The World Economic Forum has named a Nigerian, Obi Uzor, who is the founder and CEO of tech startup, Kobo360 Nigeria, as one of the 112 Young Global Leaders, Class of 2021.
The Young Global Leaders award is an accelerator programme of the World Economic Forum “for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.”
Uzor, one of the nine Africans and only Nigerian on the list, completed his Biochemistry degree at the University of Michigan before graduating from the Wharton School of Business.
“After completing his studies, he worked at J.P. Morgan as an investment banker before becoming the Operations Coordinator at Uber Nigeria. In 2016, he left Uber to launch Kobo360, Africa’s fastest-growing digital logistics platform and is building a Global Logistics Operating System [G-LOS], a blockchain-enabled platform to power trade across the African continent.
“In 2019, Obi Ozor was named innovator of the year and young business leader of the year at the CNBC All Africa Business Leaders Awards. In 2020, Obi alongside his co-founder, Ife Oyedele II, was selected to be a part of Endeavor’s global network of high-impact entrepreneurs. He was also named as one of Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 global leaders in technology”, the WEF said about Uzor.