Somachi Chris-Asoluka stands as a beacon of visionary leadership and impactful philanthropy as the CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). In her role, Somachi oversees the Foundation’s transformative initiatives aimed at empowering young African entrepreneurs across all 54 countries on the continent. With a focus on strategic marketing, corporate communications, and policy advocacy, she orchestrates the Foundation’s multifaceted operations, driving its mission to catalyze economic growth and job creation in Africa.

Prior to assuming the CEO position, Somachi distinguished herself as the Director of Partnerships and Communication at TEF. In this capacity, she played a pivotal role in forging strategic collaborations with esteemed organizations such as the European Union, UNDP, and Google, contributing to the Foundation’s remarkable impact. Under her leadership, TEF facilitated direct funding for over 18,000 African entrepreneurs, leading to the creation of more than 400,000 jobs across communities on the continent.

Somachi’s academic journey reflects her unwavering commitment to excellence, having graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Mary’s College of California and earning a Master’s Degree from Yale University. Her academic achievements are complemented by her active involvement in esteemed associations, highlighting her dedication to advancing global economic empowerment and women’s leadership in Africa.

Through her visionary leadership and dedication to empowering African entrepreneurs, Somachi Chris-Asoluka continues to shape the landscape of philanthropy and economic development in Africa, leaving an indelible mark on communities across the continent.