Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a Ghana-based business incubator and accelerator, has announced the appointment of Neku Atawodi as the General Manager of its newly launched incubator in Lagos, Nigeria.
Just before delving into her role as GM of the Lagos Incubator, a little introduction of this woman I call “beauty, grit and brain” wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
Neku is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and a Clinton Global Initiative Lead Mentor.
She holds a Masters Degree in International Business from the European Business School, London, and is an avid equestrian (a rider or performer on horseback) in her spare time – she played polo professionally for many years around the world,
She was recently named as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30.
As General Manger of MEST’s Lagos Incubator, Neku will oversee incubator operations and strategy, startup support, stakeholder engagement, business development and fundraising efforts for MEST.
She’ll work closely with MEST’s existing partners in Nigeria, including Interswitch.
She’ll serve as MEST’s local ambassador in Nigeria and will work cross-functionally with its management team in Ghana and Silicon Valley.
Also, Neku will spearhead major events in Lagos, including the 2016 edition of Africa Technology Summit.
“I’m extremely glad that Neku is joining our team, and I’m confident that under her leadership, MEST will gain an even further foothold in the West African ecosystem,” said Katie Sarro, Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, MEST.
Neku, who is the founder of Malaik, an impact-focused approach to equity crowdfunding in Africa, previously worked as a Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, where she developed the FCT’s revolutionary File Tracking System.
She is passionate about empowering African entrepreneurs through tech, and was a member of founding team for Africa’s pioneer Impact Investment Tracking Platform.
“I believe that through technology, Africa can fast track its achievement of the outlined sustainable development goals, and the opportunity to be a part of this revolutionary time, is humbling. Being a part of MEST feels like being opportune to be a player in the stories that will be written about Africa’s tech revolution in years to come,” Neku said.