Julius Akinyemi

Senior Connection Science Fellow

Julius has held technology leadership roles at PepsiCo and Wells Fargo Bank, he is the Residence Entrepreneur at MIT Media Lab. Julius is the Chairman, Founder and CEO of UWINCorp Inc. (The Mobile Commodity Marketplace) – an initiative for Unleashing the Wealth in Nations for developing economies, an initiative that aims to create the Next Generation Capital Market Infrastructure for rural producers based on assets digitization on the blockchain platform. Julius is a technology innovator who has brought cutting edge technologies for enhanced products and processes as the Global Director of Emerging Technologies at PepsiCo.  Asthe Senior Vice President for Emerging Technologies and the Wireless Business Technologies at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco,  he led the architecture team for Mobile Banking and many of the Retail Banking digitization platforms among other re-engineered processes. He is currently a member of the few selected consultants as Intellectual Properties practitioner to the World Intellectual Properties Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations.

Julius is a current member of the Advisory Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT-Africa Committee and its MIT-Africa Executive Working Group. He was a member of the United Nation’s ICT Working Group to eradicate poverty and one of the 12 member global jurors for OECD’s prize for taking Innovation to scale.He was the 2016 honoree of the “Spirit of Africa Award” by the Self Help Africa Organization. Julius obtained his MBA from Ohio University; he holds a couple of intellectual property patents and he is a global speaker on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and global Economic Development.