Emeka Okafor
Co-founder, Maker Faire Africa and TED Fellows Program

Emeka Okafor has a diverse, interdisciplinary background focused on developing, building, and deploying initiatives across Africa. He curated the only full TED Conferences held on the continent in 2007 and 2017 and co-founded Maker Faire Africa, which held events in five African countries from 2009-2014. He is also the co-founder of the acclaimed TED Fellows Program launched in 2009. He currently sits on the board of the Gearbox Kenya which is fostering the building of ecosystems for local hardware development. Emeka has advised organizations including the X-Prize Foundation and Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE). He was previously a board member for Samasource and a Global Poptech Fellow. His current interests include the founding of Kichin, a food and beverage accelerator. Emeka is also the author of the blog Timbuktu Chronicles, which covers the confluence of entrepreneurship, science, and technology in Africa, and Africa Unchained, a blog examining issues that include governance, policy, education, and institution-building in Africa. He is also a contributing author to the book: Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century.

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