Nneka Okekearu is the Deputy Director and Head of Gender at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-Atlantic University. She has a 1st degree in Banking and Finance and MBA and is currently doing a doctorate in entrepreneurship. She has over 25 years experience spanning across banking, telecommunication and consulting. A World Bank Master Trainer and Assessor, Nneka believes in the power of mentoring, capacity building and networks. As head of Gender and Deputy Director at the Enterprise Development Centre she has had the privilege of supporting women on their entrepreneurship journey. She has implemented, supported and managed various programs on the continent such as the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women; World Bank Women-X Project; Cherie Blair Foundation for Women ‘Road to Growth’ Program , the MasterCard Foundation ‘Transforming Nigerian Youths’ Program. Over the years, she has aided in providing financial linkages for startups and social enterprises, both locally and internationally. She has also implemented global programs such as the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) with focus given to enterprising women in business. Nneka sits on the board of Assembly-hub a catalytic platform aimed at strengthening the capacities of creative entrepreneurs. She also sits on the board of RecyclePoints, an award-winning recycling social enterprise focused on the climate and environment. An avid believer in mentoring as a tool for development, she is also on the Mentoring Committee of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. A lover of Arts and Music, Nneka also sits on the Governing Board of the Yemisi Shyllon Museum for Art. Her passion lies in helping for profit and social enterprises clarify their Position, Profits, Processes. She is married to CJ a serial entrepreneur and has 2 lovely children.