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WIMBIZ ANNUAL CONFERENCE

About WIMBIZ Conference


Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) is a non-profit organization that has, over the last 16 years, implemented programs that inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions in the public and private sector. WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 500 accomplished women in management, business and public service and over 5,000 women in its database. WIMBIZ collaborates with credible domestic and international global organizations to deliver programs, which have influenced over 93,825 women since inception.

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
                                                              
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 organization that has, over the last 16 years, implemented programs that inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions in the public and private sector. WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 500 accomplished women in management, business and public service and over 5,000 women in its database. WIMBIZ collaborates with credible domestic and international global organizations to deliver programs, which have influenced over 93,825 women since inception.

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
                                                              
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
16+

Years

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X Over the last 16 years, we have driven execution of our vision by empowering and inspiring women through our Annual Conference which has become the biggest and most inspiring Conference for women in Nigeria.
1000+

Women

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X Engage, connect, share and be inspired by over 1000 women from diverse areas of the corporate, business and public sectors, including indigenous and international delegates.
50+

Speakers

The Conference will attract over 50 speakers who will build on the suc...


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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


After Party

Every year after the conference, there is an exciting After Party for delegates to unwind and network in an informal environment. This year the WIMBIZ After-Party has evolved into a new awesome shape. The theme for this year's After Party is WAKANDA and it African inspired. The criteria for recognizing awardees is based strictly on a demonstration of excellence, commitment, innovativeness, integrity, national impact; and most importantly women who demonstrated a substantive, yet largely unrecognized excellence in the area for which they were being considered. It's bound to be an unforgettable experience. So lock down the dates, and be there! We look forward to welcoming you.

Networking Breakfast

The WIMBIZ Networking Breakfast will attracts approximately 180 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 expanding business contacts. In addition, have them give an elevator pitch or have them share a specific challenge they want advice or guidance towards their personal or business life as well as learn from others in one hour. The Networking Breakfast is a must-attend if you are seeking your next big idea, strategic connection or winning partnership. Highlights: Speed Networking, Financial Advisory session & elevator pitch

DATE: Thursday, November 1, 2018 ∣ TIME: 7am ∣ FEE: N10,000

VENUE: Abora & Mazonia Hall, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos





Speakers


  • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

    Former CEO, Flutterwave

    Dr. (Mrs.) Sarah Alade

    CEO, Social and Economic Policy Advisory Services (Conference Chairperson)

    Austin Okere

    Founder, CWG Plc

  • Dolapo Osinbajo

    Executive Director, Women’s Helping Hands Initiative

    Iquo Ukoh

    Managing Director, Entod Marketing Limited

    Rasheed Jaiyeola

    Founder, Bukka Hut

  • Steve Babaeko

    Founder, X3M Ideas

    Fareed Arogundade

    Founder, Workstation

    Stephanie Obi

    Managing Director/CEO, ST Hub Limited

  • Tolu Adelowo

    Founder and Chief Growth Officer, Cousant Connect

    Ihuoma Onyearugha

    Director, Medical and Human Resources, Chevron Nigeria Ltd

    Owen Omogiafo

    ED, Transcorp Hilton

  • Rosie Ebe-Arthur

    Group Head, Human Capital Management & Development, First Bank Nigeria Ltd. & Subsidiaries

    Sonye Allanah

    DGM, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Total E & P Nigeria Ltd.

    Oyiza Salu

    Group Head, Human Resources, GTBank Plc

  • Simon Kolawole

    Founder, Cable Newspaper Ltd

    Adesua Dozie

    General Counsel, GE Africa

    St Petersbell Jigo

    Global Group Executive Director, Procurement & Corporate Services, Aiteo

  • Wonuola Okoye

    Founder, The Big Startup

    Hamisha Daryani-Ahuja

    Motivational Speaker / Coach

    Toyosi Olatunji

    MD, Arcane Insights Ltd.

  • Chike Onyia

    CEO, Zolts Ltd.

    Folake Soetan

    Chief Commercial Officer, Ikeja Electric a subsidiary of Sahara Group

    Enahoro Simeon Okhae

    Principal Strategist, Simeon’s Pivot Resources

  • Betty Irabor

    Founder and Publisher, Genevieve Magazine

    Ibidun Ighodalo

    Founder and Managing Director, Elizabeth R

    Dr. Maymunah Kadiri

    Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Pinnacle Medical Services

  • Dr. Patrick Ijewere

    Medical Director, Carib Health Ltd

    Chiadi Ndu

    Founder, BTH Integrated Service

    Abiola Adekoya

    CEO, RMB Nigeria Stockbrokers Nigeria Ltd

  • Esiri Agbeyi

    Partner, PwC Nigeria

    Taba Peterside

    CEO, Waveline Growth Partners

    Dr. Adedayo Joseph

    Consulting Oncologist, Lakeshore Cancer Center

  • Dr. Ifeyinwa Nwakwesi

    Founder, Healthy Living Services

    Prof. Kamar Adeleke

    President/CEO, Tristate Healthcare System

    Bunmi George

    Founder, ShredderGang

  • Prof. Konyin Ajayi SAN

    Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP

    Odein Ajumogobia SAN, OFR

    Founding Partner, Ajumogobia & Okeke

    Victoria Samson

    Managing Director, Bovas and Company Ltd

  • Toyin Sanni

    CEO, Emerging Africa Capital Group

    Nichole Yembra

    CFO, Venture Garden Group (VGG) and Managing Partner, GreenHouseCapita

    Omokehinde Adebanjo

    Vice President and Area Business Head, West Africa, Mastercard

  • Nkem Begho

    Managing Director, Future Software Resources Ltd

    Adenike Oyetunde

    On-Air Personality, Nigeria Info FM

    Chinyere Anokwuru

    Founder, Self-Worth Organization

  • Oke Maduewusi

    Founder, Zaron Cosmetics

    Laure Beaufils

    Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission Lagos

    Adeola Ajayi

    Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

  • Kola Oyeneyin

    Founder and CEO, Venia Group

    Japheth Omojuwa

    Founder & Chief Strategist, The Alpha Reach

    Deyemi Okanlawon

    CEO, Covenant Entertainment Services

  • Ngozi Nkwoji

    Portfolio Manager, Non-Alcoholic Drinks Nigerian Breweries Plc.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
Former CEO, Flutterwave
Iyinoluwa is CEO and Co-founder of Flutterwave, a global payments technology company connecting Africa to the global digital economy with payments infrastructure that helps financial institutions and businesses build more seamless and secure payments experiences for their customers. Founded in 2016 by a team of African payments, technology and banking veterans from Standard Bank, Google Wallet, Andela and Paypal amongst others, Flutterwave has grown to be one of the fastest growing payments technology companies in the world. Since inception Flutterwave has processed close to $2 billion in transaction value (2017) across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa and has attracted significant investment from experienced players in the global payments arena such as Y Combinator (investors in Stripe), Greycroft (investors in Braintree), Green Visor Capital, Omidyar Network and Glynn Capital amongst others. In 2017, Flutterwave was named Africa's Best Fintech Company by AppsAfrica. Prior to helping to co-found and lead Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa co-founded Andela - Africa's largest engineering organization with over 500 software engineers which has received investment from Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures amongst others.   Iyinoluwa who holds a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo, is a Young Global Leader, a Forbes 30 under 30 honouree and a member of Nigeria's Presidential Advisory Council on Industrial Policy and Competitiveness.
Dr. (Mrs.) Sarah Alade
CEO, Social and Economic Policy Advisory Services (Conference Chairperson)
Dr. Sarah Alade holds a B Sc. (Hons) Economics 1976 from University of Ife, Ile Ife, Master of Commerce, University of Melbourne and PhD Management Science from University of Ilorin. She was Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria in charge of Economic Policy from 2007-2017. In that capacity she was responsible for Monetary Policy Committee Meetings and was the Chair of Monetary Policy Implementation Committee. She also had responsibility for the management of multilateral and bilateral relationships, including IMF, World Bank, ECOWAS.   In 2014 Dr. Alade was appointed Acting Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria.   Prior to her appointment as Deputy Governor, she gained broad Central Banking and Financial System experience in various roles. In 2004 she was appointed Director Banking Operations and had responsibility for Payment System and Monetary Policy implementation. She served as Chairman Board of Directors for Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), and Chairman Payments System Strategy Committee.   Dr. Alade is a recipient of many awards and honors. She is a Fellow of Nigeria Economic Society, the Nigeria Statistical Association and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).  Dr. Alade was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of African Finance Corporation (AFC), Financial Market Dealers Quotation, and the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM).   Dr. Alade has several publications in local and international journals. She has strong interest in Price and Financial System Stability. She is currently leading research efforts to generate insights that can be applied to drive inclusive economic growth.
Austin Okere
Founder, CWG Plc
Austin Okere is the Founder of CWG Plc and the Ausso Leadership Academy. Austin has an MBA from IESE Business School, and over 25 years entrepreneurial experience. Austin is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Columbia Business School, New York. He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network in Washington DC in recognition of his major contribution to the development of business education and knowledge transfer in Africa. Austin has been recognized with a Lifetime Entrepreneurship Achievement Award by the American University of Nigeria in 2017 for his dedicated service and outstanding entrepreneurial accomplishments. He received the Nigerian Computer Society Special Presidential Award in 2016, and was named ICT Personality of the year by the Society in 2014. He was also named ICT Man of the Decade by ICT Watch - Africa Digital Network in 2012 and was listed on the United Kingdom’s C.Hub Magazine 100 Most Influential Creatives in 2016. Austin was named among 100 Leading Telecoms & ICT Personalities in Nigeria by the Association of Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ATCON) in July 2018. Austin is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria. His company, CWG Plc has been recognized as a ‘Global Growth Company’ by the World Economic Forum and is the largest security listed in the Technology Sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Dolapo Osinbajo
Executive Director, Women’s Helping Hands Initiative

Dolapo is a lawyer and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990. She is the Executive Director of the Women’s Helping Hands Initiative (TWHHI), a nonprofit organization which was incorporated in 2010. TWHHI presently operates two shelters for women and children in Lagos (one on Lagos Mainland and one on Lagos Island). The shelters, with 150 and 100 bed capacities respectively cater specially for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

Each shelter has a clinic with 24 hour nursing care and a skill acquisition room where residents can learn skills that will enable them be financially independent when they leave the shelter. The centre also provides legal representation for residents when required.

