- Chief Innovation Officer, Infinite Impact, Nigeria
David Lanre Messan also known as DLM is a business, social innovator and Idea Strategist with interests in enterprise strategy, music and fashion. He is a specialist in creating commercial, social impact and market activation ideas. Over the years he has developed ideas that have become profitable ventures for over 100 active young entrepreneurs in Nigeria employing about 500 staff and raising over $5,000,000 in start-up capital to aid their business growth. DLM is an investor with Infinite Impact Limited, an ideas company and venture capital firm with interest in high growth start-ups and ideas; the founding partner of tech startup, Yaggy Energie.com, a social employment platform that enables a young person to learn, earn, work, save and shop addressing unemployment issues through enterprise activations while fostering a financially inclusive youth community. He is also the CEO of Starbox Entertainment, a market activation and management company for new entry entertainers and celebrity endorsed products. He is the creator of the Krosh Fashion-line, a statement driven clothing idea targeting the upwardly mobile market using music and volleyball as a buying strategy. He is a recipient of several international and local awards for his entrepreneurial and social pursuits which includes World Bank 100 Best Author 2006 International Essay Competition, LEAP/Nokia Youth Leadership Awards 2008 and African Business Leaders Forum 101 Young African Leaders 2007 and has been a pioneer member of the World Economic Forum since 2011 as a contributor and a global shaper where he has served in different capacities locally and globally and is currently the 2015/2016 Curator of the Lagos hub, Global Shapers Community. DLM serves as a mentor on several platforms which cut across the public, private and third sectors where he assists young entrepreneurs on starting and building sustainable enterprises. He is a keen lover of art, music and fashion as a result, directly manages two prolific, talented and crowd pulling females, an artiste and a model, known as MAKA and Neema respectively.