JR Kanu

JR’s career as a design coach began at Stanford where he led organisations to implement design thinking methodology in their product creation and problem solving strategies. He has worked with Victoria’s Secret, Ireland Davenport, African Leadership Network Ventures as well as the Stanford Africa Business Forum. Prior to Stanford, JR worked with the United Nations across Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Haiti. He was also a writer at Black Enterprise and Esquire magazines.

JR holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Calvin College; a Master of Arts in Journalism from New York University; and an MBA from Stanford University. Before co-founding TDI Lagos, he managed payment innovation at Konga, where he used design thinking to create KongaPay.