Orinola Gbadebo-Smith
Hugo Technologies Inc,

Orinola Gbadebo-Smith is the CEO and co-founder of Hugo Technologies Inc, an African Future-of-Work company headquartered in Chicago. Established in 2018, Hugo builds and manages remote CX + data operations teams (as-a-service) on behalf of global technology and AI research institutions. Prior to founding Hugo, Orinola’s career spanned in private equity investing at Vestor Capital and Helios Investement Partners and was a Special Advisor at Nigeria’s Liquefied Natural Gas Project. Orinola holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Articles by Orinola Gbadebo-Smith

  • Orinola Gbadebo-Smith

    The New Face of Emerging Market Outsourcing: Why African Talent is Primed to Reshape Global Business Processes

    The global labor market has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic’s normalization of remote work and the resulting “great resignation,” in which high-skilled employees in developed markets have left stagnant positions in favor of more flexible, engaging jobs. As Orinola Gbadebo-Smith at Hugo Technologies explains, this has resulted in a talent shortage in sectors like business services and information technology, leading corporations to outsource increasingly more complex tasks to developing countries where workers have acquired the skills to perform them. He explores why young workers in Africa are particularly well-placed to capitalize on this shift.

    corporations, employment, skill development
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