TWHHI also runs two empowerment programs ‘Project Ayodele’ established in memory of Dolapo’s mother and ‘Step Up’. The skills acquisition programs are run over two weeks period at the end of which participants are able to set up their business and start earning immediately. The most popular of these courses is the bag making course. Eight thousand women across the country have benefitted from these empowerment programs over the past 3 years.

TWHHI also anchors the Concerned Mothers Group. A group of women who act as social workers in the community and counsel and support vulnerable members of society suffering from abuse and neglect.

For many years Dolapo worked with street children and men popularly known as ‘area boys’ in Lagos Island. Hope and succor was brought to many who turned from a life of crime and are living productive and successful lives today. Her activities and interactions in this area are documented in her book ‘They Call Me Mama’ which was published in 2014. Dolapo also writes a daily devotional on Facebook called Let Us Pray.

She is happily married to His Excellency the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Prof Yemi Osinbajo SAN and they are blessed with three children.

Iquo Ukoh
Managing Director, Entod Marketing Limited
Iquo Ukoh, quintessential professional and multi-dimensional Marketing Advisor and Expert is a distinguished fellow of Nigerian Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and a highly respected veteran within the West African Marketing Communications space. Iquo Ukoh is a recipient of many awards including the prestigious Access Bank 2015 Seasoned Professional of the Year.  She has served as the 1st Vice President of Advertisers Association of Nigeria and other committees in the Advertising / Communication subsector like Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria. She is a member of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, a member of Dietitians Association of Nigeria. She is on the advisory board of Rise Youth Networks and member of several women organizations. She is currently on the board of Trustees of the Advertisers Association of Nigeria   Having managed many global brands for Nestle, she has strong flexibility in adapting global strategies to local application delivering accelerated market growth. Iquo is passionate about people hence her customer-centricity and insatiable drive to understand them more and more.   Iquo has extensive experience in Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy and Implementation. Result focused and strong people leadership skill with several years experience in Marketing and General Management in Nestle Nigeria, Iquo has developed many managers in the field of marketing in Nigeria. She was the first female Marketing Manager and the first woman to seat on the board of directors of Nestle Nigeria   Iquo has in depth understanding of impact of preventive health interventions on population having obtained a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Nigeria and worked with a Nestle Nigeria, National Institute for Medical Research and University of Lagos Teaching Hospital.   Iquo Ukoh is currently the CEO of Entod Marketing a marketing consultancy company with rich experience / practical expertise in helping brands and businesses drive sustainable growth within the African context. Entod, leverages deep local consumer and trade insights, to develop, optimize and execute differentiated marketing strategies for our clients. Iquo is also the founder of 1qfoodplatter.com a Nigerian food blog that has made notable impact in the Nigerian food space.   Iquo Ukoh sits on the board of Saro Care Ltd as a Non Executive Director.
Rasheed Jaiyeola
Founder, Bukka Hut
Rasheed Jaiyeola holds a B.Sc Degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife; he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant during his first year in University. He is also a Certified Systems Auditor and has over 16 years working experience spanning various functions within the Financial Industry - Investment Banking, Financial Control, Fund Management; and the Hospitality Industry. He joined Investment Banking & Trust Company (now Stanbic IBTC Bank) shortly after graduating from College in 2002, where he was Deputy Head - Internal Audit. He was seconded, as a pioneer management staff, to start-up Stanbic IBTC Pensions Managers Limited in 2005 (currently the most successful PFA in Nigeria, in terms of funds under management and profitability; where he served as Financial Controller and later Head – Fund Administration until June 2008. He then invested in Nigerian International Securities Limited; a Stockbroking and Investment Advisory Firm in July 2008 and served as Executive Director/C.F.O until September 2016 when he resigned from the Board to work full time as the Managing Director of Bukkha Hospitality Limited; trading under the brand name Bukka Hut and BH Lounge; a Company he co-founded in July 2011, which has now grown to 6 outlets. Rasheed enjoys watching sports and is an avid squash player. He is the current Squash Captain of Ikoyi Club 1938. He is happily married with 4 children – a girl aged 12, a boy aged 9 and 7 month old twin girls.
Steve Babaeko
Founder, X3M Ideas
As X3M Ideas’ Chief Executive Officer/Chief Creative Officer, Steve brings to the agency his significant experience in building brands across industries.   Steve’s passion for creativity matches his love for challenges. He is a writer, consumer behaviour analyst, brand development expert and motivational speaker.   Steve nurtures youths to be self-reliant that is why individuals and groups always invite him to speak to young Nigerians at many seminars and workshops.   He started his advertising career at MC&A Saatchi & Saatchi in 1995, before he later joined Prima Garnet Ogilvy and 141 Worldwide where he worked till early 2012, bringing his experience in the industry to a cumulative 22 years.   In 2012, he took the bold step and left 141 Worldwide to start his own advertising agency X3M Ideas Limited. Steve is also the founder of X3M Music, a music record label company that is focused primarily on developing young talents.   Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. Steve is currently the Vice President of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), also the Chairman Lagos Advertising & Ideas Festival (LAIF) Board, and the current Chairman, Public Relations Committee of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce.   He has also attended several international Leadership trainings, in Harvard Business School and Columbia University, New York.  
Fareed Arogundade
Founder, Workstation
Fareed is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur with global experience across a diverse set of industries including advertising, energy and real estate.   He is the Managing Partner for Pacific Vanguard Limited, Director of Midland Resources Limited, a Business Development Executive for Ikot Abasi Power and the Founder and CEO of Workstation International Co-Work Limited. Fareed is also a member of the Advisory Group on Technology and Creativity for the Federal Government of Nigeria.   It is not Fareed’s resume stripes that led to his successful career, but his passion for improving life in his country and making a positive impact across Africa and emerging markets. His work has been featured in Forbes, TechCabal, Africans Building Africa, TechMoran, Business Day, Arise TV, Techpoint, Disrupt Africa, The Guardian, Konbini and Channels TV.   Fareed holds a BBA in Finance from the Howard University School of Business. In his spare time, he likes exploring new restaurants, discovering new cities, watching and investing in the stock market, and visiting art galleries.
Stephanie Obi
Managing Director/CEO, ST Hub Limited
Popularly referred to as Africa’s Queen of Online Courses, Stephanie Obi has launched twenty online courses, across multiple niches and has enrolled over 600 participants from nine countries into her programs. Given her renowned expertise, she now helps other people to create, launch and sell their own online courses. She is the Amazon Bestselling author of the book, Knowledge is the New Gold and is also the founder of an EdTech Startup, Trayny, which is an online educational platform that creates and manages online courses from Africa's most trusted leaders. She is a First Class graduate of Computer Science from Covenant University and holds an MBA from the prestigious Lagos Business School. She has received many notable awards and recognitions such as being named as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria in 2017 and winning first prize in the Wimbiz Impact Investment Competition in 2014. She speaks in notable conferences around the world and has been featured on various platforms including Channels TV, Guardian Newspaper, Arise TV, Punch Newspaper, EbonyLifeTV, etc. She shares business lessons weekly on​ www.stephanieobi.com
Tolu Adelowo
Founder and Chief Growth Officer, Cousant Connect
Tolu is the Founder and Chief Growth Officer of Cousant Connect, a specialized recruitment and outsourcing service that connects great ideas to highly vetted and trusted technology talent.  Cousant Connect was borne out of a need to fix the huge technology talent gap in Africa.   Tolu has been able to quickly establish Cousant Connect as the primary outsourcing partner for some of the largest financial services companies in Nigeria including Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank, First Bank of Nigeria and AXA Mansard.  Cousant Connect is also the publisher of the official bi-annual IT Jobs Report for Nigeria that has been featured on CNBC Africa.   Tolu is very passionate about the potential of the African talent market and the African story.  He is always exploring ways to bring people, technology and partners together to create new value for the African Continent.  This has also led him to launch the Cousant Academy whose purpose is to train entry level and mid level IT professionals on skills and technologies that are most in demand.   Tolu’s professional career spans over 20 years with previous experience working for multinational companies like Accenture, Royal Dutch Shell Company and Lansdowne Partners in the UK.  He graduated with a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Science from Imperial College London and is currently enrolled on the Diploma for Strategy and Innovation degree at the University of Oxford Said Business School.  He has advised a number of early stage startups and sits on several boards including Fechrad Engineering and Arthrimed Specialist Hospitals.
Ihuoma Onyearugha
Director, Medical and Human Resources, Chevron Nigeria Ltd
Ihuoma Onyearugha is a 1981 graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she obtained a BSc. (Botany). She also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently the Executive Director of Human Resources and Medical at Chevron Nigeria Limited, a global leader in the oil and gas industry. She has occupied this position since April 2012 and has demonstrated admirable leadership and consistent success in talent management in her company. She is the only woman on the boards of Chevron Nigeria Limited, Chevron Closed Pension Fund Company and Chevron Savings Plan. As part of her role, she drives talent management and development initiatives. She oversees a workforce of over 4,000 people (2200+ employees and 2000+ contract workers) in seven locations including Houston, Texas, USA and with expatriates from more than 12 countries. She envisions a world-class HR function that will be recognized as a strategic partner whose place at the table is earned and respected. Ihuoma began her career with Chevron Nigeria Limited in February 1992, as a Human Resources Representative. Over her 26-year career in Chevron Nigeria Limited, she has held many increasingly important leadership positions in different functional areas of the company (locally and internationally) leading her to an executive leadership position. Prior to joining Chevron, she worked briefly in the University of Maiduguri library and had a short teaching career in Lagos State. In 2003, she became the People Development Manager, responsible for talent development in the Nigeria Business Unit during which she started the HR Business Partner model of service delivery in Chevron Nigeria Limited. In 2005 she assumed the role of Senior HR Advisor in Chevron Corporation Headquarters, San Ramon, California and supported executive leadership and U.S. expatriates in various countries. Ihuoma is a thought leader, with good influencing skills and a good network in the oil and gas industry. Early in her HR career, she initiated a new interview process that supports talent acquisition which is still being used in the company today.  She also led the Leadership Development Project which resulted in a Leadership Development Program that was adopted as a best practice globally. She is a member of professional associations like Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM – U.S.A) and Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN). She holds a Global Professional Human Resources (GPHR) and Senior Competency Professional (SCP) certifications from SHRM, USA.  She has shared HR knowledge and practices in different fora including Lagos Business School, CIPM Annual Conference, HR Leaders Africa and Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association. She currently chairs the HR Sub-committee of the Oil Producers’ Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce. She has been distinguished with multiple awards including the Best HR Director Award from CareerNation, an international organization and a Vice President’s Award for leading an international team that customized a leadership development programme that was deployed in more than 15 countries and in four languages. She has also been honoured severally by different groups in her community and the University of Nigeria Alumni Association, Lagos. Recently, she was nominated as one of “101 Most Influential Global HR Leaders” by the World HRD Congress, India. Under her leadership, her company has won several people related awards which include the 2014 Chartered Institute of Personal Management of Nigeria Overall Best Practice Award for Nigeria and the Oil Industry and the 2015 Employer of Choice Award by People Magazine and the 2015 People Magazine ‘Best Company to Work For Award’. She had over the last six year increased the technology enablement of HR processes making them more efficient and customer friendly.
Owen Omogiafo
ED, Transcorp Hilton
