‘Gbenga Sèsan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria


‘Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, ‘Gbenga completed Executive Education programs at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University and United Nations agencies, among others, in over 30 countries. A Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2014) and former member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT, he is a CyberStewards Fellow, Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Our Common Future Fellow and Cordes Fellow. ‘Gbenga served as a member of the Presidential committees on Harmonization of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Broadcasting Sectors (2006) and Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision (2013), and was listed by CNN as one of the Top 10 African Tech Voices on Twitter and by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40. ‘Gbenga is married to Temilade Sesan, PhD, an expert on Energy Poverty and Development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

Upcoming SMW Events


Past SMW Events

Social Media in Schools: A Case for Tech Curriculum

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Hosted by W.TEC – Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre

Experience Stage Powered by Purple


Defending Citizens' Rights Online

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Hosted by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria

Experience Stage Powered by Purple


#SMWLagosExplore with PIN! Behind The Scenes

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hosted by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria

PIN HQ


#SMWDigitalJobs - Tackling Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Hosted by PARADIGM INITIATIVE NIGERIA

Experience Stage Powered by Purple


Learning on the Digital Frontier

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by Image & Time

Innovation Stage Powered by Visa


#SMWNetRightsNG -Towards a Digital Rights and Freedom Bill in Nigeria

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hosted by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria

Experience Stage Powered by Purple


2015 Elections: Where are the Ethics on Social Media?

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by alli.org

Innovation Stage Powered by Visa