N MIPAD Hall of Fame, Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Advocate
Chike Ukaegbu is a Nigerian American businessman, educator and entrepreneur. He is the chief executive officer of Startup52. At 35, Chike became the youngest person in Africa to officially run for the Seat of the President, as the 2019 youngest presidential candidate in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and it’s largest economy.
Chike became a Colin Powell Leadership Fellow on public policy at 20. He focused his three year research on youth disconnection, the phenomenon of youth who are out of school and not working. Furthermore, as a Colin Powell fellow, Chike helped develop a third wave of democratization and led a student team that helped archive ex-UN Secretary General, the late Kofi Annan’s papers, among other research areas.
By 35, Chike became Nigeria and Africa’s youngest ever presidential candidate. He was also inducted into the UN MIPAD’s Hall of Fame at 35 as its first and only Global Young Leader. Chike was also named one of the Most Influential Young Nigerians by Avance Media.