WIMBIZ Annual Conference

Our First Virtual Conference

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About WIMBIZ Conference


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

WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 770 accomplished women and more than 10,000 women on its database. We regularly collaborate with credible local and multinational organisations to deliver programs, which have, reached more than 119,000 women. Our vision is to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building. Our mission is to inspire and empower women to attain leadership positions in business, management and public service. 
 

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


The Conference themes over the years have been:

YearTheme
2020 The Shift Recalibrate
2019 Shaping the Future: Strategizing to Win
2018 Unstoppable You: Reinvent & Reinvigorate!
2017 The Future is Here!
2016 The Next Frontier...New Landscape, New Possibilities!
2015 Leadership... Step Up & Stand Out!
2014 Nigeria Rising.. Accelerating Transformation
2013 The New Economy... Are you Plugged In?
2012 Workplace, Wellbeing & Wealth; Women Working & Winning
2011 The Catalyst
2009 Impact your world
2008 Change The Game and Make A Difference
2007 Women Powering The Economy Towards Vision 2020
2006 Women In Leadership
2005 Women As Agents of Change-Business, Government & The Political System
2004 Crossroads, What Next?
2003 Getting There, Staying There

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

WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 770 accomplished women and more than 10,000 women on its database. We regularly collaborate with credible local and multinational organisations to deliver programs, which have, reached more than 119,000 women. Our vision is to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building. Our mission is to inspire and empower women to attain leadership positions in business, management and public service. 
 

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


The Conference themes over the years have been:

YearTheme
2020 The Shift Recalibrate
2019 Shaping the Future: Strategizing to Win
2018 Unstoppable You: Reinvent & Reinvigorate!
2017 The Future is Here!
2016 The Next Frontier...New Landscape, New Possibilities!
2015 Leadership... Step Up & Stand Out!
2014 Nigeria Rising.. Accelerating Transformation
2013 The New Economy... Are you Plugged In?
2012 Workplace, Wellbeing & Wealth; Women Working & Winning
2011 The Catalyst
2009 Impact your world
2008 Change The Game and Make A Difference
2007 Women Powering The Economy Towards Vision 2020
2006 Women In Leadership
2005 Women As Agents of Change-Business, Government & The Political System
2004 Crossroads, What Next?
2003 Getting There, Staying There
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X Over the last 19 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.
1500+

Women

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X Engage, connect, share and be inspired by over 1500 women from diverse areas of the corporate, business and public sectors, including indigenous and international delegates.
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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


Dance-A-Thon

Exciting news for you!
In warming up for the 19th WIMBIZ Annual Conference, there will be a Virtual DANCE-A- THON
Fitness and Wellness Coach - Dolly Phillips will be facilitating the WIMBIZ first Virtual Pre- Conference DANCE-A-THON as we prepare to RECALIBRATE on November 6!
Venue: Online via Zoom
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Time: 8:00am - 12:00noon

  • Attendance is absolutely FREE

  • For further enquiries call +2348035946249
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    Tweet Chat

    Friday October 9, 2020 Biyi Tudors will be engaging Ngover - Ihyembe-Nwankwo , Chairperson, WIMBIZ Executive Council, in a tweet chat.
    Join us as we discuss the upcoming first virtual WIMBIZ 19th Annual Conference by 6:00p.m.

    Date: Friday, October 9, 2020

    Venue: Twitter
    For the chat, kindly engage with the handles below on twitter - @BiyiTudors , @NgoverIN and @Wimbiz. See you there!





    Speakers


    • Professor Ekanem Ikpi Braide

      First Female President of Nigerian Academy of Science; Parasitologist

      His Excellency, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu

      Executive Governor, Lagos State

      Abubakar Suleiman

      Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc.

    • Samaila D. Zubairu

      President & Chief Executive Officer, Africa Finance Corporation

      Amal Hassan

      Founder & CEO, Outsource Global

      Funmi Roberts

      Principal Partner, Funmi Roberts & Co.

    • Brandi DeCarli

      Founding Partner, Farm from a Box

      Ngozi Princewill Utchay

      Chief Executive Officer, Artelier Lifestyle Consultants

      Adenike Adebola

      Marketing & Innovation Director, Guinness Nigeria

    • Funkola Odeleye

      Co-Founder & CEO, DIYlaw

      Dr. Anino Emuwa

      Founder & Managing Director, Avandis Consulting

      Chienye Ogwo

      CEO, Africa Initiative for Governance

    • Funke Bucknor-Obruthe

      CEO, Zapphaire Events

      Ada Osakwe

      Founder & Chief Executive, Agrolay Ventures and Nuli

      Dr. Otive Igbuzor

      Founding Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development Center.

