Olusola Akinnagbe – Group Managing Director

Sola Akinnagbe is Group Managing Director, and founder, of MRC. Before founding the company, Sola enjoyed a highly successful market research career in West Africa, including a period of time spent as an independent consultant in statistical analysis and marketing operations research.


Sola was educated at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and the University of Sheffield (U.K) where he studied for a degree in Mathematical Statistics and an MBA respectively. He has over 25 years of experience in market research, marketing operations research and statistical analysis.


Sola is the immediate past President of the Nigeria Market Research Association (NiMRA) which he led from its inception in 2005 until 2010. He was the country representative of ESOMAR, an international organisation monitoring and developing market research worldwide, from 2006 to 2010.


A recipient of multiple academic and professional awards, Sola is a respected professional and “talent developer”, producing scores of top professionals who have gone on to have their own thriving careers, businesses and professional practices. Sola is an Overseer of The Apostolic Church and an apostle of ethical business principles and practices.



HARISH BRAHMANYAPURA, Director – Innovations & Strategic Business


Harish joined the MRC team in Lagos, Nigeria in the role of Director – Innovations & Strategic Business, with a mandate to enhance cutting-edge services and help introduce best-in-class research products & services.  In this role, he will provide technical support to MRC client servicing teams across offices and help deliver excellence.


A Master’s Degree holder in Statistics from Bangalore University, India and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from IRMA India, Harish brings broad experience from top research agencies across multiple geographies, having serviced the needs of some of the largest users of market research for nearly two decades spanning India, Taiwan, Singapore and now West Africa. He has worked with clients such as PepsiCo, GSK, Honda, Mars, Dabur, Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser among others. His category experience spans FMCG, Services, Durables, Telecoms, IT and the Social sector.


Harish started his career at TNS Global, India and rose to the Senior Research Manager’s position at their Taipei office; He has also worked with Nielsen Singapore (Associate Director, International Research); Asia Insight Research Consultants Singapore (Research Director, Technology Research); IMRB International India (Associate Vice-President) and Millward Brown India (Director, Link Solutions, with mandate to manage their communications pre-testing system).