Jeremy Johnson is the CEO and co-founder of Andela, a company that recruits the most talented software engineers on the African continent and pairs them with global tech companies as full-time, distributed team members. Founded on the premise that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela has built one of the most selective engineering institutions in the world, with headquarters in Lagos, Nairobi and NYC. In the past two years, the company has grown into a full-blown movement around elite technical talent in Africa and has placed developers with companies including Google, Facebook and IBM.
Prior to founding Andela, Jeremy co-founded 2U, one of the fastest growing education technology startups to date. 2U went public in 2014 (NASDAQ:TWOU) and continues to transform higher education by delivering the world’s best online degree programs with top tier universities.
Jeremy is recognized broadly for his work as an education innovator. He has spoken on education and entrepreneurship at meetings hosted by the White house and Congress. His speaking appearances include conferences and college campuses around the world as well as media outlets like NBC, ABC, FOX and CNBC. Jeremy was named “30 Under 30” by Inc. Magazine in 2012 and Forbes in 2013 and 2014.
Outside of Andela, Jeremy serves on the board of the Young Entrepreneur Council and the education non-profit PENCIL. He also co-authored a book for the World Economic Forum: Education & Skills 2.0: New Targets & Innovative Approaches.