Lateef Salami, Founder and CEO
Lateef Salami, the founder of Ecopath, has more than 15 years of experience in the office equipment industry in Nigeria. Lateef’s academic background is in Electrical Engineering (Higher National Diploma from The Polytechnic in Ibadan, Nigeria, 2001) and Sustainability and Environmental Management (Master’s degree from University of Derby, UK, 2019). Lateef’s career in office equipment industry began in 2004 when he joined CFAO Technologies as a Service Engineer. There he was responsible for maintenance and repairs of duplicators, photocopiers and printers, customer relationship management, product demonstrations, training and workshops.
In 2008 Lateef started Bluesky Digitech - a small informal office equipment repair consultancy. The idea was to create a for-purpose business that would serve as a social empowerment platform where unemployed graduates could gain new skills for free. Apart from providing hands-on training to graduates, Lateef was also mentoring technicians already working in the industry, and solving knotty technical problems with office equipment which provided a source of revenue. These activities made Bluesky Digitech a melting pot of novel technical solutions and ideas, and created a tight-knit network of professionals in the office equipment industry.
In 2019 Lateef moved to Germany to become a research fellow at the International Sustainability Academy (ISA) and join a global network of professionals from 12 different countries. There he learnt about best practices in sustainability and how to build impactful startups that contribute towards reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That is where the idea for Ecopath was developed.
Gbenga Hussein, CFO
Gbenga is a chartered accountant and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He is an expert in financial management, strategy and change management. Gbenga worked with Sunflag Nigeria Limited, Haggai Mortgage Bank and Slava-Yeditepe Construction Group where he was the Head of Accounts. As a consultant, he has designed business development solutions for First Bank of Nigeria, Central Bank of Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, and Stanbic IBTC Bank, to name a few.
Philip Ishaku, CTO
Philip Ishaku is an office equipment and automation professional with more than 15 years of experience. Philip’s academic background is in Electrical Engineering (Higher National Diploma from Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Nigeria, 2001). He is experienced in working with duplicators, photocopiers, printers and multi-function printers, and with brands like Xerox, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Kyocera.
Dayo Oladele, RSM in Aba, Abia State
Dayo Oladele has a background in Electrical Engineering. He has been consulting Bluesky Digitech team in office equipment repairs and maintenance since 2012. Due to his extensive experience, he is a bit of a celebrity among repair technicians. Many banks, schools and hospitals in Ondo and Osun states are among his current customers. He is Ecopath's regional sales manager (RSM) in South East and South South states.
Bode Onileowo, RSM in Abuja, Nigeria's capital
Bode Onileowo has a background in Agricultural Economics. Since completing the apprenticeship at Bluesky Digitech in office equipment installation, maintenance and repairs, he has established an impressive professional network in Ekiti and Kwara states. Many banks and educational institutions are among his current customers. He is Ecopath's RSM in North East and North Central states.
Biodun Olanrewaju, RSM in Lagos, the largest city
Biodun Olanrewaju joined Bluesky Digitech as an apprentice in 2008. He has since developed a large customer base in Oyo, Ogun and Lagos states. He is Ecopath's RSM in South West and North West states.
We are looking for environmentally minded people to join our team. We especially encourage applications from women and people with disabilities.