Our Leadership Team

DeLois B. Babiker, Founder/CEO

In 2005 DeLois B. Babiker founded Intellectual Concepts (“IC”), a global management consulting firm providing international health, information technology and cyber-security services to the public health, defense and transit industries.
With over three decades of private and public industry experience, Ms. Babiker has led the company to triple-digit revenue growth year-over-year. She knows how to build a business from the ground up; overseeing the corporate strategy, alliances, client relationships, and partnerships that make IC successful. She is dynamic, innovative, and results-driven.  She focuses on executing and achieving measurable results to stated objectives.
Intellectual Concepts, under Ms. Babiker’s leadership, has developed a global team of business consultants and service experts. This team is IC’s greatest asset and serves as the competitive advantage that enables IC to consistently meet and exceed customer expectations.
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.”
Ms. Babiker holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from George Mason University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Decision Sciences, also from George Mason University; a Chief Information Officer Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University; and completed other professional and technology certifications/training.

Dr. Femi Adesanya, Senior Vice President

Dr. Adesanya has over more than 25 years of executive level experience proving leadership for various highly specialized small companies.  In these roles Dr. Adesanya has overseen the growth of these companies by managing the delivery of the company’s projects from quality assurance to project schedules and infrastructure planning.  During this period, he has been responsible for project delivery and oversight for varied disciplines such as Transit Operations; Survey and Mapping; Engineering (Civil Site, Roadway Design, CEI, Bridge Inspection, and Geotechnical and CMT); Environmental (mostly NEPA Special Studies); Remediation; and Program Management.
Dr. Adesanya, in addition, has extensive research and development experience in the areas of environmental monitoring and assessment, pollution prevention and environmental education.   Dr. Adesanya’s experience include planning, conducting as a principal investigator, project management, and supervising technical and managerial aspects of contracts with EPA, DOE, NASA, and GDOT on a day-to-day basis.   This also included day-to-day research activities on various Small Business Innovative Research Projects.
Dr. Adesanya’s Federal level leadership include serving as Member of CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors for NIEH/ATSDR and member of the Stormwater Phase II regulation EPA FACA committee.
Dr. Adesanya’s role as the Vice President of Transit services is to provide leadership and drive the strategic direction of our Transit services.  In this capacity, he will lead various aspects of Transit such as transit mobility, rail vehicle consulting, and services related to field of environmental impact and health.  Specifically, in the area of environmental impact and health, Dr. Adesanya’s current appointment as a Board Member for CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors for NIEH/ATSDR, brings additional level of expertise and guidance to the various IC’s activities in this area and other related service offerings across the company.
Dr. Adesanya holds a Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University.  He earned his Master’s and Bachelor of Science degrees, also in Chemical Engineering, from University of Nebraska. Before coming to the private sector Dr. Adesanya taught graduate and undergraduate classes for 25 years at various universities.

Essence Johnson, Vice President of Operations

Essence Johnson is a dynamic leader with extensive experience in Human Resources and Operations. Essence’s experience in Operations and HR includes assisting in developing and implementing of the plans and goals for organizations, employee relations, compliance, compensation, benefits, training and development, safety, and recruitment. She holds a master’s degree of science in International Human Resources.

At Intellectual Concepts, Essence Johnson serves as the Vice President of Operations which includes planning, developing the administration of all operations and HR functions. Additionally, Essence ensures that policies and procedures are properly applied throughout IC in compliance with the US, State, and Local Law requirements.

As one of her many functions at Intellectual Concepts, Essence plays an integral role in the Mobility arm of the company. facilitating local mobility planning and coordination, public outreach, and partnership building. She serves as the liaison with leads in the community and corporations to develop and maintain current transportation services and eligibility processes.  She also, through her HR scope, offer employer support for transit programs and community networks.

With advocacy being a strong pull, Essence has spent years executing and facilitating various political projects to help grow awareness on legislative items and assist in community growth.  Transferring her political skill sets, Essence is essential in government affairs in relation to the company. She ensures that she is up to date in obtaining and communicating information from congressional hearing, regulatory meetings and other policy events that are crucial to the company. She oversees projects and initiatives related to legal which fall within the financial markets, coordinates data with staff and management for analysis purposes and works in developing key strategic development and execution of regulatory priorities.

Effectively balancing big picture thinking and strategic planning with hands on execution has allowed Essence to combine decisiveness, strong business acumen and formal education to achieve objective both professionally and personally.

Mouhmoud Kounkourou, Data Science SME

Mouhmoud Kounkourou (MK) has 20+ years of experience in leading and managing teams in decision science and advanced analytics in Fortune 500 companies including Coca-Cola and FedEx. His experience spans on various areas of business including Strategic Planning & Forecasting, Market Analysis, Pricing Optimization, Marketing Effectiveness, Revenue Management, Customer Analytics (customer lifecycle – acquisition, retention, churn etc.).

During his tenure, he has led advanced analytical projects using analytical techniques ranging from predictive/prescriptive using advanced AI/ML algorithms to basic descriptive/diagnostic analysis for understanding past performance using BI dashboards. As Head of Data Science, MK worked with business executives & various department heads industrywide to provide advanced data & analytic solutions to various business problems. To do so, MK uses a blend of contemporary & traditional data mining techniques applied to both structured and unstructured datasets in big data environments.