Conference Speakers

Headshot 1.png

Seun shokunbi

organizer | moderator

Brooklyn raised, Nigerian bred. Seun seeks to connect her diaspora community in order to spark a generational revolution in Africa. Her work with Karfi, a consulting and leadership development firm, tackles the issue of untapped talent, particularly among young Africans. She strongly believes that democratizing the entrepreneurial space is vital to Africa’s economic development. That means empowering any and all, regardless of wealth, status or geography, with the resources and tools needed to lead and succeed.

Seun earned a B.A. in English and Communications from Fordham University in New York City. A year later, she moved to London to complete a Master’s degree in International Management (magna cum laude) at SOAS University of London, focusing on human capital development in the Middle East and North Africa. She’ll deliver a TEDx talk in Nairobi on November 23, 2019.

Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph headshot 2.jpeg

kennedy ekezie-joseph


Kennedy is a social entrepreneur and activist. He founded the Calabar Youth Council for Women's Rights (CYCWR), a non-profit that seeks to expand access to rights for Nigerian women. Professionally he has worked and interned for top tier consulting and technology companies across three continents and currently advises ByteDance, the world’s most valuable startup on their global operations strategy.

He has been named a Queen’s Young Leader, Resolution Fellow and is the youngest-ever (and first Nigerian) recipient of the prestigious Yenching Scholarship. Kennedy has spoken at the United Nations and two TEDx talks.

Chine Mmegwa.jpg

Chine Mmegwa


Chine is Vice President in the Technology, Media and Telecom Banking group at Goldman Sachs. Her professional career includes eight years of sector expertise in internet, media and sports banking across M&A and capital markets.

Chine graduated from New York University, Stern School of Business with a concentration in behavioral economics, financial analysis and policy development. Her past experience includes working with non-profit organizations such as the Clinton Foundation, politics and education.

Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido.jpg

Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido


Juliet is a passionate social justice advocate for gender equity, quality public school education, financial literacy & empowerment programs for women, and the delivery of certification training, seminars and workshops on self-leadership & wealth creation.

She is the Co-Founder of Whole WoMan Network & i.S.E.R.V.E.2050 (two social enterprises for women/youth) with a mission to raise up a new generation of transformational, ethical and creative African leaders. She is also the founder of POETRY4Change & SEED4Her/SEED4Him Leadership Initiatives for African Youths.

Trevor Sumner_Perch.jpg

Trevor Sumner


Trevor is a NYC-based entrepreneur, product and marketing executive and recognized startup advisor and angel. Trevor was the President, CMO and co-founder of LocalVox, a local social and mobile marketing platform for local businesses that was named one of the top startups in NYC by Business Insider, Forbes and Huffington Post, and was acquired by The Blackstone Group. He has spent ~15 years in startups as a product and marketing executive for cutting edge technologies and services. He serves on the board or as an advisor to several startups.

Edmond Layrea.jpg

Edmond Layrea


Edmond is a motivational speaker and actor. He is the founder of Laryea Broadcasting Network (LBN), a media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world.

With over seven years of experience in the television industry, Edmond has built up a credible reputation working for companies such as CBS Sports, SportsNet New York (SNY), WFAN and YES Network. He has co-hosted the pre-game, post-game and halftime shows for IMG Rutgers Radio and called a handful of high school football games for Verizon Fios News 1 in New York City. Edmond has also appeared in movies (Paterno) and TV shows (FBI, Power, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, New Amsterdam, and The Enemy Within). He graduated with a Communications & Labor Studies degree from Rutgers University.

Vincent Jones.jpg

vincent jones


Jones is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, and an adjunct professor of Public Health at York College of the City University of New York. He is devoted to eliminating health and educational disparities among disadvantaged individuals and communities through scholarship, teaching, analysis, and management. His research interests include examining the intersections between policy & health, spirituality, and sexual health on mobile apps.