Bosun Tijani is the founder and Chief Executive of Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB). He is an innovation expert who has invested the last 15 years evangelising an industry-wide shift to technology innovation, which has helped position start-ups as the anchor of the tech ecosystem in Nigeria.
Prior to CcHUB, he honed his depth of experience by designing and managing profitable business models for high-end enterprise solutions with International Trade Centre and Hewlett Packard on projects supporting African SMEs to leverage technology to grow their businesses. As European Innovation Manager at PERA; he led the networking and coordination of leading innovation agencies across Europe with the aim of standardising the varying methodologies for commercialising research results.
In his role, he has driven the rapid advancement of collaboration and innovation in the technology landscape in Nigeria. This has been acknowledged locally and globally with accolades including the most recent 100 Most Influential People on the continent by New Africa Magazine. Under his leadership, CcHUB has driven the growth of social innovation using technology, producing ground-breaking initiatives and businesses that have influenced; environment (Wecyclers), fiscal transparency (BudgIT), e-commerce (Traclist), Healthcare (LifeBank), education (re:learn), wellness (Truppr) and transportation (GoMyWay).
CcHUB led by ‘Bosun in partnership with leading technology giants is responsible for many social technology projects including the GoVOTE, SafeOnline, Lagos Innovation Hotspots and i-HQ (the umbrella initiative for Yaba – the fastest growing tech cluster in Africa). This leadership culminated in the visit of Mark Zuckerberg to the CcHUB on his first ever visit to Sub-Saharan Africa.
As an avid fitness enthusiast and quiet revolutionary, ‘Bosun counts among is humble feats; reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (rooftop of Africa). In 2014, he launched Truppr; an active lifestyle platform with focus on fitness and nutrition. It has become a leading online fitness community in over 20 cities across Africa and Europe.
‘Bosun Tijani holds a bachelors degree in Economics, a Masters degree in Information Systems and Manager from Warwick University. He is a fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law at the prestigious Stanford University and an associate of the Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship. He is happily married with two children.
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The Face Of Fintech In Africa
by Alexia Christie - Webber Wentzel09.30AM
The F Word
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Dr Edward George – EcoBank
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Charlene Chen – BitPesa
Emmanuel Noah – BenBen
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by Yinka Adegoke - Quartz Africa11.35
Show Me The Money
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Jonathan Rosenthal – The Economist
Wale Ayeni – International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Antoine Maurel – Orange Digital Ventures
Networking Lunch & Expo12.30 PM
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David Van Djik – ABAN
Tomi Davies – Lagos Angel Network
Ben White – VC4 Africa
Tom Jackson -Disrupt Africa
Chinedu Enekwe – TipHub
Joel Macharia – Abacus
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Russell Southwood – Balancing Act
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Deepankar Rustagi – VConnect
Christopher Baker-Brian – BBOX
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Aurelien Duvaldelort – Orange
Eline Blaauboer – Safaricom Spark / Africa Tech Ventures
Adam Farah -Zazu
Stephen Haggard -Eneza Education
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Yinka Adegoke – Quartz Africa
Jake Bright – TechCrunch
Jessica Hope – Wimbart PR
Seyi Taylor – TechCabal
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Ikechukwu Kalu – Etisalat Nigeria
Rob Withagen – Asoko
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