Nkemdilim Begho

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Nkemdilim Begho
Nkemdilim Begho.jpg
Nkemdilim Begho. Image retrieved from Pride Nigeria. 07 October, 2020.
Born
Nigeria
NationalityNigerian
Alma materLudwig-Maximilians Universität München
OccupationManaging Director of Future Software Resources Limited
Known forFounding Future Software Resources Limited
WebsiteLinkedIn Profile

Editor: Tamia Adolph

Nkemdilim Begho

Begho is a Global Speaker and a Digital Transformation and Digital Marketing Expert. She is an expert speaker on ICT in Africa,[1] as well as a STEM advocate.[2] She is also a serial entrepreneur [3] who volunteers and mentors young and less privileged children in Nigeria.[4]

Nkemdilim Begho started as a tech entrepreneur in 2008,[5] when she became the Managing Director of Futuresoft, an IT solutions provider as well as an Information Technology professional.

History

Begho grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and attended the German International School before moving to Germany.[6] She can speak English, French and German.

Begho was an Application Developer for Max Planck Institute for Psychiatric Research from December 2002 to November 2004. Then she was the Bioinformatics Consultant and Software Developer for Affectis Pharmaceuticals from December 2004 to December 2009.

From December 2005 to April 2006, she was also the Channel Manager/Head of Marketing at Leapsoft Nigeria Ltd. In addition, Begho was a Business Development Manager for Specialised Outsourcing Ng Ltd. from September 2006 to March 2007.

She received her BSc in Bioinformatics in 2006 from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München and then was the Market Evaluation Officer at the Austrian Embassy of Nigeria in the Commercial Section from April 2007 to September 2007.

In February 2008, Begho became the Managing Director and CEO of Future Software Resources Ltd.[7] Her company was the first company to innovate digital business cards in Nigeria.[8]

She was a Board Member for the World Summit Youth Award Board from 2010 to 2016, and Non-Executive Director for Compare IN Ltd. from 2013 to March 2016. From June 2011 to June 2014, she was the facilitator for Economic Empowerment. Begho is also currently (2021) the facilitator for the Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (from August 2010).

She became the founding member of The Bake for Change Development Foundation in June 2010 and currently also occupies this position. In April 2014, Begho became the Co-Founder and Creative Director at Anne Li Unique Ideas. She is also the Co-Founder and Director of Fucaire Lifestyle Ltd. and co-founded the company in 2015.

In November 2019, Begho became a Non-Executive Director at Stanbic. She was appointed as a Board IT Committee member in 2019 for Stanbic IBTC.[9] She also became a Board Member for the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria in July the following year (2020) and is also the Committee Chair of Funding Framework for the Nigerian Technology Sector, NESG IT group.

Begho is a member of The Nigerian National IT Software Committee and the Nigerian Electronic Voting Think Tank.[10] She has been involved in various research projects such as the Wazobia Linux initiative, the eGovernment Interoperability Framework and NITDA Open Standards Framework.[11] She developed software tools to help advance genetic research and plugins for Microarray databases (Java).[12]

Begho serves as an advisory board member for Social Media Week Lagos. She is part of the Pan-African Mara Mentor Network and SME Boutique Women’s Exclusive Book Mentors, as well as the MIT Enterprise Forum Coach the Coachers Entrepreneurship programme.[13]

Furthermore, Begho is part of Bryne Mentors, Spark Mentors and the Educate The State Initiative.[14]

Additionally, Begho is the co-founder of AlwaysMe, a children’s accessory brand.

Awards and Recognition

In September 2007, Begho received the National Honour Award from the National Youth Services Corp.

She received the Etisalat Prize for Innovation from Etisalat Nigeria in November 2012, in recognition of her work done in delivering quality education to less privileged children. She is aslo a recipient of the Jim Ovia Prize for Software Excellence and was awarded this in 2013. [15]

She was listed as one of the 100 Lionesses of Africa in 2016. In the same year, she received the Titans of Tech Merit Award for her contribution to Nigeria’s Tech Space.[16]

In October 2018 Begho was selected as one of the 2018 Top 10 Most Inspiring African Women by Global Digital Women. Lord’s Gin recognised Begho as one of the eight under 40 Achievers in the Technology sector in Nigeria, where she received the 2019 Lord’s Achiever’s Award. In May 2019, Begho was recognised as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent by Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD).

Begho received the Achievement Award from the Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls Achievement Award, for her contribution to Nation-Building in June 2019, the same year she also received the Obama Africa Leader award.

The GAGE Awards recognised Begho as one of the recipients of the GAGE Special Achievement Award in February 2020. In March of that year, Begho was listed as one of the Top 100 Leading Ladies Africa by Leading Ladies Africa. She has been listed as Forbes’ Top Ten Female Tech Founders to watch in Africa and Venture Africa has recognised her as one of the 42 Most Innovative Africans.[17]

She is also recognised as an expert speaker in ICT in Africa.[18]

Begho was listed as one of the African Women Power Network Top 40 African Leading Women. Begho was recognised as one of the Top 100 most innovative in the Nigerian Tech Space by YTech, three years in a row.[19]

Achievements

Begho has published her paper “The quest for brain disorder Biomarkers” in The Journal of Medical Investigation in November 2005. Her paper on “Interrogation MS/MS search data with a pl Filter algorithm to increase protein identification success” was published in Electrophoresis on 22 May, 2007.

