“It is normal for anyone to doubt themselves and underestimate their abilities, thinking they are not capable enough to execute their given tasks. No one is born a CEO, everyone builds capacity as they grow.” – Dr Ndubuisi Ekekwe.
Ekekwe (born July 1975) is a Nigerian professor, inventor, engineer, author, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics – West Africa’s leading embedded systems company.
His working experience includes Analog Devices Corp where he co-designed a generation accelerometer for the iPhone and created the company’s first wafer level chip scale package for the inertial sensors. He is a player in the U.S. semiconductor industry where he developed innovative microchips and invented a micro-controller for medical robots.
Ndubuisi Ekekwe was named in 2020 by Guardian Newspapers as one of 60 Nigerians In 60 Years Making “Nigerian Lives Matter”.
Ekekwe is a US semiconductor industry veteran and has served in the United States National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center E&D Committee. He is a Co-Chairman of JPL Financial Group, a California-based financial advisory firm that syndicates capital for projects in Africa. As the founder of the African Institution of Technology, he facilitates the provision of practical education support, encourages the enactment of technology policies and facilitates the bottom-up creativity technology emanating from African economies.
He recently co-founded Atlantic Americas, an engineering firm, handling major operations in most parts of northern Nigeria. He has also worked with Diamond Bank in Nigeria.
Ekekwe invented a special method of controlling the dexterity of medical robots used for invasive surgeries. In 2017, the United States Government got assignee rights to the patent.
He has written for the Harvard Business Review and was recently made a selection board member of the $100 Million Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.
Ekekwe is also certified in key fields in technology and has to his name high ranking publications and technical papers ranked among the leading journals and conferences about technology.
He also has two pending patents on Microelectronics and works as a consultant to universities, tech firms and the World Bank.
The African Leadership Network has honoured him as a “New Generation Leader for Africa”.
He is also a TED Fellow. His book ‘Nanotechnology and Microelectronics: Global Diffusion, Economics and Policy’ received the IGI Global “Book of the Year” Award in 2010.
He was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2013 as a Young Global Leader for his professional accomplishments and commitment to society.
He has also been honoured for Outstanding Leadership by the National Youth Council Of Nigeria.
He is the Lead Faculty in Tekedia Institute’s Mini-MBA, an innovation management four-month program, optimized for business execution and growth, with a digital operational overlay.