    • Charlotte Osei

      UN International Elections Commissioner, Ghanaian Lawyer and Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana (2015-2018)

      Oluwayemisi Mafe

      Corporate Affairs & Communications Lead West Africa, Pfizer

      Kechi Okwuchi

      Nigerian-American Singer & Motivational Speaker, Burns Advocate and Bully Prevention Activist

    • Dr Yewande Oshodi

      Consultant Psychiatrist & Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Lagos University Teaching Hospital & College of Medicine University of Lagos

      Adenike Adeyemi

      Executive Director, FATE Foundation

      Fatima Kere Ahmed

      Board Secretary, Code of Conduct Bureau

    • Izin Akioya

      Seyi Bella

      Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo

    Professor Ekanem Ikpi Braide
    First Female President of Nigerian Academy of Science; Parasitologist
    Professor Ekanem Ikpi Braide, an indigene of Cross River State, Nigeria, was born on March 6, 1946. She holds a Bachelors degree in Zoology (Ife, Nigeria 1971) as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Parasitology/Epidemiology (1973, 1978, Cornell, USA). She also holds a Certificate in Epidemiological Methods from Southampton University (British Council Course). She taught in Community Secondary School, Ugep (1966 – 1968), College of Education, Port Harcourt (1973) and University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1973 – 1976). She served at the Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research, Kaduna (1978 - 1979) as a pioneer officer/researcher in charge of the Onchocerciasis Control Unit of the Institute. Thereafter, she joined the University of Calabar in 1979 as a lecturer and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1991.   Prof. Braide’s research focus is on disease control particularly operational research, impact assessment of interventions, rapid assessment methods in mapping diseases and community initiatives in disease control. She served as the Zonal Facilitator in the Nigerian Guinea worm Eradication Programme, South East Zone from 1988 to 1998 and on the WHO/FGN Guinea worm Eradication Certification Committee until Nigeria was certified guinea worm free in 2013. She coordinated Anglophone teams for African Programme on Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) multi-country impact assessment of onchocerciasis control activities in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria. She was a member of the TDR/APOC team that developed RAPLOA, a rapid assessment tool for determining prevalence of Loa loa for quick identification of communities in areas co-endemic for onchocerciasis and loaisis that are at high risk of severe adverse reactions to ivermectin treatment.   Prof. Braide was a member of WHO/APOC Technical Consultative Committee (TCC) from 2001 to 2006 and chaired the Committee from 2003 to 2006. She was also a member of   Mectizan Expert Committee from 2003 to 2006. She served as member (Alternate Chairman) of National Steering Committee, Nigerian Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme (2007-2018) and is current Chairman, Technical Advisory Committee, Cross River State Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme. She also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Sightsavers for eight years and chaired the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the 4 year Sightsavers DFID funded NTD UNITED project which ended in 2019. She is President of the Board of Trustees, Society for Family Health (SFH) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Leprosy Mission (TLM) Nigeria. Professor Braide is Fellow and Co-founder, Nigerian Society for Parasitology ( now Parasitology and Public Health Society of Nigeria); Fellow, Salzburg Seminar Session 319; Fellow (Vice President) Nigerian Academy of Science. She has received many awards, including, Cross River State 2000 Millennium Award and Jimmy/Roslynn Carter Award for outstanding dedication and achievement in the eradication of guinea worm in Nigeria. In July 2010, Professor Braide was honoured by the President of Nigeria with the award of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) for her contribution to disease control in Nigeria.   Professor Braide served as Vice Chancellor, Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) Calabar, Nigeria (2004 to 2009) and as Pioneer Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Lafia, Nigeria (2011 to 2016). She is currently the Pro-Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Nigeria.   Professor Braide and her husband, late Professor Victor Bowerson-Chase Braide, have two children, Pamela and Opubo.
    His Excellency, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu
    Executive Governor, Lagos State
    Abubakar Suleiman
    Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc.
    Abubakar Suleiman, fondly called Abu, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience working in the banking industry. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc. Currently, his top priority is to optimize the impact of financial intermediation in critical sectors that can catalyze growth and create a future of shared prosperity for all Nigerians. These priority sectors are Health, Agriculture, Education, Renewable Energy and Transportation, and are at the H.E.A.R.T of Sterling. Before his current role, he served as an Executive Director and Chief Finance Officer of the bank and was the executive sponsor of the Bank’s non-interest banking business (Sterling Alternative Finance). Abu’s previous work experience includes tax advisory at Arthur Andersen, management training at MBC International Bank (now First Bank) and financial markets with Citibank Nigeria. He is a firm believer in the role of efficient markets, emerging technologies and small businesses in unlocking productivity, improving national competitiveness and driving inclusive economic growth. He currently serves on the Board of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and the Advisory Boards of Lagos Business School (LBS) and Enterprise Development Center (EDC).