Begho’s paper on “ChemAxon's chemo-informatics toolkit integration into the Affectis Data Management System was published in ChemoAxon User Meeting UGM in June 2007. [20]

She was a speaker at the Growth in Transition 4th International Conference Europe’s Transformation: Where People Matter event. [21] She was also a speaker at the European Commission conference in Brussels where she tackled issues of job creation, growth and competitiveness in West Africa.[22]

In 2018, Begho was a speaker at the African Bank Development Bank Meetings.[23]

She was listed as Woman of the Month by Pride Nigeria in April 2019.[24]

During the Social Media Week in Lagos from February 24-28, 2020, Begho spoke at the event in Lagos. The panel discussions she formed part of included Tech and Financial Inclusion, The Art and Science of Influencer Marketing and Editech and the Future of Work: Building Sustainable Models to Close the African Skills Gap.[25]

Begho has been invited to speak at several conferences including, The Innovation Week 2008, ADIPENG 2009, NITDA Stakeholders Workshops 2009, E-Learning Conference 2009, TW Business Expo 2010, Nigerian Internet Conference & Exhibition (NICE) 2010, W.TEC Girls Technology Camp 2010, WSYA Winners Events 2010, Rubbing Minds Channels TV, I4J e-Business Roundtable, CERT Africa 2010, ICT4ALL, Women’s Judges Annual Conference, 2010 Technology Times IT Summit, Edunet Africa 2011, WTEC Technology Camp 2011, ICT4Girls Day Nigeria 2012, TEDx Ife 2012, Necci Consulting: Social Media Nuts & Bolts Training Session, Google World Women’s Day Hangout, SME IT Business Conference 2013 and ICT4Girls Day 2013.[26]

References

  1. Nkem (CEO) - Futuresoft. Retrieved 06 October, 2020.
  2. WOMAN OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL 2019 – MRS NKEMDILIM BEGHO (NEE UWAJE) - Pride Magazine. Retrieved 01 October, 2020.
  3. Nkemdilim Begho - Growth In Transition. Retrieved 29 September, 2020.
  4. Nkemdilim Begho - Techher Spotlight. Retrieved 30 September, 2020.
  5. Top 9 Tech Women In Nigeria - GAGE Awards. Retrieved 06 October, 2020.
  6. [https://guardian.ng/news/its-time-to-break-stereotypes-and-encourage-girls-to-be-anything-they-want-to-be/ ‘It’s time to break stereotypes and encourage girls to be anything they want to be’ - Guardian Woman. Retrieved 06 October, 2020.]
  7. Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho - LinkedIn. Retrieved 24 September, 2020.
  8. Nkemdilim Begho - Techher Spotlight. Retrieved 30 September, 2020.
  9. Nkemdilim Cay Uwaje - Stanbic IBTC. Retrieved 06 October, 2020.
  10. Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho - LinkedIn. Retrieved 24 September, 2020.
  11. Nkemdilim Uwaje appointed as Stanbic IBTC’s Non-Executive Director - Nairametrics. Retrieved 29 September, 2020.
  12. Nkemdilim Begho - Techher Spotlight. Retrieved 30 September, 2020.
  13. THE FUTURE IS FEMALE – CAMPAIGN BY W.TEC PRESENTS NKEMDILIM UWAJE BEGHO - WTEC. Retrieved 01 October, 2020.
  14. ePoultry.NG Advisor and CEO of Futuresoft, Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho named top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent under 40 - ePoultry.NG. Retrieved 01 October, 2020.
  15. Nkemdilim Begho – The startup story of a leading Nigerian technology services entrepreneur - Lionesses of Africa. Retrieved 29 September, 2020.
  16. Nkemdilim Begho – The startup story of a leading Nigerian technology services entrepreneur - Lionesses of Africa. Retrieved 29 September, 2020.
  17. Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho - LinkedIn. Retrieved 24 September, 2020.
  18. Nkemdilim Begho – The startup story of a leading Nigerian technology services entrepreneur - Lionesses of Africa. Retrieved 29 September, 2020.
  19. THE FUTURE IS FEMALE – CAMPAIGN BY W.TEC PRESENTS NKEMDILIM UWAJE BEGHO - WTEC. Retrieved 01 October, 2020.
  20. Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho - LinkedIn. Retrieved 24 September, 2020.
  21. Nkemdilim Begho - Growth In Transition. Retrieved 29 September, 2020.
  22. 100 LIONESSES: Nkemdilim Begho takes to the stage in Brussels to talk Technology and Job Creation, Growth and Competitiveness in West Africa - Lionesses of Africa. Retrieved 29 September, 2020.
  23. THE FUTURE IS FEMALE – CAMPAIGN BY W.TEC PRESENTS NKEMDILIM UWAJE BEGHO - WTEC. Retrieved 01 October, 2020.
  24. WOMAN OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL 2019 – MRS NKEMDILIM BEGHO (NEE UWAJE) - Pride Magazine. Retrieved 01 October, 2020.
  25. Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho - Social Media Week. Retrieved 01 October, 2020.
  26. NKEMDILIM BEGHO - WSA. Retrieved 01 October, 2020.