CORPORATE PLAYERS IN TECH
Ada Nduka Oyom:
Ada Nduka Oyom is the Developer Relations and Community Expert at Google.
Ada became enchanted by google in 2014, when she came across a developer community in the university called the Google Student Ambassadors. Since then, she has made it a goal to be professionally involved with the company.
Aside from her role in Google, she founded, She Code Africa, a non-profit dedicated to building an active community of women in tech. In 2020, the initiative had over 300 mentee applications and 70 mentor applications submitted from across a wide demographic of applicants from Nigeria, India, Uganda, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, South Africa and Ghana. She also runs her own social community called DevRel Lite, a community where she shares the knowledge she has garnered in developer relations.
Ime Archibong has been described as an obsessive go-getter with a fierce work ethic and an even more intense optimism. He is the Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook.
Ime’s career began at IBM as a software engineer in the Systems and Technology Group. He then transitioned to the corporate strategy team that laid the foundation for the Smarter Cities initiative. He recently served as Facebook’s Vice President of Product Partnerships.
You hardly hear about Etop Ikpe without hearing about his impressive feat of helping build five tech companies in Nigeria. He has his imprint in the success stories of brands like Dealdey, Cars45, Konga and more.
He is currently the CEO at AutoCheck, an automotive technology development company, which enables and enhances commerce within the automotive industry. Prior to this, he served as CEO for Cars45, another automobile industry that traded cars online.
Ife Idowu is more of a manager than a tech guy, and his experience in the film industry seems to be more extensive than his experience in the tech world, but he does hold the title of Operations Project Manager, EMEA (Africa) at Netflix.
He is a lawyer with a career history in Entertainment/Media Law and Business Operations. Prior to his current engagement with Netflix, he worked for the Nigerian film giant; Film One Entertainment.
Juliet is the Country Manager, Google Nigeria. She kicked off her career as far back as 1995, where she worked as a Performance Monitoring and Quality Assurance Supervisor at the Shell Petroleum Company. Not long after that, she became a Program Manager at Microsoft UK, where she worked for close to a decade, gathering as much tech managing experience as she needed.
She was appointed Country Director leading Google’s business strategy in West Africa in 2011, and a decade later, she still retains her post. She is a Member, Forbes Coaches Council, the founder of Beyond Limits Africa, a capacity-building initiative that provides Coaching, Leadership development programs, and a fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society.
Seun Runsewe is the Vice President of growth at Softcom. Bringing her expertise in business management to the tech world, Seun has been a lady whose value within an organisation cannot be overstated. She has been an integral part of the success of companies like Opay, Switch, KPMG, and Paystack.
She is a seasoned Business Leader and advocates for people and development. She is a public speaker, a teacher and an entrepreneur. She is the founder of what she described as a femtech, Biamo Money, a financial institution, strictly for African women.
When the ride-sharing company, Uber, decided to set up shop in Nigeria, it was an idea people gravitated towards, and in about a year, booking an Uber was all the rave. Today, Uber is one of the biggest tech-driven firms in the country and Tope Akinwumi is the manager that heads it all.
Tope is the Country Manager at Uber. He is an award-winning consultant and a proficient analyst. Prior to working for Uber, he had worked in companies like Kobo360 and PWC.
A highly proficient salesman, Olusegun Fabiyi has spent his career growing the business opportunities of several big-name companies in the country. He is currently the Lead Account Manager at Oracle, but his current position is a result of the work he has put in since the start of his career.
Having a passion for tech, Olusegun Fabiyi has worked in companies like MTN, where he was Customer Service Team Lead, and at Prodeus Technology, where he was Key Account Manager, amongst others.
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho:
Nkem has enjoyed over a decade of prominence in the world of business and of course tech. Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho is the Managing Director at Future Software Resources.
Future Software Resources, like the name suggests, is a digital and technology solutions companies, that provides a broad range of business solutions to scale African enterprises.
Nkemdilim has a number of accolades under her belt, including being recognised as an Obama African Leader, being listed in Forbes’s Top Ten Female Tech Founders in Africa, Global Digital Women top 10 Most Inspiring Women in Africa, Lionesses of Africa top 100 Women and Ventures Africa 42 most Innovative Africans. Asides Future Software Resources, she also works for Google and Stanbic Bank.
Olajumoke Kujero is the Chief Marketing Officer at arguably the biggest online retail store in Nigeria, Jumia, where she is responsible for the development and execution of the marketing strategy spanning customer acquisition, re-targeting and retention for the core business areas.
Olajumoke is a highly renowned marketing strategist with 13 years experience in the business. Before becoming the CMO of Jumia, she worked as Head of Marketing for Wakanow, amongst other companies.
Moe Odele is an international lawyer based in New York, USA, who focuses on technology, social impact and DeFi. As a very proficient and highly accomplished woman lawyer, she is passionate about enriching and empowering women, and her career as a woman of the law afford her the arsenal needed to pursue said passion.
She is founding partner at Vazi Legal, Africa’s top innovation driven law firm. She is also the founder of Scale My Hustle, a social enterprise that is focused on helping entrepreneurs build better-structured businesses.
Last year, the Nigerian government placed a ban on her Identification cards and Visa which barred her from traveling out of the country, this did nothing but make her popular amongst the Nigerian youths.
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