    Samaila D. Zubairu
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Africa Finance Corporation
    Samaila Zubairu was appointed as Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)’s 3rd President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2018. AFC is an investment-grade, multilateral financial institution focused on providing solutions to Africa’s infrastructure deficit and challenging business environment by developing and financing infrastructure, natural resources and industrial assets which enhance productivity and economic growth of African states.   Mr. Zubairu currently represents the Corporation’s interests on the Board of Directors of: Aker Energy A.S. - Vice Chairman; Cenpower Generation Company Limited; Danakali Colluli [Potash] Mining Limited; Thor Gold Explorations Limited; ARISE Port & Logistics; Takoradi Port Expansion Project; Novelle Gabon Mine.  Additionally, Samaila sits on the Advisory Board of the United Nations administered Nigeria Humanitarian Fund—Private Sector Initiative (NHF PSI) for internally displaced persons in North-Eastern Nigeria. He is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of AIICO Insurance Plc.   Prior to his appointment, Samaila was the CEO of Africapital Management Limited, where he established a joint venture with Old Mutual’s African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) to develop the Nigerian Infrastructure Investment Fund1(NIIF1) for infrastructure private equity across West Africa.   As Chief Financial Officer for Dangote Cement Plc, he launched Africa’s largest syndicated project finance facility for the Obajana Cement project and managed the unbundling of Dangote Industries Limited to listed subsidiaries on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Before that, he was the Treasurer for Dangote Group during its transformation from a trading company to an industrial conglomerate.   Samaila is an Eisenhower Fellow and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nigeria (FCA). He holds a BSc in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.
    Amal Hassan
    Founder & CEO, Outsource Global
    Amal Hassan is the Founder and CEO of Outsource Global - Nigeria's leading business process outsourcing giant, servicing countries in Africa, the United States, UK and Japan.   Her passion to unlock Nigeria’s developmental potentials through technology-driven innovation and value addition led her to build, capitalize and restructure a series of technology-related businesses that succeed in developing talents and creating employment for young Nigerians.   In 2013, she founded Outsource Global and currently leads a team of 850+ staff in 3 locations across Nigeria. Outsource Global is a gender-balanced company focused on inclusion and empowerment: over 50% of senior management staff are female, and over 65% of staff are women - all driving a relentless vision to increase staff to 6,000 in the next 5 years. Amal’s entrepreneurial prowess and business acumen continue to set her apart as a highly regarded emerging business leader in Nigeria. In 2018, Amal was named one of the 16 women business leaders by Fortune-US Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. She has also been recognized as one of Nigeria’s star by the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria for her outstanding impact to nation-building.   Over the years, she has participated in local and international business missions and attended various professional and leadership courses, conferences and seminars both locally and abroad. Widely regarded as a role model for the girl-child and women especially in northern Nigeria, she has continued to mentor young leaders across her industry.   Amal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administrations from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria and a Master degree in Business Administration from the same university. Amal is a partner in Bluetag Group the holding company for Parkway Projects, HealthStation, Bluetag Technologies, Bluetag Synergy and Outsource Global.
    Funmi Roberts
    Principal Partner, Funmi Roberts & Co.
    An astute leader with outstanding track record in mobilising for corporate and public sector reform, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Recognised and respected both within and outside the legal profession for her legal, administrative and organisational skills, Funmi Roberts has the profound ability to utilise her excellent analytical skills to achieve defined impactful objectives and develop novel strategically designed solutions to challenges.   She became a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria haven graduated top of her class both at the University of Ife, Ile Ife in 1981 and the Nigerian Law School in 1982 It was also in the University of Ife, Ile Ife that she earned her Masters of laws Degree, during which she was awarded the University of Ife Alumni Fellowship.   Funmi’s tenacity and refusal to be defined or limited by her environment, have enabled her to build of one of the leading female-owned value-driven legal and ADR law firms in Nigeria, Funmi Roberts & Co, registered in 1989. She is also the founder of Funmi Roberts & Co. Nominees Limited, a company that offers cutting edge company secretarial services to several blue-chip companies in Nigeria. The two firms operate from Ibadan, Oyo State and Lagos State, with a focal point at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.    