is a citizen of Nigeria, the Cofounder and CEO of MAX, and an International Christian Missionary. Adetayo studied Computer Science at the University of Ibadan, where he built one of Nigeria’s first mobility platforms. He moved on to build a stellar career as a Software Engineer, Product Manager and Management Consultant at leading companies such as the UAC Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, Konga and Dalberg. At NLNG, Adetayo implemented a Process Optimization Project that generated $100M in revenue within one year.
Adetayo left a dream job at NLNG to study business and innovation at the world famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and London Business School from 2013 to 2015. While at MIT, he cofounded MAX alongside Chinedu Azodoh and other MIT classmates. MAX is mobility company that is building technology and financial infrastructure for Africa’s $100B transportation industry. MAX’s mission is to make mobility safe, affordable, and accessible to 1 billion Africans within the next decade.
Adetayo and the MAX Team pioneered motorcycle ride-hailing in West Africa, and they are backed by some of the world’s biggest investors and venture capitalists. Adetayo and MAX’s inspiring journey has been documented by MIT Sloan School of Management in a 16-page Case Study that is now used to teach entrepreneurship at MIT. Adetayo and Chinedu have mobilized over $10m to achieve their mission, and have completed over 800,000 trips.
Adetayo is a recipient of over 20 awards and fellowships. He was awarded the Mastercard Foundation and MIT Legatum Fellowships at MIT. He is an Associate and Gold Award recipient of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance - a community of African innovators described by The Economist Magazine as “Africa’s Secret Weapon”.
Adetayo was awarded a Mastercard Grant in 2015. He won the World Economic Forum's Inclusive Growth Award at Harvard in 2015.
He won the Boston Campus Kudos Pitch Competition in 2015.
He was admitted into Techstars and Plug & Play Startup Accelerator Programs in 2015.
He won 1st Runner Up at Techcrunch Battlefield in London in 2015.
He was a Keynote Speaker at the MIT Accelerating Africa Conference in London in 2016.
He was a Panel Speaker at HBS and MIT Africa Conferences in 2016 and 2017.
He was admitted into the World Bank's XL-Africa Accelerator program in 2017.
He was awarded the Alibaba eFounders Fellowship for Africa’s Tech Entrepreneurs in 2017.
He was a speaker at the first ever Singularity Summit in Africa, held in Johannesburg where he spoke on exponential technologies in 2017.
Adetayo is a TEDx speaker and a Mastercard Start Path alumnus.
Adetayo led MAX to become the first grantee of Shell Foundation's sustainable mobility program in West Africa, and has received over $1.3m in program funding from 2018 to 2019.
In 2018, Adetayo spoke alongside Jack Ma and the President of South Africa at the Netpreneurs Africa Conference in Johannesburg.
Adetayo has worked as a volunteer missionary in Nigeria, Kenya, Liberia, South Africa and the US. Adetayo is happily married to his beloved wife - Gbemisola, a Chemical Engineer and they have 2 amazing daughters - Tolu and Temi.