FUNKE OPEKE

FUNKE OPEKE

Member, Advisory Board

Ms. Funke Opeke, is founder and CEO of Main One. Main One is a telecommunications solutions provider that built West Africa’s first privately owned, submarine cable system interconnecting Lagos, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; and Seixal, Portugal. Under her leadership, Main One has been as a catalyst for change in West Africa’s telecommunications landscape by improving Internet Access across the region, and is now the leading provider of wholesale connectivity solutions to businesses across West Africa, with further investments in terrestrial fiber networks across the region, and West Africa’s largest commercial Tier 3 data center scheduled for completion in Q4 2014.

Ms. Opeke returned to Nigeria in 2005 as the Chief Technical Officer of MTN Nigeria after a twenty-year career in the United States. Prior to her return, she was the Executive Director of Verizon Communications Wholesale Division. Following her stint in MTN, Ms. Opeke advised Transcorp on the acquisition of NITEL, where she briefly served as the interim Chief Operating Officer, NITEL. She obtained a first degree in Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York.