President & co-Founder
Denise Williams, MBA
Denise Ajayi Williams is the President and Co-Founder of Silicon Valley- Nigerian Economic Development Inc. (SV-NED).
SV-NED Inc. is responsible for officially inviting and welcoming the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan Ali, and cultural leader His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II to Silicon Valley. SV-NED is also responsible for the successful completion of two Immersion Training & Certification Programs with a graduating class of 120 people all from Nigeria.
Williams serves on the board of 3 companies, including SV-NED Inc., Global Connection for Women Foundation, and Sky Clinic Connect. Williams earned her Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of California, Riverside and her Masters in Business Administration Degree from Golden Gate University San Francisco, CA. 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 a recipient of several distinguished awards including a US Congressional Award for Outstanding Contributions from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a US Senatorial Award from Senator Dianne Feinstein for Outstanding Community Leadership, and Visionary Award from Actor Danny Glover. Williams caught the attention of Forbes Africa‘s Top 30 Under 30 and has been featured on several publications including CNBC Africa, Huffington Post, Bold.Global, Thrive Global and Black Enterprise.
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.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
CHIEF TEMITOPE AJAYI, FIIM SV-NED Inc Chairman/CEO
Currently, Chief Temitope Ajayi is the Chairman/CEO 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.
OTUNBA AYO ODUNTAN, SV-NED Inc EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER
Chairman of Contraco Limited - A premier and leading Shipping Company and provision of consultancy services to Hyundai Heavy Industries HHI of South Korean for the provision of services in the Nigerian Oil & Gas sector. Chairman of BRIO Resource Technologies Limited - Currently developing 100MGD Odomola Water Scheme on a BOT basis for 20 years to Lagos State Government in Nigeria.
chief/dr. AMOS AKINGBA, SVNED Inc. Vice Chairman Advance Committee
Chief/Dr. Amos A.Akingba, Fervent, proactive team leader, and motivator offering a broad-based professional and academic background, inclusive of educational lecturing, international trade, joint ventures, business development and political consultancy. Perseverant and dedicated professional of utmost integrity involved in many and varied team leadership positions to align proven education, business and political research and development consultancy skills and experiences as well as international relations expertise with many and varied organizations involved in major business and socio-political programs with a relevant focus on local and global sustainable operations expansion.
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.
Akin akinsola akeredolu. - SVNED Inc Executive Board Member
An Astute market analyst and operator, Akinsola has worked in various capacities since he qualified as an authorized dealing clerk of The Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1994, became a Chartered Stockbroker in 1995 and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers in 2008. His first degree was earned from the University of Lagos.
He has a Masters Degree in Corporate Governance from the Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and is an Associate Member of The Nigerian Institute of Management. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers. He has served on various Technical Committees of the Securities and Exchange Commission and The Nigerian Stock Exchange. He served on the Technical Committee for the Emerging Capital Markets Task Force UK (ECMT) tasked with the setting up of an operational and Legal framework to facilitate emerging markets with special attention to Nigeria.
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.
Mr. Modupe Ajibola - CEO/ Chief Technology Officer. OTGPlaya Entity LLC
Mr. Modupe Ajibola is the CEO and Chief Technology Officer of OTGPlaya Entity LLC (Parent company to PrimeCoHall Nigeria). OTGPlaya connects end-users to digital content faster & better by leapfrogging bandwidth constraints. Since its founding in Austin, Texas USA by Nigerian-born Technology Experts in 2010, OTGPlay has won the USAID Africa Diaspora Marketplace Award in 2012 and the 2013 LLGA City Pilot for City-Wide Wifi in Lagos, Nigeria.
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.
Maria Joana Wanderley
Maria Joana is a senior at Babson College, where she is studying Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. She has experience in working in consulting, treasury and strategy building. Recently, she is working for a non-profit called SV-Links helping with their strategy building in Brazil and Nigeria. She has an international background, as she has lived in six different countries and can speak four languages.
Obi Anusiem - CEO & co-founder of NGEX
Obi Anusiem is the CEO and co-founder of NGEX, a data-driven marketing solutions company that helps business reach, engage and understand the global African consumer audience. He has deep-rooted interests in the intersection of data, technology and marketing within Africa and the African Diaspora and leads teams of marketers, programmers and consultants in developing technology based solutions and initiating product development and growth strategies for clients.
Dr. Sam Haddad - Founder, CEO & President of HTCS
Dr. Sam Haddad is Founder, CEO & President of HTCS www.htcservices.com since 1974. Sam is a pioneer technologist, visionary and regularly presents invited seminars on Silicon Valley Culture Transfer to entrepreneurs. Sam has mentored/advised 47 startups. Since 1990, he served as consulting professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.
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.
DESIGN BRAND MARKET - graphic + website design, branding, small business marketing
Design Brand Market is a multi-faceted design company committed to delivering marketing, web design, graphic design and grassroots distribution. DBM offers detailed promotions and marketing for business owners, artists and products--including public relations, marketing, graphic/web designs, brand re-vamps, company identity and other promotional media.
Design Brand Market has been consistently successful in analyzing market trends and creating high-visibility partnerships through product development, brand positioning and innovative marketing/media solutions.