Owen Omogiafo is Executive Director, Corporate Services at Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp). Transcorp is Nigeria’s leading diversified investments conglomerate with investment in Power, Hospitality, Oil & Gas and Agriculture.   Prior to joining Transcorp in July 2018, Owen was the Chief Operating Officer at the Tony Elumelu Foundation, where she oversaw the $100m Programme aimed at identifying, mentoring and funding 10,000 entrepreneurs over 10 years. She has also been the Director of Resources at Heirs Holdings, a family-owned investment company chaired by Tony O. Elumelu CON. Owen’s past experience include working at the United Bank for Africa Plc, as  HR Advisor to the GMD/CEO and at Accenture as an Organisation and Human Performance Consultant, specializing in Change Management.   A Harvard trained executive, Owen is a certified Change Manager (Prosci Institute, USA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK. She holds a B.Sc. in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Benin and an M.Sc. in Human Resources from the London School of Economics and Political Science.   Owen is a member of the Board of Avon Healthcare, where she sits on the Board Finance, Investment & Risk Committee and Board Audit & Governance, in a Non-Executive capacity.   Owen has been named as a Nigeria 40 under 40 by YNaija! and was in 2018 recognised by The Guardian as one of Nigeria’s 100 most inspirational women. She is happily married with three children.
Rosie Ebe-Arthur
Group Head, Human Capital Management & Development, First Bank Nigeria Ltd. & Subsidiaries
Rosie loves working with people to find the hidden diamond in them by creating the right environment to develop exceptional employees.  She is passionate about Africa and believes that with a focus on distributed leadership, Africa will play a bigger role in the world.  As GH, Human Capital & Development, First Bank Nigeria Ltd. & Subsidiaries, Rosie has responsibility for managing employees across Nigeria, United Kingdom, Ghana, D.R. Congo, Guinea, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Senegal.  Prior to FirstBank, she was Head of Human Resources, Nigeria and West Africa, Standard Chartered Bank covering Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Gambia.   Rosie has over 25 years of business and HR experience in the global and Pan-African context including her time with Ecobank Transnational Inc. as HR Business Partner for the Domestic Bank business with oversight of over 30 countries and Ernst & Young, South Africa as Director for People Effectiveness with a reach of 19 countries.   Rosie is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, UK.  She holds a Postgraduate from the University of Westminster in Personnel Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a Diploma in English.  She enjoys gardening, dancing, reading management books and has a keen interest in the ‘Future of Work’!  Rosie’s favourite job is playing mother to her very creative son Nana, a Gen Z, whom she constantly challenges with every new thing she learns.  
Sonye Allanah
DGM, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Total E & P Nigeria Ltd.
Sonye Allanah is passionate about seeing women achieve their full potential in their chosen careers. A former career diplomat of over twenty-four years, she has served in Nigerian Embassies in Paris, Dakar, Bonn and Berlin. She has vast experience in Protocol practice at the highest level, having served as the first female Director of Protocol to former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. Over the years, she has closely assisted in the organisation of State and Official visits, including that of Queen Elizabeth II, the King and Queen of Spain, Margaret Thatcher and President Bush.  She has organised numerous Protocol and Etiquette Training Programmes and Retreats in various States all over Nigeria and at the Presidency.  Mrs. Allanah speaks fluent French, German and English.   She is a certified Etiquette/Image Consultant and serves on several Boards, including the prestigious CONSIMA Protocol and Finishing School of Abuja. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster and a Public Speaking and Leadership coach. Most importantly she is a mother and a mentor. Mrs. Allanah is currently the Deputy General Manager, Government Relations and Public Affairs, at Total E&P Nigeria Ltd.
Oyiza Salu
Group Head, Human Resources, GTBank Plc
Oyiza Salu has over 18 years’ experience in the financial services industry across customer service, corporate banking, e-business and human resource management. Her background is in Chemical Engineering and she has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.   She has extensive experience in leadership, talent development, strategy, HR transformation and organizational change and she is currently the HR leader at Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. where she is responsible for developing and executing its people strategy to enable business performance.   She has served as a Speaker at conferences within and outside the country and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) Nigeria where she serves on the Institutional Development Committee. She is passionate about people and driving a culture of excellence within and outside the workplace.   A family-oriented mother and wife who is actively involved in a teenage ministry and is also a Certified Health Coach and a WIMBoard Fellow.
Simon Kolawole
Founder, Cable Newspaper Ltd
Simon Kolawole is the Founder/CEO of Cable Newspaper Ltd, Lagos, publishers of TheCable online newspaper (www.thecable.ng). He was Editor of Nigeria's influential newspaper, THISDAY, from 2007-2012. He currently writes a weekly column for THISDAY, The Sunday newspaper.   Kolawole earned a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, and a Master's degree in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex, UK, as a British Chevening Scholar. He was named among Africa's next generation of leaders by The Banker, a publication of Financial Times of London, in 2009. He was Mo Ibrahim Fellow on the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2010.   In March 2012, he was named Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum. As a YGL, he has attended courses on leadership at the Yale University (2013) and at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, both in the United States.   Kolawole the writer concentrates most of his thoughts on nation-building and its impediments, and has written extensively on governance, conflict and development. His primary academic interest is 'fiscal sociology' - how the fiscal relationship between a state and its citizens impacts on the quality of governance.   Facebook: Simon Kolawole Twitter: @simonkolawole
Adesua Dozie
General Counsel, GE Africa
Adesua joined GE in September 2013 as the West Africa Counsel, where she had the responsibility for supporting GE businesses and driving the compliance program, with a special focus on Power & Water in Nigeria. She is a member of the GE Nigeria leadership team supporting the implementation of GE’s ambitious growth strategy for the country. In May 2016, Adesua was promoted to the role of General Counsel, SSA for the Gas Power System and Services Business, a role she holds along with her co- leadership of the SSA Women’s Network. Adesua joined GE from the Coca-Cola Company, where she spent close to nine years in various senior legal roles across Africa. Adesua has had experiences working in West, North, East and Southern Africa. She left the Coca-Cola Company as Corporate and Commercial Counsel covering Eurasia and Africa. Adesua was also Secretary to the Board of the Coca-Cola AFRICA Foundation. Prior to the Coca- Cola Company, she worked as a lawyer with Elf Petroleum for 4years and prior to that she worked in private practice in Nigeria with Ajumogobia and Okeke law firm. A graduate of the University of Buckingham (UK), Cornell University (USA) and the Nigerian Law School in Abuja, Adesua is admitted as a lawyer in Nigeria and in New York State.
St Petersbell Jigo
Global Group Executive Director, Procurement & Corporate Services, Aiteo
Mrs. St. PetersBell Jigo is the Global Group Executive Director, Procurement & Corporate Services for AIEO Group, a foremost Pan-African conglomerate with investments in oil and gas, agriculture, power and mining. In 2015, AITEO consolidated its asset portfolio with a $3 billion acquisition of Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest onshore block (OML 29), the groundbreaking acquisition accounted for about 7percent of the Royal Dutch Shell’s asset book. Mrs. Jigo played a major part in the acquisition of 45% of this asset, with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC keeping a 55% stake. Subsequently, AITEO deployed resources, which optimized the asset’s yield from 23,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) to 90,000 bopd within the year of the asset’s acquisition. The largest indigenous energy provider currently peaks production at 100,000 bopd, doubling its initial asset value to $6 billion. The company plans to invest another $4.3 billion acquiring additional offshore assets with a projected total output of 250,000 bopd. (10.5 Million Gallons per day).   Since joining AITEO in 2013, Mrs. Jigo has served in various capacities in legal, Admin, contract & procurement divisions and recently cross-carpeted to Petroleum Pipeline Security where she provided security solutions that led to cuts in production loss by over 50% translating to a $1.2b annual revenue gain.   Jigo has high work ethics and her transformational leadership has seen her lead key strategies and policies as her organization transformed from a downstream to an upstream entity. In her trademark pragmatic style, she ensures her duties are executed with robust and well-articulated understanding of her profession and the business environment. This competence is partly informed by her academic background in the Arts, Law, MBA in Oil & Gas Management, two Harvard Business School certifications, * International Commercial Arbitration in International Oil and Gas Contracts and Negotiation with an ongoing Doctorate program in Policy & Global Leadership, a qualification she intends to take to Africa’s foremost business frontiers soon.   Mrs. Jigo currently seats on the board of several charities including, but not limited to The F.B. Peters Fund Foundation, The AITEO Group Foundation and the St. PetersBell Jigo Foundation. Jigo is a published author, philanthropist, life coach and nation builder** who is passionate about raising trusted African leaders from the cradle to the very top. This drive inspired The Trust Institute, where children and young adults would develop into strong personalities trusted by both God and country.
Wonuola Okoye
Founder, The Big Startup
Wonuola is a seasoned fashion retail startup and business coach having being an entrepreneur for 9 years and set up several retail businesses. She started her career as an investment banker for HSBC in the UK on the derivatives and fixed income desk followed immediately by CITI bank working extensively in the sub- prime markets for 2 years.   She proceeded to Ocean and Oil holdings, Lagos for 3 years gaining further experience in investment banking at Agrentil Capital and Management Consultancy from Avaizon consulting. While in these roles she was engaged with clients in tech, advertising, design, aviation, engineering, FMCG, retail and beverage industries.   Wonuola also crafted media strategy at 1music and is currently a business director at Rosabel Limited. Wonuola is co-founder of fashion retail platforms L’Espace & LPM, and co-founder of MeiDei, a multi-brand fashion and beauty platform.   In 2017, she launched Apaart Africa, a luxury exotic leather goods brand with only N6,000. Apaart has since sold over 500 bags and continues to be a market leader in the leather goods industry.   Wonuola has launched 4 retail stores and 2 fashion brands. Her experience in management consulting, finance, strategy and fashion retail has positioned her as the go to business coach for entrepreneurs looking to build lasting brands in the fashion industry. Her mission is to change the fashion business narrative in Nigeria.   Wonuola graduated with a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham and an MSC in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham. She sits on the board of various organizations including MeiDei Retail, New 3 Old 6 Limited, Liquid Logistics Limited, Smash Media, Haute Fashion Africa and Light Design Limited.
Hamisha Daryani-Ahuja
Motivational Speaker / Coach
Hamisha Daryani Ahuja is an Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Certified Law of Attraction, and Life coach. Hamisha started her journey by running personal development workshops for her community for 7 years and impacted the lives of everyone that attended. While running these workshops she discovered her true passion which lies in helping people live happier and more fulfilling lives. She approached and got trained by the world renowned Lisa Nichols – one of the world’s most requested motivational speakers and media personality whose works have touched over 30 million peoples worldwide. She is also the star of the movie “The Secret” a documentary based on The Law of Attraction. Hamisha later got trained and certified as a Law of Attraction and Life Coach. Upon her return she designed her first workshop aptly named: “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Hamisha believes that the world can be better and happier place by applying a few simple tools. These are the tools she teaches in her Pursuit of Happiness Workshops. This six hour workshop changes one’s approach to happiness forever. Attendees learn tools and strategies to help them uncover what “happiness” means and how to craft a more fulfilling life for themselves NOW. She has also adapted the workshop to specifically target the corporate world using tools to encourage team building and amplify efficiency.   Hamisha has spent most of her life in Nigeria. She attended Boarding school in the U.K. She has a commerce degree from McMaster University in Canada as well as a Masters from the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland. In addition to her interest in personal development she also runs a chain of restaurants under the name Bistro 7 in Lagos. Over the years Bistro 7 has won several awards in the hospitality space.
Toyosi Olatunji
MD, Arcane Insights Ltd.
Toyosi Olatunji is the Founding Managing Director of Arcane Insights Limited, a strategic advisory services company, designed to support sales, marketing and business development efforts, in micro, small & medium sized companies. Arcane Insights also offers customer experience research and solutions to service-oriented businesses across multiple industries.   She has over 15 years’ multi-industry experience, from multinational organisations across Nigeria, South Africa and the United Kingdom. She holds an MBA from Durham University Business School and is a member of Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, both in the UK.   Toyosi uses her spare time to contribute back to society, through various charitable initiatives. She is particularly passionate about the welfare of women, less-advantaged children and orphans.  She is an active associate of WIMBIZ (Women in Management, Business and Public Service) and sits on the Executive Council of Serving With Love (SWL) Foundation.   Toyosi loves to travel, read books and discuss current affairs.
Chike Onyia
CEO, Zolts Ltd.
