Public fascination with innovation, entrepreneurship and startups in Africa seems to have reached an all-time high, thanks to leading Pan African network organizations like AfriLabs that support the ecosystem.
AfriLabs is a Network Organisation of over 300 technology innovation hubs spread across 49 African countries.
As the organization marks its 10th anniversary, TechEconomy.ng looks at the CV of Anna Ekeledo, a first-class graduate of Psychology from Covenant University, Nigeria who is currently the Executive Director of AfriLabs.
Anna is leading AfriLabs to develop programmes and building partnerships that support African innovation hubs and other stakeholders raise high potential entrepreneurs that stimulus economic growth and social development in Africa.
Anna Ekeledo is an International Speaker, Trainer, Innovation Ecosystem Builder and Mentor. She is also an Advisor; amongst several advisory roles; a member of the Advisory Board at African Europe Innovation Partnership, an initiative supported by the European Commission, she also chairs the Working Party on AfCFTA Negotiations, eCommerce Forum Africa (EFA) and is a mentor on Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa for Entrepreneurs.
She is the Regional Innovation Lead Africa, at the EdTech Hub – the world’s largest education technology research and innovation project which seeks to drive research and adoption of evidence-based education technology in developing countries supported by the World Bank, FCDO and Bill & Melinda Gates.
Prior to joining AfriLabs, Anna was involved in pioneering various impact-driven projects and new business units with organisations such as the Visiola Foundation, Wild Fusion Digital Centre, Google, Lagos Business School – Nigeria and Ingenico – a French global financial technology company.
Anna Ekeledois a member of the Africa-Europe Foundation Digital Strategy Task Force, she is also engaged at a High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation working group AU-EU Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
Anna Ekeledo has a first-class degree in Psychology from Covenant University, Nigeria and an M.Sc. International Marketing Management from Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, UK.