Chude Jideonwo is founder of Joy, Inc. (www.joyinc.xyz), a benefit corporation based in Miami, Florida and Lagos, Nigeria, which mainstreams the research and evidence on human flourishing and positive emotions to transform the culture and build a new generation focused on the greatest happiness for the greatest many. All of Joy, Inc.’s profits are invested in charities.
A Forbes 30 under 30 honouree and winner of the CNBC Young Business Leader of the Year prize, he is a World Fellow at Yale University, an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow and a Fellow of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy. His writing and work have been featured on the BBC, CNN, the Guardian, Aljazeera, the Huffington Post and the Financial Times, and he is the author of two books, Are We The Turning Point Generation? and How to Win Elections in Africa: Parallels with Donald Trump.
A former board member at Microsoft 4Afrika, he now sits on the boards of RED (redafrica.xyz), and the Oando Foundation and teaches media and communication at the Pan Atlantic University. Before Joy, Inc., he led African media group, RED for 13 years where, amongst others, he worked on national elections and social movements in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Sierra Leone.
Chude, however, identifies first as a storyteller – using the research, evidence and thinking on happiness and human flourishing to inspire new narratives about politics, markets, faith, identity and society: and instigate personal and institutional change across Africa. He runs two daily newsletters via TheDailyVulnerable.com and RetailChristianity.com and blogs about the future of his continent on WestAfricaIsACountry.com.
Adebola Williams is a Nigerian media entrepreneur, journalist, and political activist.
He is a co-founder of RED, home of several well-known brands including The Future Awards Africa, YNaija.com, StateCraft Inc, amongst others. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Statecraft Inc.
Described as “the man with the golden touch” by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Debola has helped 3 African Presidents get elected. Recently named by the UN as one of 100 Most Influential People of African Descent, Adebola is a Mandela Washington fellow and was a speaker at the 2017 Obama Foundation Summit.
Under the RED group, he is also the chief executive officer of communication company, Red Media Africa with clients including Facebook, Unilever, Intel, HP amongst others. He has been named CNBC Young Business Leader of the year, Forbes 30 Under 30, and BusinessDay 40 Under 40.
In 2017, he was named “Evangelist of The Future” at the C4F Davos Award and was recently announced as a member of the prestigious Archbishop Desmond Tutu leadership fellowship 2018.