OVERVIEW

Founded in 2002 by digital entrepreneur Nam Mokwunye, UDC’s prime objective is to promote digital ventures that positively impact society. We envision a world in which digital access is a right that makes physical mobility a choice.

We are focused on Sub-Sahara Africa with first operations in Nigeria.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Nam Mokwunye, Founder/CEO: UDC is the brainchild of Nnamudi (Nam) Mokwunye, the Founder/CEO of UDC. Nam is a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. In the last 10 years Nam has focused on internet and telecommunications business strategy—particularly in the public access space. In 2001 he was a director in the team that developed BusyInternet, at that time the largest ICT center in Africa. Nam also ran the largest broadband fixed wireless access company in West Africa, managing 24 broadband licenses and initiating a multi-million dollar trade sale that recently closed. He also led the commercial rollout of Nigeria’s first WiMAX services. Nam lived most of his life in the United States where he received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA/MBA from University of Massachussetts in Amherst. In the past, he has been the recipient of the Flavin Entrepreneurial Fellowship. Though he and his wife live in Abuja, Nigeria, Nam shuttles between Abuja and Stanford, California.

 

Gbolahan Elias: Dr. Gbolahan Elias is the founder of G. Elias & Co., a leading business law firm in Nigeria that has extensive experience in telecommunications, securities, banking, realty, and dispute transactions—to name a few. Aside from his stellar reputation in Nigeria, Dr. Elias is globally known for his book Explaining Constructive Trusts (2001).

 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

 

Prof. Bart Nnaji, Chairperson: Bart is a member of the Nigerian President’s National Energy Council, a former Minister of Science and Technology of Nigeria, a chaired professor of Robotics engineering at University of Pittsburg, MD/CEO of Geometric Power Limited, a $250m private equity-backed power company, and a board member of the Abuja Technology Village project (Nigeria’s Silicon Valley). Bart received his B.Sc. from St. John’s University, M.Sc. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and PhD from Virginia State University.

 

Prof. Kunle Olukotun: Kunle is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University, where he led the Stanford Hydra single-chip multiprocessor research project, which pioneered multiple processors on a single silicon chip. Afara Websystems, the company he founded to develop commercial server systems with chip multiprocessor technology, was acquired by Sun Microsystems for over $100m, and the technology is now called Niagara. Kunle is involved in research in computer architecture, parallel programming environments, and scalable parallel systems. Kunle received a BS from Calvin College and an MS and Ph.D. in computer engineering from The University of Michigan. He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.

 

Tani Fafunwa: As MD/CEO of Resourcery Limited, Tani is a leader in the systems integration business, having grown the family business into one of Africa’s most recognized technology implementation brands that is partnered with Cisco, HP, Avaya, and many other well-known Silicon Valley companies. His company supplies technology services to the top-tier of Nigeria’s corporate community. Tani received his MBA from Stanford University and B.A. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 

Bayo Adeniji: Bayo is a Director at Assets & Resource Management, a leader in private equity in Nigeria. Formerly with Capital Alliance, Bayo established Aureous West Africa (part of Actis, Africa’s largest private equity fund) and established their $45m fund. Prior to establishing the Aureous brand in West Africa, Bayo was known for having brokered the $115m local investment into MTN—being the largest private investment into telecommunications at that time. Bayo received his B.A. from University of Stirling, Scotland.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Nam Mokwunye, Founder/CEO: UDC is the brainchild of Nam Mokwunye. Nam is a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. In the last 10 years Nam has focused on internet and telecommunications business strategy—particularly in the public access space. In 2001 he was a director in the team that developed BusyInternet, at that time the largest ICT center in Africa. Nam also ran the largest broadband fixed wireless access company in West Africa, managing 24 broadband licenses and initiating a multi-million dollar trade sale that recently closed. He also led the commercial rollout of Nigeria’s first WiMAX services. Nam lived most of his life in the United States where he received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA/MBA from University of Massachussetts in Amherst. In the past, he has been the recipient of the Flavin Entrepreneurial Fellowship. Though he and his wife live in Abuja, Nigeria, Nam shuttles between Abuja and Stanford, California.

 

Prof. Emmanuel Agu, Technical & Ops Consultant: Emmanuel Agu is currently a professor of Computer Science whose research interests include mobile graphics, photorealistic computer graphics and most areas of mobile computing, wireless and sensor networks. He also conducts graduate seminars in computer graphics and mobile computing. Prior to his professorship, Emmanuel lead the team that built and ran clubbersworld.com—at one time the world’s largest nightlife portal. He was also a manager for one of Nigeria’s leading systems integrators. Emmannuel received a B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Benin, Nigeria. He also received an M.Sc. and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the USA.

 

Yvonne Emordi, Marketing Leader: Yvonne Emordi has 15 years of experience as a marketing specialist in the technology and consumer products industries. As a marketing executive for Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and Informix, Yvonne packaged and marketed the images and brands of some of the world’s largest information management companies. She brings that experience to UDC. Yvonne received her B.A. in Business Administration and French from Skidmore College in the USA.

 

Jonah Iboma, Campus Relations Leader: As a Media & ICT correspondent, Jonah Iboma has been a leader in the Nigerian communications and media space for the last 10 years. He was a member of the founding staff of Daily Independent where he highlighted the correlation between good ICT policies and Nigeria’s development. Jonah has played an equal role in exposing the real impact of the telecom boom on Nigeria’s society. Jonah earned a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics from University of Nigeria, Benin and a Post-graduate Degree in Computer Science from University of Nigeria, Lagos. He and his wife live in Lagos.