After running a successful startup, Akoni has worked in the areas of data engineering, data science, and systems engineering in the telecom industry, and the cannabis sector leading data for Baker Technologies. Recently, Akoni was the Chief Technology Officer for Realm of Caring, a nonprofit in cannabinoid education and research helping over 55,000 families world-wide through observational data. Akoni grew up in New Orleans, LA and studied Computer Engineering at the University of South Florida. Throughout his life, he’s been fascinated with how the human brain works and how we can improve experience through the use of medicines, science, and technology.
Why are you passionate about psychedelic-assisted healing?
For me, it’s all about helping people bridge the gap between the mental pains they suffer through in their lives and the state of true happiness that’s within all of us. I know, without any doubt, that psychedelic healing is one of the best tools to reach the ultimate level of compassion and happiness in life and I’m here to help prove its medical efficacy.
What do you believe is your gift to the universe?
I use the gifts given to me and talents I’ve learned along the way to help others on their journeys.
Anything else interesting you’d like to share?
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
— Steve Jobs
It’s so rewarding to work with a team of like-minded people that share my passion for helping others. It’s been my dream to work in a space where I can do the maximum amount of good without compromising personal values.