Oluwakemi ADETU

Kemi ADETU is currently a 3rd year Associate within the Corporate Equity Derivatives Group at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC in New York. Prior to joining the trading floor at J.P. Morgan, she has worked in Finance at Standard Chartered, Management Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Digital Marketing at Google, and Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.

As a philanthropist, Oluwakemi ADETU has a proven track record of successfully implementing projects that contribute to Africa’s evolution through providing access to quality education, leadership development, gender equality and youth empowerment.

She founded GLOW UP which stands for Girls Ladies Orphans Women United (for) Progress, a registered charity that focuses on orphaned females ages 10-25. The GLOW UP NGO houses several projects across three main pillars: education, health & well-being, nutrition & food security. The project aims to create a pipeline of young female leaders who are equipped, qualified, and empowered to secure the best opportunities; as well as be at the forefront of policy changes, discussions on government resources deployed to orphanages and foster homes for their growth and development. In February 2020, she set up The Africa Female Orphan Development Fund – a $100k fund committed to financing higher education opportunities for African Female Orphans. In February 2022, she launched the first cohort of The Aburo Mi Mentoring Scheme, a carefully curated mentoring scheme that covers relevant themes in female orphans development journey. In December 2022, the NGO will be launching The Africa Orphan Housing Fund – committed to the refurbishment, renovation, redecoration and restoration of the infrastructure that houses orphans and vulnerable children ages 0-21.

Beyond being a banker, philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Oluwakemi ADETU marries her passion for fashion and technology through her start-up, JENDAYA, a logistics company that aims to enhance the shopping experience of luxury consumers in Africa by advertising, selling and subsequently facilitating shipping across the West to Africa, for Western brands, as well as facilitating shipping across Africa for African brands. As part of her efforts to contribute to Africa’s economic growth story, she formed a co-founding team in 2018, to tap into the prospects of e-commerce to boost free trade across Africa via the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement.

She was a member of SC’s Diversity and Inclusion council where she advocated for projects such as SC’s “Women+Tech4NYC” program – a venture capital platform that funds women-led businesses in NYC. In recognition of her work as a Champion of Women in Business, she received an award as #1 on “Yahoo Finance’s Top 50 Future Female Leaders HERoes 2019” list and was invited to join the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Community. In January 2020 she was invited to join the Global Shapers Network – an initiative of the World Economic Forum – where she was elected as a member of the governing body for the Houston Chapter. In July 2020, she was awarded the “McKinsey Women Achievement Award” in recognition of her efforts and commitment to gender equality. In 2020, she was also awarded “Most outstanding young African woman in the diaspora 2020” and “Most outstanding African NGO 2020”.

She holds BSc. (Hons) in Medicinal Chemistry from University College London, and MSc. (Hons) Business Management from The University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

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