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Gossy Ukanwoke


Gossy is a Higher Education Investor, supporting access to Learning and Education for young people in under-served communities. He has worked with African governments on the development of policies to assist in creating better access, quality and relevance of learning in higher education institutions.

Through BAU R&D, he founded Beni American University and BAU Executive Education. His investments in African universities are guided on the principle of transforming learning and institutions that will grow future leaders of the continent. BAU R&D has completed investments in two Nigerian traditional universities and is poised to grow its portfolio of institutions across Africa.

Gossy was named as one of the only six global Accelerating Entrepreneurs by the advisory firm Ernst and Young in June 2015, recognizing the work he has done in education and human capital development on the African continent. In March 2016, He was a finalist on the Young CEO of the Year 2016 award by the Africa CEO Forum.

As an advisor to a number of young entrepreneurs, startups and businesses, he has successfully helped to develop businesses that are providing real solutions to problems being faced daily on the continent across a broad range of sectors including: Power, Education, Civil Service, Infrastructure Development and Manufacturing. He also regularly speaks at African Union Commission Sessions on Youth and Women Empowerment.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the American University of Cyprus with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems.


Project of Gossy Ukanwoke

BAU R&D builds and manages next generation African universities driving access to quality and relevant higher education. BAU R&D manages institutional growth, implements the BAU Framework, drives curriculum development and implementation, and creates opportunities for students and graduates.

In partnership with Africa’s private and public sectors, BAU R&D develops learning programs that address Africa’s unique needs, equipping students through these partnerships to tackle the future challenges of the continent.