Idris Bello, a self-described ‘Afropreneur’, is a Founding Partner at LoftyInc Capital, an Africa focused early stage venture capital firm. Listed among CNN’s Top Ten African Technology Voices, Idris has mentored and catalyzed scores of contributors across the growing African technology landscape. Over the last decade through LoftyInc, he has led investments into over 150 of Africa’s fastest growing startups, including three unicorns and continues to devote his efforts to the development of innovation-driven, technology-enabled social enterprises that empower the underserved on the continent.
Having held senior management roles at Chevron Corporation, ExxonMobil and the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative, his experience spans across energy, technology and healthcare in the USA and sub-Saharan Africa. Africa. In addition, Idris is a 2022 Kauffman Fellow, further solidifying his commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.
He holds degrees in Computer Engineering (BSc first class hons.) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, Computer Science & Data Mining (MSc.) from the University of Houston, and Global Health Science (MSc.) from the University of Oxford, UK. He also holds an MBA from Rice University, USA.