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Joel Ogunsola, who recently won the ICT Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 2022 Beacon of ICT awards has been accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and Technology Executives.
As the Chief Executive Officer of an award-winning enterprise technology solutions company, Joel deploys technology to deliver his dreams and aspirations around achieving the sustainable development goals and solving the world’s greatest problems in Africa.
Over the last 5 years, Joel has consistently left an indelible mark as a technology juggernaut while driving partnerships and sustainability across several impact-oriented initiatives like; Tech4Dev, a non-profit social enterprise that creates access to decent work and entrepreneurship opportunities for Africans through digital skills empowerment and advocacy, reaching two (2) million people annually; Emerging Communities Africa, a non-profit focused on catalyzing technology ecosystems in rural and suburban communities across Africa; and GloEpid, a health non-profit focused on helping to prevent the world’s next epidemy.
From 2019 – 2020, Joel served as the pioneer head of Ondo State Office of Innovation and Partnerships, and the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Ondo State Governor, the youngest SSA to lead the office at the time. He was responsible for managing and securing partnerships for development-related projects within the government as well as driving innovation across all existing and new government initiatives, ensuring that the government meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners required to turn these initiatives into scalable and sustainable solutions.
Joel is a visionary leader with a wide range of experience and accolades who is dedicated to expanding the use of technology to enhance the quality of life and the productivity of businesses in Africa’s private and public sectors. After working at Microsoft, where Joel oversaw the country’s Education Technology Advisory team, he decided to move to Nigeria and start his own Technology company.
Joel was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience around technology and innovation, sustainable development, education/digital skilling. The criteria for acceptance include his consistent track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as several personal and professional achievements and honors.
In his address, Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Council said: “We are honored to welcome Joel Ogunsola into the community. Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”
As an accepted member of the Council, Joel would have access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence. He will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum. Joel will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share his expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.
Also, Joel will benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils member concierge team.
Joel expressing his excitement about his exclusive membership says that: “Joining the league of globally recognized Technology experts is no small fit. It shows the magnitude of our impact locally and internationally. Being a member of the team would not only enhance my brand credibility but also provide the platform to share my ideas and expand my impact reach globally. I am really excited about networking and contributing my quota to empowering youths across Africa and solving the world’s greatest problems through technology.”
Joel seems to be on a roll with his achievements and we are excited to see what the future holds for him in the world of technology.
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