Wilfrid Obeng joined the Amos Bursary in 2011 as a rather shy and quiet young man. Born and raised in London, he saw technology as an escape from his surroundings; a way to express his creative freedom beyond the concrete walls of his council flat. He says at the age of six, along with his brothers, he sought to understand technology by deconstructing and successfully re-constructing their only computer. Fast forward some time and after graduating with an upper first-class degree in Computer Science, Wilfrid, now a talented coder and software engineer, served roles at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Bloomberg. He also stood as Programmatic Account Strategist at Google, seeing him provide Amazon, Intercontinental, and Hilton with technical consulting on advertising campaigns. He was promoted twice before leaving to pursue his own entrepreneurial venture.
He has, from day one, been an advocate of the Bursary and its impact on young people’s lives. He has represented the charity as a student ambassador, presenting its mission to school audiences and was responsible for building and maintaining the website and database for many years. To date, he still actively consults on the Bursary’s technology and social media strategy. “The Amos Bursary is an amazing support network and in my time as a scholar, I grew in confidence and self-awareness. It has opened so many doors for me, it has changed my life and I am eternally grateful.”
His passion and insight when it comes to the discussion of technology are unrivalled, and his distinct perspectives are always fascinating. He strives to make the technology industry more inclusive and achieves this by engaging diverse communities using talks and workshops on his career and the power of entrepreneurship at Google, TikTok, Business Launchpad and the House of Lords.
He warmly states “The person that inspires me most is my uncle Jonathon Appiagyei. He received a Scholarship to travel from Ghana to Oregon University in the United States of America. Knowing no one he studied diligently and ultimately worked at Nasa developing heat shields for the space probes.”
Wilfrid is currently Co-Founder and CTO at AudioMob, where he sets the technical vision for the company and manages the entire engineering team. AudioMob recently closed $14m in funding from investors such as Google, Makers Fund and Lightspeed Venture Partners and the company, now valued at $119m has had it’s work and achievements featured in Billboard, Techcrunch, Forbes and Business Insider.