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About WIMBIZ Conference


Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) is a non-profit organisation formed in 2001 by 14 individuals to be a platform for professional women whether they are in careers or running their own businesses. Over the last 18 years, we have implemented programs that seek to inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions both in the public and private sector.  

WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 768 accomplished women and more than 9,700 women on its database. We regularly collaborate with credible local and multinational organisations to deliver programs, which have, reached more than 107,465 women. Our vision is to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building. Our mission is to inspire and empower women to attain leadership positions in business, management and public service. 
 

The Annual Conference is WIMBIZ's flagship event which holds November of every year and is attended by over 1500 women from all over the world to discuss a broad range of issues centered around a cutting edge theme that is topical and relevant to women in the business, corporate, public and development sectors.


The Conference themes over the years have been:

YearTheme
2018 Unstoppable You: Reinvent & Reinvigorate!
2017 The Future is Here!
2016 The Next Frontier...New Landscape, New Possibilities!
2015 Leadership... Step Up & Stand Out!
2014 Nigeria Rising.. Accelerating Transformation
2013 The New Economy... Are you Plugged In?
2012 Workplace, Wellbeing & Wealth; Women Working & Winning
2011 The Catalyst
2009 Impact your world
2008 Change The Game and Make A Difference
2007 Women Powering The Economy Towards Vision 2020
2006 Women In Leadership
2005 Women As Agents of Change-Business, Government & The Political System
2004 Crossroads, What Next?
2003 Getting There, Staying There

About Wimbiz conference
Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) is a non-profit organisation formed in 2001 by 14 individuals to be a platform for professional women whether they are in careers or running their own businesses. Over the last 18 years, we have implemented programs that seek to inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions both in the public and private sector.  

WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 768 accomplished women and more than 9,700 women on its database. We regularly collaborate with credible local and multinational organisations to deliver programs, which have, reached more than 107,465 women. Our vision is to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building. Our mission is to inspire and empower women to attain leadership positions in business, management and public service. 
 

The Annual Conference is WIMBIZ's flagship event which holds November of every year and is attended by over 1500 women from all over the world to discuss a broad range of issues centered around a cutting edge theme that is topical and relevant to women in the business, corporate, public and development sectors.


The Conference themes over the years have been:

YearTheme
2018 Unstoppable You: Reinvent & Reinvigorate!
2017 The Future is Here!
2016 The Next Frontier...New Landscape, New Possibilities!
2015 Leadership... Step Up & Stand Out!
2014 Nigeria Rising.. Accelerating Transformation
2013 The New Economy... Are you Plugged In?
2012 Workplace, Wellbeing & Wealth; Women Working & Winning
2011 The Catalyst
2009 Impact your world
2008 Change The Game and Make A Difference
2007 Women Powering The Economy Towards Vision 2020
2006 Women In Leadership
2005 Women As Agents of Change-Business, Government & The Political System
2004 Crossroads, What Next?
2003 Getting There, Staying There
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X The Conference will attract over 50 speakers who will build on the successes of previous Conferences and push the envelope by challenging women to break stereotypes and brave uncharted territories in emerging markets.




AFTER PARTY & SIDE EVENTS


Press Conference

The Press Conference is aimed to adequately inform the media on the objective about the WIMBIZ 18th Annual Conference.

WIMBIZ Annual Conference 2019 Press Conference scheduled to hold as follows:

  • Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Venue: 200B, Isale Eko Avenue, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos
  • Time: 9 am

  • Networking Breakfast

    The Networking Breakfast is an event which attracts approximately 200 women, giving them the opportunity to meet and connect with others in the business, corporate and public-sector community as well as provide a platform for developing one’s elevator pitch.
    Objective

  • To meet as many top female executives paving the way in Nigeria in one hour.
  • To make as many personal and business contacts that are relevant/relative and can share experience and give sound business advice.
  • The Networking Breakfast is only open to delegates attending the Conference. To register, visit www.wimbiz.org/registration-2 and follow the steps

    DATE: Thursday, November 7, 2019 ∣ TIME: 7am ∣ FEE: N12,000

    VENUE: Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos

    Zumba Fitness Dance

  • Stand a chance to win a free ticket to the WIMBIZ 18th Annual Conference!!!!
  • How? Simply participate in the WIMBIZ Zumba 2019 fitness event as scheduled to hold in the locations near you. It is one event in two locations on the same day, so do not miss this opportunity!
  • Island Venue:
  • Palms Shopping Mall, 1 Bisway St, Maroko, Lekki, Lagos
  • Mainland Venue:
  • Ikeja City Mall, 194, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos
  • Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
    Time: 7:00am - 9:00am
    Registration starts at 6:30am
    That's not all! You can also register and pay for the conference at an early bird discounted rate of N55,000 by simply attending the Zumba class. There's more! Participation is absolutely FREE. All you need to do is register by click the button below.
    Excited? Don't do this Zumba alone, make sure you tag along with a friend. For further enquiries call +2348035946249
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    Speakers


    • Hon. Justice Rose Ukeje, OFR

      Former Chief Judge, Federal High Court of Nigeria (Conference Chairperson)

      H.E. Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

      First Lady, Ekiti State (Keynote Speaker 1)

      Fred Swaniker

      Founder & CEO, African Leadership Group (Keynote Speaker 2)

    • Bola Adesola

      Senior Vice-Chairman Africa, Standard Chartered Bank

      Oyeyimika Adeboye

      Managing Director, Cadbury Nigeria Plc Cluster Director, Mondelēz International West Africa

      Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello

      Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU)

    • Claire Pierangelo

      Consul General, U.S. Consulate

      Gill Atkinson

      British Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission

      Abimbola Ogunbanjo

      Chairman, Nigerian Stock Exchange

    • Dr Amy Jadesimi

      CEO, LADOL

      Uju Ifejika

      CEO, Brittania-U Nigeria Limited

      Asue Ighodalo

      Founding Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo

    • Danladi Verheijen

      Co-Founder & CEO, Verod Capital

      Folake Adeniyi-Adeleye

      Regional HR Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oracle; Founder & Executive Coach, Coachivate

      Esther Akinnukawe

      Chief Human Resource Officer, MTN Nigeria

    • Olatowun Candide-Johnson

      Founder & CEO, GAIA Women Club.

      Godrey Ogbechie

      Executive Director, Rainoil Limited

      Onyeche Tifase

      MD/CEO, Siemens Limited Nigeria

    • Olugbenga Afolabi

      CEO, Hazon Holdings

      Kolawole Adeniyi

      Marketing Manager, Fan Milk Nigeria

      Girish Sharma

      CEO, Colgate Tolaram LFTZ Enterprise; COO-Marketing, Tolaram Group

    • Bimbola Wright

      Head, Coverage & Corporate Banking Group, FBNQuest Merchant Bank

      Olaleye Adebiyi

      Country Managing Partner, Andersen Tax Nigeria

      Kemi Adewole

      CEO, Protiquette Consults

    • Temitope Iluyemi

      Director, Global Government Relations for Africa, P&G

      Temilola Adepetun

      CEO, School Kits Limited

      Tola Odeyemi

      Head, Public Policy for West Africa, Uber Technologies

    • Audrey Joe-Ezigbo

      Co-Founder, Falcon Corporation Limited

      Goke & Bimbo Balogun

      Founders, So Fresh

      Folusho & Shade Ogunleye

      Founder, The Ice Cream Factory and Yin Yang Express

    • Rolu Adebola

      CEO, CFS West Africa Limited

      Babajide Ogunsanwo

      Founder, The Factbox

      Elo Umeh

      Founder and CEO, Terragon Group

    • Bunmi Adeniba

      Unilever HomeCare Marketing Director, Ghana & Nigeria

      Osayi Alile

      Chief Executive Officer, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation

      Toun Okewale Sonaiya

      CEO & Co-Founder, Women Radio 91.7 FM

    • Samke Mhlongo

      Founder & Chief Executive, The Next Chapter Wealth Partners

      Sanyade Okoli

      CEO, Alpha African Advisory Limited

      Kai Orga

      Managing Director, ARM Investment Managers

    • Funmi Oyetunji

      Chief Executive, AbiTos Financial Services Limited

      Ronke Sokefun

      Chairman of the Board, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)

      Ngozi Okonkwo

      Chief Legal Officer, Oando PLC

    • Dr. Kemi DaSilva-Ibru

      Founder, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF)

      Hauwa Ojeifo

      Executive Director, She Writes Woman (SWW)

      Edujie Macaulay

      Gas Operations Analyst, Seplat Petroleum

    • Dr Adeoye Adefulu

      Partner, Odujinrin & Adefulu

      Olufunke Adekoya SAN

      Partner, ǼLEX

      Theophilus Emuwa

      Managing Partner & Head, Corporate and Commercial Practice Group, AELEX

    • Akinola & Oluwatoyin Olatunji-Daniel

      Founders, Eventecture

      Laila Johnson-Salami

      Journalist, Arise TV Ltd

      Hon. (Dr.) Aishatu Jibril Dukku

      4th Term Serving Hon. Member & Former Minister of Education

    • Barr. Ebere Ifendu

      President, Women in Politics Forum, WIPF

      Tokunboh George-Taylor

      Managing Director, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Nigeria

      Oyeyemi Aderibigbe

      Senior Associate, Templars

    • Dr. Sade Adeyi

      Physician Partner, Brookside Medical Practice

      Kemi Onabanjo-Joseph

      Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

      Nyma Akashat-Zibiri

      Co-Host, The View, TVC

    • Nyma Akashat-Zibiri

      Founding Partner, Cynosure Practice Barristers and Solicitors; Co-Host, Your View, TVC

      Aderonke Adebanjo

      Marketing & Communications Manager, Prime Atlantic

      Bankole Williams

      Founder & Principal consultant, LYD Consulting

    • Chizoba Michelle Okpala

      Managing Director & Head Mixiologist of Elles Icebox; Author, The Elles Icebox Cocktail Guide.