Funmi Roberts who expends time mentoring young professionals, belongs to several professional organizations such as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), where she served in various capacities, including serving for several years, on the National Executive Council, the highest decision-making organ of the NBA. She is member and former chairperson of Oyo State Chapter of the Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA, which in English means International Federation of Women Lawyers). Funmi belongs to several professional organisations including the International Bar Association, Business Recovery Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Society for Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors, Nigeria etc. Funmi is a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K), a member of the Global Panel of Mediators of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution CEDR, (U.K), and a tutor and assessor in both organisations. She was recently re-appointed to the Dispute Resolution Panel of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). She received global recognition for her dispute resolution expertise when in 2017, she was appointed as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration and ADR Commission.   Funmi, who has served as an African Union Observer at the Presidential Election in Kenya and as the Consultant who developed the governance documents for the African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council (ECOSSOCC).   Funmi Roberts, who is well published and has delivered presentations on several platforms, is currently the Honorary Legal Adviser of Institute of Directors, Nigeria, was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Women in Management Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) from 2017 to 2019, and serves as the Vice Chairman of the not-for-profit organisation, Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH).  She seats on the board of several corporate bodies, including the largest bank in Liberia, Ecobank, Liberia, where she serves as the chairman of the board credit committee. She is a member of the board of directors Prudential Mortgage Bank Limited, Qvate Solutions Ltd etc.   Passionate about paying it forward, Funmi offers scholarships to financially-challenged students, and mentors young lawyers on various platforms including a program tagged’ Breakfast with FR’. She is also a mentor in the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Women’s Forum, Women in Management Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ). Funmi is the covisioner of the COVID-19 ADR Initiative, a platform that offers dispute resolution in an effective and more cost-effective manner for COVID--related disputes  
    Brandi DeCarli
    Founding Partner, Farm from a Box
    Brandi DeCarli is the Founding Partner of Farm from a Box, a cleantech powered infrastructure for community-based local food production.   She is currently a SheEO Venture, a board member of Jordanian agritech accelerator HASSAD, and a Rising Talent with the Women's Forum. She is a frequent global speaker on technology's role in climate resilience, economic empowerment, and women's leadership, including her TEDx talk, "How technology and togetherness can transform our world."   A firm believer in the power of collaboration, Brandi is passionate about rejecting old rules and driving positive change in the world through innovation, compassion, and connection.
    Ngozi Princewill Utchay
    Chief Executive Officer, Artelier Lifestyle Consultants
    Ngozi Princewill Utchay MCIArb, is a sought-after multiple certified Social Skills and Personal Branding Consultant, Public speaker, Writer, Founder/CEO and International Arbitrator.   A Federal Government of Nigeria scholar, she attended the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where she finished as the best graduating student of her department. She also holds executive certifications from foremost institutions in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates and Spain. She is an alumna of the Institute Villa Pierrefeu, frequently described as Switzerland's "last traditional finishing school".   In addition to various workshops, symposia, Youth programmes and so forth, Ngozi has been a guest speaker at conferences by the Central Bank of Nigeria, Institute of Directors, 7Up Bottling Company, Connect Nigeria and the WIMBIZ amongst others, and has written columns for Genevieve, and ThisDay Style magazines.   She counts High Networth individuals, government agencies, and several prestigious organisations from diverse sectors amongst her distinguished clientele, and has taught Social Skills and Personal Branding at the Lagos Business School, the leading business school in West Africa, for years.   Ngozi is the host of "Future First Ladies"™, a subsidised annual Finishing and Mentoring School, which for the past six years has provided young ladies from low-income homes and the wider society, opportunities to participate via scholarships.   She is featured in the WIMBIZ “Inspire Me 2” coffee table book, which recognises Nigerian women contributing to nation building in their various spheres and is also one of 40 inspiring women featured in the Lancôme “40 Shades” international Beauty campaign; the first of its kind in Africa by the French brand. Ngozi was named one of “100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria, 2018” by the Leading Ladies Africa and YNaija, in conjunction with The Guardian newspaper, and was on the 2016 "Very Best Dressed" List of Genevieve Magazine.   She is a recipient of the “Woman to Woman Award for Consistent Support” from the House on the Rock church, where she serves as a Deaconness; and the “Ambassador Award” by the Women Ministry of St Peter's Anglican Church, Dikenafai (Ideato Diocese), which is her hometown church.   She is the Executive Director of the Prime Group, which includes the popular Prime Chinese Restaurant and a Director of the Institute of Export Operations and Management (IEOM). She is also a Trustee of the King's Comfort Foundation, which seeks to ameliorate the plight of young widows and their children.   Ngozi speaks six languages.