Chike G. Onyia is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Expert and a California licensed lawyer. He is certified by the Hay Group, USA, to use the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory Instrument.   Chike is also certified by TalentSmart USA, as an Emotional Intelligence Trainer. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of West Los Angeles, School of Law, in Los Angeles California and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He also has a Certificate of Achievement from Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc., USA, for meeting the standards for completion of the High Impact Presentations Session. As an emotional intelligence expert, Chike has given talks to thousands of people in emotional intelligence. He has facilitated programs in Nigeria, London, Kenya, Zambia, Cameroon, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana. Chike has provided training on Emotional Intelligence for the Lagos Business School, Siemens, Oando, Plc., GTBank, MTN Cameroon, Airtel, GlaxoSmithKline, Stanbic IBTC Bank, UBA, First Bank, Sterling Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Union Bank, Fidelity Bank, Heirs Holdings, Transcorp, Argentil Capital Partners, Ecobank, Forte Oil, Hyde Energy, Valcore Energy, Nigerian Ports Authority, House of Tara, OVH Energy, MainOne, Leadway Pensure, Lagos State Government and Enugu State Government. He is writing his own book on Emotional Intelligence which will be published in 2019.   Also, as a former labor and employment litigation attorney, Chike gained vast experience during his employment at two law firms in Los Angeles, Bolden & Martin, LLP and Martin & Martin, LLP. In his role as Managing Attorney of the civil litigation department at Martin & Martin, LLP, Chike frequently conducted training sessions as part of the Firm’s strategic employee development process and was charged with hiring the right personnel, training, performance management, retention and career development.
Folake Soetan
Chief Commercial Officer, Ikeja Electric a subsidiary of Sahara Group
Folake Soetan is a graduate of Banking and Finance from the University of Lagos. She has over 20 years of Professional experience in the Management of Start-ups, Sales & Marketing, Change Management, and over 12 years in Leadership roles. Her experience spans the Aviation, Oil & Gas and Power sector. She honed her skills in Halliburton, British Airways, Virgin-Nigeria and SaharaGroup. She joined SaharaGroup in 2009 and worked in SOAviation, (a SaharaGroup company) for a turnaround project, then in Ghana as the Vice President Downstream, WAfrica and was primarily responsible for 3 Ghanaian subsidiary companies. She led the team that established the SOAviation and PWSL businesses in Ghana expanding the company’s downstream market share beyond the shores of Nigeria. At Ikeja Electric, Folake leads a team of over 800 people tasked with developing and implementing strategies that has helped the company reduce its ATC&C losses from over 40% to about 32% in less than 3 years.  She has also helped grow the company’s annual revenues from about N70 billion annually to over N90 billion in this period. Folake has over the years garnered several certifications in various professional field and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School where she attended the Advanced Management Programme. Folake continues to mentor several young individuals looking to build successful professional careers. She believes the world is her runaway and is bold, full of life and clings closely to her faith in God. In another world, you will find her choosing the perfect wall paper and curtains for a new home or racing on the F1 tracks. She is married with twin sons.
Enahoro Simeon Okhae
Principal Strategist, Simeon’s Pivot Resources
Enahoro Okhae is the Principal Strategist of Simeon’s Pivot Resources; a Human Resource and Management Consulting Company whose focus is Performance Improvement. He is also the Principal Coach of Pause Factory; an Emotional Intelligence Solutions Company which is the only West Africa partner to 6 Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, America and a Co-Founder of GlobalCerts and Strategy; the only Nigerian Delivery Partner for The KPI Institute Australia. Popularly known as Mr. Leverage Enahoro’s noble goal is “that every contact with him will receive a leverage to their destination”. Enahoro is a
  • Certified John Maxwell Leadership Trainer
  • Certified Management Consultant
  • Fellow of the Institute of Management Consulting
  • Licensed and Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and Trainer by (6 Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, America)
  • Lagos Network Leader for 6 Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, America
  • Certified Vital Signs Practitioner by 6 Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, America
  • Member; International Society for Emotional Intelligence
  • Certified KPI Professional (The KPI Institute Australia)
  • Certified KPI Practitioner (The KPI Institute Australia)
  • Certified Life Coach
  • Certified Management Consultant
  • Member; Nigeria Institute for Training and Development (NITAD)
  • Vice President; Life Coaches Association of Nigeria (LCAN)
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner
  • Master Degree in Business Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife where he specialized in Human Resource Management.
  • BSC. Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago IwoyeFaculty Member
  • The KPI Institute Australia
  • Nigeria Employer’s Consultative Association (NECA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN)
  • Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN)
  • Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy
  • Industrial Training Fund (ITF)Enahoro’s audio products are:
  • The Leverage Triangle is sub-titled (The Man Ahead) (The Man Around) and (The Man Behind).
  • Emotional Intelligence for Life and Living  Step by Step Process to Developing a Business Plan
Betty Irabor
Founder and Publisher, Genevieve Magazine
Emerging from humble beginnings as a daughter of a Nigerian police officer and a seamstress mother, Betty Irabor learned the value of hard work and developed a strong conviction and drive. She learned early in life that even without the so termed “model family” to support her, she could still achieve excellence in whatever she did. Betty Irabor has been a major player in the Nigerian publishing industry for over fifteen years. Betty at 46, with six years industry experience decided to take the plunge and publish her own Magazine – “Genevieve” Nigeria’s leading lifestyle, culture and fashion magazine. She is the author of the best-selling book “Dust to Dew” a book which chronicles her seven years battle with clinical depression and her journeys through life. Through her book she has raised awareness and increased the conversation on mental health. Widely celebrated on national and global platforms, she has been featured on ‘The Entrepreneurial Edge’ on CNBC, Forbes Woman Africa’s ‘Against all Odds,’ and BBC’s ‘The Conversation.’ as a woman who broke the glass ceiling of lifestyle publishing to become a successful media Entrepreneur. She was the Creative Curator of the Cointreau creative crew for its ‘Dream, Dare, Create’ campaign which was aimed at developing women’s freedom and expression. She also sat on the board of Total Nigeria Ltd. as a jury member in the STARTUPPER project for young entrepreneurs. Betty is widely acknowledged as the woman who started the conversation on Breast Cancer awareness in Nigeria. Through her Pink Ball foundation she began a massive advocacy programme on breast cancer. She was named a Hero for the Lancôme Paris ‘My Shade. My Power’ beauty campaign in Nigeria. Betty is very passionate about reaching out to the younger generation of women and sharing her wealth of experience as a successful entrepreneur in her industry and beyond. She is known for her strong influence in impacting and influencing thoughts; she continues to share her story at the risk of being vulnerable, in order to encourage others to succeed against all odds. Betty has been a game changer not only in her industry but as an outspoken role model for women and the youth. The years of hard work, sacrifice and impact on society have not gone unrecognised judging by her numerous awards and recognitions. Betty Irabor is a wife and a mother.
Ibidun Ighodalo
Founder and Managing Director, Elizabeth R
Mrs Ibidunni Ituah-Ighodalo is an accomplished events maestro the CEO of Elizabeth R Corporate Events. She attended the prestigious University of Lagos where she obtained a degree in Medical Microbiology. She was also the first Miss Lux Nigeria using her reign to promote decency and moderation. Shortly before leaving university, she ventured into the world of events. Extremely creative, she started off with events décor and soon became the most sought after events creative in Nigeria. Over the years she has expanded the business to include an events centre; The Dorchester, a bridal line; AvantGarde by ER; a gift and souvenir store; BoxedByER. She is also the founder and brain behind the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation.   A foundation which gives IVF grants to families who are unable to conceive naturally. She is also Minister in charge of the Timeless Women of Trinity House Lagos. She is married to Pastor Ituah Ighodalo and their union is blessed with two wonderful children.
Dr. Maymunah Kadiri
Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Pinnacle Medical Services
Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri popularly referred to as “THE CELEBRITY SHRINK,” is a multiple award-winning Mental Health Physician & Advocate.   She is the Medical Director and Psychiatrist - In - Chief at Pinnacle Medical Services, Nigeria’s leading and foremost Psychology and Mental health clinic prominent in the application of innovative clinical approaches in the management/treatment of a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioural related disorders.   The founder of Pinnacle Health Radio, Africans #1 online health radio. Also, the founder of a non-for-profit organization, "Pinnacle Medicals SPEAKOUT INITIATIVE” which is geared towards creating awareness on psychological and mental health related problems in Nigeria and beyond.   As a forerunner in the practice of Mental health, Neurofeedback/Biofeedback therapy and other novel therapy techniques in Nigeria, she continues to be the most sought after Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in Nigeria and beyond.   She is a global affiliate of Work Place Options (United States and United Kingdom) and provides Critical Incidence Stress Management (CISM) and other forms of employee assistance programs to corporate organizations worldwide.   A trained and certified Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist from Albert Ellis Institute, New York, and Beck's Institute for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Philadelphia, USA Her driving force is to live, to learn and to impact generations positively.   When not working as a Physician, she loves to tour the world, work on destructive innovations and talk fashion.   She is a member of several professional and social organizations locally and internationally. A motivational speaker, life coach, author and a mother of 3 lovely children.
Dr. Patrick Ijewere
Medical Director, Carib Health Ltd
His journey through tertiary academia began at age 15 at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from George Washington University, followed by Bachelors in Pharmacy (honors) from Howard University, Washington D.C. Medical College at Howard University (honors) with an MD degree, and Specialty training in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Professional exposure took him to Florida for 12 years, as an Internist, a Hospitalist, Emergency Room (ER) Physician, a Ringside Sports Physician, and Administrator. He accomplished an Executive MBA at the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2003. Upon return to Nigeria, he impacted healthcare as Medical Director of Salus Trust, an HMO. Currently, he serves as Medical Director of Carib Health Ltd, Lagos, and The Nutrition Hospital Ltd, Ikoyi. His focus is Wellness, the “Prevention” and “Reversal” of chronic degenerative diseases, including, Diabetes, Hypertension, Arthritis, Auto-Immune disorders and Cancer. He featured on radio and television interviews on Classic-97.3fm, Smooth-98.1fm, Channels, TVC, etc. Dr. Patrick Ijewere hosts a weekly radio program, “Wellness Half-hour,“ on Inspiration-92.3fm, Lagos, Sundays at 1pm. Hobbies include dancing, reading, walking, tennis, travelling, and watching comedy. He LOVES MUSIC !!!! From 1998 to 2008, on weekends, he was DJ at Naija parties in Florida, as well as, radio DJ host of “Sound Safari,” a weekly program on WMNF-88.5fm Tampa, spinning African music and music of the African Diaspora
Chiadi Ndu
Founder, BTH Integrated Service
Chiadi Ndu was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. She has since obtained an MSc in Psychology, Certificates in Addiction Counselling, Stress Management and Diplomas in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Depression Management. She is currently working on her PHD.   She runs BTH Integrated Services, a counselling and wellness firm that provides psychological support services for both corporate and private individuals; alerting people to the link between their thoughts, their emotions and their behaviour.   Mrs. Ndu has hosted a radio programme “Behind the Heart” and has written several Columns in various newspapers and Magazines, including BRIDGES in the Sunday ThisDay newspaper and most currently in Bella Naija.   She is a member of the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and an affiliate of Life Assist, a South-African based employee well-being and health risk management firm.   She is married with 3 children.
Abiola Adekoya
CEO, RMB Nigeria Stockbrokers Nigeria Ltd
Ms. Abiola Adekoya is a financial expert with about two decades of experience working in leading financial services firms across the globe. She is currently the MD/CEO of RMB Nigeria Stockbrokers, a subsidiary of the FirstRand Group, a leading financial services group in Africa with global footprints. In her present role, she managed the establishment of RMBNS in Nigeria ensuring regulatory and global best practices were adopted. She is on track to position the business as a leading equities brokerage house in Nigeria. Prior to this role, she was MD of FBNQuest Securities, a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Holdings Plc, successfully repositioning the business as a top five stockbroking firm. Within 2006 to 2013, she worked at CSL Stockbrokers and Renaissance Capital - (both top 5 stockbroking firms) and leveraged her knowledge and insight of the capital market and managerial skills to drive product innovation and build a high performing team to position the businesses favourably. She started out her early years in the banking sector, 1999 – 2006, working in leading banks and serving in various capacities in retail, commercial and corporate banking. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria, she graduated with a B.Sc Economics from University of Lagos (1998) and has an MBA from Lagos Business School. She has several passions and top on her list is mentoring young professionals. Abiola is passionate about her family and food with an online presence on instagram @foodiewaka chronicling her cooking adventures and global food experiences.
