Meet the Speakers
Investor, Quona Capital
Kofoworola has over 13 years professional experience spanning financial services and investments. Kofoworola joined Quona Capital in 2019 and is focused on Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, and Cross-Border investments for Quona.
Prior to Quona, Kofoworola worked for the technology team at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London across different investment banking divisions. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an engineering degree from Imperial College London.
Amaka Okechukwu Opara
Founding Partner, WEAV Capital
Amaka is an investment professional with over 15 years of experience in finance and investments. She is the founding partner of WEAV Capital, a mission driven venture fund that invests in female led companies that are spearheading innovation.
She previously worked with several DFI's on private sector development, directly managing a portfolio of $1.1 billion in projects to boost entrepreneurship across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). She has extensive experience funding and providing technical assistance to entrepreneurs, accelerator programs, and VC firms in SSA.
Founder & CEO, EarthBond
Chidalu Onyenso is the founder of Earthbond, a climate resilience marketplace for African SMBs. About 42 million SMBs in Nigeria face over 16-18 hours of sporadic blackouts from the public grid. In response, over $30B is spent every year across the continent on diesel/petrol to fuel privately owned generators but the fuels' volatility and rising cost is causing many businesses to slow or shut down.
To solve this growing problem, Earthbond uses carbon accounting to audit SMBs energy usage and financial history and match them with a solar solution and financing plan to help them transition to affordable, reliable, clean energy.
Entrepreneur, Media Personality & Lifestyle Creator
Kaylah Oniwo, a seasoned media personality, boasts over a decade in radio and is a global influencer in beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. She's also a thriving entrepreneur in Nigeria's fashion scene. With 126k+ Instagram and 170k+ Twitter followers and a strong 2.5% engagement rate, Kaylah's online presence drives sales for the brands she collaborates with, including The Estee Lauder Companies, Pandora, Hermes, and more.
She's a versatile event host, having led major occasions like Miss Nigeria, L'Oréal's Color Me Pretty, and GTB Fashion Week. Kaylah is passionate about promoting African brands and creating content that educates, empowers, and entertains her followers.
Partner, Ingressive Capital
Nela Duke is a Partner at Ingressive Capital, an African-focused, early-stage Venture Capital firm. investor, conservationist, philanthropic advisor, and social entrepreneur. For over a decade she’s worked with leading institutions targeted at large scale growth and development on the continent. Nela has been able leverage her network of UHNWI, HNIs and innovators to collaborate and solve Africa’s complex, social and environmental problems.
Nela has supported and volunteered with several key international agencies including Global Citizen, she was named as one of Africa’s most influential conservation leaders via WWF, AWF, YMCA and Scouts. In 2021 Nela was selected as one of the 15 innovators for the Beyond Tourism challenge by the Luc Hoffman Institute, WWF and ALU School of Wildlife Conservation.
CEO, Bookings Africa
Dr. (h.c) Fadé Ogunro, CEO Bookings Africa, a pioneering online job-tech marketplace consisting of over 100,000 creative professionals in Africa who use digital gig work as a buffer against unemployment and a means to facilitate youth participation and economic growth. With operations in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya, she has directly impacted employment; creating sixty thousand hours of work by professional creative freelancers who have earned over 1 million dollars using the Bookings Africa application.
Fade currently holds the esteemed position of Africa Chairperson for the Cherie Blair Foundation for women where she works closely with Sir Tony and Cherie Blair to develop initiatives that directly empower women in low and middle income countries to start, sustain and grow successful businesses, and to build fair and inclusive business environments.
Co-founder & Chief Brand Officer, Jamit
Koromone Asabe-Yobaere (KAY) is an experienced storyteller, poet, performing artist, and brand manager. KAY is a trained public speaker who began performing poetry professionally when she was 18 years old. She has performed at colleges, high schools, events, and poetry slams in NYC, Boston, New Jersey, Lagos, Abuja, and more. KAY currently serves as Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer at Jamit, a web3 and audio entertainment startup she joined in July of this year. Outside of her professional career, KAY hosts, moderates, and speaks at industry-agnostic conferences and events by invitation. KAY has provided communications, brand, and editorial services to Big Cabal Media, TechCabal, Flutterwave, HerVest, Wallets.Africa, Clane, Mashable, EBONY Magazine, and other industry players in the tech ecosystem. KAY enjoys long walks, the occasional morning run, weight training, black coffee.
Co-Founder & COO, Sendstack
Ifeoma Nwobu is a business development and operations strategist with multi-industry experience. Currently the co-founder & COO of Sendstack, a company building logistics infrastructure for Africa, she is making remarkable contributions in developing the brand and business into a force to be reckoned with in the logistics industry. With a degree in Politics from the University of Lagos, Ifeoma’s interests lie at the intersection of business, politics and technology.
