Oluseun Onigbinde is leading digital innovator in Nigeria and an advocate of the open data movement who works to foster greater transparency and better understanding of government budgets. Currently a Knight International Innovation Fellow with the International Center for Journalists, his work focuses on advancing the Code4Africa open data movement and promoting the use of creative digital tools in media organizations to increase public engagement around key development issues such as health and education.
In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship, and in that role he co-founded a civic startup named BudgIT, which uses digital technologies to make government budgets more accessible and understandable to Nigerians. In 2013, BudgIT was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the top five exciting African startups to watch out for.
Onigbinde is a contributor to the Data Journalism Handbook, a member of the Open Spending Wiki Group, an Open Knowledge Foundation Ambassador, and he has served as a consultant to the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) Federal Reform projects.
He is a graduate of Electrical/Electronics Engineering from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and also attended the University of London and Loyola College in Ibadan. He began his career in the financial sector providing critical analysis of budgets and strategic research to help banks perform better. Later, he decided to apply these same principles to building a better country by providing the general public with tools for budget analysis and by finding creative ways to present and disseminate budget data.