Ben Onukwube was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas by Nigerian immigrant parents. His hustle began early at Catholic High School for Boys where he worked as a student janitor to help cover the cost of his tuition in addition to scholarships. He went on to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville under a full academic scholarship through the ECAP program which supports underrepresented students interested in pursuing an engineering degree. Throughout his college career, Ben worked as an admissions ambassador and spent his summers interning for IBM, Walmart, and ConocoPhillips. Ben graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer engineering in 2011. He then began his career with ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville, Oklahoma where he worked as an SAP Developer and eventually led the technology organization's intern program, recruitment, and University partnerships. In 2017, he moved to Medellín, Colombia to work for his alma mater leading the recruitment strategy of masters and Ph.D. candidates from Latin America. In 2018, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to pursue his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business
He was heavily involved with student leadership and served on the executive board for the Wharton Graduate Association as the Executive Vice President of Student Leadership and Engagement. He interned with Procter & Gamble as brand manager but accepted a fulltime role after graduation with DaVita Kidney Care. Ben graduated from Wharton in 2020 and now resides In Houston, Texas where he works as a Director of Operations for DaVita.
Ben is married to his high school sweetheart, Mirelle. Together they have a oneyearold daughter, Gabrielle. In addition to his career obligations, Ben is a founder of Swift Youth, a nonprofit which leads STEM programming for underserved youth. He is also a founding member of Vessel Investment Partners, LLC. Ben is an avid basketball fan and player and also enjoys recreational boxing. In his spare time, you will find Ben reading selfenhancement books centered on leadership development and lifestyle design, experimenting in the kitchen, and spending time with his family and friends. In addition, Ben is an active volunteer, mentoring students and young professionals at various points in their early careers. He also remains very active as an alumnus of Wharton and the University of Arkansas.
Ben Onukwube was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas by Nigerian immigrant parents. His hustle began early at Catholic High School for Boys where he worked as a student janitor to help cover