Charting new territories: Orolu Olayinka's role in expanding Bolt across Africa

Orolu Olayinka Olamide, a seasoned professional with expertise in launching innovative products, has played a role in advancing Africa’s tech industry. His impactful contributions at Bolt Technologies, Europe’s premier mobility platform have been instrumental in driving innovation across the continent.

Olayinka’s springboard to his professional journey began with his academic background in Geophysics from the University of Lagos where his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship began and led him to pursue a career that combines his expertise in data science with business operations.

At Bolt Technologies, Olayinka assumed roles of increasing responsibility, starting as an Operations and Strategy Specialist for international markets and expansions, before moving to take up his current role as an Expansions Specialist. His exceptional strategic thinking and keen market insights have shaped market expansion strategies, optimised pricing structures, and enhanced operational efficiency across diverse markets.

As the Expansions Specialist he played a key role in the company’s expansion to regions like Latin America and South-Asia (Paraguay and Thailand) where Bolt has emerged as a market leader despite fierce competition. His strategic prowess and unwavering dedication paved the way for Bolt’s triumph in these dynamic markets.

Building on this success, Olayinka is playing a crucial role in Bolt’s expansion into Africa by introducing Bolt’s innovative products in countries like Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Angola. By focusing on providing opportunities for over 300,000 drivers and courier riders, his comprehensive strategies to onboard drivers and establish tailored pricing frameworks contributed significantly to Bolt’s competitive position in Africa. His commitment to innovation and excellence has transformed challenges into opportunities, driving Bolt’s growth and enhancing mobility options for millions.

Speaking on his achievements at Bolt, Orolu Olayinka stated: “I have had the privilege of contributing to Bolt Technologies’ success through my work in expanding the business in various markets. I am proud to be a part of a team that has revolutionised the transportation industry in Africa and beyond. Looking ahead, I am committed to continually driving innovation and growth in the tech sector, further advancing the digital economy in Africa.”

Going beyond his professional trajectory, Olayinka is an advocate for increasing data science and tech skills in Africa. He envisions a future where African tech companies are powered by African data scientists and aims to continue contributing to the growth of the ecosystem across the continent.

With a proven track record of enabling business growth through data, Olayinka is poised to accelerate Nigeria’s tech innovation in the coming years. His experience, expertise and vision are invaluable resources for startups and established companies alike looking to leverage data science for success. The future is bright for this ambitious, forward-thinking professional and the tech community he is helping to build.

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