    Hon. Justice Rose Ukeje, OFR
    Former Chief Judge, Federal High Court of Nigeria (Conference Chairperson)
    The Hon Justice Rose Ukeje, OFR, FNLS, was born in Zaria, now Kaduna State, where her father was plying his produce trade of Cotton and Groundnut at that time.   After her primary school education at the Ibo Union School, Kano, and her secondary education at Queen's School, Enugu, she proceeded to the University of Nigeria NSUKKA, to study Law, and then to the Nigerian Law School for her professional training and Call to the Bar.  She practised briefly in the Law firm of A. Obi Okoye and Co at Enugu.  The family then moved to Zambia and after working briefly at the Ministry of Legal Affairs in Zambia as a Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions, the family returned to Nigeria in 1973, and she joined the Federal Ministry of Justice as a State Counsel and worked there for 13 years, all in the Legislative Drafting Department. So it was that in her early years of practice, her tools of trade were words and phrases, all aimed at capturing the intent and objective of legislation and, where need be the intendment of the Legislature, often relying on established judicial interpretation.   On the 11th November 1986, she was elevated to the Federal High Court of Nigeria Bench. She served as a Judge for 25years until the 24th of October, 2001, when she was again appointed as the Chief Judge of the Court; the first female Chief Judge to be so appointed.   As the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, she was a Constitutional Member of all the Bodies of the Judicial High Command namely: The Federal Judicial Service Commission; the National Judicial Council; the National Judicial Institute; the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, and the Body of Benchers. She combined the demands of those Bodies with the arduous functions of the office of the Chief Judge.   At the International level, she served as a member of the First Committee of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Representing Nigeria, for a period of 8 years, (two terms of 4 years each) and also served as the Vice-President, Africa Region, at the 8th Session. She was elected as International Director, International Association of Women Judges, based in Washington. Also, she attended three of the four United Nations World Conferences on Women; viz:-
    1. 2nd World Conference on Women, Copenhagen, 1980, which recognised the gap between the rights for girls and the ability to exercise those rights.
    2. The Third World Conference on Women, Nairobi, 1985, which set out areas by which progress in women’s equality could be measured, that is, Constitutional and Legal measures.
    3. The Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995. Delegates prepared a declaration and platform for action aimed at achieving greater equality and opportunity for women.
      She is a member of the World Jurists Association. She was elected as a Judge of the Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal, London (2009-2013).   Hon Justice Ukeje was appointed a member of the National Peace Committee, and still served in that committee. She was also inducted into the Hall of Fame of Nigerian Women, which is domiciled in the Nigerian Women's Center, Abuja.   She was conferred with the National Honour of the "Order of the Federal Republic" (OFR), in 2006, and with the Fellowship of the Nigerian Law School (FNLS) that same year. She is the author of two Books: - “The Nigeria Judicial Lexicon” and the second Book, “Intrinsic and Extrinsic Aids to the Interpretation of the Constitution, Statutes and Private Documents”. Justice Ukeje has delivered several judgments, papers and lectures at public fora.   She is still writing and Reading!!  
    H.E. Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi
    First Lady, Ekiti State (Keynote Speaker 1)
    Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a Feminist Activist, Gender and Development Specialist, Social Entrepreneur, Policy Advocate, and Writer. She has a BA (1984) and MA (1988) in History from the University of Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University). She also received an MA in Gender and Society (1992) from Middlesex University, UK.   She served as the Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international development organisation for African women based in London, UK, with an Africa regional office in Kampala, Uganda, from 1991-2001. While she was the Director of AMwA, she established the African Women's Leadership Institute (AWLI), a training and networking forum for young African women. The leadership institute she developed has become such a powerful legacy that today, the AWLI has trained over 6,000 women across Africa, and most of these women are now in senior decision-making positions as Vice-President, Ministers, Members of Parliaments, academics, civil society leaders and employees of international organisations.   She co-founded the African Women's Development Fund, (AWDF) - the first Africa-wide grant-making foundation for women based in Ghana, and served as the first Executive Director from 2001-2010. She is currently Principal Partner, Amandla Consulting, specializing in leadership development for women, and she runs an online community called Abovewhispers.com. She was until recently, a UN Women Nigeria Senior Advisor, and is currently a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Africa Leadership Center, King’s College, London. Erelu Fayemi has a PhD in Sociology (Honoris Causa) from the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) in Ogun State.   During the 1st term of Dr Kayode Fayemi as Governor of Ekiti State, Nigeria, (2010-2014), Erelu Fayemi was actively involved in a range of policy advocacy, grassroots empowerment and social inclusion programs in Ekiti State. She led the campaign to enact a Gender Based Violence Prohibition Law (2011, revised in October 2019) an Equal Opportunities Bill (2013) and a HIV Anti-Stigma Bill (2014). Mrs Fayemi continues to work on the implementation and sustainability of these initiatives as First Lady of Ekiti State for the second time.   Erelu Fayemi is the author of ‘Speaking for Myself’: Perspectives on Social, Political and Feminist Activism in Africa (2013), Speaking above a Whisper’, (2013) an autobiography and ‘Loud Whispers’ (2017). She also co-edited ‘Voice, Power and Soul’, with Jessica Horn (2008) a compilation of images and stories of African Feminists.
    Fred Swaniker
    Founder & CEO, African Leadership Group (Keynote Speaker 2)
    Fred Swaniker is on a mission to bring better leadership to Africa and the world. He is the founder and CEO of the African Leadership Group – an ecosystem of organizations that are catalysing a new era of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders. Over the past 15 years, Fred has founded and led the pre-university African Leadership Academy, the African Leadership University, the African Leadership Network and ALX — a next-generation leadership development and talent sourcing platform. Collectively, these endeavours aim to transform Africa by developing 3 million African leaders by 2035. Fred previously worked as a McKinsey consultant in South Africa before earning an MBA from Stanford and becoming an entrepreneur. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; an Echoing Green Fellow; an Aspen Institute Fellow; was named one of Forbes Magazine’s “Top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa” in 2011; and most recently, was recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s most influential people of 2019. Fred holds honorary doctorate degrees from Macalester College, Middlebury College and Nelson Mandela University.
    Bola Adesola
    Senior Vice-Chairman Africa, Standard Chartered Bank
    Bola Adesola is the Senior Vice-Chairman, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank Limited, Nigeria, where she supports the execution of the Group’s strategic intent within the Africa region. This includes representing the bank on various boards in Africa; as well as leading as a Senior Banker on key relationships and transactions. She joined the SCB Group in 2011 as a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria, with additional coverage of West Africa. Prior to joining the Group, she was an Executive Director at First Bank of Nigeria Plc for 5 years, and prior to that Managing Director of Kakawa Discount House, Nigeria, for 7 years. She also worked in Citibank for 9 years in senior leadership roles in Nigeria and Tanzania. Bola Adesola has over 30 years banking experience and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School. She holds a Law degree from the University of Buckingham, UK and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. She also has extensive governance and boardroom experience. She is former Council Member and Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria. She has sat on and chaired key financial boards and driven market development agendas. Bola has received many distinguished awards over the course of her career. Bola Adesola was appointed to the United Nations Global Compact Board by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon in June 2015 and as Co Vice-Chair of the Board in February 2018. An innovative and visionary leader, a skilled communicator and team builder, she remains an exceptional mentor and motivator. Her overriding passion and purpose is to help others find their voice, and having found it, to move from effectiveness to greatness. In 2001, Bola co-founded Women in Management, Business and Public service (WIMBIZ), now Nigeria’s foremost and highly respected gender-oriented network for women, with global affiliations and currently serves on the WIMBIZ Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the IOD and of Women Corporate Directors. Bola is married and is the proud mother of twin girls. She does not ‘sweat the small stuff’, is an avid reader, extensively travelled, and an art enthusiast.
    Oyeyimika Adeboye
    Managing Director, Cadbury Nigeria Plc Cluster Director, Mondelēz International West Africa
    Oyeyimika joined the Board of Cadbury Nigeria Plc. as Finance and Strategy Director in November 2008. She was appointed as Managing Director of Cadbury Nigeria Plc on 1 April 2019 and Cluster Director of Mondelēz International West Africa on 1 July 2019. Oyeyimika is also a director on the Board of Cadbury Ghana Limited. Prior to joining the Mondelēz International group, Yimika was the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance of Nigerian Bottling Company Plc (NBC), the sole franchise bottler for Coca Cola in Nigeria. Her career in NBC spanned 13 years. Yimika worked for the Nigeria Accounting Practice of the erstwhile accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co from 1992-1994, and the United Kingdom Accounting Practice of Midgley Snelling & Co, Chartered Accountants, between 1986-1992, where she also trained as an articled clerk after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Social Studies from University College Cardiff, Wales in 1986. Yimika is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria. In August 2017, Yimika joined the board of Odutola Holdings Limited, a family owned group of companies. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Timothy Adeola Odutola Foundation, a family owned philanthropic foundation set up for the purpose of providing educational, industrial and technological development of Nigerian youths who may be unable to gain access to higher education. As part of her philanthropic work, Yimika currently sits on the board of YEO Foundation which provides various initiatives to empower less privileged women. She also contributes her time to partner with Handmaidens WiLS, a Christian NGO, which seeks to mentor and empower professional women along an ethical career path.
    Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello
    Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU)
    An astute academic, Professor Olatunji-Bello rose through the ranks from Assistant Lecturer (1988-1991), Lecturer II between 1991 and 1996, Lecturer I from 1996 to 1999, Senior Lecturer (1999 - 2005), Associate Professor between 2005 and October 1st 2007, all in the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, Idiaraba. She assumed duty as the First Professor of Physiology in Lagos State University College of Medicine on the 2nd of October, 2007 Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello has held several professional and administrative positions both at UNILAG and LASU. Until her election as the First female Deputy Vice Chancellor of LASU, she was the First substantive Head of the Department of Physiology, LASUCOM.  Currently she is the pioneer Director of the Directorate of Advancement LASUDA of the Lagos State University. Also, she has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Eko Konnect since 2009. She is the pioneer Editor in Chief of the LASU Journal of Health Sciences. Prof. Olatunji-Bello has obtained many academic fellowships and awards, she is a member of many professional bodies and she was the first female Second Vice President, Physiological Society of Nigeria, and currently its First female First Vice President. Physiological Society of Nigeria Prof Olatunji-Bello was Government representative on the Lagos State University (LASU) Governing Council, 2004 to October 2008. Currently, she is the Senate Representative on the Governing Council of LASU. Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello has graduated 4Ph.Ds and at least 30 MSc candidates while still supervising more Ph.D students. This distinguished scientist is known for her very brilliant academic work and she has about 50 publications to her credit; excluding papers she has read at both local and international conferences. She has also contributed chapters in some textbooks and e-learning materials. Prof. Yemi Olatunji-Bello is happily married to Tunji Bello, a journalist and lawyer, and the former Commissioner for the Environment, and currently the Secretary to Lagos State Government. They are blessed with children.
    Claire Pierangelo
    Consul General, U.S. Consulate
    Claire Pierangelo, a Minister Counsellor in the Senior Foreign Service, assumed her duties as Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria in August 2019.  She most recently served as the Acting Deputy Commandant of the National War College at the National Defense University, where she was the Senior State Department representative and an Assistant Professor of National Security Studies.  She previously served in a variety of senior leadership positions at the Department of State, including Director for Performance Evaluation for the U.S. Foreign Service, where she was responsible for implementing broad reforms to the evaluation and promotion systems and as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Mission to Vietnam.  Other overseas assignments include Principal Officer in Surabaya, Indonesia; Economic Counsellor in Vietnam where she helped negotiate the U.S. economic opening and WTO accession, Economic Officer in Rome, and Consular officer in London.  In Washington, she has served as Office Director for Central Europe; Deputy Director for European Regional Affairs; Director of Bilateral Investment at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Italy, OECD/EU, and Japan Trade desk officer.   She has also served as Foreign Policy advisor to the Chevron Overseas Petroleum Company on global energy issues. Ms. Pierangelo received her B.A. in European History from the University of California at Santa Cruz, her M.A. in International Studies and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), her M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and her M.S. in National Security Studies from the National War College.  She speaks Italian, French, Vietnamese, Indonesian and some Spanish and Haitian Creole.
    Gill Atkinson
    British Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission
    Gill Atkinson was appointed her Majesty’s Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria in Abuja in July 2019. Prior to this appointment, she was, for a short period, the acting Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh.   Gill Atkinson started her career as a civilian in the Ministry of Defense supporting Royal Air Force flying, before transferring to policy work, including Defense aspects of NATO and military operations in the Balkans. Gill then moved to the UK Delegation to NATO in Brussels initially on Defense issues and then leading on NATO-Russia relations. Gill transferred to the FCO in London, where she headed the East Africa Section, before moving to Europe Directorate focusing on bilateral relations with southern European nations. Time in Warsaw as Deputy Head of Mission was followed by a posting to Karachi, Pakistan and then two years leading a Department in the National Security Directorate.
    Abimbola Ogunbanjo
    Chairman, Nigerian Stock Exchange
    Abimbola Ogunbanjo joined the prestigious and renowned Law Firm of Chris Ogunbanjo & Co in 1990. He currently serves as the Firm’s Managing Partner. He has vast knowledge of an experience in commercial law, especially in Capital Markets, Shipping and Corporate/M&A’s. He has garnered considerable corporate finance transactional experience working with public and private institutions including rendering advice to a host of multinational corporations. He currently serves as the President of the Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Beta Glass Plc, the largest bottle making company on the African continent. He is a governing council member and Pro-bono Legal Adviser of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping. He was recently the Vice-Chairman of the Commercial Law and Taxation Committee of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as country Legal Adviser and Director of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. He is an Advisory Board Member for University of Buckingham Centre for Extractive Studies (UBCEES), and a member of several professional bodies including the Institute of Petroleum (UK), the International Bar Association and the International Trademark Association.
    Dr Amy Jadesimi
    CEO, LADOL

    (MBA from Stanford University, MA (OXON) and BMBCh from Oxford University)

    CEO of LADOL, a $500 million Sustainable Industrial Free Zone. Amy, former Commissioner for Business & Sustainable Development Commission. Previously worked at Goldman Sachs, graduated from  Stanford Graduate School of Business and Oxford University. Accolades include being UNICEF Advisory Group (2019), Top 50 Women in Technology (Forbes, 2018), Young CEO of the Year (African Leadership Forum, 2018), Archbishop Tutu Fellow, Young Global Leader – Alumni (WEF), one of 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa (Forbes), one of Top 25 Africans to Watch (Financial Times), one of the Most Influential People of African Descent (Under 40) Worldwide (United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (UN IDPAD), 2018) and she is a member Advisory Board of Prince’s Trust International and contributor to Forbes.

