Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) ColdHubs Limited.

Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) ColdHubs Limited.

Biography

Nnaemeka is a farmer, agricultural radio presenter; Founder/CEO of ColdHubs Limited, and Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Smallholders Foundation. He holds a Master’s in International Development and Cooperation from the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Pavia, Italy.

He founded Smallholders Foundation (www.smallholdersfoundation.org.ng) in 2003 at the age of 21; the organization uses its Smallholder Farmers Rural Radio (FARM F.M) Network to reach farmers with daily agriculture, environmental management and market access, radio educational messages in Nigeria.

In 2015, he launched ColdHubs (www.coldhubs.com) a social business that designs, installs, and commissions 100% solar-powered walk-in cold rooms in farms and markets, to enable smallholder farmers, retailers, and wholesalers to store and preserve fresh fruits, vegetables, and other perishable food.

Nnaemeka is Nigeria’s most prominent young agriculturist. He is an Ashoka Fellow 2008, Laureate of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2010, Laureate WISE Awards 2010, Future Awards Nigeria’s Young Person of the Year, 2011, Fast Company USA 100 Most Creative in Business 2012, Laureate of the Niigata International Food Prize, Japan 2012 and 2013 Laureate of the prestigious Yara Prize for Green Revolution in Africa (now Africa Food Prize) among other local and international recognitions.