He holds a B.S.C.E. from Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Tx, and M.Sc.(Construction) from Columbia University, NY, NY. Olabode has thirty-one (31) years’ cognizant experience in the practice of engineering, procurement and construction, as well as business development worldwide.
He started his engineering career in civil engineering working at Arch Construction Company, Inc, Queens, NY - a medium sized engineering construction company, where he managed several building rehabilitation and construction projects (1988 - $8million). He later joined CRSS, Inc. NY - a major engineering and construction concern, where he was involved in the management of the $280million New York City Schools Construction Authority project (1990). While working with Robbins, Pope and Griffis Engineers, PC of New York /O’Brien Kreitzberg, Inc. he was involved with the $80million claims review for the United States Corp of Engineers project at Fort Drum, N.Y. (1990). He later joined Rich Associates Inc, Staten Island, NY where as Vice President, he directed the $1.5million United States Postal Service, Morgan Station General Mail Facility(GMF) project at West 30th Street and 9th Avenue, New York(1991).
A serial entrepreneur, he returned to Nigeria in March 1992, and started an economic development company where as President/CEO of Open-Ended Ventures(Africa) Ltd, Ibadan, he directed the engineering design and construction of several projects to include the construction of Small Town Water Supply and Sanitation project at Kuta, Niger State - a N82million Federal Ministry of Water Resources/World Bank financed project(2001), the construction of Flood Erosion Control at Polo Field, Maiduguri, - a N50million Ecological Fund Office project(2002); the construction of 35nos borehole in Osun East Senatorial District - a N44million Federal Ministry of Water Resources project (2002); and Engineering Design of Ilorin – Ajasse Ipo – Osun State Boundary road, a N55million Federal Ministry of Works project(2005).
As Chairman of Fiat International Ltd, Ibadan, Nigeria – an infrastructure development holding company, he directed the construction of school of education and central library – a N100million College of Education, Eruwa project(2006); the expansion of cargo apron at Muritala Mohammed International Airport(MMIA) - a N852million of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria project(2007); the construction of Ido-Ipere –Iludun road, - a N551million Ekiti State Government road revolution project (2007); the construction of 72 units housing development estate at Ado-Ekiti – a N530million Safetrust Savings and Loans/Ekiti State Government project(2010); the construction of Lafiagi – Chewuru road(11km), Bushewa road(8km), Patikesan road(9km), Ilesha - Baruba – Gbebeberu - Babane road(35km) - a N182million Kwara State Government road project(2012); the construction of Ife Township road - a N175million Government of Osun State project(2013). Presently, he is involved in the Ibadan International Airport Consortium project, the Akanran Waste Converters project and the Oil Spill Cleanup and Recovery project – a collective $410million Public Private Partnership(PPP) project with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Olabode was listed in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges(1987, 1988); is a member of the Tau Beta Phi Association, a US based engineering honor fraternity (1988); a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, and Nigerian Society of Engineering; and is registered with the Council of Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria. He has interest in several companies offering services in agriculture, aviation, construction, housing, oil & gas, and ICT sectors of the Nigerian market.