Our Leadership Team
DeLois B. Babiker, Founder/CEO
Dr. Femi Adesanya, Senior Vice President
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 Assistant Director 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.
Donsia Smith, Finance and Accounting Manager
Donsia Smith is an accomplished financial professional with over fourteen years of diversified experience in nonprofit, public accounting and private accounting sector. She has significant experience in financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, risk management, financial consolidations, process improvements, human resource, payroll and employee benefits.
Prior to joining Intellectual Concepts, Donsia worked in both the retail and manufacturing industries. As the Accounting Manager for Medicare USA Corp. she was responsible for cash flow management, month-end closing, budgeting/forecasting, and financial modeling. She implemented new accounting software as well as implemented many process improvements helping to create efficiencies in the Accounting Department.
At Steiner Sports Memorabilia she held several finance positions including Staff Accountant, Senior Accountant, Royalty Accountant and Commissions Manager. She was responsible for month-end close, financial modeling, cost accounting, royalty and commission reporting, financial consolidation of two entities and quarterly forecasting.
Donsia holds a BA in Accounting from Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY. In her spare time Donsia enjoys spending time outdoor, going for long walks and just relaxing on the beach.