She is a 2x founder who is passionate about creating cultural influence & building impactful solutions that accelerate global economic development starting from Africa. She loves to write, shop and read self-help books in her time outside of work.
Flora Uwadiegwu a Co-Founder at Wetech. Wetech empowers women venture into the tech ecosystem while fostering future leaders and entrepreneurs. Through dynamic networking events, flagship conferences, mentorship programs, and group hackathons, Wetech continually provides pathways for professional growth and collaborative initiatives. By forming alliances with industry pioneers, Wetech connects female and diverse tech talent with leading organizations, creating a culture of inclusivity and innovation.
Flora’s relentless efforts reflect her dedication to innovation with gender inclusivity, making her a notable advocate in the tech community. She’s also a Programs Manager at Autodesk, whose mission is to empower innovators across various fields with design and achieve new possibilities to create a better world.
Gabriella is a dynamic professional with a career spanning venture capital, software engineering, and the non-profit sector, embodying a mix of technical acumen, investment insight, and a profound commitment to social impact. Through her venture, Archangel Fund, she's devoted to elevating women entrepreneurs in Africa with capital, paralleled by her significant contributions at tech companies like Carta, Twitch, and Synchrony.
At Carta, her expertise in equity management solutions has refined processes for Fund Managers and Limited Partners, showcasing her knack for melding technical and financial expertise. Wetech, a non-profit organization she co-founded, epitomizes her dedication to fostering inclusive tech spaces, benefiting over 2500+ women in Africa, and marking significant strides towards gender inclusivity in tech.
Program Manager, Techstars
Oluwadunni is Program Manager at Techstars, the most active pre-seed investor in the world. Her work focuses on venture building, deal sourcing, as well as screening and selection. Prior to joining Techstars, she worked at a FinTech focused VC fund, Greenhouse Capital.
In addition to her undergraduate degree in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife she obtained a Diploma in French from C.E.B.E.L.A.E University, Benin Republic and more recently completed the Private Equity programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Oluwadunni is committed to providing female children from low-income communities with access to quality education and actively advocates for African female founders to receive increased VC funding.
Kate Victory- Edema
Growth Marketer, Founders Factory Africa
Kate is a Startup Growth Consultant and currently works as a Growth Marketer at Founders Factory Africa. She helps startup founders on their path to product-market fit (PMF) unlock growth. With a strong passion for seeing African startups succeed, her vision is to help as many African startups get to PMF and scale their business models.
She has worked with several startups over the years to achieve successful outcomes, using her extensive knowledge of marketing, growth strategies and analytics.
Dr. Ola Brown
General Partner, HealthCap Africa
Dr. Ola Brown is the General Partner at HealthCap Africa, an investment firm specializing in early-stage investments within the HealthTech and fintech sectors, along with infrastructure investments.Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, a Master's degree in Finance and Economic Policy (major), she is currently in the process of completing her Ph.D. in Finance, with a research emphasis on digital currencies, financial inclusion and monetarypolicy.
Dr. Ola Brown is a published author with five books to her credit, among her notable works are "Economics, Banking, and Finance in Emerging Markets," where she delves into the unique challenges faced by emerging economies. Another noteworthy publication authored by her is "Journey to Series A," which provides valuable insights to financing for technology companies.
CEO, NUBI Consulting
Nsikan Ubi is an experienced Business consultant in the Technology field with specialized skills in Advisory, Business and Growth Strategy. She is very passionate about the growth of businesses in the tech space, as well as the all-round development of youths in the society.
Before establishing NUBI Consulting, she held strategic roles in reputable organizations such as Oracle Nigeria, Chekkit Technologies, Accenture and Fidelity Investment Boston. In Oracle Nigeria, she worked as a Technology Sales Consultant, focusing on driving operational efficiency through the adoption of technology, in various sectors across the country. Prior to joining the Sales team, she led the Business Development team for Oracle Nigeria’s Public Sector division, spearheading transformative initiatives across Government Agencies and State Governments.
Founder/CEO - Traders of Africa (TOFA)
Uju Uzo-Ojinnaka is a wife and mother to 4 children. She obtained her first degree from University of Lagos, Lagos in 1999, a Global Executive MBA from the China Europe International Business school (CEIBS).
Uju is the Founder and CEO of Traders of Africa (TOFA); a Pan-African hub for products grown, produced or manufactured in Africa. The hub includes an online marketplace for products grown, produced, or manufactured in Africa and an aggregation unit called SOURCEPRO, TOFA ACADEMY where traders are trained on how to supply in commercially viable quantities, TOFAPAY through which impact is made to farmers in remote villages and more.
Uju is resourceful, result-oriented, and loves meeting people. Her Mantra is: "Ideas are key… Implementation is everything."
