Babatunde Akindele

Director of Technology Strategy & Co-Chair of GSMA 5G IoT, Verizon Communications

Babatunde Akindele

Speaker Bio


Babatunde Akindele (Tunde) leads Strategy for Global Network and Technology at Verizon. He is responsible for developing technology strategies to ensure Verizon maintains its network and technology leadership. His coverage also includes 5G, Multi-Access Edge Compute, IoT, Industry 4.0 Exploration, Artifitial Intelligence, and emerging technologies. He has led strategy and innovation management across industry verticals within the company, helping to develop several breakthrough business concepts. Tunde has held responsibilities for deal negotiation, growth strategy, strategic planning, corporate venturing and M&A evaluation within Verizon over the past decade.



Prior to Verizon, Tunde worked with IXL Center, where he helped fortune 100 corporations develop strategies and commercialize innovative business concepts. Tunde previously held regional leadership role in a multinational telecommunication provider in Nigeria, successfully designing sales expansion strategies, and leading significant business turnaround initiatives.



Tunde is passionate about leadership, he is a leadership trainer / coach, and a frequent speaker at innovation management and VC events. In addition, he spends time mentoring startups and small businesses.