Dr Ayotunde Coker (FIOD)

Dr Ayotunde Coker has over 30 years’ international experience across Europe, USA, Asia and Africa. He was born in Nigeria, went to school in Lagos, with graduate and post graduate university in the UK.

His distinguished career of 28 years in the UK, included roles at Ford of Europe, Senior Management Consultant Cap Gemini UK, CEO eMCSaatchi UK, Director Egg Bank UK, the first European Internet Bank, Global Applications Director BP, Chief Technology Officer UK Criminal Justice, and Group IT Director, UK Ministry of Justice. In 2007, he was Chair of the UK Government Enterprise Architecture Board.

He returned to Nigeria in 2009 as Group CIO of Access Bank, and then MD/CEO of Emerging Markets Payments, West Africa. As MD/CEO, he has built Rack Centre to be a household name and a leading data centre brand in Africa with global recognition and numerous international awards. He is Secretary-General of the Africa Data Centre Association.

At Cranfield University in 1989, he won the Institute of Production Engineers Award. In 2015, he was ICT Man of the Year and in 2019 ICT Personality of the Year in Nigeria. He was presented with the Trailblazer Award by the Uptime Institute in 2018. He recently received Distinguished Manufacturing Alumnus Award for 2020 from Cranfield University, UK.

He has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Wales, is an award-winning post graduate alumnus of Cranfield University UK, Fellow Institute of Directors (UK), Fellow British Computer Society, Honorary Senior Member Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. He holds a PhD (Honoris Causa) by ESCAE University, Republic of Benin.

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