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BTC Fire Side chat August 11th 2017

  • Kemi Tijani, is CEO/Founder of Wow Braids, a for-profit social enterprise that creates globally competitive hair and beauty products from local inputs by working with groups of female artisans across Nigeria. Kemi is a advocate for building businesses with a social component. Wow braids products are ethically sourced from highly-skilled stylists in Nigeria and distributed through a global network of channel partners. Prior to establishing Wow Braids, Kemi worked as a Technology Business Specialist at Microsoft and Dell EMC where she designed technology solutions that enabled large enterprises to increase their bottom line by transforming their business processes and operations.  She was also an early employee at Jumia and Konga, helping to design the blueprint and drive execution of core processes in the early days of the start-ups. Kemi has a degree in Computer Science and an MBA from INSEAD business school and is passionate about building businesses with a social mission and using technology to increase efficiency and scale. Her business has already empowered over 70 women with soft loans, skills, and a means of living. She is also versed with issues around entrepreneurship, tech as an enabler, social impact, business competitiveness, local production, Made in Nigeria, start up culture, etc. 

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