Highlights of Techpoint town-hall meeting with Peter Salovey, President of Yale University

January 17, 2020 · 2 min read
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On Thursday afternoon, Yale University President, Peter Salovey visited the Techpoint Africa HQ in Lagos, Nigeria for an interactive discussion with the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem.

L-R: Peter Salovey and Techpoint CEO, Adewale Yusuf
Peter Salovey welcomed by Techpoint CEO, Adewale Yusuf and Editor-in-Chief, Muyiwa Matuluko

Salovey was accompanied by a few other Yale faculty, staff members and alumni

L-R: Prof. Charles Dike, Yale School of Medicine; Haroun Adamu, President Yale Club of Nigeria; Prof. Ted Iheanacho, Yale School of Medicine; Emma Sky, Director Yale World Fellows Programme
Eddie Mandhry, Director of Africa and Middle East, Yale University

The town-hall meeting kicked off at about 4:15 p.m.

Isioma Utomi, Executive Director at Centre for Values in Leadership moderated

Isioma Utomi, Executive Director at Centre for Values in Leadership

In his opening remark, Salovey spoke about Yale’s Africa Initiative, which he introduced when he became president in 2013.

“The idea had many pieces to it,” he explained, “one was to have more students from Africa coming to Yale. And there are 40% more students from Africa now studying in Yale than when I became president in 2013.”

He also highlighted that they have more Yale students working around research, internships and study in Africa and they are on the look out for more opportunities to collaborate through partnerships in Africa.

Most importantly, Salovey said that Yale University is “building up capacity to provide education for people interested in entrepreneurship or a career in innovation. People building startups or simply learning to think like someone who builds startups.”

A primary purpose of the town-hall meeting was for Salovey and his team to gain valuable insights about the local tech entrepreneurship ecosystem, towards building said capacity.

To kick off the conversation, Techpoint Africa Editor-in-Chief, Muyiwa Matuluko gave a brief presentation on how media has shaped the local startup and technology ecosystem in Nigeria.

After he spoke, Tosin Okojie, a Yale Alumnus and Senior Director, Financial Planning & Analysis at Andela, shared insights on the potential of tech talent in Africa

Finally, co-host and Africa Strategy Lead at Utopia, Emmanuel Adegboye gave a quick overview of the Nigerian tech ecosystem

As soon as the presentations were done, the floor was open for organic conversations.

Most of the conversations centered around policy, culture, tech education and funding

Afterwards, Salovey gave his closing remarks, in which he thanked everyone in attendance for sharing

A group photo followed …

And networking …

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