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Tayo Akinyemi

International Consultant, #FastTrackTech in Africa, UN International Trade Centre

Tayo has spent several years working in African tech, innovation, and entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on building the capacity of enabling institutions such as tech hubs and accelerator programs. Most recently, she has focused on conducting research, specifically on the role of tech hubs in African startup ecosystems for the International Trade Centre, and shared models of (business) ownership for Open Society Initiative for West Africa. She also serves as an advisor for Afrobytes, which builds bridges between African and global tech ecosystems, and African Tech Roundup, which chronicles the evolution of African tech and entrepreneurship.

Prior to her research work, Tayo was a Senior Consultant for infoDev, a program of the World Bank Group, supporting the development of XL Africa, a pan-African, post-acceleration program. She has also worked with the innovation unit of the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau to develop a toolkit for strengthening ICT centric ecosystems. Before infoDev, Tayo served as the first Executive Director of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of tech hubs. Additionally, she helped launch the inaugural Anzisha Prize at the African Leadership Academy, contributed to a Rockefeller Foundation funded study on impact enterprise, and worked in social impact consulting. Tayo has an MBA from Cornell University, and a BA from Princeton University.