KWAME YAO ANKU
National Media • Corporate • Academic
Tech • International Development
Corporate • Non-Profit • Foundation ~ Board Member and Consultant
KWAME YAO ANKU
Kwame @ The White House
Kwame interviewing his son Kojo at MSNBC Town Hall Special "Growing Hope in Oakland."
Kwame backstage at Essence Festival in New Orleans with Hollywood Power Couple Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin.
Kwame at Ford Freedom Award Power Lunch with Grammy nominee Big Sean, Victoria Secret Supermodel Lindsay Scott and Social Media Visionary Matt Scott.
Kwame and E! Entertainment host Alicia Quarels backstage at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City and appearance on A.M. Joy with Joy-Ann Reid.
Kwame and son Kojo with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff at City Hall taping MSNBC News segment.
Kwame honoring the legendary Prince on MSNBC with Joy-Ann Reid.
Kwame speaking and interview by business leader Kim Melia in front of over 5,000 in Las Vegas.
The Reid Report: Kwame LIVE on the air with MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid
Kwame arriving on the Red Carpet and Essence Music Festival VIP reception in New Orleans.
Kwame and son Kojo moment of prayer before speaking to over 5,000 people at Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.
With Ford Fund Manager Shawn Wilson after speaking to over hundreds of students, teachers, community leaders and tech professionals at Ford STEAM Lab in Detroit.
Kwame on MSNBC's The Cycle with Facebook Sr Exec Maxine Williams, Hidden Genius Project's Mohammed Abdullah and MSNBC host Touré in Oakland, California.
Kwame with Culture Shift Labs CEO Andrea Hoffman at Culture Shift Labs Silicon Valley Brunch.
The White House VIP Guests for Computer Education Week, Kwame and Code.org Co-founder Hadi Partovi.
KWAME YAO ANKU
Kwame Yao Anku is the CEO of Black Star Fund and the Founder and President of New Dawn Global Enterprises, an international business development and strategic growth consulting group.
For over 20 years, Kwame has also worked extensively in business development and media marketing blending entrepreneurship, social impact and corporate engagement.
In 2015, Kwame co-founded the Black Angel Tech Fund, an early stage venture capital firm, where he served as Principal Partner through 2018 leading fundraising, portfolio building and portfolio management teams.
Recently named “One of the Top 25 Black Venture Capitalists to Watch in 2018” by Pitchbook, Kwame has worked extensively in business development and media marketing for over two decades. In September 2018, Kwame was selected to be one of only twenty-one recipients of the prestigious Aspen Ascend Fellowship from The Aspen Institute.
Kwame entered into the tech industry after the late legendary rock star Prince recruited him to develop his mobile app, overseeing business and development teams in Africa, Asia and the US. He went on to serve as the National Director of Strategic Development for #YesWeCode initiative, where he developed corporate and media partnerships with NBC Universal, Comcast, Ford Motor Company Fund, ESSENCE magazine, Alabama Power, The City of Oakland, The City of Detroit, The City of Birmingham and Google.
An eloquent and thought-provoking thinker, Kwame has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs including CNN, MSNBC, BBC Worldwide & National Public Radio. He has spoken extensively around the United States encouraging diverse audiences to think differently about social inclusion and technology. His work with youth tech inclusivity garnered two invitations to the Obama White House Administration to share ideas and best practices with leaders from around the United States.
Kwame has delivered powerful keynote addresses and been a featured speaker at the Google For Entrepreneurs' Black Wall Street Conference in Durham, The Essence Festival in New Orleans, Culture Shifting Weekend in New York City, The National Black Chamber of Commerce in Washington. D.C., The Ford Freedom Awards in Detroit, the Association of Black Foundation Executives Conference in Napa Valley, and recently at the First Annual Ghana Tech Summit in West Africa.
Kwame serves on the Board of Regents for North Central University, on the board of directors for Operation iDream in Zambia, the startup tech firm, Bandwagon and on the Presidential Advisory Board for the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Sacramento State University.
Kwame is a mentor for both the AT&T Aspire Accelerator and Founder Institute Sacramento.
Kwame is an honors graduate of Stanford University.
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