Chidi Afulezi

Chidi Afulezi | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Chidi Afulezi | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Managing Partner at RedKola Media
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Chidi Afulezi | Speaker Biography

Chidi Afulezi, a powerful voice in the world of products, innovation and digital transformation, embodies the essence of creativity, entrepreneurship, and product management. With an illustrious corporate career spanning roles at AT&T, Sony Music, Time Warner, and Turner Broadcasting, Chidi has not only shaped the landscape of media and technology but has also been recognized for his groundbreaking work in the product and digital space. His leadership in developing CNN’s mobile web and native applications further underscores his ability to blend technical expertise with creative vision.

On his prolific path as an entrepreneur, Chidi has crafted a number of unique storylines that have captured his multi-dimensional arsenal of experiences. Through redKola Digital, he extends his influence with teams, founders, and senior leaders as a sought-after product coach and consultant, guiding organizations like Walmart, United Technologies, African Leadership University, Home Depot, and the Rwandan Ministry of ICT towards digital excellence. As a co-founder of aKoma, he developed a storytelling platform that amplified African voices, showcasing his dedication to fostering a vibrant creative and cultural industry on the continent. Chidi is also a Managing Partner at theZVG, where he has developed unique communications and audience engagement products for the World Health Organization, Pfizer, the United Nations, and Mastercard Foundation amongst others. His role as Head Faculty of Product, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at the African Leadership University School of Business, coupled with his teaching engagements at UC Berkeley and General Assembly, highlights his commitment to nurturing the next generation of product leaders and innovators.

Chidi is a popular speaker, having delivered keynotes and talks in a variety of platforms. He has spoken as keynotes at the World IA Day, SXSW, Unstoppable Africa, Silent Warrior, The Business of Conservation, and Latitude59 among others. His talks have been attended by audiences across the globe, including at Bongo Hive Lusaka, Norrsken Rwanda, ALX, Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative, and more. Chidi's wit combined with his warm and relatable presence have endeared him to audiences who have attended his speaking engagements.  

Chidi's academic foundation, with degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from New York University and an MBA focusing on Finance and Marketing from NYU’s Stern School of Business, provides a solid base for his diverse ventures and activities, including The Core Venture Studio, theZVG, and his impactful work at the African Leadership Group. His thought leadership on the product mindset, entrepreneurial thinking, and the creative and cultural industries has influenced many, and has earned him accolades.

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