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Ernest Akinlola

Managing Director of Bboxx Nigeria,

Ernest Akinlola: as pioneering Managing Director of Bboxx Nigeria, Ernest drives the renewable energy agenda in Africa's most populous country, with a proven track record of launching and scaling innovative and impactful solar energy solutions. He is passionate about transforming lives and unlocking the potential of communities through solar energy,

Previously, he spent more than 20 years in the telecoms industry developing unique and extensive expertise in the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) industry, having played a key role in establishing Virgin Mobile UK, Lycamobile, Lebara, and ntel in various countries across Europe and Africa. He has successfully negotiated and delivered strategic partnerships, competitive analysis, customer value management, and large-scale project delivery in the highly dynamic and competitive telecoms sector.

He is also a business mentor and coach for the World Bank Start Up Acceleration programmes, where he shares his insights and guidance with aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators. Additionally, he is a transformational and public speaker, and an entrepreneur with interests in i-gaming, digital retail solutions, and digital aggregation platforms.