The WSJ CEO Council which consists of 350 CEOs from diverse industries, has a collective workforce of over 11 million employees and generates a $4.48 trillion in annual revenue.The platform fosters conversations and facilitates the exchange of ideas among leaders of the world’s most iconic companies.
The selection of GB is in regard to his contribution in developing Fintech solutions for several organisations and financial institutions such as PayPal, Standard Bank and Google, amongst others. His previous Fintech venture focused on easier and non-card methods of making payments and was acquired by a top bank in Nigeria.
GB’s educational background includes renowned institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Wharton School of Management and the University of Westminster.
In 2020 ,GB was named as African Leadership Magazine’s Young Business Leader of The Year. He has also been recognised for his achievements in leadership and innovation by Fortune Magazine’s prestigious 40 under 40 lists and Time Magazine’s 2021 Next 100 list, respectively. He is also a 2023 graduate of the acclaimed Advanced Management Program of the Columbia Business School.
His membership at the WSJ CEO Council will provide him a unique platform to share his perspective and engage in discussions on emerging economies, payments, and global fintech with some of the world’s most influential CEOs.
As Flutterwave continues to pioneer innovative solutions, his participation in this esteemed council will contribute in shaping the future of the fintech landscape within Africa and globally.
This recognition not only reflects GB’s remarkable achievements but also serves as an inspiration for budding entrepreneurs and business leaders across the African continent, encouraging them to pursue their aspirations and make a lasting impact in their respective fields.
In October 2022, Agboola was conferred with the National Honor, Officer of the Order of the Niger, by President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“As Flutterwave continues to innovate and provide payments infrastructure in Africa and beyond, it is an honor to join the ranks of WSJ’s esteemed CEO Council, an important platform for thought leadership and the exchange of ideas,” said Flutterwave CEO Olugbenga ‘GB’ Agboola. “Flutterwave’s work is an example of the transformative power of financial technology, and I look forward to bringing my perspective as the company’s CEO to the Council.”
Other members of the Council include: Ebenezer Onyeagwu, Group Managing Director and CEO, Zenith Bank, Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft, Börje Ekholm, President and CEO at Ericsson, Allan Thygesen, CEO, Docusign, Todd Boehly, Chairman and CEO, Eldridge, Arvind Krishna, CEO, IBM etc .
Earlier in 2023, Flutterwave CFO Oneal Bhambani joined the Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network. See here for a 2022 Flutterwave Year in Review by Agboola.