The Pan-African Hub for Cultural Entrepreneurship

UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURS

OmenaLab is the first Pan African hub dedicated to cultural entrepreneurship and designed to support cultural entrepreneurs looking to accelerate or grow.

Our vision is to position the cultural industry as a vehicle for economic prosperity and social transformation across Africa. We believe we should strive to preserve our unique heritage as Africa develops, and believe that those at the forefront of this should be able to make a good living from their creative talent.

If you are convinced of the power of the arts to transform communities economically and socially; if you believe in the importance of creative industries as a medium for cultural preservation and pride alongside development and prosperity; if you recognize the importance of developing the next generation of arts champions and future creative entrepreneurs: here is YOUR place!

About

Innovation Collaboration Impact Excellence




OmenaLab provides a platform to mobilize people and resources to increase the presence and impact of cultural entrepreneurs on African economies and social landscapes by:

  • FACILITATING 

    We mobilize the support of corporations, institutions and individuals with the resources to accelerate the activities and businesses of cultural entrepreneurs.

  • ACCELERATING

    We provide tools, advice and events that give entrepreneurs the skills and exposure needed to improve their earning potential and enhance the impact of their work.

  • CATALYZING

    We create a converging point attracting and connecting key actors to nurture talents and grow the industry.

TEAM

We are a diverse team of dedicated and experienced culture enthusiasts.
Nneka Ezeigwe
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Nneka earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an M.Eng. from Imperial College. She currently works also as Healthcare Impact Investor in Nigeria. Nneka was Co-Chair of the 17th HBS Africa Business Conference. She has published several essays in print and digital media and is passionate about culture preservation.
Jacques Jonathan Nyemb
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Jacques Jonathan earned an LLM from London School of Economics and is currently completing his MPA at Harvard Kennedy School. Lawyer and policy strategist, Jacques Jonathan is also the Co-Founder of African Business Lawyers Club and OSER L’AFRIQUE. He is passionate about history and arts.
Yasmine Belkacemi
Senior Director
Yasmine earned a Masters degree from HEC Paris Grande Ecole and a Masters of Law from University Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne. She also completed Summer School in Cambridge in art history and evening lectures in Ecole du Louvre. Yasmine currently works as a Junior Associate for Mc Kinsey & Co, Casablanca. She is passionate about arts and entrepreneurship.
Celine Mersh
Senior Director
Celine earned a Masters in human rights and democratization from UC Dublin and a Masters in international law from University Pantheon-Assas. She currently works as an Advisor for the World Bank in Washington DC. Passionate about African art, culture and history, she is interested in supporting new talents.
Claude Grunitzky
Board Member
Claude Grunitzky is a journalist, editor and entrepreneur. A graduate of the University of London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is editor-in-chief of the lifestyle publication TRACE, an international fashion and music title, and a co-founder of the TRACE TV network. He runs TRUE, a content agency, and is often involved in organizing international cultural exhibitions and events.
Eric Kacou
Board Member
Eric Kacou is co-founder and CEO of ESPartners. Eric also co-founded the Academy of Leadership in Competitiveness and Prosperity (ALCP), a Rwanda-based program for young leaders. Prior to being a Mason Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Eric earned his MBA at the Wharton School. Eric was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and is also an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow.
Karim Sy
Board Member
Former student of the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Karim is an entrepreneur and digital activist. He is the founder and chief catalyst of Jokkolabs, a network of co-working spaces throughout West Africa. Karim is a founding member and executive of OPTIC, the main IT organization of Senegal and is a member of the Council -Trade Point Foundation Senegal. He was elected Ashoka Fellow in 2012.
Mareme Malong
Board Member
Mareme Malong is the Founder, former Chairperson and now member of the Board of Mawal Group, a leading marketing communications agency in French West and Central Africa. Mareme is also the Founder of the MAM Gallery, one of the premier art galleries in Cameroon. Mareme is honorary Consul of Senegal in Cameroon.

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