RARE  RISINGSTARS 2012 The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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Idris Bello

University of Oxford
MSc Global Health Science
Social enterprise
Idris Bello

Idris Bello is in the business of innovation. He calls himself an “afropreneur: an entrepreneur with a focus on Africa”, and although his ambition and academic excellence have taken him all over the world, he refuses to forget where he came from.

Idris is currently Director of the Wennovation Hub, a startup accelerator which has helped over 60 of Nigeria’s brightest amateur entrepreneurs develop their ideas into viable businesses. He is also Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for AfyaZima Africa Ltd, a service delivering low-cost health technologies to developing countries, and was previously Secretary to the Board of Directors of Mumineen Foundation Inc., a not-for-profit organisation catering to the development and leadership needs of African-American and African immigrant youths in Houston.

“It’s about taking ownership of our countries’ problems and being unafraid of daring solutions.”

Most recently, Idris attended the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University where, aside from meeting the former President, he debated with other up-and-coming global leaders to discuss some of the world’s most pressing challenges. He also hosted the 2012 Oxford University Pan-Africa Conference for over 300 students, political leaders, economists and activists from more than 50 different nations to share ideas on the future of Africa.

“Entrepreneurship and creativity are a powerful combination and I want to show the world that Africa can be a catalyst for great ideas.”

Idris’s contributions to development in Africa have earned him an astounding array of accolades. The Huffington Post named him ‘Greatest Person of the Day’ in 2011 and he is a 2012 recipient of the Dell Global Innovation Ambassador prize. In March of this year, CNN named him one of the Top Ten African Technology Voices.

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