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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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    Mobile4Good

    I encountered a strange dilemma while perusing the website of Mobile for Good. Charged with doing a write-up of the organization, I quickly realized that the folks at M4G have already done a great job of describing what they do. As a result, I?ve just reproduced text from the website here,...

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    Critical Skills at the BoP Reloaded

    When I decided to write about BoP skills, I planned to center the discussion on a conversation I?d had with Yasmina Zaidman of the Acumen Fund. She was kind enough to chat with me a few months ago during an informational interview and gave me a great overview of critical BoP competencies. ...

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    Conference Report: Financial Inclusion, Innovation, and Investment

    Well it appears as if last week was ?conference week? here at NextBillion, so it?s my turn to dish on my recent attendee experience. Ready? Here I go. I was fortunate enough to attend ’Financial Inclusion, Innovation, and Investments,’ a symposium organized by the Emerging...

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    Hard vs. Soft: Defining Critical Skills at the BoP

    When I?ve asked those who are active at the BoP what skills are needed in the space, the answer I receive is deceptively simple: ?everything.? Perhaps this is because, as long time BoP entrepreneur Patrick Donohue explained, BoP is really about the ?creation of markets.? After...

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    Women at the BOP

    In my old age I?ve come to understand that points of ideological contention can be very eye-opening. My friend Akwasi and I considered each other relatively liberal, like-minded urbanites until we had the ?gender role? conversation. Yes, that one ?the quintessential Mars/Venus debate....

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    Tayo Akinyemi’s BOP 20 Questions

    I have to admit, when I first encountered Karnani?s initial critique of BoP, entitled ?Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: A Mirage? I was beside myself with excitement. Although I had read much of NextBillion?s content with interest and hope, I couldn?t help but wonder, ?Where...

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