Clara Ohakim is CEO of Fine Dining by COCO Ltd. Prior to founding Fine Dining by COCO Ltd, she held the position of Director of Operations at MAD Hospitality (a London-based hospitality Management Company). She has also worked at Shell Petroleum Development Company, KPMG, and City Index. Ohakim holds a degree in Business Economics and Financial Management from the University of Hull, United Kingdom and a diploma in Entrepreneurship and Venture Management from Lagos Business School (EDC).
Nkemdilim Begho is managing director of Future Software Resources. Begho has successfully re-branded the company, changing its focus from stand-alone solutions to a web-based educational enterprise and business solutions company. Prior to her appointment at Future Software Resources, Begho has contributed to various research projects, to include: the wazobia linux initiative, the e-government interoperability framework, NITDA open standards framework, as well as the deployment of e-commerce and e-portal solutions in the Nigerian public and private sector. Her company, Future Software Resources is also winner of the Etisalat Nigeria Prize for Innovation which created the iConnect project, focused on making ICT and education more accessible to Nigerian youths. Nkemdilim is an active board member of the World Summit Youth Award and co-founder of The Bake for Change Development Foundation.
Ayomide Condotti is CEO of Africholidays Travel. Prior to starting the business, Condotti worked as a banker and investment manager at the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Treasury Unit. She holds a Master’s degree in Investment Management from the Sir John Cass Business School in London. She has done a wonderful job combining her passion for travelling with her love for business. Africholidays provides low-cost travel to exotic places in and outside Africa. Packages include trips to Gambia, Accra, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Maldives, Seychelles, Cape Town, Dubai, and exotic cruises.
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is co-founder of Wecyclers, a for-profit social enterprise working to help communities reclaim their neighborhoods from unmanaged waste. Founded in 2012, Wecyclers, in partnership with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), utilizes low-cost cargo bicycles called “wecycles” to provide convenient recycling services to households in Lagos using a SMS-based incentives system. Adebiyi-Abiola is a graduate of Fisk University, Vanderbilt University, and MIT Sloan School of Management. While at MIT, Adebiyi-Abiola was a Legatum Fellow. She is currently an Echoing Green Fellow, Tech Award recipient, and laureate of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.
Oreoluwa Somolu is an Ashoka fellow and executive director of the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre, a non-profit working to encourage Nigerian girls to use technology to empower themselves socially and economically. W.TEC’s work is carried out through projects, which helps women build their technology skills and supports them through mentoring. Notable among these programs is the Girls Technology Camp, which seeks to help girls develop an early interest in computers. Somolu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Essex University, U.K., and a Master’s degree in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She is the recipient of the Anita Borg Change Agent Award for her commitment to issues of women in computing.
About the Founder:
Mary Olushoga is founder of awpnetwork.com, an online platform powering small business success for African entrepreneurs.
The AWP Network is recognized by the United Nations World Summit Youth Awards (WSYA) and was listed as an Apps4Africa Innovation by the United States Department of State. The AWP Network is also known to be one of the leading organizations supporting African Women in Technology. Olushoga is the first-ever GOOD Maker/Oxfam America International Women’s Day Challenge Winner, a Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate, and an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador. Olushoga received a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York and a Master of Science degree from Baruch College. She has served as a Public Policy Fellow at the University at Albany, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society and most recently participated in the Sub-Saharan African Women In Public Service Fall Institute.
Olushoga has featured on BBC World News, Black Enterprise, iwantherjob.com, AFK Insider, Applause Africa, BET Networks, and has presented her work on women entrepreneurs at the Columbia University Africa Economic Forum, the United States Department of Labor Strategy Meeting on Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, and Disability, W!se Institute, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Employment Forum, and the Rockefeller Foundation Tech Salon. Olushoga also writes for GE Ideas Lab and the Huffington Post.
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