Titi is an Engineer by training, a Management Consultant by experience, and an Educator by passion. She is the Co-founder of 9ijakids, an all-female founded Edtech Company. 9ijakids is an internationally and locally award-winning company including Global Education Startup Awards (GESAwards), Milken Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, and one of the top 12 Edtech Companies. 9ijakids is helping to reduce poverty in Africa by providing access to affordable education via its gamified online learning platform for nursery, primary, and secondary school students in Africa.
Titi is one of the conveners of the annual STEAM Fun Fest - Africa’s largest STEAM gathering with over 4000 attendees annually. It is an event for children ages 6-15 years to spark a love for STEAM through career talks, experiential STEAM activities, and games.
Software Engineer, Microsoft
Kaosi Anyanwu is a Software Engineer focused on AI and data engineering at Microsoft. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Her passion for technology led her to pursue a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, supplemented by a minor in Computer Science.
Beyond her professional achievements, She founded STEM Bridge, a non-profit organization committed to empowering young girls in Nigeria to pursue careers in STEM fields. In addition to her tech career and philanthropic pursuits, Kaosi is a real estate investor with a strategic approach to property management. Her real estate portfolio includes a mix of long-term and short-term rentals, reflecting her astute investment decisions. During her leisure time, Kaosi maintains a disciplined fitness regimen and explores her creative side through activities like drawing.
Venture Partner, Oui Capital & CSO, Spurt!
Kristin Wilson is a people technology strategist with a passion for helping entrepreneurs and organisations unlock the full potential of their teams using data and technology. She is a digital work expert, writer, speaker, and thought leader in the remote work industry. With a background in management consulting, research, media, and project management, Kristin has built a successful career helping startups and small businesses thrive in emerging markets. As a writer and speaker, Kristin shares her insights on the impact of remote work on the future of work and the benefits of embracing a more flexible and technology-driven workplace culture.
Kristin Wilson is the Chief Strategy Officer at Spurt! A prolific early-stage investor, she is the founding General Partner at the Innovate Africa Fund and Bold Angel Fund. She is a Venture Partner at Oui Capital and Investment Lead for the Rising Tide Africa Angel Network.She is also a Harris Fellow.
Business Development & Sales Manager, Marie Claire
Ugochi is a seasoned sales expert with a wealth of experience in fostering the growth of startups and established businesses, specializing in sustainable success strategies. She has an impressive track record of over eight years in this dynamic field.
As a co-host of 234 Essential Podcast, one of Nigeria's premier interactive and informative audio broadcasts, Ugochi plays a pivotal role in providing insights into the complexities of Nigerian identity and how economic policies reverberate through the lives of the average citizen. The podcast delves deep into the multifaceted aspects of the nation, offering a wealth of knowledge and informed perspectives.
When she's not immersed in the professional world or pursuing her cherished interests, Ugochi lives life with an infectious enthusiasm, embracing each moment with zest and zeal.
Clinical Director and Lead Clinical Psychologist, Ndidi
Amanda Iheme is a licensed clinical psychologist and an architecture photographer in Lagos.
She is the clinical director and the lead clinical psychologist of NDỊDỊ, a private mental health practice where she works with private clients suffering from depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and existential crisis.
Ndidi also provides psychotherapy and consultation services for corporate firms and facilitates private and public lectures.
When Amanda is not being a therapist or a photographer, she like to dance, read, spend time with her cats, journal, spend time with family or friends or just sit alone in silence.
Executive Director, Talent Mine Academy
Aramide Kayode is the Executive Director of Talent Mine Academy, a free school that provides 12 years of access to fully funded quality education to children in low-income communities. She currently serves as a Youth Representative at the UNESCO SDG4 Youth Network.She is a first-class graduate of economics from Covenant University and an alumna of the prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Her work in the education space has been featured on numerous national and international platforms, including Harvard Magazine, TedX, Malala Fund, Global Partnership for Education (listed as one of the ten young people transforming education across the globe), CGTN Europe, Global Citizen, The Guardian, amongst others. She hopes that one day every child will be able to access quality education, irrespective of their socio-economic background.
Founder, Heels & Tech
Through Heels & Tech, Bisola has trained over 5000 women and men in 25 countries and counting, and have helped them increase their income by $10.2 million.
Bisola is committed to using her expertise and passion to create a brighter future for women and families everywhere. She is also an award-winning entrepreneur whose work has been recognized by numerous organizations including NASDAQ Milestone Makers, JCI and Donors for Africa.
Chief of Staff, Vested World
Damilola Alabi is an operations and programs manager with a diverse background spanning over eight years of experience across multiple industries. Her career journey has taken her through the realms of hospitality, events management, marketing, and social impact. Previously, Programs Manager at Wetech,
Damilola currently serves as Chief of Staff at VestedWorld, a venture capital firm specialising in early-stage investments in African businesses, She has demonstrated her commitment to driving positive change and fostering economic growth in emerging markets.