A son of Accra, Ghana, three-time Emmy-nominated speaker, entrepreneur & producer, Derrick N. Ashong (DNA), is the founder of Take Back the Media (TBTM), a 21st-Century Tech-Driven Studio targeting the Global South and Diaspora. He has spoken at the United Nations, MIT, Harvard, Wharton, and Stanford Business Schools, the London School of Economics, and UK Parliament of issues of Tech, Climate & Social Equity, alongside world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, and Steve Wozniak Derrick has pioneered multi-platform interactive content production for global audiences, working with Oprah, Spielberg, ABC/Disney and Al Jazeera; and is the creator of The Mic: Africa, which has won 7 major international awards opposite the biggest companies in Media & Entertainment. His TBTM Interactive Festival was recently nominated for a Webby Award. Derrick created the blockchain-based TBTM entertainment platform to reward fans and creators with a digital reward token
called, Kola, that helps bank the unbanked with partners like Mastercard.