Kofo Akinkugbe is the founder and CEO of SecureID Limited, a Mastercard, Visa and Verve certified card personalization firm in West Africa, and foremost in the leading edge of in-territory Smartcard production solutions. She has taken SecureID into the international global market by attaining the most desired VISA and Mastercard International certifications, making it the first in West and Central Africa. She has also led the company into a number of strategic international partnerships across four continents.
After serving in the Nigerian Youth Service Corps, the prize-winning graduate of mathematics started her career in the banking industry, working with International Merchant Bank Plc and Chartered Bank Limited. Kofo Akinkugbe remained in the financial sector for over 12 years until 1997 when she left to start Interface Technologies, a security management and biometrics technologies company. With a mathematics major, and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, she successfully ran Interface Technologies Ltd. (ITL) for nine years, before establishing SecureID Nigeria Ltd., an offshoot from a small department in Interface Technologies and the first VISA certified plant in sub-Saharan Africa.
Furthermore, Kofo Akinkugbe is a business leader that recognizes the power of innovation as a vital factor for business success, something she not only encourages in all her employees at Secure ID, but in the many business conference speeches and presentations she gives around the world. As chief executive of Secure ID, which is a growing and promising firm creating MasterCard and Visa and operating in diffrrent African countries. She is indeed an excellent example of a chief executive that is building a successful company based on innovation.
Today, Kofo’s company, Secure ID, is Nigeria’s leading Smart Card Manufacturing and Personalization Plant; providing comprehensive end-to-end payment, identity management and digital security solutions for the financial services sector, telecommunications, government, education, healthcare and private enterprises. Located in Lagos, the company is fully certified by VISA, Verve and MasterCard, and operates a world-class production plant employing best practices and international standards. The company is the leading EMV certified card plant in West Africa, one of 6 in Africa and a member of the elite club of only 80 such companies in the world.
In all, Kofo Akinkugbe vision for Secure ID is for it to be Africa’s leading smart card solutions provider specializing in payment, e-identification and security solutions company.