Entrepreneur and Investment Partner at Trans-Sahara Investment Corporation
With extensive multidisciplinary technology and business leadership background, Ngozi Bell is an entrepreneur and investment partner at Trans-Sahara Investment Corporation, a private equity and business development consultant corporation based in the U.S. and West Africa.
Bell was a Regional Advocate appointee in President Barack Obama’s administration for the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, representing the mid-Atlantic states, advocating for small businesses and women-owned businesses.
Prior to the appointment, Bell was vice president of Birchmere Ventures in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an early state venture capital firm focused on clean and medical technologies with more than $160M under management. There, she worked to ensure that the opportunities to invest in diverse and women-led organizations were explored.
Prior to that, she was director at LSI Corp., and held senior management and technical roles in Agere Systems, Lucent Technologies, AT&T Micrioelectronics and R.W. Bec – more than 23 years of experience ranging from core technology development and support, marketing, corporate and business development, and mergers and acquisitions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Bell is on the board of STEM to Market (S2M – a member of AWIS: Association of Women in Science), where she mentors and guides women scientists and inventors in their entrepreneurial journey. Bell is also an associate board member of First Commonwealth Credit Union, a board member at LifeChurchLV, Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School and others.
Bell is also an adjunct professor of Physics, Business Law and Management, was featured on Voice America as an expert of Africa-US matters, numerous global conferences and TEDxLehigh-River, am dos the founder of Diaspora Bell, a media and information platform, and Entrepreneurship University with a curriculum-based life toolkit. Bell founded the Women’s History Month Conference to create a unique platform for women and girls to engage in every aspect of community.