DeLois Babiker, CEO
For more than 30 years, DeLois Babiker has successfully provided senior leadership to technology and management initiatives in government and private industry, solving complex business and IT problems head-on. She founded Intellectual Concepts, building it from the ground up, and oversees the corporate strategy, alliances, client relationships, and partnerships that make IC successful.
Ms. Babiker believes that communication is the single most important aspect of life — whether it is in our personal lives or for growing and managing a business. “Building and maintaining relationships are key to everything.”
Before founding IC, Ms Babiker served as Chief Information Officer at Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, where she successfully led the corporation’s launch into emerging technologies to improve internal operations and communications at corporate headquarters and 12 community-based decentralized offices. She also served as the Director of Information Systems at the American Red Cross (ARC), providing strategic direction for the global systems that support the 1200 national and international ARC chapters. Ms. Babiker began her career as a Project Manager with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (commonly known as Freddie Mac).
Ms. Babiker is an active participant with the Women in Defense, Women in Transportation, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, American Public Transportation Association, Greater Women’s Business Council, and Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.
Ms. Babiker holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in Decision Sciences from George Mason University; and a Chief Information Officer Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2015, she successfully completed the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business and Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection programs.
In her spare time, Ms. Babiker enjoys supporting youth robotic competition, mentoring aspiring leaders bowling and spending time with her family especially her grandson Kingsley. Ms. Babiker resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Albert, daughter Essence and son Amir.
For 8 years, Ayo Alaran has provided Intellectual Concepts with strategic leadership needed for successful day-to-day operations—as reflected in the continual growth of the company and earned through first-rate contract performance. He is a hands-on manager, taking an active role in all IC’s engagements.
Ayo built the corporate infrastructure – from contract operations and quality assurance – to managing subcontract, teaming, and joint venture agreements. An inventive, analytical, and results-driven professional, he executes avenues for revenue growth, cost savings, and organizational excellence.
Ayo brings a rare combination of both management acumen and technical skill in information technology to his work. Previously, he was Principal of Toha Partners, a business services firm focused on enabling executives and entrepreneurs to achieve growth through strategy and operational efficiency. There, he managed a variety of consulting engagements, including: standardizing the sales and opportunity capture processes at a software outsourcing company; developing market entry strategy for a number of technology start-ups; and performing venture capital fund raising.
Ayo is the Chair of NCMA’s College Outreach Program (Atlanta Chapter), a toastmaster, and is passionate about mentoring young men. Ayo believes that if one follows his/her passion, happiness and self-fulfillment are bound to follow. He also believes that “Luck is the intersection of preparation and opportunity”.
Mr. Alaran earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Ayo enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, traveling, and having a good time with family and friends.