Featuring Jide Odunsi (MBA ’14)
By Allen Lee | Money Inc. | March 23, 2022
Jide Odunsi is the co-founder and co-CEO of Moove, the world’s first mobility fintech start-up. Since its launch in Nigeria in 2019, Moove has grown exponentially, and can now boast a presence in six African cities. Having recently secured over $1 million in funding, Odunsi and Delano plan on extending Moove’s global footprint. Find out more with these 10 things you didn’t know about Jide Odunsi.
1. He has a master’s degree from Oxford
A college degree isn’t always a gurantee of success. Judging from the number of high profile CEO’s who dropped out after a couple of semesters (Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Amancio Ortega, Mukesh Ambani. Richard Branson… the list goes on), if anything, it seems the opposite. But for every success story about a dropout, there are a dozen more that suggest education is far from obsolete. Odunsi has qualifications for miles, including a BSc in Economics (First Class Honors) from the London School of Economics & Political Science, a Masters in Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Masters of Science in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford.
2. He’s an award winner
Ever since university, Odunsi has been on the receiving end of multiple awards. During his time at the MIT Sloan School of Management, he was awarded the Henry Dupont II award for academic achievement. Since then, he’s been honored with selection to the Institute Choiseul’s Top 100 Young Economic Leaders and Top 20 Young Economic Leaders.
3. He began his career at Goldman Sachs
After graduating from the London School of Economics & Political Science with a BSc in Economics in 2004, Odunsi took a job at Goldman Sachs. By the time he left the company 7 years later, he’d worked his way up the ladder to become Executive Director/Vice President of Macro Derivative Strategies in the Equities Division, a role that involved the management of a $500 million gross investment portfolio. Between 2008 and 2012, he ranked among the top 10% of trading earners. He also served as the head trader of risk execution client-facing business, covering emerging markets equities business across EMEA and MENA.