     

    AWARDS:

    2019: Appointed to UNDP Steering Committee on SDGs

    2019: Appointed to UNICEF Advisory Group

    2018: Top 50 Women In Technology (Forbes)

    2018: Oil and Gas Leading Women of the Year (Foreign Investment Network)

    2018: Voted the Young CEO of the Year (African Leadership Forum)

    2018: Named as one of the 2018 Most Influential People of African Descent (Under 40) Worldwide (UN IDPAD)

    She is also an:

    • Archbishop Tutu Fellow
    • Member Advisory Board of Prince’s Trust International
    • Young Global Leader (WEF)
    • Rising Talent (Women’s Forum for Economy and Society)
    • Named 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa (Forbes),
    • Named Top 25 Africans to Watch (Financial Times),
    • Named as 50 Most Influential Women in Business by The Africa Report, Jeune Afrique and the  Africa CEO Forum
    Uju Ifejika
    CEO, Brittania-U Nigeria Limited
    Asue Ighodalo
    Founding Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo
    Asue Ighodalo is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, one of the foremost commercial law firms in Nigeria. He obtained his first degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, a law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in July 1985.   His core areas of practice are Corporate and Project Finance, Securities and Capital Markets, Energy & Natural Resources, and Mergers & Acquisitions.   Asue is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (past Chairman of the Section on Business Law), International Bar Association (Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law), Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Institute of Directors Nigeria, Commercial Law and Taxation Committee of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.   Asue is the Chairman, Board of Directors, Sterling Bank Plc, Dangote Flour Mills Plc and the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG). He also sits on the boards of Mainstreet Technologies Limited, Cardinal Stone Partners, Okomu Oil Palm Plc, Christopher Kolade Foundation, FATE Foundation and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).   Asue has been consistently ranked as a "Tier 1" or "Leading lawyer" in all of his areas of practice by the leading legal directories. He has authored many articles in leading law publications and also delivered several presentations on diverse subjects.   His hobbies include golfing, watching football, reading, traveling and participating in political discourse. He is married and has a daughter.
    Danladi Verheijen
    Co-Founder & CEO, Verod Capital
    Danladi is a Co-founder and CEO of Verod Capital, a leading Anglophone West Africa focused private equity firm with over $300 million of assets under management investing in middle market growth companies. Prior to Verod, Danladi held roles at Citibank Nigeria, Ocean & Oil Holdings and at McKinsey & Company. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.Sc. in Engineering Economic Systems & Operations Research from Stanford University and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Calvin College. Danladi sits on the boards of several Verod portfolio companies, as well as the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and the Private Equity and Venture Capital Association of Nigeria (PEVCAN). The World Economic Forum named Danladi a Young Global Leader.
    Folake Adeniyi-Adeleye
    Regional HR Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oracle; Founder & Executive Coach, Coachivate
    Folake’s career of over 20 years spans industries such as management consulting, oil & gas, telco and info tech. She is today a seasoned executive in the fields of International Human Resource Management, Talent Management, Strategic business partnering & Organisational Development and has held various senior management roles- in companies such as Oando, Celtel (now Airtel), Microsoft and Oracle. She has held various roles, overseeing local and regional portfolios and collaborating with strategic business leaders and stakeholders across emerging and developed markets to implement global people strategies that deliver on the growth and expansion objectives as well as foster an enabling environment where employees can achieve career success. Borne out of a passion to see professionals become fully aware of their self-limiting obstacles, conquer them and bounce back following periods of personal and work-life transitions, Folake became a certified executive coach in 2017 and later bagged her Life coach and NLP Practitioner certifications. She recently founded “Coachivate” (@Coachivate), a platform and a practice, whose mission is to inspire self-leadership and enhance executive potential through transformative coaching solutions respectively. Folake is also a member of various professional associations including the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Society of Emotional Intelligence (SoEI), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN). She has served on the Executive Council of WIMBIZ and was recently named one of the ’50 leading ladies in corporate Nigeria’ (leadingladiesafrica.org) In addition to spending quality time with family and friends, Folake is a passionate foodie and avid culinary enthusiast who enjoys traveling and dining out to exploring new cultures and cuisines. She is married to Adeniyi, a real estate investment banker and they have two teenage daughters.
    Esther Akinnukawe
    Chief Human Resource Officer, MTN Nigeria
    Esther Akinnukawe is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), MTN Nigeria Communications PLC. Nigeria's Leading and most prestigious telecommunications brand. In this role, she provides leadership for best-in-class people management solutions and practices aimed at driving outstanding employee experience and engagement; and to support the achievement of strategic business objectives. Esther is a well-grounded Human Resource Management Expert who has over 26 years industry experience spanning consulting, education, banking and telecommunications; 22 of which have been in progressive leadership positions. Esther is an alumna of the respected Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-lfe where she studied International relations; IESE Business School, University de Navarra, Spain where she earned an Executive MBA; a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (MCIPM). Esther commenced her professional career with Andersen Consulting Lagos, working with clients in multi-sector companies to identify and proffer solutions to client-specific business problems and proffering solutions to business needs. Subsequently, she functioned on the Faculty of the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS) of the Pan African (now Pan Atlantic) University from October 2003 to December 2009, teaching and facilitating sessions in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour on both full-time and Executive MBA programmes and Executive Management Courses. Esther is passionate about creating an environment that inspires greatness and empowers people to unleash their potential to achieve personal growth while contributing to business results. She actively contributes her own quota to society by helping young professionals yearning for guidance to succeed through coaching and mentoring. An astute conference speaker, Esther facilitates human resources, leadership and faith workshops. She loves reading, listening to music, watching investigative/crime series in her leisure time and exploring new places. Esther is happily married and blessed with two lovely children.
    Olatowun Candide-Johnson
    Founder & CEO, GAIA Women Club.
    Olatowun Candide-Johnson is a lawyer with over thirty years’ experience in corporate and commercial law and in business development and governance of multinational corporations. During the course of her career, she worked in Law Practice, Shipping, & Oil and Gas.  Whilst working with the Total Group, she worked in different divisions including three years at the New Business Division in the Paris HQ. Before taking early retirement, she held the roles of General Counsel, Executive General Manager, Management Services Division (incorporating Legal, Audit, Insurance and Anti-Corruption Compliance) and Chief Compliance Officer for the Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria. In 2016, she obtained a Global Executive MBA awarded by LSE, NYU Stern and HEC (Paris), known as the TRIUM Global Executive MBA. After many years in corporate life, she decided that it was time for her to fulfil her passion which is to open an exclusive space in Lagos to help bridge the business connections gap currently experienced by Women in Nigeria. This birthed “GAIA” (meaning “Mother Earth”), a Members Club for Women (www.gaiawomenclub.com) in Victoria Island. GAIA is a members only business and social club for Women located in Victoria Island.  It exists to try to resolve some issues of inequality by allowing women to come together in a safe third space, to meet and connect.  Increasingly, women prefer to network and collaborate with each other – They are launching businesses together, hosting events together, working and socialising together.  This reinforces the need for GAIA. The Vision for GAIA is “To create a “Third Space” for Women to network, put deals together, expand horizons or simply to distress and disconnect from a harried world”. The Mission is “To create a nurturing environment for Women to meet, connect, support and validate one another, enjoy themselves while growing a strong business community where diversity and inclusion thrive to produce unlimited business successes” Olatowun is a Founder parent of Lagos Preparatory School, Ikoyi, one of Africa's leading British curriculum preparatory schools in Lagos.  Chairman African Delivery Technologies SAS (kwik.delivery), Member of the board of directors of the Nigerian-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board Member –African Women on Board (AWB) as well as a member of the Committee on Tourism & Hospitality of the Institute of Directors (IOD).  She is also an angel investor and a member of Rising Tide Africa – a network of female business angels investing in entrepreneurs across the African continent. Olatowun is Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 certified, and Dame Chevalier de l’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne (2017).  She loves all forms of the Arts, Culture, food & wine, Pilates, spinning, books, and interesting places etc.
    Godrey Ogbechie
    Executive Director, Rainoil Limited
    Godrey Ogbechie, a graduate of Agricultural Economics and Extension from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. She also completed her MBA in the year 2000. Godrey started her work life in a commercial bank in 1989 and over a period of nearly 20 years in two banks, she has extensive experience across various departments/functions such as Human Resources Management, Operations Management, Customer Service / Relationship Management, Audit Operations etc. In search of new challenges, she joined Rainoil Limited in 2009 as Executive Director. Rainoil Limited is a downstream oil and gas company that she co-founded and commenced business in 1997.  Godrey currently oversee Corporate Support Services which include; Human Resources, Information Technology, Treasury Operations, Admin and Facilities Management. Reporting to the Group MD/CEO, she is regularly in charge of the whole business in the absence of the GMD/GCEO. Over the last ten years in Rainoil Limited, she has played a key role in growing the business with a gross revenue of 163 million Naira in 2018 and an asset base comprising:
    • 2 ultra-modern petroleum products’ storage facilities Oghara, Delta State and Calabar, Cross River State, both in Nigeria
    • A fleet of over 80 tank trucks for distribution of petroleum products.
    • 1 shipping vessel.
    • Several on-going projects including a storage facility for white products and gas.
    Godrey is actively involved in several social welfare and humanitarian initiatives through my family NGOs and in collaboration with several other NGOs in the areas of education and health. She is an Associate Member of WIMBIZ, a non-profit organization focused on building leadership skills and networking opportunities among women in management, business and public service and a life time alumnus of the Lagos Business School of Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos - Nigeria Godrey has attended several management courses locally and abroad. She is married and blessed with three children.
    Onyeche Tifase
    MD/CEO, Siemens Limited Nigeria
    Onyeche Tifase is an experienced engineering professional with extensive experience in the power and consulting industries. She graduated with a degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the University of Nottingham and completed her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.   She started her career with Siemens in 2001 as an Electrical Engineer in the Power Distribution Division of Siemens Plc UK and thereafter progressed up the ranks taking up other key roles in Siemens Germany and Siemens USA.   Onyeche worked with Accenture Nigeria from 2006 in the area of management consulting and in 2009 returned to Siemens as Deputy General Manager Medium Voltage and Transformers for Siemens Ltd. Nigeria.   Onyeche’s career path and achievements over the years led her to become the first Nigerian Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Nigeria effective November 1, 2014.   She resides in Lagos, Nigeria and is happily married with three children. She is an avid supporter of local content development initiatives and participates actively in key programs focused on the mentoring and development of the Nigerian youth.
    Olugbenga Afolabi
    CEO, Hazon Holdings
    Victor Gbenga Afolabi (V’GA) is a Pharmacist par excellence, Health Economist and Visionary entrepreneur. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Hazon Holdings, a diversified business Holding Company and the founder of Eko Innovation Center, an enterprise development Centre for startup and MSMEs, who deploy technology and innovation in arears of Agriculture, Health Care, Market access, Renewable energy and Fintech. V’GA holds a bachelor of Pharmacy degree from ABU, Zaria, Master’s degree in Managerial Psychology from the University of Ibadan, an MBA from Alliance Business School, Manchester University, UK, and an alumina of the Lagos Business School. He is a member of several Professional bodies and recipient of many awards.
    Kolawole Adeniyi
    Marketing Manager, Fan Milk Nigeria
    My name is Kolawole Adeniyi; Danone EDP (FanMilk Nigeria) Marketing Director and a business consultant passionate about supporting SMEs to wade through and make sense of data for critical business decisions. My experience cuts across FMCG, Management Consulting (Marketing focused), E-commerce and Pharmaceutical Industries in Nigeria and across Europe having worked with Jumia, Garrison Group, Servier, Roche (Hoffman La Roche), and Boehringer Ingelheim. My major focus as Danone’s Marketing Director in Nigeria is to drive culturally relevant innovations leveraging on local insights to secure long-term value growth while maintaining short term top-line objectives. I graduated with a Distinction (1st class) from the much-vaunted Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University and an MBA holder from IE Business School, Madrid. An avid follower of everything sports, I also love to read books (fiction and non-fiction) in my spare time, travel (off the beaten path) with full immersion in different cultural experiences and cook (grilling is much more fun!).
    Girish Sharma
    CEO, Colgate Tolaram LFTZ Enterprise; COO-Marketing, Tolaram Group
    Mr. Girish Sharma is a result oriented professional with over 15 years of experience in Sales & Marketing domains. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Colgate Tolaram LFTZ Enterprise, also the Chief Operating Officer – Marketing for the Tolaram Group which produces some of Nigeria’s leading FMCG Brands including; Indomie Instant Noodles, Kellogg’s Cereal, Pringles, Hypo, Power Oil to name a few. For almost 2 decades, he has worked earnestly with Tolaram Group across various companies of the group under different capacities in Nigeria & Ghana. He bagged an MBA in Marketing from UK’s prestigious University of Kent. He equally has received certification in Marketing management from Harvard Business School, USA. Having received an excellent education and garnering a perfect knowledge in economics and strategic business planning, he began his journey with the group as an Area Sales Manager of Indomie. Through his dedication, hard work and passion for marketing, he grew up through the ladder to eventually become the CEO of the newest JV of the Tolaram Group – Colgate Tolaram LFTZ Enterprises. In his current capacity, he will lead the transformation of the Oral Care and Personal Care Categories in Nigeria by focusing on bringing in affordable and exciting options for the Nigerian Consumers.
    Bimbola Wright
    Head, Coverage & Corporate Banking Group, FBNQuest Merchant Bank
