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'Gbenga Sesan 'Gbenga Sesan
Executive Director, ICT Expert, Social Enterprenuer & Consultant


'Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise that connects underserved people-groups with ICT-enabled opportunities. Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, 'Gbenga completed management training at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Freedom House, Res Publica, Heinrich Boll Foundation, the International Telecommunications Union and the British Council. Beginning his career with Junior Achievement of Nigeria in 2001, 'Gbenga served as Program Assistant, Program Manager, Lagos Digital Village Project Manager and Development Manager. While at JANigeria, he had the opportunity of completing the Venture in Management Program (now Venture in Management and Enterprise Program) in 2001, a course that was his first introduction to management. While training volunteer and implementing JANigeria programs, 'Gbenga also picked up skills that continue to be useful for his career development.

'Gbenga has consulted and made presentations focusing on Social Media, and the general use of ICTs for development, in over 30 countries. He is a Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Our Common Future Fellow, Cordes Fellow and Schwab Foundation Fellow. 'Gbenga was Nigeria's first Information Technology Youth Ambassador and served as Vice Chair of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's African Technical Advisory Committee. In 2006, he was appointed as a member of the Nigerian Presidential Task Force on the Restructuring of the Nigerian Information Technology and Telecommunications Sectors. In 2013, 'Gbenga served on the Presidential Committee on Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision.

In January 2010, he coordinated the technology and intense social media campaigns of the popular youth protest that led to the emergence of the EnoughisEnough Nigeria group. In 2011, 'Gbenga continued to lead technology projects for EnoughisEnough Nigeria, especially with the social media project tagged RSVP - Register. Select. Vote. Protect - which led a nationwide drive asking young Nigerians to turn out massively for voter registration exercises, select candidates based on available information, vote on election day, and protect their votes. 'Gbenga also coordinated the development of the first mobile application used for election monitoring in Nigeria, ReVoDa. He served as a multi-role coordinator for the social media conversation and reports around the protests across Nigeria following the unpopular increase in pump price of petrol by the Nigerian government in January 2012.

He was recently named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. In 2013, 'Gbenga was on the BusinessDay 40Under40 list. In 2012, he was listed by CNN as one of the 10 Leading African Tech Voices on Twitter, and by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40. 'Gbenga has been honoured with the 2011 Cordes Fellowship, 2010 Santa Clara University GSBI Fellowship, 2010 Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders Fellowship award, 2010 Our Common Future Fellowship award, 2009 OAU Distinguished Alumni award, 2009 National Youth Merit award, 2008 OAU Ife EEESS Distinguished Alumni award, 2008 FGC Idoani Alumni award, 2007 Nigerian Youth Leadership award, 2007 The Future Youth Advocacy award, 2006 International Telecommunications Union (ITU) YES Scholarship award, 2006 Ondo State Sunshine award, 2006 The Future Best Use of Technology award, 2005 Stockholm Challenge Champion honour, 2004 NiPRO Excellence in Information Technology award, 2003 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in Nigeria award, 2002 JCI Ten Outstanding Great Ife Alumni (TOGA) award, 2002 Journalists' Frontier of Technology in Nigeria award, and the 2001 ITU African Youth Fellowship award. He has been profiled as an Icon of ICT in Nigeria and he keeps a personal website at www.gbengasesan.com. 'Gbenga is married to Temilade Sesan, PhD, an expert on Energy Poverty and Development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

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