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Tayo Akinyemi
The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University

Tayo Akinyemi is a recent graduate of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, where she concentrated in Sustainable Global Enterprise. Her professional interests include Base of the Pyramid (BoP) entrepreneurship, African telecom, boutique consulting (with a focus on economic development), scenario analysis, and social impact assessment.

Prior to returning to school, Tayo worked in business development at Chicago-based consulting firm, Burke & Partners. She started her career at Catalyst, a New York based research and advisory organization working with businesses to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work. After nearly four years with Catalyst, she accepted a Princeton in Africa Fellowship to do democracy and goverance work with an international NGO in Abuja, Nigeria. At the conclusion of her fellowship, she joined the marketing department of an emerging telecommunications company in Nigeria, Suburban Telecom. Tayo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Princeton University.

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    Colorado State’s Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise Program

    "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.? -- Thomas Edison If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Global Social Enterprise Program at Colorado State University’s School of Business.? When I applied to the Johnson...

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    BoP, Geopolitics, and Giving the People What They Need

    Editor’s note: Tayo Akinyemi will be starting the MBA program at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management this fall. I?m leaving for business school today, so this will be my last post on NextBillion.net for awhile. Although I didn?t answer all of my twenty questions (and...

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    Two New African Venture Funds

    Two new funds to facilitate private sector development in Africa are being raised as we speak.The first, the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, is the result of a Commission for Africa recommendation. It seeks to ?catalyze the private sector to innovate and find profitable ways of improving...

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    Upending the Pyramid: Measuring Success at the BoP

    I just finished reading Freakonomics, the NY Times Bestseller written by ?rogue economist? Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner. It?s about using economic thinking and data analysis to answer practical questions and challenge conventional wisdom. Truly, there is nothing I love...

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    Entrepreneurialization of Government

    Something that has consistently bothered me since I began exploring the “business for social good” continuum is the notion (implied, but not often stated), that the government has been usurped as the primary provider of public goods. Government has failed and private enterprise must...

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    The Delight of d.light Design

    I have a chronic habit of seeking out cool people. Can?t help it; it?s just what I do. A few months ago, I asked one of my friends, a Stanford Graduate School of Business grad, to e-introduce me to a then second year student. We exchanged ideas and information, a process that always...

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    Domestic BoP: Models for Addressing Underserved Markets

    The authors of Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets outline strategies for accessing both domestic and international BoP markets. More specifically, they examine the ways in which companies can engage with “underserved markets” using five ?success factors? that they...

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    How Can Development Agencies Support Economic Development at the BoP?

    I had spent a lot of time trying to figure out how best to work at the base of the pyramid, even before I knew what BoP was. In 2003, I moved to Nigeria to pursue a career in international development, focusing on democracy and governance. Nearly two years of this work taught me that...

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