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Social Entrepreneur, Impact Investor and Emerging Market Visionary
Gbenga Ogunjimi is a social entrepreneur, impact investor and emerging market visionary.
Gbenga currently leads the Broad Street Fund, an impact investing fund that invests in early stage businesses that are African led and emerging markets focused. The Broad Street Fund Fellowship is an incubator program for entrepreneurs from the world's emerging markets seeking market entry into international markets like the United States. Broad Street Fund has made investments in agri-business, technology, fashion and social enterprise.
He helped pioneered the Global Innovation Lab of Atlas Corps, a leadership training program for global development leaders serving top U.S. social enterprises like Ashoka, Habitat for Humanity, Susan G Komen for the Cure, and UN Foundation. As Atlas Corps Training Manager, Gbenga managed the program's online learning platform reaching about 150 nonprofit leaders from 50 countries in the U.S. as well as a global alumni network. He also strengthened Atlas Corps' collaborations with U.S. government agencies, corporate foundations and knowledge institutions. These partners include The Government of the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.), American Express Foundation and Georgetown University.
Gbenga Founded LDI Africa, an award winning social enterprise working both in the U.S. and across Africa. LDI Africa builds the capacity of African businesses to compete in the global marketplace. Through programs like Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program, LDI Africa provides service opportunities for young global business leaders in Africa's profit and nonprofits. LDI Africa also supports African entrepreneurs to do business in the U.S. through programs like International Fashion Incubator at Macy's.
He is a sought after speaker in social enterprise and emerging markets. He has spoken at prestigious institutions like Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina, Carrey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland, and American University School of International Service in Washington DC. He was also invited to speak at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Scotland, and Global Peace Convention in Kenya.
Gbenga has engaged technology for causes in Africa and the United States. He designed the social media strategy of United Nations' Technology for Disadvantaged Communities, Millennium Villages and the International Year of Volunteers projects. In the U.S., through the Foundation Center, and Center for Nonprofit Success trained over 100 social enterprises on the use of technology for development.
Gbenga has received global recognition for his achievements and impact. Gbenga has received many recognitions and awards for his work. He is proudly an Atlas Corps Fellow/Alum, United States, and Global Young Social Entrepreneurs Fellow, Malaysia and Cordes/Opportunity Collaboration Fellow, Mexico. He also sits on the board of the National US Africa Chambers of Commerce.