Njideka Harry is transforming lives of youths in developing countries
Njideka Harry is the President and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF).
She founded this foundation at 25 while working in the corporate strategy group at Microsoft.
Born in Ibadan, Nigeria to a Nigerian father from Imo state, and an American mother from Michigan, Njideka’s journey was a quest to satisfy her thirst.
Hers was a thirst to give back and make a difference in the world while exploiting the opportunities available through technology and making them accessible to young people in developing countries. It was her medium of making a difference.
She earned her BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She completed her post-graduate studies at Stanford University.
Njideka Harry is an Ashoka Fellow and in 2013 was awarded ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum.
Founded in 2000, the Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), is a non-profit organization focused on using the power of technology to transform the lives of youth and women in developing countries.
It seeks to equip young people with appropriate technology and entrepreneurship skills. Youth for Technology Foundation works with the government, academia, the private sector and grassroots organizations, to ensure that under-privileged youth have the opportunity to improve their standard of living.
YTF believes it is important to increase the employability of youth while working with the private sector and government to fashion a constructive system that will that makes it easier to create businesses and jobs among young people.
With over 1.4 million beneficiaries, YTF has expanded its operations to Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya, and to Colombia in Latin America.
YTF’s strength lies in its ability to access market demands, design developmental programs and administer customized ICT and entrepreneurship training programs that uplift youth and women from poverty.
Mrs. Harry has successfully consulted in corporate and non-profit environments. She combines her business acumen with her passion for social value creation and deep belief in education’s power to change the world.
A regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Forbes, Mrs. Harry serves as advisor to several social enterprises, for-profit businesses with a social mission and international agencies on matters related to technology for development, youth entrepreneurship, gender/impact investing and corporate social responsibility.
According to statistics provided by Schwab foundation, 40% of YTF program graduates have gone on to be employed by small businesses and are earning three times the average salary of a non-YTF Academy graduate.
Thirty eight percent of these graduates have started their own businesses and over 2, 100 small and medium enterprises led by youth and women in Nigeria have been created and sustained.
With over fourteen years experience in non-profit administration and planning, program management and social impact, it is no wonder that Njideka Harry has been able to implement her vision on such a grand scale.
She also serves as an advisory board member for the Women of West Africa and Entrepreneurship (WOWe) Council and a board member for Promoting Readiness in Science and Math (PRISM), a program that helps 12-15 year old girls achieve proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Njideka Harry is the Founder, Kellogg Executive MBA Women, a consultant to social enterprises and international agencies on matters related to ICT4D, and a panellist on international forums, including: the World Bank, WSIS, London School of Economics, Kellogg School of Management, and the United Nations.