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Joy Ekuta

Co-Founder, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer


Joy Ekuta is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Operations Officer at Retrospect, a Black-owned creative strategy, design, and research company that builds culture-forward experiences for evolving, globally-mindful brands. Having supported companies at their earliest stages to more established teams such as Spotify & Amazon, Retrospect works with brands to align their ethos to commercial and cultural impact.

As a previous Researcher and Operations Leader in the tech industry, Joy is passionate about working in spaces that sit at the intersection of people, technology, and culture. An MIT Alum, she previously founded Hostowambe, an end-to-end marketplace to hire affordable party planners. Prior to that, she spent time in Program Management at Pinterest and Two Sigma, and as a Recruiting leader at early stage startups Humu and Exos Financial. Outside of work, she also co-founded ImpactLabs, a non-profit organization based in Nigeria that teaches hands-on engineering skills to high school and early college students.

She resides in Washington, DC and enjoys cooking, dancing, and traveling in her free time.

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