Okezue Bell is a Nigerian-American student and STEM inventor. He has conducted intersectional neuroscience research in genetics, signal processing, and neurology at Harvard Medical School, the MIT Media Lab, and the Boston Children's Hospital. From this research, he created the WeArm, a prosthetic arm for below-the-elbow amputees costing under $400, which has reached over 4,000 individuals. Bell also founded Fidutam, a SIM-based microfinancing application for unbanked, low-infrastructure communities, which has resulted in over $400,000 in financial runway being provided to thousands of families.
Bell organizes educational initiatives for underprivileged students across the globe, providing them with workshops, books, technology, appliances, and utilities. With support from the United Nations as a UNA-USA Global Goals Ambassador, World Economic Forum, and more, Okezue has reached over 75,000 students across 80 countries, and provided $3.5 million in value to the vulnerable and activated over 120,000 students, teachers, and other professionals to volunteer action. Bell also works with global sustainability brands, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, H&M, Evolvetogether, and more, to help scale their work to Generation Z demographics. His op-eds on several media platforms and his personal blog have reached over 500,000 active readers. He was also one of the authors of Modern Meat, the first cellular agriculture textbook.
Okezue's work has been spotlighted in Bloomberg, Marketplace, ABC, WFMZ, Yahoo News/Finance, Forbes, the NASDAQ, Business and Market Insider, NPR, and more. He has spoken worldwide, including at UNGA, Web Summit, Climate Week NYC, COP27, and WorldSummitAI. He has been honored by Congresswoman Susan Wild, Governor Tom Wolf, and Vice President Kamala Harris, and is supported by several organizations, including Google, Softbank, the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation, the Cutler-Bell Prize, Taco Bell Foundation, Prudential Financial, and more. In 2023, Okezue was named a Global AI Ambassador by SwissCognitive, where he represents over 1.5 million people.