CEO & Cofounder
Denise Williams is the CEO and Cofounder of Silicon Valley- Nigerian Economic Development Inc. (SV-NED).
Williams serves on the board of 3 companies, including SV-NED Inc., Global Connection for Women Foundation, and Sky Clinic Connect. Williams. Williams professional career began at the early age of 23 working for premier Healthcare companies including Kaiser Permanente, Gilead Sciences, Abbott Laboratories, and the State of CA Department of Public Health.
Williams is most passionate about building a bridge of economic prosperity between Silicon Valley technology mecca of the world and emerging countries starting with Nigeria. Her spear time is devoted to promoting childhood literacy and diversity which can be observed through her most passionate venture as the Author of the children’s book series, Akiti the Hunter the 1st African Action Superhero.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
CHIEF TEMITOPE AJAYI, FIIM
Currently, Chief Temitope Ajayi Honorary Chairman of the Board Silicon Valley Nigerian Economic Development (SV-NED) Inc A company, to establish a strategic, bilateral economic relationship between Silicon Valley and Nigeria creating opportunities for Nigeria and Nigerian companies to do business with America and American companies, especially in information Technology sector. It's dedicated to creating a bridge between Technology Hub in Silicon Valley - San Jose CA, and Nigeria, serving as an Incubator for Entrepreneurs and Startup’s.
OLA HASSAN, Ph.D. SV-NED Inc Executive Board Member
Dr. Ola Robert Hassan is a longtime Silicon Valley Engineer He started his career at Apple Computers, since then he has worked in various senior level Engineering and Engineering Management capacities in company’s such as EPRO, Memtech/Intel, Maxtor, KLA Instrument, Quantum Corporation and Wave Splitters Corp., a fiber optics company. Dr. Hassan works as a consultant and mentor to various Silicon Valley High-Tech Start-Up companies.
DAUDA LAWAL PH.D. - SVNED Inc Executive Board Member
Dr. Dauda Lawal is the Executive Director, Public Sector North, of First Bank of Nigeria Plc. He started his working career in 1989 as Political Education Officer with the Agency for Mass Mobilization for Social and Economic Reliance Nigeria. In 1989, he joined Westex Nigeria Limited as an Assistant General Manager. In 1994 he was appointed as an Assistant Consular Officer (Immigration), and later Chief Protocol Officer, Embassy of Nigeria, Washington, DC, USA.
EDWARD (TED) IWERE
Mr. Edward (Ted) Iwere is Chief Executive Officer of SME Media Limited, a
multi-discipline enterprise comprising SME Finance Website, Nigeria SME
Forum and SME Finance Newsletter. SME Media provides support services to
the Small Business Ecosystem in Nigeria.
Mr. Iwere, is also a Partner at LawBrief (Attorneys at Law), is an Alumnus of
University of Lagos (B.Sc., Mass Com/LL.B, Law), Columbia University, New York (M.Sc, Journalism) and New York University (Certificate in Publishing).
Mr. Iwere has been Pioneer Features Editor/Sunday Editor, The Guardian;
Publisher, BUSINESS Magazine and Managing Director, Independent Newspapers
Limited, publishers of Daily Independent, Saturday Independent and Sunday
Mr. Iwere, a member of the Board of Directors at Independent Newspapers and UNILAG Radio/TV, is an avid Golfer and a former Captain of Ikoyi Golf Club.
Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama - PRESIDENT, TRADE UNION CONGRESS OF NIGERIA (TUC)
Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, B.Sc (Hons), MBA (Project Management Technology), TAFIDAN MAMBILLA was born on 17th September,1962 and hails from Kakara village in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State, Nigeria. Between 1970 and 2004, he attended the following academic institutions: Kakara Primary School; Government Secondary School, Gembu; College of Remedial Studies, Yola; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; and Federal University of Technology, Owerri, all in Nigeria.
Technology Partners in San Jose - Silicon Valley
Mr. Jonathan Nelson Founder at Co-op and Hackers/Founders
Mr. Jonathan Nelson is the Founder at Co-op. Mr. Nelson is also a Founder at Hackers/Founders. He is a Navigator at Silicon Valley Arcana. He is an Advisor to SEC on capital formation. He has been involved with more than 40 companies over the past 3 years.Hackers/Founders, the largest group of tech founders globally with 200,000 members in 118 cities in 44 countries. ... He founded Hackers/Founders as a way to build his business network.
Miguel Casillas, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - SV Links, Menlo Park, CA
- Worked in engineering, business development at IBM, ASCI
- Experience at one large multinational & 2 startups
- Raised over $25M in multiple ways (VC, angel, government grants)
- Extensive experience in working with people from all cultures in Silicon Valley and South America
- Traveled to 25 countries for business, lived in Silicon Valley since 2009
- Electrical Engineer Tec de Monterrey, Exec MBA from IPADE
- Advised or mentored over 100 entrepreneurs
- Former member CANIETI, CADELEC
- Youngest in a family of 14 siblings, mountain biker, golf, passion for connecting Mexico and people from emerging economies with the innovation capital of the world
City of San Jose Silicon Valley - Chambers Executives
Carl Davis Jr., President, Black Chambers of Commerce - Silicon Valley
Carl Davis Jr. started his career in technology and worked as a programmer for IBM for about 15 years before joining the chamber and starting a private practice as a financial adviser. Davis said he had spent more than two decades working on behalf of African-American entrepreneurs, including creating a business incubator program and advocating to change discriminatory lending policies. Davis’ background includes public and private, profit and non-profit, large Corporate and Small Business. From General Motors, IBM, Morgan Stanley and the Davis Financial Group to BEC, SVBCC and City of San Jose, Davis has covered a lot of terrains when it comes to business.
Matthew Mahood, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce - San Jose Silicon Valley
Matthew Mahood (pronounced May-hood) is the President & CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. The nonprofit business association represents nearly 1,400 member firms that employ roughly 275,000 employees throughout the region. With his leadership, the SJSV Chamber has reengineered its scope of work to focus all efforts around regional economic development. Mahood’s extensive background as an executive in business operations spans over three decades with United Parcel Service, FedEx, BAX Global and Webvan.com in various management-level positions.