Okere is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Computer Warehouse Group,
one of the fastest growing Information and Communication Technology companies
in Africa today.
Warehouse Group was founded by Mr. Okere in September 1992. It has grown over
the years from just a computer hardware supply company to a Pan-African
Multinational Systems Integration Corporation with direct operations in
Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Cameroon, and serving customers in 17 other African
countries. From an initial annual turnover of under a million dollars, CWG now
has a turnover of about US$130 million, and staff strength of about 650
He holds a BSc
(Hons.) degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Lagos, and an
Executive MBA degree from the International Graduate School of Management
(IESE), Spain, after a preparatory period at the Prestigious Lagos Business
School. He has had 25 years industry experience covering roles in systems
analysis, sales and marketing, and corporate management, with 20 years as Chief
Executive Officer of the Computer Warehouse Group.
Austin was named ICT Man of the Decade by ICT Watch Africa Digital Network, and
CWG was named Conglomerate of the Year. In 2011
he was also named the ICT Personality of the year by Technology Africa, and the
most outstanding ICT Personality of the Decade in 2010 by ICT Watch Africa. The
Computer Warehouse Group was recently ranked among the top 50 Technology
Companies in West Africa.
The journey to
these achievements has been documented in a Case Study by the Columbia Business
School, and has been used in various Entrepreneurship Development Centres and
Business Schools in the United States, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Kenya.
interest in inspiring young entrepreneurs has been globally recognized through
his invitations by the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurial Center to guest lecture at
the Columbia Business School over the past five years, and also at MIT’s
Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship in Boston. He has facilitated the Lean Launch Pad Block Week at
Columbia Business School with serial entrepreneurs Steve blank and Bob Dorf,
co-authors of the ‘Start-up Owner’s Manual.’
Austin is a
member of the Board of the National Competiveness Council of Nigeria (NCCN),
and serves in many other professional bodies including Frontier 100 (Initiative
for Global Development IGD), Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria
Economic Summit Group (NESG) and Nigerian Computer Society (NCS). He has been
recognized in many publications across the continent as one of the pillars of
African entrepreneurship. He is happily married to Sola, his wife of 18 years,
and they are blessed with two lovely sons, Omimi and Chimezuo.