Esiri Agbeyi
Partner, PwC Nigeria
Esiri is a Partner with PwC Nigeria. Prior to this, she worked with the International Tax Services team of PwC New York focused on Africa. She has several years of experience providing international tax services to multinational companies in various industry sectors including the oil and gas, private equity, telecommunications, retail and consumer sector.   Esiri currently leads the International Tax Services team in Nigeria on structuring deals and transactions. She also leads the Private Wealth Client Services team which provides specialised tax services to high net worth families and entrepreneurs. The team ensures they are personally tax compliant and their international structures are optimal for succeeding generations. Esiri mentors, writes articles and speaks regularly at conferences.   She holds a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology, University of Ibadan. She is a Fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria (CITN). She has done several international courses including the Private Equity Master Class in London Business School and International Tax in New York University.
Taba Peterside
CEO, Waveline Growth Partners
Taba Peterside is an accomplished financial services professional with experience across five countries, spanning commercial and investment banking, development finance, and financial sector regulation and research.  She is the CEO of Waveline Growth Partners, a micro lender committed to empowering female businesses.   Between 2008 and 2015, she was a General Manager at The Nigerian Stock Exchange, where she headed various functions, including responsibility for new listings and listed company relationships. In 2014 she oversaw the first dual listing of a company’s shares on The Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges, a landmark achievement for the NSE. She enjoys strong peer recognition for her capital market expertise, and has received an award from the Securities and Exchange Commission for her contribution to capital market development.   As head of Corporate Finance at IBTC (now Stanbic IBTC), she closed many landmark transactions and consolidated the bank’s leadership in investment banking. At the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, one of the world’s most respected deposit insurers, she was responsible for risk management and corporate governance compliance among insured banks. Taba has also been a Program Manager with the International Finance Corporation in Ghana, from where she led equipment leasing technical assistance programs in Ghana, Tanzania and Rwanda. Under her leadership, Ghana and Tanzania experienced a significant rise in leasing volumes, and a leasing law was passed in Tanzania.   Mrs Peterside holds a first degree in Development Studies (Economics) from the University of Kent in the UK and a Masters in Development Economics from Dalhousie University, Canada. Among her many interests, Taba is an active mentor to younger women. She is a Member of the Institute of Directors Nigeria and is the Vice Chair of its Women Directors’ Development Committee. In addition, she is a Trustee of the Nigerian National Committee of the United World Colleges and a member of the Platform to Implement the UN’s Women Empowerment Principles in Nigeria’s private sector. She is committed to excellence and has a passion to help move Nigeria from potential to greatness.
Dr. Adedayo Joseph
Consulting Oncologist, Lakeshore Cancer Center
Dr. Adedayo Joseph is a Clinical Radiation Oncologist who is committed to improving the survival rates of cancer patients in Nigeria. She runs an exclusive practice, Dr. Joseph ONCOLOGY Ltd. and is a Consulting Oncologist with Lakeshore Cancer Center; the premier private cancer center in Nigeria. She is a board member and consultant at The Pediatric Center; a leading children’s hospital in the Lekki Region of Lagos State. She also consults on cancer cases with many hospitals in the Lagos metropolis. Dr. Joseph is a founding board member, and the executive director of The Dorcas Cancer Foundation; a Non-Profit Organization focused on improving childhood cancer survival in Nigeria through awareness, research, and direct treatment funding. She is an active member of several national and international oncology & non-profit organizations; and is a passionate promoter of women’s health issues, improvement of medical education, and Cancer Control & Policy in Nigeria. She mentors several young women and men in both medical and non-medical fields. She is a recipient of multiple awards including the GLI Excellence in Leadership Award, the Her Network Woman of the Year Award for Philanthropy, the Golden Heart Award for efforts & contributions to childhood cancer survival in Nigeria; and the LAIT Foundation Recognition Award for Selfless Service. She is a regular speaker at seminars and training events, teaching on cancer control and screening, work-life balance for women, and finding and fulfilling one’s life purpose. Dr. Joseph is an avid reader, known to all her family and friends for her love of reading & studying. She loves history, old movies, and enjoys travelling for conferences and discovering new places. She is a wife and mother; who places God and family first in all her endeavors.
Dr. Ifeyinwa Nwakwesi
Founder, Healthy Living Services
Ifeyinwa Irene Nwakwesi is a graduate of medicine from the university of Ibadan in Nigeria. She graduated in 1979 and practiced conventional medicine for a few years but she is now an  integrative medicine, cell - revitalization .stress,nutritional and personal development specialist.
She holds wellness and personalized nutritional support Programs and she stocks some of the best natural nutritional products that will help facilitate recovery from chronic illnesses and help the individual achieve vibrant health, more energy creativity and  productivity.This and more informs her unique and exceptional ways of presentation which keeps her participants  wanting more. Dr Ify as fondly called by her allies is an erudite scholar and well read woman whose passion is to see the liberation of people from the whims of chronic and severe illnesses by her bi -weekly  seminars and talk-shows, providing her audience with easy to follow guide and practical steps to achieve optimum health . She believes that living should be a continuous process of improvement  of our spiritual , mental , emotional and physical lives  She was one of the pioneer directors of Guaranty Trust Bank and Global Bank . She is a director in  Fymak group of Companies, Fymak marine and Oil Services Nig. Ltd and Eco- Building Systems Nig. Ltd. She is also the Chairman / lead consultant of one of the Leading Health Enhancement Companies in Nigeria, Healthy Living Services Ltd. Ifeyinwa Irene's dynamism especially came to the fore in 2002 when  she was conferred with an award - One of the Leading Women Enterprenures of the world. An event that was graced with the presence of World Reformers and a cream of highly respected individuals across the globe. As a woman of great and imminent family values, she is 65 years and is married for over 40 years and still counting and her union is blessed with 5 Children and 9 Grand Children. Dr. Ify is an illustrious woman and a very positive person even in the face of difficulty. She enjoys reading music and dancing. As a versatile and resourceful medical practitioner, she births the Coalition of professionals and enterprenures who are Committed to impacting the lives of the needy in our society through an annual donation to the happy people network. She is also coordinating the set up of the Nigerian institute of integrative medicine and the Happy people Network.
Prof. Kamar Adeleke
President/CEO, Tristate Healthcare System
Professor Adeleke attended Penn State University for his undergraduate education and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in 1986. He completed his Medical internship at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and later joined Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he completed a residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Prof. Adeleke then became an attending Physician in the Emergency Department of Crozer Chester Medical Center and Sacred Heart Hospital, both in Chester, Pennsylvania. Prof. Adeleke pursued fellowship training in Cardiovascular Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center from 1994 - 1997, he obtained his Board Certification in Internal Medicine in 1996 and in Cardiovascular Diseases in 1998. He successfully competed with and was selected from a host of very highly skilled applicants in a keenly contested selection process, to pioneer the nascent one-year Interventional Cardiology fellowship training at the same elite institution in 1998.   Prof. Adeleke dared to break another invisible glass ceiling of clinical entrepreneurship practice in an exclusive industry by starting the Tri-State Cardiovascular Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. He very soon imposed his practice through the quality of service as the busiest Cardiologist, with a year-long waiting list of patients in the State of Delaware. He founded the First State Diagnostic Center,Peninsula Medical Associates and Wilmington Cardiovascular Associates, all reputable industry brand leaders. For over ten years, he was the Chair of the Division of Cardiology and Director of the Interventional Cardiovascular Laboratory at the St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, as well as dominant program leader in Interventional Cardiology at the Christiana Care Health Services, both in Delaware. He resigned his highly valued appointments in 2015 out of a passionate personal conviction to take up a new frontier mission of pioneering Interventional Cardiology in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.   Having participated in several medical research projects with outstanding publications and procedural non-invasive surgical innovations, and leading out many successful and highly-impacting medical missions in Africa, South America and the Caribbean, Prof. Kamar Adeleke was appointed to a professorial chair of Medicine and Cardiology. He currently chairs the Division of Cardiology at the Benjamin S. Carson School of Medicine, Babcock University. He is concurrently President/CEO of Tristate Healthcare System; Vice President, Healthcare Services of Africa EDUCare; Chief, Division of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Laboratory at University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, where he has also pioneered the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship program as a capacity-building process for Nigerian cardiologists.
Bunmi George
Founder, ShredderGang
Bunmi George is a Dietician and Fitness professional, she is the Founder of ShredderGang, a professional nutrition and fitness company committed to helping individuals lead healthier and happier lives. She is an alumni of the University of Toronto, where she obtained two degrees. One of Africa’s youngest and brightest in her field, Bunmi established ShredderGang without financial capital at the age of 24, drawing inspiration from her own personal weight loss journey and subsequent transformation. She has since grown the organization to be one of Nigeria’s largest commercial health and fitness communities, replicating her testimony in many other people. A well-celebrated expert, Bunmi was recognized as One of Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women by Leading Ladies Africa in 2017. Her passion to help people discover healing emotionally and physically motivates her to speak regularly on various platforms. She is a contributor at The Guardian Newspaper, Guardian Life Magazine and TW Magazine where she furthers her mission, writing to enlighten people on how to lead healthier and happier lives.
Prof. Konyin Ajayi SAN
Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP
Konyin is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and member of the English Bar. Konyin is the Managing Partner of Olaniwun Ajayi LP.   He has over 38 years legal experience in Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources, International Business Transactions, Banking, Capital Markets, Construction and Engineering, Privatization, Litigation and Arbitration. As a rounded lawyer, Konyin has led some of the biggest and most complex commercial transactions on the continent. He has published numerous articles and books including Financial and Legal Implications of the Nigerian Capital Market. He is a Professor of Banking Law and Insurance at Babock University, Ogun State, Nigeria.   He is a lawyer’s lawyer, an erudite scholar, a consummate businessman and has been described by Chambers Global as “a legend in the industry”.  He is also a humanitarian, with a passion for justice and the rule of law; exemplified by his position at the forefront of the clamour for positive change during the “Occupy Nigeria” campaign in January 2012. As such, his advice is a tripartite mesh of business acumen, pragmatism and deep legal understanding necessary to render the most practicable solutions to challenging business matters. He serves on the advisory board of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc.; and is on Advisory Committee of the African Customer Due Diligence Repository Platform of the African Export Import Bank. Not surprisingly, Prof. Ajayi is also a Presbyter in Methodist Church Nigeria, serving as Chaplin of Emmanuel Chapel, Methodist Church, Banana Island, Lagos.
Odein Ajumogobia SAN, OFR
Founding Partner, Ajumogobia & Okeke
H. Odein Ajumogobia is the Senior Partner in the leading corporate/commercial law firm of Ajumogobia & Okeke and was co-founded in January 1984.   A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCI.Arb UK, 1996), Mr Odein Ajumogobia with law degrees from the University of Lagos (LL. B Hons), and Harvard Law School (LL.M), was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2003, having been called to the Nigerian Bar in 1979.   For six years between 2001 and 2006, Mr Ajumogobia was a member of the Paris based ICC, International Court of Arbitration and ICC, International Commission on Arbitration. He is an experienced arbitrator and frequently appears before arbitration panels and courts.   After more than two decades as a busy private legal practitioner between 1980 and 2003, providing legal services to a broad range international business and Nigerian corporate entities and individuals, Mr Odein Ajumogobia entered public service, following his appointment as Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice between 2003 and 2007.   Mr Ajumogobia was appointed Minister of State for Energy (Petroleum) and Head of Nigeria's delegation to OPEC (July 2007 to December 2008), and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources between January 2009 and April 2010 by the late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua GCFR.   As Minister, he aggressively pushed for the deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry, approved alternative funding arrangements for upstream investment, promoted gas development, imposing domestic gas supply obligations on International Oil Producing Companies for the first time and promoting greater indigenous participation in exploration and production activities.   He was appointed Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR on April 6, 2010 serving as President of the UN Security Council, where he is remembered for his eloquent statement in the debate on preventive diplomacy which he introduced in the Council. Mr Ajumogobia, SAN served as Minister of Foreign Affairs until the dissolution of the Federal cabinet on May 29, 2011. He also sits on the boards of several private companies.   Mr Ajumogobia has received numerous honours and distinctions and is a recipient of the LL. D degree (Honorary Causa) from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and the National award of Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR).   Mr Odein Ajumogobia is married to Awuneba Ajumogobia, FCA and blessed with four children.
