To demonstrate further the UK’s commitment to supporting the growth of Nigeria’s tech ecosystem through the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub and its Digital Access Programme (DAP), the British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Ben Llewellyn-Jones OBE, hosted the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing CB and tech leaders to a reception held on Monday, September 20, 2021.
Speaking at the reception, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing CB said:
“The UK has placed the development and the adoption of digital inclusion at the very heart of its agenda as a global force for good, as it recognises the power of the digital economy to deliver on the sustainable development goals.
”We are committed to help drive digital access across Nigeria and support Nigeria to develop its digital economy by leveraging the role and expertise of the United Kingdom, in a number of areas, but particularly through the three pillars of the global Digital Access Programme which cuts across- Connectivity and Inclusion, Cybersecurity and Sustainable Digital Ecosystems.”
Introducing the new Country Director of the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, Adaeze Sokan to the guests, the British High Commissioner said:
“The Deputy High Commission welcomes Adaeze Sokan who comes with a wealth of experience building sustainable digital ecosystems in Nigeria.”
Responding, Adaeze said: “I’m excited to join the team. Nigeria’s digital sector is an increasingly important part of the economy.
I’m looking forward to deepening the ongoing work that supports more tech founders, especially women, continues to foster linkages between the UK and Nigeria, supports the growth of high-end digital skills and strengthens partnerships with government and business to harness the potential of the UK and Nigeria tech ecosystem
“I strongly believe that innovation-driven start-ups are the most sustainable path for driving a strong digital economy. In turn that boosts sustainable and inclusive growth, job creation and poverty reduction in Nigeria.”
More about Adaeze
Adaeze Sokan has over 6 years of experience working in the tech sector. Before joining the UK -NIGERIA Tech hub.
She was the Acting Executive Director of Ventures Platform Foundation where she led the team in designing and implementing organisational strategic objectives for supporting start-ups; and the ecosystem in creating jobs and access while collaborating and engaging different ecosystem players.
She has worked with different partners including the Office of the President and Vice President to provide advisory support and programme design.
She also worked with international partners such as the European Union, World Bank, US Embassy, USAID, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office as well as private sector partners such as ARM, Google, Microsoft and Facebook interested in supporting and engaging the ecosystem.
She led the first delegation of start-up participants from Nigeria to SLUSH, Finland one of Europe’s foremost accelerators and conferences in 2016 and facilitated other inter-country initiatives.
Adaeze Sokan is an Obama Fellow and a 2021 NESG Bridge Fellow. Before becoming the Acting Executive Director at the Ventures platform, she wore different hats as, Programs, Policy and Strategy Director and helped to develop a strategic focus of the organisation.
She also designed and implemented some of the organisation’s programs including acceleration/incubation/investment readiness programs, capacity building workshops, and policy advocacy including co-designing the framework for the Nigeria Start-up Bill and leading its secretariat.
She is trained in Political Science from Illinois State University and a Masters in African Studies from the University of California Los Angeles.
She is passionate about Africa’s development starting with Nigeria and leverages her skills set in program design, policy analysis, strategy formulation and facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships towards achieving this goal.
When she is not working, you will find Adaeze at home with family, or blogging about strategies/frameworks for digital access and innovation in public service or coaching young people to imbibe the leadership mind-set/values required to build a better world.
Featured Image: Ms. Catriona Laing CB, British High Commissioner to Nigeria (Left), Adaeze Sokan ( New Country Manager, UK-Nigeria Tech Hub (Right)
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