Yobie Benjamin is a successful entrepreneur, futurist, speaker, and an internationally recognized expert on unleashing innovation and creating hyper-growth. He advises leaders on how to thrive in today’s digital era of disruptive technological change.
He was named a 2015 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for his technology achievements in virtual reality and is an active member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network. Two companies that he co-founded won a 2014 CNN Top 10 Technology Products awards - Avegant Glyph and Skully Systems AR1 Helmet.
Currently, Yobie serves as Innovation Fellow at 4iNNO, working on product innovation with multinational corporations. He is also the founder and CTO Emeritus of Token.io, providing software to banks that enables them to issue a new payment type designed specifically for use in the digital era. Additionally, he is a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Faster Payments Task Force and senior advisor to several startups in the technology, blockchain and synthetic biology space.
He is the former Global Chief Technology Officer for Citibank's Global Transaction Services (GTS). Citi GTS is responsible for global money flows of $3 trillion to $9 trillion per day. He also served as Chairman of Citi’s Research Development Innovation & Learning Center. Yobie was also a Partner and Chief of Global Strategy at Ernst & Young and a Partner and Managing Director for Computer Sciences Corporation responsible for CSC’s Business and Technology Risk Management division. He is also former chair for a civilian volunteer group NASA AMES Collaboration Labs where he held this position for 10 years.
He is currently writing a book, Tribes of the Valley chronicling the different power tribes and groups in Silicon Valley. It is due for publication in Q2 of 2019.