Victoria Samson
Managing Director, Bovas and Company Ltd
Mrs. Victoria Adunola Samson is an astute business woman, her fora into the downstream petroleum sector of the Nigeria business climate began in 1982 with her accepting a dealership with Texaco Nigeria Limited and now MRS Plc. She eventually left the dealership by 1996 to become fully committed to managing and leading her own downstream corporation, BOVAS and Company Limited.   During her time in Texaco Plc, Mrs. Victoria Adunola Samson won the first Texaco Plc International award for the best Texaco Plc dealer in Latin America West Africa (LAWA) in 1990 received at Miami, USA.   An Alumni of Lagos Business School, Lagos, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA and IESE Business School, Barcelona.   Mrs. V. A. Samson is a member of the Institute of Director, (IOD) Nigeria. A cofounder of Bovas Charitable Foundation (BCF), holder of many Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, an honorary award recipient of OYSCATECH, Igbo-Ora, and other distinguished awards to her credit. She is also a matron to various social and charitable organizations.
Toyin Sanni
CEO, Emerging Africa Capital Group
Toyin F. Sanni is the CEO of the Emerging Africa Capital Group, a provider of innovative and investing solutions to African investors and issuers. The group provides Advisory, Trusts, Agency and Wealth Management Services whilst promoting and facilitating investments in Africa and by Africans. Prior to establishing the EAC Group she was the CEO of United Capital Plc and before then was the CEO UBA Trustees/Global Investors Services. She is also Chairperson, Financial literacy committee, President CIIA and Chairperson, Women in Finance NG, amongst others. Toyin has won multiple awards including the All Africa Business woman of the year (AABLA) 2017, and the 2017 Pearl Award CEO of the year 2017. A Lawyer, Chartered Secretary, Stockbroker, and Author with over thirty years’ experience in Corporate Finance, Trusts and Investment Banking, Toyin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers and also Fellow Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She earned her first Degree from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife in 1984 and a Master’s Degree from the University of Lagos in 1998. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985 and holds the professional qualification of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (I.C.S.A.) UK. She graduated from the CEO Program of the Lagos Business School in 2017. Toyin has participated in executive education programs such as the Harvard Business School Disruptive Innovation program, Global Strategic Leadership at the Wharton Business School, Global CEP-AMP at IESE Business School, Portfolio Management Academy of the New York Institute of Finance and the Peter Drucker Management Program at Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland. She is the author of ‘Yes You Too Can’ and ‘Get to the Top,’ inspirational books aimed at empowering the next generation of women leaders.
Nichole Yembra
CFO, Venture Garden Group (VGG) and Managing Partner, GreenHouseCapita
Nichole Yembra is the Chief Financial Officer at Venture Garden Group (VGG) and Managing Partner at GreenHouseCapital, the VGG investment arm. At VGG, she is responsible for investor relations and the financial strategy of the 7 technology companies under its umbrella as they serve public and private clients across the aviation, power, education, financial services, and social investment sectors. At GreenHouse, she fosters the growth of companies at the forefront of using technology to solve real African problems. She brings experience from working in private and Fortune 500 companies to guide the 14 and counting portfolio companies through seed and series stages. Nichole began her career at Ernst & Young LLP, Atlanta where she specialized in risk and process transformation across several sectors including oil and gas, consumer products, manufacturing, quick service restaurants, and financial services. Nichole is a member of the Inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Class and serves as both Council of 8 Member and Non Executive Board Member for the Shared Value Africa Initiative. She also serves as a mentor for Google Launchpad Africa and an Advisor to The Cortex Hub, a South African incubator. As a champion for women in leadership and technology, she founded the Garden Women’s Network which promotes the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in the VGG ecosystem and GreenHouseLab which is Nigeria’s first female-focused tech accelerator and the first and only “Powered by Google” accelerator in Africa. In 2017, she was named by Forbes Africa as one of the Most Promising Entrepreneurs under 30. Nichole serves with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and was the Program Director for College MAP, a program providing underserved youth with tools to access university. She is an alumna of the Kenan Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a graduate from the Masters in Accounting program at Wake Forest University, and a licensed CPA. Nichole enjoys weight lifting, yoga, and barre and balances that with her love for cooking and baking and exploring different countries through food.
Omokehinde Adebanjo
Vice President and Area Business Head, West Africa, Mastercard
Omokehinde Adebanjo is the Vice President & Area Business Head for West Africa, MasterCard. Based in Nigeria, Omoke is responsible for advancing acceptance and issuance of Mastercard’s payment products in Nigeria and other English-speaking countries in West Africa.   Prior to her appointment as Area Business Head, Omoke fulfilled the role of Vice President for Business Development in the West African region.   Before joining Mastercard, Omoke was employed by the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank), where she spent four years as the Head of Cards and Product Development. Prior to GTBank, she worked at Econet (now known as 9mobilel).   She holds an MBA from the Lagos Business School and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.   Omoke is committed to introducing the benefits of a cashless society to Nigeria and the region, and focuses on building relationships with government, financial institutions and merchants to realise both Mastercard’s vision of a world beyond cash, and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s goals to reduce the circulation of cash in the country’s economy.
Nkem Begho
Managing Director, Future Software Resources Ltd
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho is a seasoned serial entrepreneur who has been in business for close to 10 years. She started her entrepreneurial path in 2008 and has been able to turn her first venture Future Software Resources Ltd. into one of Nigeria’s leading IT Service companies. Futuresoft is focused on providing digital marketing and technology solutions for the scaling African Enterprise, as well as offers E-learning and IT Consultancy services.   As one of a few Nigerian women in the industry, Mrs Begho’s successes are founded on a passion for driving innovative thinking, building a globally recognized technology brand and setting trends in the Nigerian Technology space.   Respected and recognized as a leader in her industry, Mrs Begho is regularly featured in a myriad of newspaper and magazine publications and is frequently invited to speak about the future of ICT in Africa, the challenges of African entrepreneurs as well as the role of Information Technology for development and change.   More recently she has stretched her wings beyond core technology and co-founded 3 thriving tech driven startups - Anne Li Unique Ideas (www.alwaysme.ng - Manufacturing & Fashion), Compare Insurance Nigeria (www.compareinsurance.com.ng - Insurance) and Fucaire Lifestyle Ltd, publishers of ASPIRE Luxury Magazine (www.aspireluxurymag.com - Luxury Brand Consultancy).
Adenike Oyetunde
On-Air Personality, Nigeria Info FM
Adenike Oyetunde is a lawyer with almost ten years at the Nigerian Bar Association. Though not in active practice, she delved into the world of media (radio) until a few months ago. She had the only legal show on the air taking on topical issues and helping to solve numerous problems while giving free legal counsel alone or with the help of others.   She had been nominated for several media awards, winning some and getting others for recognition on the job.   Adenike in 2017, was a speaker at the TedX Gbagada, Lagos speaking on Philanthropy and the role of empathy in the human society.   Her passion - driving conversations around the plight of disability in Nigeria led her to establishing the Amputees United Initiative, a social group specifically for amputees.   Her work has earned her several platforms, spanning for hosting events, moderating several sessions and been part of many panels.   Adenike will soon be adding author to her name, as she's currently working on her first book, self titled.
Chinyere Anokwuru
Founder, Self-Worth Organization
Chinyere Anokwuru is the founder of Selfworth Organization For Women Development, a grassroots social enterprise that works to eliminate the lowest form of poverty by creating employment opportunities in the fashion space 'one stitch at a time" for low income women particularly widows. Her organisation focuses on training vulnerable women to sew professionally and produce embellished ready to wear handcrafted African dresses that has the ability to showcase Nigeria to a global market.   Chinyere Anokwuru is an empowerment Specialist, a poverty alleviation expert, a grassroots reformer and a multi-award winning advocate for the economic empowerment of women.   Selfworth Organization is focused on empowering low-income women by providing free professional training in fashion and design as well as access to business support tools to help them set up businesses even from the comfort of their homes, thereby helping them break free from generational cycles of poverty and becoming financially and socially independent.   Her organisation invests in local women to help them acquire life skills and start up small businesses to help ease the conflict between work and family responsibilities - one of the many reasons for women's economic inequality and domestic violence.   She believes that in order to end extreme poverty, domestic violence in homes and extreme violence across the country, local economic development activities must be strengthened by encouraging economic activities at the local level which can be achieved by empowering those at the bottom of the pyramid particularly low income women with vocational trade skills and tool kits that is necessary for their economic survival.   She is a transformational leader with over ten years’ experience working in the rural and urban slum communities in Nigeria to reduce poverty and create wealth with a major focus on women and vulnerable girls.   Chinyere has impacted and empowered over one thousand women in different communities in Nigeria with skills and tools to succeed and lead dignifying lives. Most of the women she focuses on are poor, majority of them are widows and the bread winners of their families.   She believes that most rural/urban slum women lack skills to succeed because they lack access to proper training and the required finance to fund their businesses.   Chinyere understands that empowering women with skills alone is not enough to deliver the set objectives, early implementation after training is key.   With the support of partners, she provides the needed succour by breaking the barriers and challenges they would experience in their quest to secure loans from commercial banks by providing them with free sewing machines to kick start their own businesses immediately after their training.   Chinyere overcame significant odds and a difficult situation to become an exceptional example of what an oppressed woman can achieve through the unfailing grace of God and sheer determination.   She understands that many women and girls experience the same hardships that she faced for three reasons: lack of funds, lack of education or skill and social customs.
Oke Maduewusi
Founder, Zaron Cosmetics
Oke Maduewesi (Ms) is currently the Founder/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zaron group of companies, comprising Zaron International Limited and Zaron Cosmetics Limited who are manufacturers, distributors and marketers of beauty care products under the Zaron brand. Through vision, perseverance and hard work, she has been able to build the Zaron brand into one of the strongest and fastest growing cosmetic brands in Africa.   In an era in which most local businesses look up to the Government for direction, Zaron was built as a wholly private sector driven enterprise whose success is anchored on meeting the needs of consumers. As an entrepreneur whose products compete with well-established international brands, Oke’s team is focused on delivering quality products at affordable prices to enhance the lifestyle needs of African women, whilst also contributing to the socio-economic development of Nigeria through job creation, enterprise development, strong corporate social responsibility and a business ethos anchored on integrity.   Prior to her foray into entrepreneurship, Oke had worked at Zenith Bank International PLC as a Manager and Head of one of its most profitable branches. As a strong team player and leader, she was able to motivate her staff and colleagues to chart new heights for the branch. Notwithstanding the seemingly bright prospects of this job, she voluntarily resigned in 2009, to pursue business education to prepare her for a heartfelt desire to be a business owner and employer of labour.   Oke was educated at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom where she obtained a Masters’ in Business Administration (MBA) and Edo State University where she obtained a Bachelors’ degree in Economics.   Her diverse experiences in banking, business, motherhood, philanthropic and Church activities have positioned her to be honest, conscientious and strong to face challenges without fear but with a fervent believe that all her attainments must serve life’s purpose and glorify God
Laure Beaufils
Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission Lagos