    Bimbola’s banking experience spans NAL Bank, Kakawa Discount House and currently FBNQuest Merchant Bank where she heads the Coverage & Corporate Banking Group and is the pioneer Chairperson of the Human Capital Committee. Involvement in initiatives include establishing the Private Banking Group, leading a TQM project, formulation & implementation of a diversity policy, anchoring CSR activities, coordinating a Balanced Scorecard project and setting up the Coverage and Corporate Banking Group. Bimbola was a member of the Board of Directors of Kakawa Asset Management 2006 - 2012, chaired its Board Investment Committee for 3 years & member of the Steering Committee overseeing the establishment of FBNQuest. Her contributions to the development of the Nigerian Financial Market include serving on the Advisory Committee of Nigeria Interbank Settlement System & the Code of Conduct Committee of the Money Market Association. She was an Alternate Director on the Board of Junior Achievement Nigeria and currently a Governor of Pinefield Montessori School, Lekki. With deep skills in change & people management, policy development and strategy formulation/implementation, Bimbola was a member of the Executive Council of Women in Management, Business & Public Service (WIMBIZ) for four years and is currently Chairman of the WIMBoard Working Committee. Bimbola is a Fellow of the Institute of Management, Member, Chartered Institute of Bankers and Member, Institute of Directors. Possessing a B.Sc. Human Biology, Surrey University and M.A International Relations, Kent University, Bimbola has attended courses at institutions including Harvard Business School, Wharton School, London Business School, IE University, Euromoney, UK and IFC. She is also a certified Life Coach.
    Olaleye Adebiyi
    Country Managing Partner, Andersen Tax Nigeria
    Olaleye is the Country Managing Partner of Andersen Tax in Nigeria. He is a renowned tax expert with 30 years’ experience in tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, advisory, and compliance transactions. He has worked closely with various tax authorities in Nigeria. As a leading tax expert, Olaleye has handled various portfolios and advised numerous clients on tax issues, laws and regulations and has won landmark cases involving novel and complex tax issues. Olaleye has also acted as a Tax Expert Witness in various arbitration proceedings. He is the current Chairman of the Taxation Committee of the Section of Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association. He has also written many articles in law journals and regularly speaks at various tax seminars and conferences. He often features as a tax commentator in National newspapers. He translated and published the Personal Income Tax Act of Nigeria in four native languages in a bid to create more awareness about the law to individuals who may not understand or read English. Olaleye is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ghana Bar Association, International Bar Association and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
    Kemi Adewole
    CEO, Protiquette Consults
    Kemi Adewole is Chief Executive Officer at Protiquette Consults, a Business Management consulting firm focused on equipping People and Organisations for transformation and has helped many Businesses and professionals, from executives to front-line staff, confidently and comfortably navigate business situations for success.   She led the Securities Services Business of Citibank Nigeria profitably for eight years as Country Head of Securities Services Business, where she drove innovation, product development, service excellence, business and market transformation to deliver growth, profitability and income diversification. She also worked at First Bank Nigeria as a key member of the team that successfully set up the Bureau de Change subsidiary and Global Custody Services Business. With over 30 years professional experience, notable achievements in capital markets, she has received multiple awards for contributions to the development of the Nigerian Capital Market.   Kemi has a BSc degree in Business Administration from the University of Benin, an MBA in marketing from the University of Lagos and received her certification as an International Social Etiquette Consultant from Minding Manners, The International Etiquette and Protocol Academy of London and The London School of Etiquette.   She is a member of various professional associations including the Institute of Directors (UK, Nigeria), Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (UK) and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria, Co-founder and Past President, Nigerian Association of Custodians.   She is passionate about the state of society and parlays this into people development and empowerment to help people become the best version of themselves.
    Temitope Iluyemi
    Director, Global Government Relations for Africa, P&G
    Mrs. Temitope ‘Tope’ Iluyemi, is the Director, Global Government Relations for Africa at P&G. Following a short career as a Pharmacist, Temitope joined P&G Nigeria in 1998.  In her over 20years career with P&G, she has distinguished herself with a breadth of roles spanning across commercial and corporate functions (Sales, Market Strategy and Planning, Supply Network Operations, External Relations and Government Relations). In this timeframe, Mrs Iluyemi has lived and worked across Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Togo and United States of America, delivering significant value to P&G across various spheres of work. In 2017, Following her assignment in Washington D.C, Temitope’s Government Relations role was expanded to include Northwest Africa and today spans across 54 countries in Africa. In her current role as Government relations Director, she is responsible for improving P&G’s investment viability across the region, advocating for policy reforms that enable business operations including deepening Africa’s integration, building P&G’s reputation across the countries with a P&G reach and supporting company communications for Nigeria. She is sought after as a key contributor to development solutions in the Africa region. Tope is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, sits on the Board of Directors for P&G Nigeria, Chairs the Taskforce on Trade facilitation at the US Chamber of commerce, sits on the Trade Commission of the NESG and is involved in various local community projects. Temitope currently lives in Lagos Nigeria with her family.
    Temilola Adepetun
    CEO, School Kits Limited
    Temilola Adepetun is the founding Chief Executive Officer of School Kits Limited, a leading integrated educational supplies company in Nigeria.  She is a soft skills facilitator and is also involved in developmental work, serving on the board of Courage Education Foundation; an NGO dedicated to educating indigent children. She started her professional career in Ashland Oil Nigeria in 1986 and later transferred her services to Addax Petroleum. During her 14-year career in the Oil Industry, she worked in various strategic departments such as Economics & Planning, Treasury, Insurance and Human Resources. She resigned in year 2000 to pioneer the concept of a one-stop back-to-school store in Lagos, opening her first retail store at Onikan on September 9th, 2000. School Kits was launched with 2 employees and currently, it operates 7 business locations in Lagos and Abuja with over 120 staff members. Temilola has driven a very innovative team towards achieving remarkable growth in her company. School Kits expanded its retail network to 5 brick-and-mortar stores and an online back-to-school store; established a robust wholesale business unit serving 500 schools nationwide; and launched a garment production facility producing over 5000 garments per month. Marcel Hughes Apparel, School Kits’ flagship uniform brand, was launched in 2009 and has gained wide acceptance as Nigeria leading premium school wear. Temilola holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Lagos (1982) and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurance, London -A.C.I.I. (1985). She is also an Associate of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ). Temilola is married to Dr. Adebayo Adepetun and they have three sons; Damola, Denola and Ademide.
    Tola Odeyemi
    Head, Public Policy for West Africa, Uber Technologies
    Tola Odeyemi is currently the Head of Public Policy for West Africa at Uber Technologies. She is responsible for working with policymakers and building lasting relationships with politicians to make a positive case for Uber in the region. Prior to this, she served as the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Environmental Trust Fund, a first of its kind central endowment fund established by law in 2017.  Tola simultaneously served as the Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos state Governor on the Public Utilities Monitoring and Assurance Unit (PUMAU). In the span of her public sector career, she served as the Special Assistant to the Lagos state Governor on Global Outreach and Partnerships at the Office of Overseas Affairs & Investment (Lagos Global). She was also project lead for the South West region of Nigeria in the Shared Services office under the Banking Operations directorate of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Her team was responsible for the banking industry infrastructure transformation program that included an industry wide cash management infrastructure project, financial infrastructure & services project, and IT standards for the banking sector which constituted the basis of the Central Bank’s policy thrust towards a cashless economy. A technology and policy advocate, she has appeared on the “Platform Nigeria” an internationally broadcasted event with national and international speakers geared at national growth.  Tola is a firm believer that the solutions to national challenges lie primarily in technology and innovation and her mission is to create a perfect synergy of technology and policy. She is passionate about increasing youth and female participation in public service and politics, as she herself has been a part of three political campaigns at national and state levels. Tola served on the executive council of Serving With Love Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to providing social and economic assistance to disadvantaged families and delivering 21st century technology tools to disadvantaged children in Nigeria. Tola has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University, Maryland and a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University.
    Audrey Joe-Ezigbo
    Co-Founder, Falcon Corporation Limited
    An accomplished entrepreneur of over 25 years, Audrey co-founded Falcon Corporation Limited – a leading, wholly indigenous ISO 9001:2015 and OHSAS 18001: 2007 certified Mid-and Downstream Gas company, in 1994. She serves as Executive Director, Commercial Operations with principal accountabilities for Corporate Finance, Commercial Strategy, and Business Development. Nigeria’s First and Leading Lady of Gas, Audrey made history in 2018 as she became the President of the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) - the umbrella association and voice for businesses and professionals in Nigeria’s Gas industry and a chartered member of the International Gas Union (IGU) – the first female ever to hold this position in the Association’s over 20 years of existence. Audrey is an internationally recognized speaker and facilitator, and a Certified Transformative Coach.  Audrey has won several awards and recognitions for her contributions to building entrepreneurial capacity in the Gas industry and Nigeria at large, including amongst others, the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year West Africa 2014 Award, the 2015 Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Lagos Business School Distinguished Alunmi 2018 Award.  She was listed amongst Leading Ladies Africa/YNaija’s 2019 “100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria” A member of the Executive Council of Women in Management, Business & Public Service (WIMBIZ), Audrey is also the founder of The Barnabas Widows Empowerment Foundation. She is the Promoter of The Double Impact Platform through which she delivers business and relationship-building trainings to other couples who are in business together. She is a blogger, prolific writer and author of four published books. She is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Audrey is married to with four children.
    Goke & Bimbo Balogun
    Founders, So Fresh
    Abimbola Balogun and Olagoke Balogun are the founders of So Fresh, Nigeria’s pioneer and leading healthy food chain, established in 2010 with multiple branches across Nigeria. Abimbola is the COO of So Fresh, a Lawyer, HR professional and the principal consultant at AB Moore Consulting Firm, a boutique firm that trains SMEs on people management skills and how to build great teams. She is passionate about people development and possesses strong leadership, managerial and problem-solving skills. She has graced several platforms as a conference speaker, panellist and trainer. She is heavily invested in helping people grow and become a better version of themselves and this has further increased her influence and impact on the So Fresh workforce. Olagoke is the CEO of SO Fresh, a graduate of Biochemistry, with over 15 years varied work experiences across different industries, companies and functions, including Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Strategy and Operations, before committing fully to the entrepreneurial journey. He also holds a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from EDC of the Pan Atlantic University and he is a graduate of the prestigious Stanford SEED program. He’s a faculty at the Incubator’s Africa Academy. He is passionate about building sustainable organizations that will outlive generations on sound business principles. He They are married and blessed with two vibrant sons.
    Folusho & Shade Ogunleye
    Founder, The Ice Cream Factory and Yin Yang Express
    Pinnah Foods Ltd, a proudly Nigerian company, was founded by husband-and-wife team, Folusho and Shade Ogunleye. The company owns two distinct brands- The Ice Cream Factory, a premium ice cream and dessert restaurant; and Yin Yang Express, a quick service Chinese restaurant. Folusho received his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Economics from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.  Shade, an ACCA certified Accountant, earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance & Economics at the University of Kent after which she proceeded for her post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics. Following their studies, Folusho and Shade each worked for global organisations such as Shell International, BBC and British Petroleum, where they gained valuable experience across key focus areas, including management accounting and finance. The path that eventually led to the creation of The ICF brand began after a very clear direction they received from God. They then attended an ice cream course in the U.S. where they were trained in the art and science of ice-cream making and thereafter made the monumental decision to return to Nigeria to start their own business. They moved back in January 2009, and in May 2009 they opened the doors of their first restaurant, The Ice Cream Factory, in Victoria Island, Lagos. Approximately nine months later, Yin Yang Chinese restaurant, (now re-branded as Yin Yang Express) was birthed. The business has evolved and expanded steadily in the 10 years since then, and Pinnah Foods currently owns six restaurants across the city of Lagos.
    Rolu Adebola
    CEO, CFS West Africa Limited
    Rolu Adebola is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP) and the CEO of CFS West Africa Limited. Before joining CFS, he worked as a consultant with Alliance Consulting and Deloitte Nigeria. He has over 15 years' experience consulting for various clients and has led CFS to assist several banks, telecommunications companies, retail businesses, healthcare and pharmaceuticals to improve the quality of their customer experience delivery.  He is a seasoned conference speaker and business developer.
    Babajide Ogunsanwo
    Founder, The Factbox
    Founder of The FactBoxTM Company and Co-founder of Leadership-By- DataTM, Babajide Ogunsanwo is a data scientist that specializes in creating research driven business strategy. His expertise is in developing insight that improves competitive and comparative advantage for private and public sector institutions. Babajide has more than a decade’s experience in management consulting in the manufacturing and services sector where he specializes in information analysis, operations planning, event forecasting, and business performance improvement. He has also been an economic intelligence analyst, marketing communications consultant and development partner to organizations such as Nigerian Defense, Coca Cola, Microsoft, Oando, Lafarge, Insight Publicis, Jagal, Channels Television, Samsung, Nigerian Defense, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and British Airways. Babajide has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Production Engineering from the University of Ibadan and an MBA from the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos Business School. He is one of the founding Nigerian members of the international institute of business analysis (IIBA), member of the project management institute (PMI), member of the investment management consultants association (IMCA), member of the society for risk analysis (SRA), member of the institute of risk management (IRM), member of the society of competitive intelligence professionals (SCIP) and member of the Nigerian chess federation. Babajide is also a Life fellow of the Nigerian conservation foundation (NCF) Babajide is renowned for his extensive research and analysis on the African Economy, especially socio-economic and political trends in Nigeria. His other interests are in developing proprietary research on trade and competitive intelligence for current and future investment opportunities in Sub Saharan Africa. Whenever he gets the time for non-critical thinking, he loves to enjoy photography, touring and playing chess.
    Elo Umeh
    Founder and CEO, Terragon Group
