Nkechi Okwuone has a Bachelor of Engineering (electrical) from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She graduated with a second class lower degree (2.2) which did not deter her from kick-starting Microsoft’s philanthropy team in Nigeria, building on her earlier work as the head for the Edo State Government’s open data initiative, where she spearheaded the establishment of Nigeria’s first open government portal at http://data.edostate.gov.ng/

Nkechi is the Country Manager (Nigeria), for Code for Africa, a network of indigenous civic technology and open data laboratories, with affiliate members in 10 African countries and funded projects in a further 12 countries.

She manages the Code for Nigeria teams whose open data lab works with a range of investigative media, government agencies, and watchdog NGOs, building civic engagement and forensic data solutions.

Aware that technology never stops evolving, Outside of her CfN work, Nkechi is a founding member of the grassroots SabiHub collective in Benin City, which supports youths to use technology to tackle developmental challenges through social entrepreneurism.

Her pioneering work on open data won Nkechi a Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2016, as well as recognition as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and appointment to the Open Data Institute’s Open Data Leader’s Network (ODLN) as a government change agent. Nkechi is also a Data Champion with Harvard University’s Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) initiative, and was a School of Data Fellow in 2015.

Nkechi’s strong passion and resilience about using technology to solve social problems inspire us and we are proud of her Impacts on the young generation.