Nkiru Balonwu

Nkiru Balonwu is an entrepreneur and activist based in Lagos. As the founder of consultancy firm RDF Strategies, she provides expertise on organisational strategy, partnerships, social outreach, government relations, boards, reputation management and investor relations.

Before starting RDF Strategies, Nkiru was CEO at Spinlet, a leading digital music platform for African music across the continent and around the world. She created Bukkipa, a user-friendly mobile app that simplifies the accountancy and cash flow management processes for individuals and small businesses, in 2017.

Passionate about levelling the playing field for women in business and the democratising power of emerging communications technologies, Nkiru is a founding member and chair of African Women on Board (AWB) and currently sits on the boards of Rele Gallery and Girly Essentials. She also regularly works with younger women wishing to enter executive-level roles. She holds a holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.