02 Nov Idris Ayodeji Bello
The ‘Afropreneur’ (entrepreneur with an African focus), as he self-describes, Idris Ayodeji Bello is a Founding Partner at Loftyinc Capital Management, owners of the early stage-Afropreneurs Fund (I&II), and co-founder of The Wennovation Hub, an innovation platform based in Nigeria, that has successfully accelerated the launch of several technology start-ups in social impact sectors. A first class honors graduate of Computer Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, he has an M.Sc in Computer Science & Data Mining from the University of Houston; an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Strategy from Rice University in Houston and an M.Sc in Global Health Science from the University of Oxford, where he was a 2011 recipient of The Lord Weidenfeld Scholarship for demonstrating remarkable potential as a future leader from an emerging economy. Idris spent the greater part of a decade working at Chevron Corporation and ExxonMobil USA, where he led several large upstream technology projects across the USA and Sub-Saharan Africa. Idris has also worked with the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative where he played a major role in the deployment and evaluation of Swaziland’s first mobile health patient appointment reminder system as part of the country’s National AIDS Program. Listed among CNN’s Top Ten African Technology Voices, he is a Singularity University Impact Fellow, Harambean Fellow, Clinton Global Initiative University Fellow, MIT Global Start-up Fellow, SAP Ashoka Global Changemakers Award Winner, Dell Technology Award Winner, StartingBloc Innovation Fellow and a Nigeria Leadership Initiative Future Leader. As a leader, Idris has mentored and catalyzed scores of contributors across the growing African landscape and is an angel investor and advisor to several African startups including Andela, Flutterwave, RelianceHMO, Trella, Chefaa, among others. He continues to devote his efforts to the development of technology-enabled social enterprises that empower the underserved, and develop transformative ideas to change lives on the African continent. He spends most of his time between Houston, Lagos, Cairo, and airport lounges. Angel investor and leading expert in deploying technology and innovation to drive public sector reforms and enabling good governance. Experienced in providing consulting expertise and strategic advisory services to startup firms and social enterprises in emerging markets, especially in Africa. Passionate about professional networking, creating alliances, exploring new ideas.
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