Julius O. Akimyeni

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MR JULIUS AKINYEMI

is the Founder and CEO of UWINCorp Inc. (The Mobile Commodity Marketplace) – an initiative for Unleashing the Wealth of the Nations, a project he initiated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab.

Julius is the Founder and CEO of UWINCorp Inc. (The Mobile Commodity Marketplace) – an initiative for Unleashing the Wealth of the Nations, a project he initiated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The initiative aims to create the Next Generation Capital Market Infrastructure. Julius is also the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Media Lab where his mission is the commercialization of technology innovation to empower developing economies especially the African continent. Julius is a technology innovator, a Digital Assets and Blockchain enthusiast.  Prior to his residency at MIT he was the Global Director of Emerging Technologies for PepsiCo Inc., where he guided technology research and innovation activities. And prior to joining PepsiCo, he was the Senior Vice President for Emerging Technologies and the Wireless Business Technologies at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco where he led the architecture team for Mobile Banking and many of the Retail Banking digitization platforms among other reengineered processes. Julius was involved in various national industry groups: including member of the committees of, US Mobile Finance Steering Committee of the Financial Services Technology Consortium and the Banks Information Technology Services (BITS). He was a member of the Financial Services Roundtable and also a member of the Consumer Products Group industry’s committee for item tagging. Julius was a member of Verizon Wireless Executive Advisory Board (2006-2008) and also member of AT&T/Cingular Wireless Executive Advisory Board (2002-2004)

Julius is a current member of the Advisory Board of MIT-Africa Committee and its MIT-Africa Executive Working Group. He was a member of the United Nation’s ICT Working Group to eradicate poverty and one of the 12 member global jurors for OECD’s prize for taking Innovation to scale. Julius was a Donald Gordon Innovation Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. He is a co-founder of Cape Town’s “Workshop 17” Innovation Hub.  He was the 2016 honoree of the “Spirit of Africa Award” by the Self Help Africa Organization. Julius obtained his MBA from Ohio University; he holds a couple of intellectual property patents and he is a global speaker on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and global Economic Development.