Abasi Ene-Obong

Fortune’s 40 Under 40 List Features KGI Alum Abasi Ene-Obong

In September, Fortune announced its 40 Under 40 list to feature emerging leaders and influential people across five categories: finance, technology, healthcare, government and politics, and media and entertainment. KGI alum Abasi Ene-Obong was included in the healthcare category.

Fortune wrote:

“For too long, Africa has been left off the map of medical progress. Despite the continent’s vast population and its rich genetic diversity, medical research and drug development there have largely been limited to “helicopter science,” in which data and medical samples are ferried off for study in Western countries. Individuals of African ancestry account for less than 3% of those included in critical genome-wide association studies, which help determine links between given genes and disease. Ene-Obong, a Nigerian with a master’s in business and management as well as human molecular genetics, a Ph.D. in cancer biology, and experience working with health care organizations at home and in the U.S. and U.K., is working to change that with his pan-African biobank.”

To read the entire Fortune profile on Ene-Obong, click here. The entire 40 Under 40 list can be viewed here.

Ene-Obong also continues to give back to the KGI community. In the spring semester, Ene-Obong volunteered his time to “Zoombomb” a KGI class to provide words of encouragement for the 2020 graduating class.