Nyika Allen is the President & CEO of the New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC). She is passionate about technology, startups, women's issues and the economic health of New Mexico. Along with her position at the NMTC, she is the ‘Tech Expert’ on Fox New Mexico, President of Nyika Media (www.nyika.tv), Co-Organizer of Girl Develop It ABQ, Vice Chair of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry’s Entrepreneurship Committee and a 2015 TEDxABQ main event speaker. She holds a BBA in International Management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico and the UNM Honors Program. Nyika graduated magna cum laude with both university and scholastic achievement honors and a special international designation. Ms. Allen has both worked, studied and traveled to over 19 different countries. She is currently a UNM Anderson Alumni Council board member, UNM Economic Development Forum member, an Ex-Officio Board Member for Albuquerque Economic Development, a Kirtland Airforce Base Honorary Commander, Chair of the Board for startup company Civnet and was recently recognized as an Albuquerque Business First's 2016 Women of Influence honoree, a 40 Under 40 honoree and the most influential 40 under 40 for the class of 2016.