Laure Beaufils has been the Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria since February 2017. Previously, she was the head of the UK Department of International Development in Rwanda. In this capacity, she managed a $100 million portfolio of programs focusing on economic development, governance and social sectors.

Prior to holding this position, she worked in various positions in the UK Government. She was the lead strategic adviser working for the British Prime Minister in his role as co-chair of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda. She led a team working on climate change. She worked for the UK mission to the UN as first secretary responsible for development.

Prior to joining the UK civil service, she worked with the UN and civil society organizations. She also worked with the private sector as a financial auditor. She has lived and worked in Rwanda, Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, France, the UK and the USA.

Adeola Ajayi
Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
Born in 1994, Adeola Ajayi attended the University of Kent, Canterbury in the United Kingdom in 2012 and obtained a B.A. (Joint Hons) in Law and Business Administration. She was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2016.   Adeola Ajayi is currently an associate at Udo Udoma and Belo-Osagie, a corporate and commercial law firm based in Lagos and is a member of the firm’s corporate and commercial team. Adeola has always enjoyed languages, having completed a-levels in French and English as well as won awards in essay writing and in public speaking at her secondary school, Badminton school in Bristol. Whilst there, she also participated in debates such as the Rotary Club English Society debate of 2010; Model United Nations conference in Bath and then also mock court trials at University.   Adeola’s breadth of work experience ranges from law firms in Nigeria and abroad to various SMEs such as a millinery, an event centre, a digital marketing agency and a stockbroking firm. Aside from law, Adeola is passionate about project management and international business. Her extracurricular interests include gastronomy, musical theatre, travelling and learning about other cultures. She has a keen interest in giving back to the community and volunteers for several philanthropic initiatives such as the Doctors on Air Medical mission which focuses on providing free screenings and healthcare to the underprivileged in Lagos.
Kola Oyeneyin
Founder and CEO, Venia Group
Kola Oyeneyin is the Founder of Venia Group, a venture creation and development company, with investments cutting across Coworking Spaces, Digital Insurance and Human Capital Development.   Through the Venia brand, Kola has pioneered multiple companies, including CoverGenius (formerly AutoGenius), Nigeria’s first digital insurance platform – leading the design and rollout of user-driven insurance products for auto, healthcare and other categories; Venia Business Hub, Nigeria’s first Coworking Space provider, and The iLx Center - a learning and development company, with emphasis on building capacity within Corporate enterprise, SMEs and Entrepreneurs.   In 2017, he created Coworking Conference Nigeria – an annual globally followed event to bring Coworking operators, policy makers, investors and enthusiasts together to explore trends and opportunities in Nigeria’s growing Coworking sector; in 2018, he published the first Coworking Report in Africa, with insights on the Coworking industry, and specifically the growth trends and value chain opportunities in Nigeria.   Kola is passionate about investing in people. He is a speaker and trainer on several platforms and on multiple subject matters, particularly on Entrepreneurship, Nation Building and Youth Empowerment. He was an active contributor to the Federal Government’s ‘think-tank’ on jumpstarting the economy through MSME development, and the creator of "The Boardroom" - a monthly masterclass to annually groom and support 240 businesses, helping them start, grow and scale.   Prior to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Kola served as Senior Business Manager for Lekki British, a leading British boarding school in Nigeria. He also held various roles with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Hewlett-Packard (HP). He is a graduate of Computer Science (Honours) from the University of Nottingham, UK; a member of the British Computer Society, and an Associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI). Kola was recently appointed as a member of the Vice President’s Advisory Group on Technology and Creativity; and currently sits on the board of Redeemers Business School (RBS) and GCGT Foundation (God's Children Great Talent).  
Japheth Omojuwa
Founder & Chief Strategist, The Alpha Reach
JJ. Omojuwa is the founder and Chief Strategist at The Alpha Reach, a Digital Media Company operating from Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria and the Omojuwa Foundation that has supported Small Businesses run by young people and women and have intervened in the lives of those affected by crisis in the North of Nigeria and Southern Cameroon. He lectured (on Africa: New Media and Civil Disobedience and Africa’s Democratic prospects and challenges) at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. He serves on the board of Kaduna State’s Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Programme. Omojuwa was named on a list of Africa’s top “50 Movers and Shakers” by Switzerland’s Credit Suisse. He has been seen, read or heard on several, TV, radio, online and print media including: CNN, the World Economic Forum, BBC, DW, France 24, SABC, and other pan-African media platforms. As a speaker, JJ has participated in various economic, civil society and media development panels as well as at universities across several countries some of which include: the London School of Economics, London, New York University, New York, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, and several in Nigeria. He was a delegate at the Earth Summit Rio+ 20 in Brazil. He participated on the Accountability stream of the United States Government’s flagship exchange programme, the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP). Omojuwa worked with ECOWAS in the run-up to the 2016 Ghana elections and the 2018 Sierra Leonean elections helping to train Ghanaian and Sierra Leonean journalists and media practitioners on the role of digital media in the electioneering process. He is an alumnus of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. JJ.
Deyemi Okanlawon
CEO, Covenant Entertainment Services
Deyemi Okanlawon is a creative entrepreneur and multiple award-winning film, television, stage and voice actor. Until 2013 when he switched careers to the mo ie industry, Deyemi was the head of marketing for OLX Nigeria and he is currently the CEO, Covenant Entertainment Services With a certificate in Acting For Film from the New York Film Academy, a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from Unilag and eight years management-level corporate experience in sales and marketing, e-commerce, and business startups, he brings a unique perspective and skill set to Nollywood and the Nigerian entertainment industry. When not in front of the camera he is behind it as a producer, director, casting director, and film promotions consultant. Deyemi is also a corporate events host and much a sought after speaker for his passion about the Nigerian youth. He is married to Dami and has two sons Demide and Deife.
Ngozi Nkwoji
Portfolio Manager, Non-Alcoholic Drinks Nigerian Breweries Plc.
Ngozi Nkwoji is currently the Portfolio Manager for Non Alcoholic brands at Nigerian Breweries Plc. A member of the marketing leadership team, she is closely involved in strategic projects to keep NBPlc at the forefront of beverage companies in Nigeria. With over 13 years experience, Ngozi takes her passion for development and entertainment beyond the 9-5 borders. She hosts her own video blog “The Ngee Show” which covers everyday human interest topics from hygiene, etiquette, fashion fads & music to even the youth and Ebola. An avid supporter and spokesperson of women, she is a member of the Planned parenthood Federation, a volunteer at Hands on Atlanta, YWCA member, Black girls rock volunteer amongst others. She loves (like really loves all genres) music and is a member of the choir her church.