    Elo is an Entrepreneur, who has worked in mobile and digital media on the Africa continent for over 15 years. He has gained valuable experience in different countries – Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. He was part of the founding team that grew a mobile technology start up and took it public in Nigeria. Elo has consulted widely for various organizations in the telecommunications and banking sectors, including the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on development of rural telephony initiatives, Mobile Payments in West Africa and the deployment of new products. Through his passion and drive, he founded Africa’s leading data and marketing technology business - Terragon Group. The business serves various multinational and local brands. With offices in the leading commercial cities across Africa – Nairobi, Accra, Johannesburg and head quartered in Lagos. Terragon also has its research and development team in Bangalore, India. Elo is passionate about leveraging the unique ways Africans use the mobile device to intelligently connect brands to their customers. He holds a Global Executive MBA from IESE Business School, where he graduated as the best Student of his class and made the IESE Business School 40under40 entrepreneurs list in 2017. He has been in founding and leadership roles with the Mobile Marketing Association, Nigeria and the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) West Africa.
    Bunmi Adeniba
    Unilever HomeCare Marketing Director, Ghana & Nigeria
    Osayi Alile
    Chief Executive Officer, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation
    Osayi Alile is a quintessential leader with over 20 years in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and third sector with a wide array of experience covering International Development, Business and Philanthropic Management, Fundraising and Sustainability. Her degrees in Sociology and Public Administration from Rutgers University, New Jersey prepared her to be a catalyst for change as she has revolutionised the non- profit sector in Nigeria and beyond. She possesses Executive Certifications from LBS, IMD, Cranfield, Harvard University and YALE. Osayi Alile is currently the Chief Executive Officer at ACT Foundation, a grant- making non-profit organisation that provides funding to social sector organisations focused in the areas of Health, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Leadership. As a visionary leader, Ms. Alile has served in various leadership capacities including being Past Chairperson, (WIMBIZ), the Executive Director, FATE Foundation; Vice President, Junior Achievement of Nigeria; and CSR Consultant, Access Bank Plc. She also sits on several boards including House of Tara, Zapphaire Events, Future Projects, Africa Leadership Network Forum, IDEA Hub and Global Dignity, an affiliation of the World Economic Forum in Norway. She was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Osayi Alile is also the founding curator of the Global Shapers Forum Nigeria and serves as a consultant on sustainability, non-profit management and strategy. She is a columnist and writes on entrepreneurship and business development in Nigeria’s leading daily, The Guardian. Osayi Alile is passionate about women, youth empowerment, equality and creating positive social impact in our world.
    Toun Okewale Sonaiya
    CEO & Co-Founder, Women Radio 91.7 FM
    Toun Okewale Sonaiya is the CEO and co-founder of Women Radio 91.7 FM - Nigeria's only Radio for women & their families and Africa's only commercial radio station for women. Women Radio 91.7 is a tool for Women development raising a cadre of informed women and girls irrespective of their economic status to be better positioned at making empowering decisions individually and collectively. One of the success stories of Women Radio under Toun's leadership comes from "TheWomenAgenda" – a programme aimed at mainstreaming women and girls as drivers of the anti-corruption and accountability campaign in Nigeria. This intervention has student and women led #genderandaccountability clubs that lead campaigns at local levels to ensure allocated resources are effectively utilized. This initiative is currently active in Lagos and Ogun state with plans to expand nationwide. Okewale Sonaiya, the communicator holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an active media career spanning over 30 years. She is Media Communications Strategist for Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Nigeria and Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA). Toun is a hands-on broadcaster with extensive knowledge and expertise in Media, Communications, Production, Programmes, Marketing, Sales and Management. She was the first African female voice of BBC's "One for all" educational campaign in Africa, the first voice on Ogun Radio FM and the first African female presenter and producer at Choice 107.1 FM (now Capital Extra, London, UK). She has interviewed personalities including the late Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa, Cameroonian Manu Dibango, Malian Oumou Sangare, Professor Remi Sonaiya, Nigeria's only female presidential candidate in the 2015 and Internationally acclaimed Feminist, Erelu Bisi Fayemi amongst others. She moderates and comperes conferences and seminars on the national and International sphere. A United Nations advocate, Toun is passionately involved in the development and advancement of the female gender. Her unwavering commitment in support of women issues is further evidenced by her work with ex-female offenders, female prisoners, trafficked women, victims of domestic violence, widows and other vulnerable females in Nigeria and UK. Her avidity further inspired "EquipHer" - a skills acquisition and free startup initiative for Women and Girls in contribution to the UN's number 1 SDG goal of eradicating poverty by 2030. She lends her voice to the cause of women in leadership and governance through Voice Of Women Conference (VOW), a yearly gathering of 500+ women and girls. Okewale Sonaiya is a board member, director and trustee of several organisations including Centre for Women's Health and Information, Transformative Leadership and Sustainable Initiative, MAAMI (an NGO empowering disadvantaged Women & Girls), Ives Medicare, member Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission's (NERC) Review Code Panel and founding member of Nigerian Women in Diaspora Leadership Forum, UK.
    Samke Mhlongo
    Founder & Chief Executive, The Next Chapter Wealth Partners
    Samke Mhlongo is Founder and Chief Executive of The Next Chapter (“TNC”) Wealth Partners – a consultancy that specialises in corporate training workshops in the fields of personal wealth management. Through her consultancy, this ex-private banker and SETA accredited trainer has established herself as an international wealth coach whose clients include Standard Bank, Liberty Holdings and MTN, and whose presentations have been delivered across South Africa through to Kenya and Cyprus. Her business accolades include being named MIPAD Top 100 Most Influential Persons of African Descent Class of 2018, Entrepreneur Magazine Top 50 Black African Women Entrepreneurs to Watch 2018, and Brand SA “Play Your Part” Ambassador in the field of Entrepreneurship. Mhlongo also promotes financial literacy as resident finance columnist for BONA magazine; a South African glossy with over 3 million readers, resident personal finance expert on South Africa’s leading business and lifestyle radio station Talk Radio 702, and go-to keynote speaker, MC and panel moderator on topics related to wealth management and financial inclusion. Mhlongo sharpened her finance expertise during her 7-year tenure at Investec Specialist Bank and Asset Manager. She is also the youngest board member of state-owned mineral research technology agency MINTEK and sits on its Audit & Risk Committee. Mhlongo holds an Accounting degree from the University of Cape Town, Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Wits Business School, and an MBA from the same college completed with a dissertation titled Factors contributing to over-indebtedness of black South African females.
    Sanyade Okoli
    CEO, Alpha African Advisory Limited
    Sanyade Okoli is the Chief Executive Officer of Alpha African Advisory Limited ("Alpha African", formerly Travant Capital), based in Lagos, Nigeria. She has over 24 years of financial advisory; private equity; corporate, commercial and management finance; and auditing experience. Sanyade has led numerous advisory transactions in areas such as mergers & acquisitions, capital restructuring and strategic advisory. Sanyade joined Travant Capital as one of the founding Directors in 2007 and was a key member of the team that raised and partially deployed a US$107m private equity fund. She sits on the boards of Dorman Long Engineering Limited and Misa Nigeria Limited. She is also a Senior Adviser to MBO Capital Limited. Prior to Alpha African, Sanyade was Head of Finance & Strategy at Ocean and Oil Holdings, a Nigerian investment holding company. Before moving to Nigeria in 2006, Sanyade spent six years at British Telecom in the UK where she held various management and commercial finance positions. Sanyade holds an MA in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University, UK and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen (UK). She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales and is currently the Contact Member of the Institute in Nigeria. Sanyade is also a Fellow of the fifth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is currently a regular Analyst on Arise TV’s Global Business Report show. Sanyade is married with four children.
    Kai Orga
    Managing Director, ARM Investment Managers
    Kai Orga is the Managing Director, ARM Investment Managers. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company establishing long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. She has over 21 years’ experience in the banking and asset management industry. Her expertise spans across financial planning, wealth management, sales and business development, customer relations, credit and marketing, business administration, human and personnel development, market expansion amongst others. With a very strong personal mission to recognize and cultivate potential in others and in view of her passion for personal development, coaching and building individuals, she founded the CORE Development Initiative, a non-for-profit platform focusing on Youth Development, Employability, and Entrepreneurship Kai has an M.SC. in Management and Information Systems from the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) Manchester – UK and a B.Sc. degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She is a Chartered IABFM (International Academy of Business & Financial Management) Wealth Management Professional, an Associate Member of Talent Development, Associate Member Nigerian Institute of Management (AMNIM) and a Certified Neurolinguistics Coach.
    Funmi Oyetunji
    Chief Executive, AbiTos Financial Services Limited
    Funmi Oyetunji obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1977 and the ACCA qualification in the U.K in 1981. Her Career, which spans 35 years, started in accountancy practice with the firms of Coopers & Lybrand, Z. O. Ososanya & Co and the London office of KPMG. She joined Fountain Trust Merchant Bank in 1993 and moved to First Bank of Nigeria where she became the bank’s Treasurer in February 2001, a position she held until May 2002. In 2002, She was appointed Chief Executive of AbiTos Financial Services Limited, a real estate development and investment company, a position she holds to date. Funmi has attended Leadership and Board Effectiveness programs at Harvard Business School, INSEAD in France and IMD in Switzerland. She has also taught Finance on the executive programmes of the Lagos Business School. Mrs Oyetunji serves on a number of boards including Ecobank Nigeria where she chairs the Risk Committee, Prestige Insurance, and American Tower Corporation, Nigeria where she chairs the audit committee. She is a member of the global body; Women Corporate Directors Foundation and she is associated with the Lagos Angel Investor Network. Funmi is the Chairperson of the LASAL Foundation that grants scholarship to indigent students at tertiary level and a fellow of the Institute of Directors. She published her book A Conscious Life, an acclaimed help for successfully navigating critical stages and aspects of life in 2016. She is married and blessed with two sons.
    Ronke Sokefun
    Chairman of the Board, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)
    Ronke is a trained lawyer and graduated as the best student in Jurisprudence & Legal Theory and Commercial Law in her Law class in 1987. She proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos from where she obtained her B.L. (Hons.) in 1988. Post-Youth Corps (a compulsory 1-year National Service program), she worked with the Law firm of Chief M.P. Ohwovoriole (SAN) & Co between 1989 and 1990. In late 1990, she joined Messrs. Ighodalo & Associates - a foremost Company Secretarial firm - where she sat for and obtained the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators U.K. admission as a member. In 1993, she joined the prestigious law firm of Aluko & Oyebode as an Associate and she rose to the position of a partner in 2001. While in Aluko & Oyebode, her practice was focused on Corporate Commercial Law with emphasis on Business Advisory Services. In 2002, Ronke moved to Ocean & Oil Services as Head Management Services and became the pioneer Head, Legal Services when the Oando Group was formed in 2004. In 2007, she was named the Group Chief Legal Officer, a position she held until 2011 when she got the call to serve her State, Ogun State. During the 'Oando years', she served as an alternate director on the board of VMobile Networks (now Airtel) and was a member of the Legal & Regulatory and Finance Subcommittees of the Board. In 2011, Ronke was appointed Special Adviser/Director-General, Bureau of Lands & Survey (the first female to be so appointed) on 21st July 2011 and on the 27th November 2012, was appointed the Commissioner for Agriculture a position she held until the expiration of the incumbent Governor's 1st term in 2015. On the 31st of October 2015, she was reappointed into the Governor's second term cabinet as the Commissioner for Agriculture. She was reassigned to the Ministry of Urban & Physical Planning (again, the first female to hold that position) on the 19th October, 2016; a position she held until 7th January, 2019. During her 6-year stint with Ogun State Government, she served in different capacities including:
    • Chairman of the White Paper Panel on Land Review
    • Chairman of the Public Service Reforms Committee
    • Member of the Organizing Committee for the 2014 and 2016 Investors' Forums
    • Member Public Service Transformation Committee - amongst others
    On the 7th November, 2018, she was nominated by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria - Muhammadu Buhari, GCON as the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (the first female to be so appointed in the Corporation's 30-year history) and was confirmed by the Senate in December 2018. Ronke is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. She has attended several training programs locally & abroad and won several awards in the course of her career.
    Ngozi Okonkwo
    Chief Legal Officer, Oando PLC
    Ngozi Okonkwo is an astute lawyer with 20 years post-call to the bar experience, with an LL.M in International Business Law from the University of London in 2012. She has gained her wealth of legal experience in Energy law, Corporate and commercial law, Direct and Indirect taxation, Corporate finance, Corporate Secretarial Services, Compensation restructuring, Share scheme design, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate restructuring, she was the legal team lead on the acquisition of 3 ConocoPhillips’ business entities in Nigeria in July 2014 for a net purchase price of US$1.5 billion as well as other key transactions. She started off her professional career as a junior counsel with the law firm of F.O Akinrele & Co and thereafter as a Manager and head of the indirect tax unit at KPMG Professional Services (previously known as Arthur Andersen) prior to joining Oando PLC in 2009 as the Senior Legal Advisor, Legal Services. She was appointed the Chief Legal Officer Oando PLC in 2011, a role which she occupies till date. Ngozi Okonkwo serves as a member of the Group Leadership Council and other committees in Oando PLC. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, an Associate member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigeria as well as a fellow of the Centre for International Legal Studies in Austria. Over the years, she has received various local and international awards/recognition such as; her inclusion on the Legal 500's GC Powerlist Africa in 2017. This follows her listing as one of the top 100 corporate counsel in Africa by Legal 500 in 2015 and 2016. In October 2018, she was listed as one of the top 100 most influential people of African descent (business and entrepreneurship) as part of the United Nations international decade for people of African descent (Under 40 as at 1st January 2015). Recently in November 2018, Ngozi in conjunction with the legal services team won the ESQ legal oil and gas team of the year award. This is in addition to several other team awards/recognition spanning 2015 to 2017. She is happily married with children.
    Dr. Kemi DaSilva-Ibru
    Founder, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF)
