Aniekeme graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with honors in chemical engineering. She works as a technology consultant at PwC and has record of involvement in education initiatives for underprivileged kids, most recently as the Director of Operations of the nonprofit organization, weCare Initiative for Africa. She also models part time and runs a fashion blog, TFLA: This Fashion Love Affair.
A Harvard College and Columbia Law Alumna, making great strides at the intersection of technology and business. Currently, Temilola is part of the regulatory and compliance office at Lyft – the San Francisco based transportation network company.
A UPenn alum, the tech entrepreneur and business development consultant is the Founder and CEO of ResSpot, the first global “911” emergency response mobile platform. She is also the creator of the Anzisha Prize, a $100,000 African entrepreneurship award in partnership with MasterCard Foundation.
Senior Director of Digital Marketing at Microsoft, founder of WeLearnLive.com, and author of Crushing Corporate. Yoli Chisholm has a 20-year record of corporate entrepreneurship having worked for Fortune 100 companies as well as startups that have grown into corporations like eBay, points.com and LavaLife.com.
After receiving a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College, and a J.D. with a specialization in International Legal Affairs from Cornell Law School, Adeola Adejobi founded the Avant-Garde Network (avantgnetwork.com), a group comprised of professionals of color focused on networking, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, career advancement, and civic engagement. She has also created initiatives such as Africa 2030, Law Tech and Innovation, and the Dealmakers Roundtable. These events and discussions provide specific insight and information around different sectors and industries.
Temi Adeniji graduated from Princeton University in 2009 and received a joint JD from Columbia Law School and an LLM in International Commercial Law from University College London in 2012. She was an associate in the Finance Group at Shearman & Sterling LLP from September 2012 – February 2015 before moving to the Debt Finance Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP from February 2015 – July 2016. She is currently a Director, International Strategy & Operations at Warner Music Group.
Lolade Olayokun is the second to last of 5 children in her family. As fate would have it, the pressure for her to be a doctor or lawyer had faded away by the time her parents were ready to raise her. She is the creator of MC Lolahstic, producer, and On Air Personality. Shortly after her reign as Miss.Nigeria Independence 2011-12, she kicked off her career in entertainment and Journalism. She has hosted events in London, guest appeared on Radio Continental 102.3FM in Lagos Nigeria, and captivated many with her presence as a Red carpet host at the annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA). When Lolade is passionate about something, she goes the extra mile to make sure everyone in her network knows about it. Through these milestones, Lolade became the first USA correspondent for BattaBox.com, an Online entertainment Television station based in Lagos,Nigeria. BattaBox provided a platform where she could fully present stories, as a video journalist.
Timothyna Duncan is a News Features Reporter at the Daily Mail and Co-Founder of Abrekna, a New York based African fashion line. She has covered stories in Johannesburg, Birmingham (UK), Chicago and New York. She graduated from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is from Ghana.
A graduate from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Amy Sall, holds a master’s degree in Human Rights Studies, concentrating on the right to development and youth empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa. She received her BA in 2012 from The New School University in Culture and Media Studies, with a concentration in Cultural Studies and a minor in journalism.
Sall is Founder and Editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics, a forthcoming online platform and print journal seeking to amplify the youth voice and perspective on matters and ideas concerning Africa and the diaspora.
With a keen interest in cultural studies, African affairs and artistic expression, Amy Sall is interested in the ways in which media, visual culture and critical theory inform, shape and encourage discourses surrounding the socioeconomic, political and cultural.
Currently she is a part-time lecturer in the Culture and Media Studies department of The New School University's Eugene Lang College.
Michael Rain is the co-founder of ZNews Africa, a mobile-first media+tech company delivering the best news and stories to the global Pan-African community via mobile app, website and newsletter products. The company is a selected member of Facebook, Google and Microsoft’s accelerator programs for startups. He is currently a fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.
Michael is a content developer and product manager with a background in strategic communications and has worked with some of the world’s largest and best-known brands including TimeWarner, Toyota, and The Wall Street Journal.
He earned a B.A. degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Columbia University. He serves on the boards of Public Allies of New York and the Columbia University Black Alumni Council. He is Ghanaian-American, a lifelong New Yorker and Brooklyn native.
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of Powder Necklace, which Publishers Weekly hailed 'a winning debut.' Named among 39 of the most promising African writers under 39, her short fiction was included in the anthology Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of Sahara.
She was shortlisted for a Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2014 and 2015 and has contributed fiction to African Writing, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sunday Salon, the short story collection Woman's Work, and a forthcoming anthology from Atria Books.
She has shared commentary on everything from Michelle Obama's role in the presidential campaign to Nelson Mandela's legacy on MSNBC, NY1, Sahara TV and ARISE TV and online at destinations including EBONY.com and TheGrio.com.
In April 2015, she was the opening speaker at TEDxAccra. Also noted for her personal style, a host of photographers have captured her sartorial choices for outlets including New York Magazine, Essence Magazine, TheSartorialist.com, and The New York Times. Brew-Hammond co-leads a monthly writing fellowship at the Center for Faith and Work and is currently at work on a new novel.
Karen coordinates and delivers original content for DreamAfrica, a digital platform that seeks to increase diversity in digital content for children throughout the world. Karen Ruggles is a member of the faculty at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA and has been teaching Digital Art and 3D Animation since 2013. Karen is passionate about storytelling and seeks to support education–whether personal or formal–through multicultural representation.
Adjunct Professor - Columbia Business School