Uzodinma Iweala is the CEO and editor-in-chief of Ventures Africa, a publication that looks at business, policy, innovation and culture on the evolving continent of Africa. He is an award-winning writer and a medical doctor.
Iweala was a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard University where he worked on a new novel about Washington, DC, entitled “Speak No Evil.” His first novel, “Beasts of No Nation,” was released in 2005 to critical acclaim, and won numerous awards. “Beasts of No Nation” was translated into 12 languages and was also selected as a New York Times notable book. It has been adapted as a major motion picture staring Idris Elba. His second book, “Our Kind of People,” a non-fiction account of HIV and AIDS in Nigeria, was released in 2012 in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is the co-owner of Ventures Africa magazine and was the acting CEO of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria. He is also a co-founder of Txtlite Nigeria Ltd., a company that provides pay-as-you go solar solutions across Nigeria.
Iweala holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in English and American literature and language from Harvard College and is a graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.