Funfere Koroye

  • Design Engineer
  • Lagos, Nigeria

Funfere Koroye is an Industrial designer and Product Developer Based in Lagos, Nigeria. With over 5 years of experience, he is eager to improve his knowledge on the inner workings of hardware - innovation, branding, manufacturing, advertising, and development.

His skill set spans across several industries which include but are not limited to FMCG, Fintech, Footwear and Furniture. He has received global recognitions for his work across America, China, Italy, and Australia.

At a very tender age of 5, a young Funfere grew as an inquisitive, but a very bright kid - always taking apart toys and appliances to see how they worked.

Inspired by Steve Jobs and Dieter Rams, Funfere Koroye discovered his passion for creating and designing which informed his decision to study Industrial and Product Design, at the Savannah College of Art and Design and Domus Academy amidst many objections from family and friends.

After graduation, he started off designing footwear, then mobile phones, and packaging for the food and beverage industry.

Today, Funfere is a co-founder of a tech and design startup, the Nupe Project, an initiative focused on solving the many challenges affecting many third world countries specifically, while simultaneously fostering the ignored 1% of African talent in Hardware development.

As an Industrial designer and product developer, one with a heart and genuine compassion for helping many individuals. Funfere has been opportuned to design, plan and develop industrial, commercial and consumer products for mass manufacture with particular emphasis on ergonomic factors, marketing considerations, and innovative advancements to help businesses reach their customers more efficiently.

Some of his innovations include designing a diffuser system which repels insects by using a mist system and an automated timer, and a tube-like water filter that fits into most regular plastic bottles with the sole purpose of distilling unclean water inexpensively.

In 2018, he was commissioned to work on developing/designing a solar battery for Jaza Energy in Tanzania - which is currently powering the homes of thousands of East Africans without access to electricity on the grid.

Over the next few years Funfere Koroye aims to be the pioneer of hardware development on the continent by using design innovation to improve the lives of millions.

SECONDARY EDUCATION

Trintity Internal College, Lagos, Nigeria (2001 – 2004)
British International School, Lagos, Nigeria (2004 – 2007)

TERTIARY EDUCATION

The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California (2007 – 2008)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia (2008 – 2011)
The Domus Academy, Milan, Italy (2012 – 2013)
Accademia Riaci, Florence, Italy (2013 – 2014)

QUALIFICATIONS

IGCSE O levels (2004 – 2006)
IGCSE A levels (2006 – 2007)
BA in Industrial Design (2008 – 2011) 
MFA in Product Development (2012 – 2013)
Diploma in Footwear Manufacturing (2013 – 2014)

SKILLS

Product Design
Product Branding
Product Innovation
Product Advertising
Product Prototyping
Product Engineering
Product Development

FOCUS

Sneaker Design
Furniture Design
Appliance Design
Packaging Design
Motorcycle Design
Sustainable Design
Humanitarian Design

WORK EXPERIENCES

Volunteer: Idea Builders (2009)
Design Intern: Fuel Skate Shop (2010)
Summer Intern: Ann Taylor Loft (2011)
Apprenticeship: Roberto Ugolini (2013)
Sneaker Design: J.V.P Melbourne (2014)
Packaging Development: Sokolad (2015)
Beverage Design: Wilsons Lemonade (2015)
Design Lab Tech: Day Waterman College (2015)
Product Development: African Basketball League (2017)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Junior Designer: JUMP (2012)
Freelance Design: FK Lab (2013)
Senior Designer: Thandos (2016)
Footwear Developer: Keexs (2016)
Phone Designer: Tecno Mobile (2016)
Chief Design Officer: Nupe Project (2017)
Research & Design: Sponge Design (2018)
Furniture Design: Made.com TalentLab (2018)
Interior Product Architecture: Studio Koroye (2018)
Alternative Energy Hardware Design: Jaza Energy (2019)

PRESS

Vogue UK
A24 Media
Okay Africa
TEDx Unilag
Concept Kicks
Fast Company
Design Indaba
Ventures Africa
Guardian Newspaper
How We Made It In Africa