    Anita Kemi Dasilva is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a medical back-ground that extends to Public Health. She is a qualified physician with over 15 years’ experience in private, where she dedicates her time addressing the needs of expectant mothers and women. Dr. DaSilva also runs a non- profit organization – the Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) that successfully tackles the issues of gender-based violence, rape and trafficking of young girls and women in communities throughout Lagos State and across Nigeria. Dr. Dasilva graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and completed her postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Howard University, Washington DC. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. She has expanded her expertise beyond the field of Obstetrics & Gynaecology with her participation in post-graduate medical courses in various specialties, and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos. Dr. DaSilva is currently undergoing a PhD Degree in Gender based Violence; Public Health & Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, the American Medical Association, Medical Women Association of Nigeria and the Association of Public Health Physicians Nigeria; She is also a member of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria. Dr. Dasilva is a strong advocate of gender equality and the empowerment all women and girls and is known for her unmitigated passion for women’s rights which has shaped her life and has led to her establishing WARIF. The Foundation is one of the nation’s foremost anti sexual violence organizations that raises awareness and addresses the prevalence of rape and gender-based violence in Nigeria through the development and implementation of a series of initiatives, targeting both the intervention/treatment of affected girls and women, as well as providing effective preventive measures in reducing this problem. She believes that it is our primary social responsibility, to ensure that globally, all young girls and women live in a society free of rape and sexual violence. Dr. DaSilva is married and has 3 wonderful children. She is a dedicated runner who regularly participates in long distance runs and other outdoor activities. She recently with her children, successfully completed the trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; reaching the summit.
    Hauwa Ojeifo
    Executive Director, She Writes Woman (SWW)
    Hauwa Ojeifo is the Executive Director at She Writes Woman (SWW); an award-winning movement of love, hope and support that gives mental health a voice in Nigeria. She is the creator of Africa’s premier walk-in life clinic called Safe Place Nigeria which provides psychosocial support and first-of-its kind support groups as preventative and early intervention approaches to addressing mental health issues young Nigerians deal with. She is giving mental health and sexual violence a voice; taking back the existing misinformed narrative and normalising mental health conversations in Nigeria. At 27 years, Hauwa holds an MSc in Investment Banking & Islamic Finance from Henley Business School, University of Reading, England and has a career that spans 6 industries including health, finance, fashion, event planning, retail services and digital marketing. She is a certified integrative mental health coach who uses her psychosocial disability to advocate for people like her across Nigeria and beyond. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders award 2018 by the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. She was selected as a One Young World Young Leader Against Sexual Violence (YLASV) and One Young World AstraZeneca Young Health Programme scholar 2018. She was also shortlisted as one of Top 100 Most Inspiring Nigerian Women 2018. Hauwa is the first African to bag the MTV Europe Music Generation Change Award in 2018 and was honoured as an Obama Africa Leader 2019. She recently assumed a role on the Generation Change Global Youth Advisory Board of Viacom (MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central etc) Hauwa has been featured and interviewed in both local and international media such as Telegraph UK, Guardian Nigeria, Reuters UK, Guardian Life, Nigerian Tribune, Reuters Japan, Leadership Newspaper, BBC World News, Yahoo Lifestyle, Wikimedia, Bella Naija and more. In recent times, Hauwa has been influential in ensuring that the mental health bill before the National Assembly is rights respecting and inclusive of voices of, and represents people living with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities in Nigeria. She hopes to partner and scale preventative mental health solutions in Nigeria that are innovative, sustainable and intersectional, as she believes that the nation's progress in its entirety can only be achieved by a mentally healthy and inclusive population. She can be reached at hauwa@shewriteswoman.org and her work is at www.shewriteswoman.org and www.linktr.ee/shewriteswoman
    Edujie Macaulay
    Gas Operations Analyst, Seplat Petroleum
    Dr Adeoye Adefulu
    Partner, Odujinrin & Adefulu
    Dr Adeoye Adefulu is a partner in the law firm of Odujinrin & Adefulu with over 20 years’ professional experience spanning the fields of petroleum law & policy, electricity law & policy, corporate & project finance. He obtained his law degree from the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1998. He also holds a Masters’ and Doctorate degree from the Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), Scotland. Through his research work and professional experience, Dr Adefulu has developed a keen understanding of policies, legal and regulatory frameworks for the Nigerian energy industry. He takes particular interest in oil and gas regulatory reform, gas utilisation, energy reform and environmental law issues. He regularly speaks at local and international fora on Nigerian energy matters. He is a member of the Nigerian National Assembly’s Technical Committee on Petroleum Industry Reforms and the Managing Editor of petroleumindustrybill.com and the Chairman of the Conference Planning Committee (“CPC”) for the Nigerian Bar Association – Section on Business Law 13th Annual Business Law Conference.
    Olufunke Adekoya SAN
    Partner, ǼLEX
    Mrs ‘Funke Adekoya SAN is a partner at ǼLEX, a Lagos based law firm with offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Accra, Ghana. She heads the firm’s Dispute Resolution practice with a focus on arbitration. She appears regularly before the superior courts in Nigeria and has provided expert witness evidence on Nigerian law issues before the courts of England, the United States, Turkey and Italy. In addition to having over 40 years of experience in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution she is a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and regularly sits as an arbitrator and appears as counsel in investment treaty, institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings both in international and domestic disputes. She is a past Vice President of the African Users Council of the London Court of International Arbitration as well as a Governing Board member and immediate past Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). In addition to sitting on the board of MARC - the Alternative Dispute Resolution arm of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), she is also a member – Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Panel Member, Kigali International Arbitration Centre, and Board Member of the Scottish International Arbitration Centre. Funke was designated to the Chairman’s Panel of Arbitrators at ICSID in September 2017 for a 6-year term. Funke also sits on the World Bank Group Sanctions Board, which is the final decision maker in contested cases arising out of allegations of fraud, corruption, and collusion in World Bank Group-financed development operations. She has an abiding interest in issues relevant to the future of legal practice as well as law firm management and practice development and chairs the International Legal Practice Committee of the NBA’s Section on Legal Practice.
    Theophilus Emuwa
    Managing Partner & Head, Corporate and Commercial Practice Group, AELEX
    Theophilus I. Emuwa is the Managing Partner and head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group at AELEX. He is admitted to the Bar in England and Wales, Nigeria and Ghana. His practice is focused on corporate and commercial law and taxation with over 30 years’ experience. Theo draws on his multifaceted background of law and engineering to provide insightful advice to the firm’s clients on transactions and also on tax matters. He is widely acknowledged as one of Nigeria’s leading tax lawyers. He was for many years the Chairman, Tax Committee of the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, and is currently the Vice Chair of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), Nigeria.
    Akinola & Oluwatoyin Olatunji-Daniel
    Founders, Eventecture
    Akinola and Oluwatoyin Olatunji- Daniel sit at the helm of affairs at the Eventecture Group, a proudly Nigerian Design and Build Company with a global out look.   Akin holds First and Master's degrees in Architecture from theUniversity of Lagos. Akin is also an alumni of the prestigious  Lagos Business School. While interning at an architectural firm, he stumbled into stage sets and event production, which he fell madly in love with.This in turn led to him being a founding partner at Tagg Events, an Event Management and  Drinks Servicing Company. While He was partner at Tagg Events, he provided many notable event and set design solutions   for corporate events and productions.   Akin is the founder and managing director of the Eventecture Group.He promotes the culture of continuous improvement to maintain an adaptable and responsive organisation, ready for changing market conditions and business demands. Akin is an innovative expert in the experiential design industry and its operations. He has a track record of  successful strategies for enhancing operations, profits and performance. A determined, responsible and ambitious leader, with more than a decade of success boosting efficiency and streamlining procedures for project groups, Nigerian and multinational companies in his area of competence. Focused on smoothly overseeing financial, personnel and operational facets.While effectively meeting targets with available resources to guaranty  long-term success. A natural team-builder and leader with proven abilities across all levels of organizational management. Akin is the proven change maker and innovator with signficant background in design, build and project management.   Oluwatoyin Olatunji-Daniel is a multimedia expert with over 12 years of management and leadership experience working first at a Non-Profit Organisation,The Covenant Christian Centre. Intially content with working in the background to ensure the smooth running of the family business and there after transitioning into The Events industry. She holds a B.A with honours in Linguistics from the University of Lagos , a Certified Scrum Master from the Radtac Institute, London,she is also an alumni of  The Lagos Business School. She is the co-founder and current Executive Director of the Eventecture Group, a design and build outfit with a major focus on the entertainment, fashion, retail, leisure and hospitality industries.   Oluwatoyin is the results-oriented Executive Director with demonstrated record of accomplishment in the event industry and experiential design and marketing sect. Streamlining operations, increasing profits and maximising market penetration with almost a decade of Eventecture’s progressive path in events and experiential design marketing industry. A Visionary leader with proven track record of driving organisational turnaround and change management. Forward-thinking and proactive with achievements across sales, marketing, advertising and executive management. Continually promoting operational improvements, market expansion and positive corporate culture as keys to success.  Oluwatoyin was  listed as one of the entrepreneurs to look out for by Youwin, an initiative of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Finance in 2017. Her innovations in the events industry has taken her to different parts of the country and she has been invited to speak at various seminars, workshops and conferences. She is also passionate about gender equality and entrepreneurship and volunteers with several initiatives that promote these issues. She is passionate about fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals and through her company, Eventecture, she has contributed immensely in the areas of reducing poverty and promoting decent work and economic growth in Africa.   Akinola and Oluwatoyin were first friends, then partners in life, love and business!
    Laila Johnson-Salami
    Journalist, Arise TV Ltd
    Laila Johnson-Salami is a Broadcast Journalist, an advocate for youth and women’s empowerment and the Co-Founder of the We Rise Initiative. She is a Politics and International Relations Graduate from the University of Westminster, who spent a majority of her teen years working with governments and organizations on politics and sustainable development. Currently, Laila is based in Lagos, Nigeria, where as an independent content creator, running her company, LJS Productions, which is a digital media services and content creation agency. She has previously worked at the House of Commons for MP Chris Williamson and as an Ambassador for Girl Rising. She has also worked as a Journalist for Africa Rizing and as a TV Presenter for Spice TV. Currently, Laila is a Correspondent for the Commonwealth Youth Council, a Contributor with the Financial Times and a Voice Over Artist with DDB Worldwide Communications. Furthermore, she co-hosts a YouTube show called On the Couch with Falz and Laila and anchors a podcast with Midas Radio at Aristokrat Records, called The Broken Record Podcast.
    Hon. (Dr.) Aishatu Jibril Dukku
    4th Term Serving Hon. Member & Former Minister of Education
    Born on 18th December, 1963 at Kaduna, north western Nigeria, Aishatu Jibril Dukku is an indigene of Dukku Local Government Area of Gombe State. She is a graduate of Bayero University, Kano with a combined honour of Arts Degree in Education specializing in English language. She started her working career as a classroom teacher in 1987 and rose to become a Principal and a Federal Inspector of Education between February 1988 and May 2007. On 26th July 2007, she was appointed Honourable Minister of State for Education. She was elected Member House of Representatives in 2015 and was Chairman, House Committee on Electoral and Political Party Matters from July 2015 to June 2019. She was re-elected Member House of Representatives in February 2019 and re-appointed Chairman, House Committee on Electoral Matters in July.
    Barr. Ebere Ifendu
    President, Women in Politics Forum, WIPF
    Ebere Ifendu is a woman with a strong sense of direction and purpose. A Lawyer, Chartered Mediator and Conciliator and Gender Advocate. She is the Director Centre for Gender Education and Rights, Gregory University, Uturu Abia State. She served as a member of the Presidential Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee. She was the National publicity secretary of labour party, Nigeria. She is the first woman to be elected to the position in Nigeria. She was the National Women Leader of the Labour Party before she took the bold step to contest for the post of Publicity Secretary, a position reserved for men.  She is presently, the President, Women in Politics Forum, WIPF. A multi-party Organization of Women in politics who are members of Parliament, Women Executive office holders, Women in civil Society and other Organizations that engage and develop strategies to achieve the mission of WIPF. She is a member of the African Women Leadership Network AWLN. She has just been appointed a Special assistant to the Senate Minority Leader on Diaspora, Gender and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Her dream for Nigerian and indeed African Women in general, is to see that they are appreciated and given their rightful place as strong, intelligent and hard-working women, who have been key players in nation building. She is a passionate advocate for gender equality and human rights. Her motivation is knowing that her little contribution towards Women Empowerment is yielding result and being able to support the less privileged in the society. The lawyer and chartered mediator and Conciliator among other things, is also a dedicated and loving mother of two sons. Ebere Ifendu was born in Abiriba, Ohafia LGA of Abia State to Chief Agwu and Chief Mrs Mercy Ifendu.  She attended Library Avenue Primary School Umuahia Abia State, Holy Rosary Girls' Secondary school Umuahia, Abia State, Federal School of Arts and Science Ondo, Ondo State before proceeding to M D University, Rohtak, India for her Bachelor Degree. She attended University of Lagos, Akoka for her LL. B and later to the Nigeria Law School. Bwari, Abuja for her BL. Ebere is a member of several professional bodies and NGO's, namely: Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, ICMC; Institute of Corporate Administration, International Bar Association, IBA; African Bar Association AFBA, International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA; Global Association of Female Lawyers, GAFA; and Nigeria Bar Association, NBA. She is a member of UN women Consultative Group and member Nigeria 100 Women Lobby group. She is the principal partner of E A IFENDU & Co. Executive Director, Imperial Finance and Securities Ltd, Lagos. Director Wall worth Nigeria Limited. To further her desire to be a good leader, she embarked on the following courses to enhance her capacity: Women’s Academy for Political Party Leadership in Berlin Germany, Legislative Advocacy, Project Management, Networking and Strategic Alliance and Proposal and Report writing. She is an IPAS trained program officer on reproductive health and rights of women. She is a recipient of many Awards for her work in supporting Women's Participation in Politics. Her hobbies include traveling, reading and watching documentary films.
    Tokunboh George-Taylor
    Managing Director, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Nigeria
