Chief Innovation Officer<br />VA Innovation Center - Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI)
Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.
Attention A T users. To access the combo box on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Press the alt key and then the down arrow. 2. Use the up and down arrows to navigate this combo box. 3. Press enter on the item you wish to view. This will take you to the page listed.
Veterans Crisis Line Badge

Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI)


Chief Innovation Officer
VA Innovation Center

Picture of Mr. AkinyeleMichael Akinyele

Mr. Michael Akinyele is the Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) effective November 10, 2019, and is responsible for leading, transforming and scaling enterprise innovation in VA. His current efforts are focused on implementing Section 152 of the MISSION Act of 2018 which established the VA Center for Innovation for Care and Payment. He is also the Principal Lead of the VA Innovation Center (VIC) which organizationally reports through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Enterprise Integration. He has served in this role in an acting capacity since March 2018.

Away from his work at the VA, Mr. Akinyele is the Managing Principal of an independent advisory firm he founded in 2016. He is a turnaround expert, health care futurist and collaborative leader primarily advising executive officers of global corporations and leading enterprise-wide transformation initiatives for dynamic and complex organizations.

He most recently worked as the Director of Venture Development – Health Care at a multi-billion dollar private foundation with ~$1Bn in funding commitments between 2011 and 2017.  Prior to his role in philanthropy, he led management consulting teams focused on developing and implementing solutions to strategic and operational challenges facing multinational corporations. In the U.S. health care industry, he has advised health systems, physician groups, academic medical centers, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers, and a Medicaid agency 

He is a member of the board of the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF), the largest foundation focused on funding research aimed at finding a cure and serving those touched by the disease. Mr. Akinyele started his career managing physician practices in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Howard University.

Note:  You may need to visit the VA Viewer Software page to view the documents available on this page.

Note:  You may need to visit the VA Viewer Software page to view the documents available on this page.