Debola Deji-Kurunmi, fondly called DDK, is the President/ Founder at Deborah Initiative for Women, a non-denominational Christian ministry equipping women to live for Christ and further the Kingdom Agenda. She is the Executive Director at Ideation Hub Africa, an accelerator for Africa’s social innovators, change makers and development entrepreneurs.
She is also Founder/ CEO at IMMERSE Coaching Company, an online personal transformation bootcamp helping women launch a higher version of themselves. IMMERSE has graduated over 2, 500 women across 9 countries from its suite of Programs since 2014.
A World Bank Project Facilitator, Certified Workplace Personality Profile Analyst and Job Evaluation Analyst with the prestigious Thomas International, her corporate career spans academic research, learning and development, management consulting and social sector advisory in organizations including Human Capacity Development Consultants, Phillips Consulting and RegCharles Foundation.
For her exemplary leadership and vision of elevating Africa’s prosperity, she was awarded a 2014 New Leader for Tomorrow in the order of business, government and parliaments at Crans Montana Forum in Geneva; an award conferred on her before several Presidents and world leaders. For two years in a row, she has been selected to serve as a Mentor on the Queen’s Young Leader UK Program, an award by the Queen of England which celebrates exceptional young leaders across the Commonwealth.
She is a 2012 Girl Child Ambassador, 2013 Coca-Cola Scholar at Pan Atlantic University, 2014 GAME Champion of Change, 2015 Amani Ambassador, 2016 and 2017 Queen Young Leaders’ Program UK Mentor, and currently sit as a Youth Representative at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.
Debola is joyfully married to Ayodeji, and together, they are raising Generals for God’s glory.
In the last 13 years, she has worked at the heart of her life’s assignment, actively supporting young women to pursue their God-ordained purpose through mentoring, coaching and leadership. An author of 14 books, including the very beloved “Kingdom of Words”, she desires to light a burning fire across generations and turn hearts in the direction of their divine destiny, through her books.
At Deborah Initiative for Women, she leads God’s daughters to pray with passion, grow towards greatness and move with urgency for the high calling in Christ Jesus. Since 2010, the outreach has grown into four cities in Nigeria and five countries of the world with a strong partnership of godly women raising other women for God’s Kingdom Agenda!
In 2014, she started IMMERSE Coaching Company for women seeking self-discovery, life definition and personal growth. The Company has graduated 2, 500+ women across nine countries from its suite of online Personal Transformation Programs, including the flagship IMMERSE 30-Day Transformation Challenge as well as the uncommon sense conference for women – Acceleration Campus! This year, the Company awarded and honoured the Support Coaches in its Network, which has grown to over 30 exceptional Coaches since January 2017.
On the strength of her belief that Africa’s future and emerging prosperity will be spurred by active citizens and social innovators; she founded IDEATION HUB AFRICA, which provides executive education, enterprise advisory and mentorship for NGOs, Social Entrepreneurs and Changemakers as well as hosts Development Dialogue – Nigeria’s foremost thought-leadership conference for the third sector.
Through the BIG WHY PROJECT, Debola has curated Nigeria’s first online documentary for its finest change-makers, to showcase the extraordinary work of thinkers, doers, influencers, advocates and visionaries for social good, working within our development landscape and creating tomorrow today.