Nneka Abulokwe

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Nneka Abulokwe, OBE (/ŋneka ˈabuːlɔːkwei/) is a British Nigerian tech and digital governance entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of MicroMax Consulting, and one of the first Afro-Caribbean professionals in the UK to sit on the board of a top European digital transformation organisation.[1] In 2019, she was honored by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Business[2].

Early life and education[edit]

She was born in London to a Nigerian father and Jamaican mother and grew up in the city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. In 1991, she obtained her bachelor's degree in History from the University of Port Harcourt. She later obtained her masters degree at the University of London and an executive doctorate in Business Administration from Cranfield University School of Management.[3]


Abulokwe is an innovative technologist, digital governance entrepreneur and board director. She has over 25 years experience in the corporate world. She is the founder and CEO, MicroMax Consulting.[3] In 2013, she joined the board/executive committee of Sopra Steria as an executive director.[1] In 2017, Nneka became the Chair, Board Nomination Committee information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). As the chair of the board, she introduced the board nomination process by corporate governance activities. She promoted diversity and leadership inclusion among the management of the organization. [1] In 2020 she was appointed Non-Executive Director, University of Cambridge, on the Audit and Risk Committee and Non-Executive Director for Private Equity backed Davies Group.


In 2019, she was honored as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for Services to Business.[4][5][6] In 2018, she was ranked fourth in the Financial Times Top 100 Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Tech Leaders. She was also among the final list of Governance Professional of the Year 2018 Award by the Governance Institute.[3] In 2019, Abulokwe was featured on the Power-list 100 as one of the most influential black business leaders, placing her among the UK's 100 most influential black people.[7] Abulokwe was listed among the 100 most influential people of African and Caribbean origin in the UK.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Henry, Ker. "Women in Business: Nneka Abulokwe". BusinessDay. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Dr Nneka Abulokwe awarded OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II". allAfrica.com. 2019-10-23. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  3. ^ a b c "Dr Nneka Abulokwe awarded OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II". allAfrica.com. 2019-10-23. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  4. ^ "Nneka ABULOKWE". www.thegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  5. ^ Published. "Queen Elizabeth honours Nigerian-born entrepreneur, Abulokwe". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  6. ^ "Dr Nneka Abulokwe awarded OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II" (PDF). Editor's Quill.
  7. ^ "Meghan Markle and Stormzy named among Britain's most influential black people". The Independent. 2019-10-25. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  8. ^ Kleinman, Zoe (2019-11-26). "Zuckerberg's tech challenge 'pale and male'". Retrieved 2019-12-18.