Abolade Akinwale Abisogun OBE

Bola Abisogun OBE is the Founder and Director of the Digital Twin Skills Academy CIC, and an advocate for cultural change and inclusion within the construction industry.

He graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 1994, becoming the first black student to receive a Double First class with Honours.

Bola is an Independent Management Consultant, Chartered Construction Manager, Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Over the past 30 years, Bola has successfully procured and delivered over £8 billion in capital projects across the UK.

In 2005 Bola became the Founder and Chairman of DiverseCity Surveyors – who are an Honorary Affiliate Member of the Construction Industry Council. The organisation provides peer-to-peer networking opportunities and promotes excellence and thought-leadership across the global non-traditional talent pool.

The University of Cambridge approached Bola in 2020 to help develop a business case for Digital Twins with a UK and global focus. This opportunity led him to create the Digital Twin Skills Academy, an organisation focused on establishing safer, more sustainable, inclusive, and efficient industry standards.

The City of London recently appointed Bola to be part of a Sustainable Taskforce seeking to decarbonise every commercial office building across Central London by 2040. He is also the current Digital Director at the BIM Academy, and a Non-Executive Director for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Outside his professional work, Bola regularly gives back by sharing his experiences and knowledge at schools and prisons, and his dedication to diversity and supporting young people in the construction industry earned him an OBE in 2018.


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