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Derrick Ashong
CEO at


Derrick N Ashong (DNA) is the CEO of He made it from a house with no running water in Accra, Ghana to the Ivory Tower of Harvard, which he attended first as an undergraduate, then as a Ph.D. student researching how Open Source software concepts could influence the content industries. He has spoken on 5 continents, including for UK Parliament, the United Nations, and Stanford and Harvard Business Schools on issues of Tech and Society. He's been a TED Fellow, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and consulted for Fortune 500 companies in Media and Mobile. An Emmy-nominated TV host and producer, he has been a pioneer in producing multi-platform interactive content. He has also acted in a Spielberg film, hosted his own radio show for Oprah, been featured by Johnnie Walker as a Master Communicator.

Agenda Sessions

  • Entrepreneurship as an engine for economic growth