PLENARY AND DEEP-DIVE SESSION


Plenary 1
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: BUSINESS BRANDING

The game has changed, and that is exactly why you must focus on building a brand to achieve great success and to be truly UNSTOPPABLE. Building a brand could be the single best investment you can make to grow your business. Business Branding at its peak is the most effective way to drive demand, and it is how you will compete in a world where competition is rife. This session will highlight the principles that make brands effective and some pitfalls to avoid when building a brand.

Plenary 2
STAYING RELEVANT IN A DECONSTRUCTED WORKPLACE

The modern day workplace is moving beyond the passive brick and mortar establishment to an active open network cloud that transcends physical borders. We now have the ability to live in one country and serve customers and clients across various continents; therefore, as the definition of work and the workplace evolves, so also must our skills, abilities, services and thought processes. Learn how to stay relevant in a constantly evolving workplace.

Plenary 3
TAKING BACK YOUR CAREER

You dream about an amazing career filled with self-fulfilment and actualization but getting from your current job to your dream position might seem daunting. You plan to return to work after an extended break, but you are unsure of where to start or how to take back control. Advancing your career is possible, no matter what your current circumstance. But you are the only one who can bring about the progress you hope to see. At the end of this session, attendees will have steps for placing their careers on the track that they desire.

Plenary 4
FIT FOR PURPOSE

Being truly UNSTOPPABLE requires eating right. What we consume and whether or not we exercise have an impact on our quest to have a sound mind in a sound body. This plenary addresses how we can maximise our physical ability and intellectual capacity through our diet and what it means to be truly fit.

Plenary 5
LEADERSHIP NOT JUST A TITLE

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams What makes a great leader? How do you become a great leader? Is leadership just about results and accolades? Is there more to being a leader than just a title or is leadership just about motivation and inspiration? This plenary presents practical examples of transformational leadership and how it can be replicated.

Plenary 6
TECHNOLOGY TAKEOVER: GET WITH IT OR GET LOST

Is technology outpacing our ability to adapt quickly enough? The increased rate of change, new complexities and evolving opportunities mean that we find ourselves unable to predict what is coming next: are our jobs still relevant? Should ‘coding’ be in the kids core curriculum? Are we vulnerable to data exploitation? This plenary identifies vital trends to which we need to pay attention and how we can position ourselves to stay ahead of the curve.

Plenary 7
AGAINST ALL ODDS

How do you get back up after life ‘happens’? An individual who achieves success in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is someone worth learning from. It is one thing to survive challenges but it is an even greater feat to handle them and thrive despite those challenges. Meet three survivors who overcame odds; learn how they found inner resilience and Mind out where to go for help.

Deep-Dive 1
BEING MRS. INCREDIBLE

Is work-life balance a myth? Is being Mrs. Incredible achievable? Must you sacrifice to get to the top? Hear life stories from women who seem to have it all. Wife, mother, daughter, aunt, sister, cousin, CEO, engineer, entrepreneur, chef, comforter, cleaner, housekeeper, driver, teacher...the list goes on and on. How do I handle the guilt of not being there for my family all the time? What is balance and is it even possible? These are questions that run through the minds of many women. From this Deep Dive, participants will gain practical tips on creating the balance they need.

Deep-Dive 2
THE ART OF HAPPINESS

Research and general life experiences show a strong correlation between happiness and productivity. This then begs the question: “How do you become unstoppable, stay energized and reinvigorate if you are not in the right state of mind? How do you rise above challenges if you are unhappy?” This workshop asks what it means to be happy...is it the rush of feeling when you achieve a much sought after goal? Is it the warm fuzzy feeling when you are with a loved one? Is there a science or “art” to staying truly happy? Does success bring happiness or vice versa? Is happiness dependent on external events or can it only be found within? This is a practical workshop offering a step by step roadmap on how to attain happiness.

Deep-Dive 3
LEADING WITH EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

At the core of every outstanding leader is the ability to connect, inspire, keep motivated and achieve goals. The way we manage our interactions and relationships can have a dramatic impact on our results as leaders. This Deep Dive shows how emotional intelligence can be cultivated and maximised and why it is key to building an incredible team that creates sustainable results.

Deep-Dive 4
HOW ARE YOU? NO REALLY, HOW ARE YOU?

The common saying ‘put on a happy face’ almost discourages us from taking a step back to honestly make sure that we and our loved ones are ok. We live in an era of ‘it is well’ and ‘life must go on’ meaning that deep issues, such as depression, go unseen, unrecognized and undetected. You can rarely tell how someone is really doing by what you see on the outside and many times ‘how are you?’ is just a perfunctory greeting and seldom a true inquiry into one’s wellbeing. This plenary is a frank discussion of mental health and emotional wellness featuring firsthand testimonials, a psychologist and an internist.

Deep-Dive 5
BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND

Do you have a clear vision for your financial plan? Can you envision your retirement lifestyle today? Many of us need to know how to make our money work harder for us. Awaken your financial planning skills. Create a desired state of well-being at retirement with attainable financial goals and ambitions through improved money management skills. Build the future that you want with attainable investment options and smart retirement & estate planning.

Technology: Disruption vs Distraction
Disruption vs Distraction

New trends in technology have caused us to be in a constant state of learning and adapting. This applies to our work, businesses, social and personal lives. Information travels faster than the speed of light, boundaries are almost non-existent and the things we thought impossible just a few decades ago have become a reality. However paying attention to new tech disruptions means you are not paying attention to other things. There is an opportunity cost trade off: but it is worth it? The benefits of ‘human’ interaction, expressions of individuality and more traditional approaches are becoming extinct. Is there something to be said for ‘tried and tested’ vs. ‘innovate or die’? In the journey to reach our personal zenith, is new technology a distraction? Or does it positively disrupt our mindsets onto the next level of achievement?



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