Chowberry Inc CEO and Founder Oscar Ekponimos work began in 2013 drawing from his childhood experience with hunger and deep Christian values of improving lives while fulfilling Godly purpose and plans. These experiences inspired him to create Chowberry and 7 years later Chowberry has facilitated the distribution of over 1.6 Million meals and prevented around 30,000 tons of food from being wasted in Africa. Ekponimo has been recognized for his work with Chowberry as a Time Magazine Next Generation Leader (2017), was named Young Pioneer by Harvard Medical School through the World Frontiers Forum, Rolex Awards for Enterprise Laureate (2016), a United Nations ITU Young Innovator (2013), featured on the Bill Gates supported Quartz Top 30 African Innovator, and a BBC Top 10 Innovation (2018) amongst other international recognition.
Named in Time Magazine’s list of 10 Next Generation Leaders. Oscar is the Founder of Chowberry Inc, a technology-driven social business that helps retailers cut food waste and improves food accessibility and affordability for disadvantaged households facing food poverty. He is a recipient of the prestigious Rolex Award forEnterprise in Applied Technology for his work on Chowberry which today has impacted over 52,000 disadvantaged families facing hunger. He founded Africa’s first trans-disciplinary design lab at the intersection of Arts and Technology called Gallery of Code, which works to develop innovative solutions that affect society in partnership with Ars Electronica Futurelab. He is a member of the Advisory Board – Digital Communities to Ars Electronica GmBH Austria and served as the One Young World Ambassador from Nigeria. A prolific speaker, he shares insight on the innovative use of technology for social change at forums such as the UN Social Good Summit in New York, Yale University African Development Conference in Connecticut USA and most recently in Harvard Business School at the World Frontiers Forum. Oscar is a Young Convergence Pioneer working on the Foods That Matter project to improve micro-nutrient access to 10 million individuals in the developing world out of the World Frontiers Forum – a consortium of leading scientists from Harvard University and MIT.