African Prize for Entrepreneurial Teachers put together by Teach a Man to Fish (United Kingdom) and Educating Africa (South Africa)[13]

Philanthropy and Personal life[edit | edit source]

Popoola is the founder of Tomeb Foundation a non-profit organization that is focused on youth development and entrepreneurship[14] He is married and has four children.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Ahmed Babatunde Popoola: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  2. "Ahmed Babatunde Popoola: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  3. "AEA In a Nut Shell". www.aea.org.ng. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. "CRC Credit Bureau Receives Award as Best Loan Application Services Provider Nigeria 2014 | CFI.co Awards | Capital Finance International Awards". cfi.co. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  5. "Nigeria moves up 24 points on World Bank Ease of Doing Business - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  6. "With CRC, FICO Score partnership, consumer can access loans anytime". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  7. "MULAN 2017 Conference: Pulling Nigeria Out Of The Economic Recession – Key Note Address — Lawyard". Lawyard. 2017-05-20. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  8. "POST-RECESSION MANAGEMENT OF THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY: ISLAMIC PRINCIPLES' ANTIDOTES (3) — Leadership Nigeria Newspapers". leadership.ng. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  9. Editor, Online (2017-08-20). "Popoola: We're Changing the Face of Consumer Lending in Nigeria". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  10. "Popoola: Nigeria overdue for a credit economy". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  11. "With CRC, FICO Score partnership, consumer can access loans anytime". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  12. Editor, Online (2016-04-16). "Popoola: Nigeria is Witnessing Silent Revolution in Access to Credit". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  13. ":: Welcome to African Echo - The Voice of Africa ::". www.africanecho.com. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  14. "TOMEB Foundation, Exxonmobil empower students - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 2017-04-19. Retrieved 2018-02-14.

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