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Chinezi Chijioke

Founder and CEO, Pioneer Academies

Chinezi ChijiokeChinezi Chijioke is a co-Founder & the CEO of Nova-Pioneer Education Group, a network of accessible 21st century private schools across Africa.  The mission of Nova-Pioneer to develop generations of innovators and leaders who will shape the Africa Century. Today Nova-Pioneer operates 4 schools in South Africa and Kenya, with a goal of operating 100 great schools over the next decade.

Chinezi started his career as a secondary school mathematics teacher, where he was nominated by his students to Who’s Who of American Teachers.  Prior to founding Nova-Pioneer, Chinezi led McKinsey & Company’s African Education Practice, and co-authored of McKinsey’s 2010 global education report, How the World’s Best School Systems Keep Getting Better. He currently serves on the Global Advisory Council of Teach For All.   A Nigerian, Chinezi lives in South Africa.

Chinezi holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours from Harvard University, and a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Education from Stanford University.”

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