Ms Njideka Harry
Founder and CEO, Youth for Technology Foundation
A social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow, Ms Njideka Harry has a global reputation as a key thought leader in the area of ICTs and as an advocate for the awareness of and participatory development through gender and technology. She serves as a consultant to several social enterprises, for-profit businesses with a social mission, and international agencies on matters related to technology for development, entrepreneurship, girls and women’s welfare, and economic empowerment. She has moderated and served on hundreds of panels in international forums and her work has been featured in world-renowned journals, books on ICT and development, and in Forbes and the Huffington Post. YTF is a Clinton Global Initiative member.
Njideka grew up in Nigeria and, upon attending college in the US, immediately realized the tremendous education and technology gap between the two nations. At her first job at Microsoft, she created YTF for the mission of using technology to educate, fight poverty, solve critical problems, stimulate entrepreneurship, and create a generation of change leaders. Ms Harry earned her BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She completed her post-graduate studies at Stanford University where she was a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow. She was named an Ashoka Fellow and in 2013 was awarded ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum.