Anna Iclidu, CEO of AfriLabs which operates an extensive network of innovation centers across Africa

(Ecofin Agency) – Anna Iclidu With digital innovation, Africa is sure to become a place of prosperity and wealth for its citizens. She is a member of many organizations and networks, and does not hold back from any challenge to contribute to the realization of this vision.

Graduated in International Marketing from the University of Leeds Business School in England with a Masters in Management in 2012, Nigerian Anna Iclidu (photo) has been the Managing Director of AfriLabs since 2016. The organization includes 347 innovation centers in 52 African countries. Through this network, entrepreneurs, investors, technology companies, and web/mobile engineers meet.

AfriLabs’ main mission is to support African technology hubs. It provides funding, mentorship, networking opportunities, and many other resources to build the capacity of high-potential entrepreneurs. Ana Iquiledo explained, in an interview with WatchmanThis is his job.” is the effective oversight of the organization’s work to ensure that we carry out our mandate for our community and African innovation ecosystem“.

Externally, I engage multiple stakeholders to foster collaboration, raise awareness, and fund our work and our community of hubs, entrepreneurs, and innovators. I also work closely with the AfriLabs Board of Directors to ensure that we are committed to our vision and mission and that our strategies are aligned with it.‘, she continues.

A member of the Africa Europe Foundation’s Digital Strategy Task Force since 2020, Anna Eclidu is also the Task Force Leader for the Africa E-Commerce Forum, an organization that drives the growth of e-commerce in Africa through awareness and development of confidence in the industry and capabilities. Regional Head of Innovation with Edtech Hub in Africa since 2019, Anna Iclidu is also a member of the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Board, we learn fromWe are Tech Africa.

Prior to her immersion in the world of networking, the young woman worked for the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission as an Assistant Investment Officer. She then traveled to England where she became a Brand Ambassador for the marketing agency iD Experiential in 2012. In 2013, she returned to Nigeria to take up the position of Marketing Director for Real Estate Marketing Consultancy and a Mortgage Value Chain Project Consultant.

Anna Ekeledo will improve her professional marketing expertise at the secure point of sale and transaction manufacturer, Ingenico SA, and the Wild Fusion Digital Center which is a specialist training organization. In 2015, after becoming a Country Growth and Employment Adviser (GEMS), a World Bank project to increase growth and employment in participating countries, she was pushed the following year to head AfriLabs. From 2019 to 2022, she was a member of the advisory board of the Technopolis Group and was recognized in 2021 as one of the 50 most influential people in the world.

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