OZY Top 10 Week: Technology & Entrepreneurship – OZY

We don’t know about you, but with nearly two years of the pandemic behind us, we’re sure to be ready for something different at the start of the New Year. That’s why every day of this week, the Daily Dose newsletter focuses on some of the biggest players in politics, science, sports, culture and other key issues. Today, in no order of priority, we’re highlighting some of the biggest voices in the tech and entrepreneurship world. But we’re also eager to hear who you think is about to change our world. Send your best advice to [email protected] and we will present your suggestions later this week. Good reading!

1 – Nomuntu Ndhlovu and Siyabonga Tshabalala

This pair has brought money to hundreds of impoverished South Africans who sell trash at their recycling company, SiyaBuddy. They also helped clean up their corner of Mpumalanga, an area where recycling is virtually unheard of due to the great distances people have to travel to reach a redemption center. When OZY introduced Ndhlovu in 2018, she dreamed of expanding operations across the province, setting up a waste-to-energy plant and making building bricks from black garbage bags. As the pandemic froze plans to waste energy from waste, SiyaBuddy bought three more trucks, increased the number of jobs it provides from eight to 12, and went from a single site to four. Recycled building bricks, on the other hand, are currently certified as safe for use in construction – a trend that is taking off around the world.

2 – Aaron T. Walker

A former educator who worked for the New York public school system, Walker now aims to bridge the opportunity gap in a different way. His New Orleans-based company Camelback Ventures invests in diverse and innovative founders, but he is continually frustrated by the systemic racism within the philanthropic community that supports many of his startups. Walker therefore launched racial justice trainings for white executives in businesses and philanthropic organizations.

3 – Chris Kubecka

Half Puerto Rican, half Dutch, Kubecka is one of the world’s leading cybersecurity professionals – from Saudi Arabia to South Korea and from NATO to the European Union, they all look to her when their systems are under attack. Few people are more qualified than Kubecka to tackle global cyber challenges: while working at Unisys in July 2009, she helped stop a wave of North Korean cyber attacks targeting South Korea. And in 2012, when the Shamoon attacks destroyed 85% of Aramco’s computer systems – while severely hampering Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain – Kubecka was the expert called in to mitigate the damage and stabilize the global oil. As cybercrime increasingly becomes a major strategic threat, Kubecka’s influence will only increase.

4 – Tara Fela Durotoye

What face do you want to see? Makeup artist? Contractor? Attorney? She can do it all (and more). Fela-Durotoye herself wears all these hats, with eyes that smile but also reveal an ambition of steel. She launched her brand – House of Tara – from her living room before turning it into a phenomenon that has now spread across Nigeria with ambitious expansion plans for the rest of Africa. She could have been Nigeria’s first lady if her husband Fela Durotoye, business coach and consultant, had won the 2019 presidential election. It doesn’t matter. She is already the queen of makeup in Africa.

5 – Chinwe Esimai

The more obscure scams usually rely on the most common financial institutions: the big banks. Esimai, born in Nigeria, is at the forefront of attempts to reform the banking sector. The Harvard-trained lawyer is Citibank’s primary anti-corruption and bribe official and one of the most influential women of color in the white, male-dominated banking world. “The seeds of my passion for anti-corruption work were sown at an early age,” she told Medium in 2019. “Conversations about anti-corruption dominated conversations in politics and at the dinner table. . “

6 – Candice Matthews Brackeen and Brian Brackeen

The African-American couple are behind a first-of-its-kind $ 50 million venture capital fund for under-represented founders in the American Midwest. “The venture capital market has failed BIPOC and, ultimately, itself,” Candice said, referring to statistics which show that only 1% of US venture capital funds have black founders and only 11% of funding went to startups led by women. His goal ? To prove that by investing in places and people that normally receive less attention, investors can actually generate higher returns.

seven – Lisa Gelobter

Raise your hand if you’ve ever laughed at a GIF. You can thank Gelobter. The computer scientist helped develop the animation software used to create GIFs. Ideal for jokes and for expressing your thoughts and feelings in the virtual world, GIFs have been shown to be beneficial in the classroom as well, in part because they capture and hold the attention of students, even for a period of time. limited time. Gelobter, now 50, graduated from Brown University at age 20 with a degree in computer science. She worked with the White House as the Digital Services Officer for the Department of Education under the administration of former President Barack Obama, part of a team tasked with overhauling the College Scorecard, a mechanism in line used to compare the cost and value of schools.

8 – Glenn Cantave

As people protested in the streets for racial justice, activist and founder of Movers & Shakers NYC Cantave joined them – but he’s also busy developing a platform to rewrite black and brown history in the school programs. Its app contains a catalog of “heroes you never learn at school”: women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and more. Students use the app to select an under-represented icon, then move on to performing homework on them. In addition, they can take selfies with the icon of their choice, upload them and share them.

Elizabeth Nyamayaro in “The Carlos Watson Show”

Discover the truly extraordinary story of Elizabeth Nyamayaro, the award-winning humanitarian who served as an advisor to UN Women and the World Food Program, and led the United Nations HeForShe campaign to advocate for gender equality. After surviving malnutrition while growing up in rural Zimbabwe, Nyamayaro has dedicated his life to service and activism. Find out how her tiny African village’s Shona-language greetings inspire her advocacy for global development. To listen to the entire unpublished conversation between Carlos and Elizabeth nyamayaro, subscribe to the podcast version of the show here: http://podcasts.iheartradio.com/s_34Zjdh


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