Kennedy Ekezie

Founder & CEO at Kippa

Kennedy Ekezie

Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph is the co-founder and CEO of Kippa, a fintech startup that provides digital business and financial solutions to African SMEs. Previous roles include; Co-founder of Africave, TikTok's Global Expansion Lead, Accenture's Management Consulting Analyst, Athena Global Advisors' Analyst, and the Calabar Youth Council for Women's Rights' Founder.

Kennedy has received the Young African Leaders Fellowship from President Barack Obama, the Young Leader Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Ambassador for One Young World, and WAFF's Top 30 Teen Leaders in the World. Kennedy has completed a credential for The University of Cambridge's 'Leading Change' course and has participated in various competitive training programs, including a Fellowship at Interact, Young Sustainable Impact, and The Resolution Project.

Kennedy was awarded the Yenching Scholarship to attend Peking University, where he attained a Master’s degree in Economics & Management and also received the ‘Distinguished Research Award’. He also received a B.A. Hons in Philosophy from the University of Calabar, being the youngest ever student to graduate at the university at the age of 19. He was also recognised as the record holder for the highest-ranked competitive debater in Nigeria for 2 years.