About the June 2023 Alumnus
Our alumnus of the month, Akin Shokunbi, is an Information Technology expert who specialises in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems and other enterprise solutions packages. He works with Syncoria Group, a digital business solutions provider in Ontario, Canada.
He graduated with a first class degree, finishing as the best graduating student in Computer Information Science in 2011 with a CGPA of 4.61/5. He also holds an MBA from Lead City University, with a CGPA of 4.5/5.
While at LCU, Akin was the pioneer President of NACOSS, LCU chapter, (2010/2011). He was the faculty football administrator who led his faculty's team to one win and 2 semi-final finishes in the VC's cup and he was instrumental in organising the first-ever dinner and award night for Computer Information Science, Computer Economics,Computer Electronics departments in the University.
Since leaving Lead City University, Akin has held several key leadership positions and contributed significantly to the success of multiple projects throughout his career both in Nigeria and in Canada.
All of us at Lead City University are proud of the strides Akin has made in his career; He is indeed a worthy ambassador of our great university.
The Alumni Spotlight Team
- Full Name: Akin Shokunbi
- Course of Study: Computer Information Science
- Graduation Year: 2011
- Current Professional Title: Project Leader
- Name of Employer (or indicate self-employed, retired):Syncoria Group, Ontario, Canada
- Phone: +19059228129
- LinkedIn: Akin Shokunbi
Personal Career Statement
I have over a decade and half experience in Information Technology with a specialty in Enterprise Information System (ERP, SCM, CRM), Enterprise Content Management, IT Project Management, Business Analysis amongst others.
Q1: Why did you choose to study at LCU?
When I was looking to choose a university, I found out that Lead City University has great prospects for her students and I am glad I made the right choice.
Q2: What is your favourite memory of LCU; a class, a lecturer, an activity or an experience?
The great harmony and camaraderie that existed among the students. All the students got along and no bullying or any kind of bad behaviour was tolerated. I understand that this is still the case, that Lead City University is a university where students can study and grow without any bullying of any kind.
Q3: What have you done since graduating from LCU?
Since I left LCU in 2011, I have held several top management positions in the Fintech world in different consulting firms. I also completed my MBA and earned several professional certifications.
Q4: What is your current job role? And what does it involve?
My current job title is Project Leader. As an effective Project Leader, I make plans that support project goals and lead my team to optimum levels of performance.
Q5: How did your education at LCU help you get to where you are now?
The curriculum was up to date and relevant to my career needs. What I was taught at the university helped me fit right into the work environment in Nigeria and I was able to fit right into my role here in Canada partly because of the exposure and the world view offered at Lead City University.
Q6: What advice would you give to prospective students of LCU?
Lead City University is a great university. There are fantastic prospects there. If you have a choice, I advise you, do not hesitate to choose Lead City.
Q7: What advice would you give to LCU’s current students?
Study hard while you are at the university. It is just for a few years. There will be lots of time to play and relax when this phase is over. Use your time at university to develop yourself and to evolve into who you need to be.
Q8: Mention one or two of your proudest professional or personal accomplishments since graduating from LCU.
I have had several key achievements in my career, including: Leading the Implementation of an Enterprise Content Management Solution to a Financial Group including a Bank and other subsidiaries like insurance, trustees and a tier-1 Bank with over 500 branches, under budget and within the planned timeline; I was able to increase Organisation turnaround performance by 15% through in-depth planning, organisation, directing, controlling and evaluating the operations of information systems, electronic data processing (EDP) and aligning the Enterprise Resource Planning to the business needs of the organisation; I led a Support team to reduce the turn-around time by 30% as a result of empowering client super users to be able to handle 1st level support in the SLA smoothly; and I have been Functional Lead on an ERP Implementation of a Manufacturing firm with over 2000 employees and several co-locations.
Q9: If you had it to do all over again, would you still choose LCU?
Q10: If the opportunity presents itself, will you be happy to support the University or other LCU Alumni?