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Simi Nwogugu – Nigerian Star, December 2019
January 25, 2022

Simi Nwogugu
Simi Nwogugu

Simi Nwogugu is the executive director of Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Nwogugu started her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs after studying economics and English at Mount Holyoke College. She brought Junior Achievement to Nigeria in 1999, after she served as a volunteer in New York and realized that entrepreneurial training programs were exactly what the large unemployed youth population in Nigeria needed. After setting up and running JAN for three years, she left the organization to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School. After a decade of entrepreneurship, Nwogugu returned to her role as executive director of JAN in 2016, to help the organization expand its economic empowerment programs to help young people in the North, especially those displaced by the Boko Haram crisis. To date, Junior Achievement Nigeria has improved the lives of over 900,000 young Nigerians throughout all parts of the country, empowering them and preparing them for economic success and social responsibility.