About the Groom
â€˜Gbenga Sesan is an Ashoka Fellow. A member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT and Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow, he is a social entrepreneur, Information Society researcher and Nigeria's first Information Technology Youth Ambassador. â€˜Gbenga is quick to express passionate belief in the potentials that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) hold for developing economies, and has expressed this at various local, national, regional and international fora through his speaking opportunities in well over twenty countries.
'Gbenga is a graduate of Electronic & Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University and has completed executive training at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford, Harvard and Stanford. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Res Publica and International Telecommunications Union.
â€˜Gbenga was the Vice Chair of United Nations Economic Commission for Africaâ€™s African Technical Advisory Committee, voluntary adviser to numerous youth-led nonprofits and pioneer Program Manager of Lagos Digital Village. In 2006, he was appointed as the youngest member of the Nigerian Presidential Task Force on the Restructuring of the Nigerian Information Technology and Telecommunications Sectors. â€˜Gbenga serves on the board of International Young Professionals Foundation, Digital Divide Network, World Summit Youth Awards, HiiT Limited, Generis Solutions, Global Network for Cybersolution, Women's Technology Empowerment Centre, Alliance of Change Empowerment Speakers, Africa Mentor Foundation and the African Youth ICT4D Network, among others. He is also an author and regular feature on some of Nigeriaâ€™s popular television shows.
In recognition of his dynamic efforts, 'Gbenga has been honoured with the 2008 OAU Ife EEESS Distinguished Alumni award, 2008 FGC Idoani Alumni award, 2007 Nigerian Youth Leadership award, 2007 The Future Youth Advocacy award, 2006 International Telecommunications Union YES Scholarship award, 2006 Ondo State Sunshine award, 2006 The Future Best Use of Technology award, 2005 Stockholm Challenge Champion honour, 2004 NiPRO Excellence in Information Technology award, 2003 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in Nigeria award, 2002 JCI Ten Outstanding Great Ife Alumni (TOGA) award, 2002 Journalistsâ€™ Frontier of Technology in Nigeria award, and the 2001 International Telecommunications Unionâ€™s African Youth Fellowship award. â€˜Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and has been profiled as one of the 35 Icons of ICT in Nigeria.
He keeps a personal website at www.gbengasesan.com.