    As Managing Director of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Nigeria, Tokunboh draws upon over 25 years of experience in public relations and corporate communications to guide the office in providing strategic insight and counsel to clients.  She is well versed in the business operating landscape in Nigeria. Her areas of specialization include Public Relations, Community Relations, Advertising, Branding and Marketing in the Telecoms, Information Technology, Finance, Education, Energy, Oil & Gas Sector. She is experienced in Governance and Compliance, CSR Strategy and innovation Development. Before joining H+K Strategies, Tokunboh spent over 14 years at integrated energy group Oando Plc. in Lagos where she was a part of the Group Leadership Council, heading up the Corporate Services, Corporate communications/CSR divisions along the way. Most recently she was Director of the Oando Foundation, establishing the foundation in Nigeria, US and UK and developing its framework and partnerships. Whilst at Oando Plc., she led the communications team for local and international fund raising and the listing on the Johannesburg stock exchange. Before returning to work in Nigeria in 2001 Tokunboh was a Senior Account Manager in London with one of the UK’s leading technology and consumer public relations agencies, handling the media campaigns for B2B clients in telecommunications. Tokunboh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, USA. She is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and Institute of Directors (IOD). She is also a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is also the Acting Chairman of the Oando Foundation as well as a Board Member of Legacy Office and CSR-in-Action Advocacy.
    Oyeyemi Aderibigbe
    Senior Associate, Templars
    Oyeyemi is a Senior Associate in Nigerian leading law firm, Templars. She has extensive experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer regularly advising Nigerian and international corporates across various sectors including Oil & Gas, FMCG, Financial Services, Media & Entertainment, and Technology. Passionate about capacity building for young lawyers and professionals, she devotes a significant amount of her time to their development as the Chairman of the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law and the Young Lawyers’ Committee Liaison officer of the African Regional Forum of the International Bar Association. With more than 50 articles published via her bi-weekly column, “The Young Business Lawyer” in the BusinessDay Newspaper, she advocates for causes and educates young lawyers on intangible and technical lawyering skills. When she is not lawyering, she spends most of her time, equipping teenagers for life and volunteering on several social platforms. She is married to her perfect complement, Ayo-Oluwa Aderibigbe.  
    Dr. Sade Adeyi
    Physician Partner, Brookside Medical Practice
    Dr. Sade Adeyi is a U.S trained and licensed Family Medicine physician with an interest in public health awareness, preventive medicine and urgent care. She graduated from the Georgetown Hospital/Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency program in Washington DC, USA after obtaining her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington DC, USA and a Master’s in Public Health degree with honours from The George Washington University in Washington DC, USA. Dr. Adeyi is passionate about improving the entire spectrum of healthcare in Nigeria, with a particular emphasis on enhancing primary healthcare and improving access to health insurance. She currently practices as a Physician Partner at Brookside Medical Practice in Lagos, Nigeria where she provides comprehensive medical care to pediatric, adult, geriatric and prenatal patients. She also maintains her US medical license and practices at MedExpress Urgent Care centers in Virginia, USA. She is on the Board of Directors of International Health Management Services (IHMS), a health insurance company providing comprehensive and affordable health plans across Nigeria. She has published numerous print articles and served as a guest on multiple talk media outlets to improve health education and awareness in Nigeria. Dr. Adeyi lives in Lagos and is happily married with two wonderful children.
    Kemi Onabanjo-Joseph
    Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
    Kemi Onabanjo-Joseph is an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm where she serves public and social sector clients across West Africa. She is a proud alumnus of Covenant University and also holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, where she was elected valedictorian for over 490 of her classmates in the graduating class of 2016.   Kemi serves on several NGO boards and has participated in several fellowships. She is a regular speaker at conferences and she actively mentors’ young men and women on their professional journeys. In 2018, Kemi was a Future Awards Africa Nominee in the Professional Service category and was recognized on YNaija’s Power List for Corporate Nigeria. In 2017, she was also recognized as one of the top 100 inspiring women in Nigeria by Leading Ladies Africa and has received several other awards and recognitions.   Kemi actively explores the world through travel (she has visited 40 countries to date). She is also a blogger and documents her travel adventures, experiences, lessons learned and other musings at www.kemionabanjo.com
    Nyma Akashat-Zibiri
    Co-Host, The View, TVC
    Nihmatallah Akashat-Zibiri was born into the family of Mr and Mrs Akashat Umoru Akokhia. She is the third child of a family of seven. She had her primary education at Our Lady of Lourdes primary school, Surulere. Afterwards, she attended the Command Day Secondary school, Ojo. She proceeded to Lagos State University for a two-year diploma in Law, and then pursued a degree in Law in the same university. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in February 2012 as a solicitor of the federal republic of Nigeria after she completed further education at the Nigerian law School, Abuja Nyma believes that the society can get better with each person’s positive contribution, in that regards; she serves as ambassador to numerous reputable NGOs and social impact groups. She is passionate about the development of both genders. She partners with several agencies such as Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) to fight for the rights of victims of domestic violence and get justice for victims of sexual harassment. She is also a part of The Boy Advocacy, an organization that raises awareness about the neglect and abuse of the boy child. Nyma also facilitates rehabilitation of released prisoners in partnership with the Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative, through the Post Prison Release Assessment program. Mrs Akashat-Zibiri partners with the Dorcas Cancer Foundation to support families with children suffering from cancer. She’s also an activist, she uses her influence as a TV presenter to call on the government to take actions, notable among them was her call to pay attention to the situation on the Badagry Express-way and the mother and Child Specialist Hospital in Amuwo-Odofin Lagos after her 6months bed rest there. Nyma is a Muslim and a public advocate of Islam. She is a member of the Hijab Right Advocacy Initiative, an organization that stands against harassment of Muslims wearing hijab. Nymah is a founding partner Cynosure Practice Barristers and Solicitors and she is a co-host on one of the most viewed TV programs in Africa, Your View on Television Continental (TVC).
    Nyma Akashat-Zibiri
    Founding Partner, Cynosure Practice Barristers and Solicitors; Co-Host, Your View, TVC
    Nihmatallah Akashat-Zibiri was born into the family of Mr and Mrs Akashat Umoru Akokhia. She is the third child of a family of seven. She had her primary education at Our Lady of Lourdes primary school, Surulere. Afterwards, she attended the Command Day Secondary school, Ojo. She proceeded to Lagos State University for a two-year diploma in Law, and then pursued a degree in Law in the same university. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in February 2012 as a solicitor of the federal republic of Nigeria after she completed further education at the Nigerian law School, Abuja Nyma believes that the society can get better with each person’s positive contribution, in that regards; she serves as ambassador to numerous reputable NGOs and social impact groups. She is passionate about the development of both genders. She partners with several agencies such as Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) to fight for the rights of victims of domestic violence and get justice for victims of sexual harassment. She is also a part of The Boy Advocacy, an organization that raises awareness about the neglect and abuse of the boy child. Nyma also facilitates rehabilitation of released prisoners in partnership with the Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative, through the Post Prison Release Assessment program. Mrs Akashat-Zibiri partners with the Dorcas Cancer Foundation to support families with children suffering from cancer. She’s also an activist, she uses her influence as a TV presenter to call on the government to take actions, notable among them was her call to pay attention to the situation on the Badagry Express-way and the mother and Child Specialist Hospital in Amuwo-Odofin Lagos after her 6months bed rest there. Nyma is a Muslim and a public advocate of Islam. She is a member of the Hijab Right Advocacy Initiative, an organization that stands against harassment of Muslims wearing hijab. Nymah is a founding partner Cynosure Practice Barristers and Solicitors and she is a co-host on one of the most viewed TV programs in Africa, Your View on Television Continental (TVC).
    Aderonke Adebanjo
    Marketing & Communications Manager, Prime Atlantic
    Aderonke Adebanjo is a quintessential creative woman. She is the Marketing & Communications Manager at Prime Atlantic, an indigenous oil and gas company.   Prior to her current role, she graced Lagos' airwaves on Smooth 98.1FM for seven and a half years as an On-Air Personality, where she hosted a variety of shows including The Drive Time show, which provided the right balance of entertainment and education-offering intelligent talk, useful information, great music, and interesting chit chat and interviews.   As a television presenter, she has hosted and co-hosted a variety of television shows and also runs a YouTube Channel called The Love Chest (http://Youtube.com/TheLoveChest), a platform she uses to discuss relevant topics on love and relationships that appeal to both men and women. In 2010, she was the co-host on Season 2 of a popular reality television show, The Debaters, which aired across Africa. She also co-hosted the live television broadcast of the eighth, ninth, and tenth editions of The Experience (2013, 2014, and 2015), the largest Gospel concert in Africa and arguably the world. The live broadcasts were aired across Africa and the U.K. and included interviews with some of the most notable Gospel artists, including Don Moen, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Cece Winans, and many others dignitaries, including politicians.   Aderonke is also a singer and songwriter and has featured on various music albums, including Acoustic Gospel Volume 2, released in the U.K. (2008) and in 2015, she released her first single called You Amaze Me to critical acclaim (available at http://SoundCloud.com/Aderonke/You-Amaze-Me).   Aderonke is also a writer/blogger, which she demonstrates on her increasingly popular blog called The Love Chest (http://TheLoveChest.blogspot.com). She uses the blog to spark conversations between men and women on the differences between the genders in a bid to foster understanding and bridge the communication gap and she shares thought-provoking information. She is fondly called the Love Activist by friends but she considers herself as simply a Love and Relationships Enthusiast.   Aderonke has always had a flair and passion for bringing people together and that passion drove her to launch The Social Prefect (TheSocialPrefect.com), a platform she uses to create, host, and promote networking events across Lagos. Some of her events include Conversations & Cocktails (Est. 2012), Dinner and Dialogue, Spanish and French Clubs, and Game Night. These events bring working professionals in Lagos together to network, connect, and engage.   Aderonke is an eloquent Voice Over Artist and COMPЀRE/MC and has hosted many events including the commissioning of two Lagos State Independent Power Plants (IPPs), Access Bank's 2019 International Women's Day Conference, an exclusive dinner with the CEO of Mastercard, OVH Energy's commissioning of the 1st privately-owned mid-stream jetty in West Africa and OVH's end-of-year party (2017), Lagos, The Next Fifty Years, Access Bank's International Women's Day event (2015, 2016, and 2017), launch and commissioning of the Cece Yara Foundation, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry event (2019), red carpet for the premiere of Selma, the movie, in Nigeria; launch of the Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Trust (DRASA Trust), launch of a new telenovela by Telemundo in Lagos, Atinuda, Mind the Gap for Singles, Saro, The Musical; V-Monologues (stage play), Woman Rising (an annual International Women's Day event) , Run-for-A-Cure Africa's Big Hat Brunch (a non-profit fundraiser), Hear Word (stage play), London Life, Lagos Living (stage play), TW Magazine Tea Party, Live Your Dreams Africa seminar (an annual youth empowerment seminar), Awesome Treasures Foundation Annual Summit, and others.   She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester, New York; professional experience in Community Research, Human Resources, Broadcasting (radio and television), Corporate Affairs, Corporate Communications; and a post-graduate certificate in Marketing Strategy from Loyola University, Chicago. She speaks Spanish and signs American Sign Language.   Aderonke has a strong desire to use her voice and talent to inspire others and create the change she wishes to see in the world. She loves great conversation, a good laugh, and ice cream/gelato!
    Bankole Williams
    Founder & Principal consultant, LYD Consulting
    Bankole Williams is a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic programming (NLP). He is a UK Certified Life & Career Coach and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) from the International Council for Managing Consulting Institutes ICMCI). He is also a Fellow of the International Management Consultants Certification Board (FIMCB). He is also widely regarded as a Behavioral Change Expert. He is an emergent force to be reckoned with in the field of Management Consulting with over 12 years of experience in Human Resources and consulting fields.  He is also a recipient of the Lagos State award of Excellence in Youth & Social Development. He is also the current recipient of the Google grant award for Youth empowerment in Africa.   In his quest to understand and optimize human potential, Bankole has gained management and career experience, first at Guaranty Trust Bank, where he was an invaluable member of the Human Resources Team. While at Guaranty Trust bank, he discovered his passion for workforce activation and man power development which led to his move to the Training department where he also facilitated trainings for staff in the bank, after which, he joined a reputable consulting firm - Visible Impact.   He is the Founder & Principal consultant at LYD Consulting; a firm committed to delivering consulting interventions that lead to transformational change.   Bankole Williams has designed, managed and facilitated several customer service and personal/workplace mastery training programs, He has also facilitated management and leadership retreats for several organizations. He is an expert at delivering training solutions on product lines such as Self Mastery, Emotional Intelligence, Executive Coaching, Change management, Business Communication, Team bonding, Superior service delivery, Leadership, Selling skills, Employability, Enterprise development etc.   His facilitation skills are no doubt prolific, as he currently provides consulting interventions for banks and different organizations, some of which include the World Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Access bank, Diamond Bank, SkyeBank, Union Bank, Heritage bank, Stanbic IBTC, StanbicIBTC pensions, First Bank, Fidelity bank, Oando, Konga, Google, NLNG, UTC and the Nigerian Stock Exchange, The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to mention a few. He has facilitated various Culture Transformation initiatives for AshakaCement, team bonding retreats for Heritage bank and Stanbic IBTC, Executive management retreats for DPR, the PoloLuxury and NLNG.   Bankole is also the Founder of an NGO called Live Your Dreams Africa; a platform he set up to challenge Africans to live their lives intentionally towards the achievement of their dreams. He Through this platform, he showcases successful people in different walks of life who have against all odds consciously pursued their dreams to set up enterprises and are today celebrated for what they do. He is the proprietor of the Dream Development Center (DDC), an arm of the NGO focused on empowering youth with knowledge and resources to create businesses in the areas of their passion, thereby solving the problems of unemployment and underemployment. The center connects participants with some of the most successful individuals in select fields who fulfil their philanthropic desires by facilitating courses and providing mentorship/apprenticeship opportunities to participants.   He has received numerous awards for his professional and philanthropic work, and as a nation builder.
    Chizoba Michelle Okpala
    Managing Director & Head Mixiologist of Elles Icebox; Author, The Elles Icebox Cocktail Guide.




    PLENARY AND DEEP-DIVE SESSION


    Plenary 1
    OUR SEAT AT THE TABLE

    All over the world, women are touted as being ‘hardworking, great at multitasking, creative, empathetic etc.’ These same qualities are expected of leaders and high-level corporate executives. However, there is still a staggering shortage of women occupying these top roles globally. Studies show that women make up roughly 40% of the global workforce for clerical jobs and a meagre 17% for executive positions. As reported by Fortune 500, only 5% of companies have female CEOs. This number fell by 25% in 2018. It has been proven that a gender diverse workforce leads to higher levels of productivity and innovation. So, what push do these companies need to ensure a more balanced workforce is attained? How can women be motivated to apply for more leadership roles? How can organisations create more gender-inclusive atmospheres to encourage female career progression?

    This plenary examines steps that can be taken to increase the number of women in decision making roles and how we can get more women a seat at the table.

    Plenary 2
    COLLABORATING TO WIN: NAVIGATING THE OLD BOYS CLUB

    Corporate culture has historically been built around paternalistic structures and reinforced by societal expectations. This reality has evolved over time and we now see a lot more women breaking into fields typically occupied by their male counterparts. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go if we are to achieve the required gender parity at the executive level of organizations and in several entrepreneurial spaces. A key component for breaking these barriers is navigating the ‘good old boys club’ and gaining access to the required networking and professional mentoring opportunities therein. Gaining access to the ‘old boys club’ ultimately means more rounded mentorship that can in turn lead to more women in the boardroom where key decisions concerning gender balance are being made.

    This plenary session aims to equip women seeking professional growth with vital tips on how to navigate the old boys club by collaborating to win.

    Plenary 3
    THE IMPOSTER SYNDROME-MYTH or TRUTH?

    The term ‘Imposter Syndrome’ was coined by clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978, to describe people who, despite external and factual evidence of accomplishments, feel like they are undeserving. Research suggests that women are more likely to be affected and therefore are prone to having a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as frauds despite their high level of competency. They incorrectly attribute their success to luck resulting in delayed career and business progress. Even highly successful women have battled with this syndrome; however, the key to overcoming it remains within reach.

    Plenary 4
    DEVELOPING A WEALTH MINDSET

    Have enough, save enough, leave enough. Wealth can be defined in various ways. For the purpose of this discussion, the focus will be on managing and growing your money. What does it mean to have a wealth mindset and how do you develop one? It is said that majority of Nigerians live pay check to pay check. This means that most people live in a vicious cycle and never feel that they have enough money to commit towards generating more revenue streams.

    This plenary will look at steps to developing a wealth mindset.

    Plenary 5
    SILENCING THE SHAME

    We live in a society that attaches a stigma to survivors of certain traumatic experiences. Rape, domestic violence, kidnapping and even depression tend to attract inquiry as to what could have been done differently at the time of the event or during the period preceding the event. Naturally the fear of this type of judgment has the negative consequence of survivors refusing to speak up, seek help, seek justice and restitution.

    This panel explores trauma-related guilt, how to overcome social stigmas, ways to rebuild self-esteem and where to get help.

    Plenary 6
    SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS

    In Nigeria, the number of women participating in politics is not proportional to the 50% of the nations’ population which women represent. Despite the strides made by several organizations, female participation in Nigerian politics is still low and gender parity at leadership levels remains an illusion. A more equal gender representation leads to a more equal representation in governance and a healthier political environment. Many have compared the process of participating in politics to swimming with the sharks.

    This plenary will explore how to develop political savviness and encourage more female participation ahead of 2023.

    Plenary 7
    PARTNERSHIPS THAT STRUCK GOLD

    Research indicates that up to 70% of business partnerships eventually fail; this plenary will look at those that have stood the test of time and continue to grow from strength to strength. The speakers will discuss the critical considerations for choosing the right business partner and highlight processes that have contributed to their success. Hear testimonials from two sets of individuals who have collaborated to build sustainable organisations. Discover key ingredients for making it work and know the pitfalls to avoid.

    Deep-Dive 1
    REACHING THE UNPLUGGED

    Statistics show that only 55% of Nigerians are internet users; meaning that there is a whopping 45% of the population that is not being reached by social media or other online marketing campaigns. Businesses cannot afford to ignore the unplugged Nigerians who could potentially represent a significant customer base. What marketing strategy best connects businesses to their “off-line” target customers? How can businesses best utilize traditional marketing techniques such as radio, billboards etc.?

    This session will look into methods for diversifying your marketing strategies and exploring different approaches to reach the unplugged and maximize your business potential.

    Deep-Dive 2
    NO SURPRISES!

    Retirement planning should ideally start once an individual begins their first job. It is never too early or too late to start saving and investing ahead for the golden years. This deep dive will equip participants with practical steps to stay financially proactive in ways that will ensure comfort during retirement.

    We cannot afford to have any unpleasant surprises concerning money matters in our twilight years.

    Deep-Dive 3
    YES, THAT IS WHAT I AM WORTH!

    Negotiation tactics are a major strategic component for successful professionals and businesses. Yet, many times, we underestimate our worth and are quick to accept the 1st offer we receive. Other times, we are not bold enough to challenge the offer presented to us and therefore accept it without any push back. This happens even when we know that our time and expertise are worth more than the offer. How do women take bold and courageous steps to challenge an offer presented to them without coming across as arrogant?

    This deep dive will discuss when to challenge and how to challenge during the difficult conversations around remuneration and other workplace benefits.

    Deep-Dive 4
    MR & MRS INC.

    Thinking of going into business with your significant other? This can be both a noble and daunting idea. Building a successful organization can be a complex endeavour and doing this with your significant other brings additional complexities.

    This deep dive features married couples who are running businesses together. Find out how they have been able to successfully run their enterprise whilst maintaining their marriage; managing their home and raising their children.

    Deep-Dive 5
    UNDERSTANDING CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR

    Understanding the psychology, motivations and behavior patterns that influence consumer-buying decisions is a key factor in any business strategy. The more you know about your target market, the better you can tailor your product to meet that market.

    This deep dive will focus on how businesses can use data to understand consumer behaviors and forecast trends which will drive knowledge-based product creation and marketing.

    Deep-Dive 6
    STAYING AHEAD OF THE GAME

    Knowing how to manage up, across and down is crucial if you want to have a say in shaping your future. Learn how to build networks with Senior, Junior and Peer groups so that you can stay in the know, remain relevant and keep ahead of the game. This session highlights the importance of developing and maintaining a robust 360 network.

    NIGERIA: STAY OR LEAVE
    Disruption vs Distraction

    With the current rate of unemployment at 23%, high rate of underemployment, high insecurity, unstable power supply, poor water supply, inadequate infrastructure and high cost of doing business; It is not a surprise that a significant number of Nigerians are emigrating to different countries. Research shows 1 in 3 Nigerians have considered relocating abroad.

    This friendly, high-octane debate pits those who argue in favour of relocating versus proponents of remaining despite the difficult circumstances.



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