    Adenike Adebola
    Marketing & Innovation Director, Guinness Nigeria
    Adenike is the Marketing and Innovation Director and a member of the Guinness Nigeria Exec Committee. Guinness Nigeria is Nigeria’s only total beverage alcohol company distinguishing itself from the rest of the industry for its portfolio of some of the worlds most loved brands. A collection of premium brands with rich history and a pedigree of exceptional quality including Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Baileys, Cîroc, Orijin, Gordons, Malta Guinness and Dubic to mention a few. Adenike oversees Marketing, Reserve, Innovation and the portfolio strategy for Nigeria. Prior to her appointment to the top marketing job for Guinness Nigeria, Adenike has held many roles local and internationally, most recently she was Portfolio Director, Spirits. Prior to that she was based in London accountable for Guinness’ communications for Africa. She was also responsible for Diageo’s non-alcoholic agenda for Africa spanning 15 countries, leading new market expansion, innovation and content creation. As a younger marketeer Adenike was an embodiment of a dynamic thinker-doer, with a strong streak for strategy and commercial acumen, building a personal trademark over the years of delivering sustainable growth through the transformation of brand equity and long-term commercial performance.   Adenike’ s leadership is premised on a personal belief that being the best version of yourself everyday requires courage and commitment and the choice to be brave is yours and yours alone especially if you are a woman. She is currently a member of Diageo’s global task force on Inclusivity and Diversity, leading a new wave of brand accountability and participation with tackling negative female stereotypes in the media and in advertising.   She Joined Guinness Nigeria in 2005 as a Brand Manager from UACN, with a primary degree in Food Technology, she holds an MBA from the University of Manchester, UK.   Adenike is married with 3 children.
    Funkola Odeleye
    Co-Founder & CEO, DIYlaw
    Funkola Odeleye is co-founder and CEO at DIYlaw and also the Corporate-Commercial and Intellectual Property Lead at TLP Advisory Africa (TLP) – a venture law practice.   She has a background in corporate-commercial law firm practice with years of in-house counsel experience in investment banking. Funkola’s legal experience prior to founding TLP and DIYlaw cuts across capital markets, investment advisory, compliance and securities.   Funkola has a Masters in Finance and Financial Law from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London in addition to her LLB from the Lagos State University and BL from the Nigerian Law School.   She was the 2019 Sub-Saharan winner and Global Finalist of the Entrepreneurial Award of the British Council Study UK Alumni Award. She is a 2019 Obama Africa Leader, an Innovating Justice Fellow of The Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law (HiiL) and a Cartier Women’s Initiative 2020 Fellow.   Funkola believes that entrepreneurship is the most sustainable solution to unemployment and she is passionate about mentoring and developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nigeria. She keeps a food blog and enjoys sudoku.
    Dr. Anino Emuwa
    Founder & Managing Director, Avandis Consulting
    Dr Anino Emuwa is the founder of Avandis Consulting, a France based strategy and financial advisory firm providing consultancy services to entrepreneurs and business leaders. She started out her career in corporate banking with Citibank and has extensive research experience in financing SMEs. Anino is an experienced NED and is a member of the global Advisory board of UK’s 20-first and sits on the board of DCSL Corporate Services Limited. She is a member of the Grant Advisory Committee of the Sustainable and Inclusive Digital Financial Services initiative at the Lagos Business School which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation.   Dr Emuwa is a global women’s business leadership expert and convenes several communities for women including Africa Women CEOs Network and Women@Davos. She organised the first International Women Business Leaders Networking event in Davos during the World Economic Forum in January 2020.  Anino is an international public speaker on entrepreneurship, women’s business leadership, innovation and hosts an on-going virtual event- the Women CEOs Roundtable.   Anino is a coach and mentor for Cartier Women’s Initiative, University of Cambridge Judge Business School’s EnterpriseWOMEN programme, and a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor Alumni. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, UK and Institute of Directors, London. Anino received her Doctorate in Business Administration from Nottingham Business School where she is now an alumni fellow.  She also holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics.  She was recognised this year as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women Advancing Equality in Africa by Leading Ladies Africa.
    Chienye Ogwo
    CEO, Africa Initiative for Governance
    Chienye Ogwo is a Communications, Transformation and Non-Profit Management Professional, and Lawyer, with over nineteen-years’ combined experience in for-profit and not-for-profit enterprise. Her experience spans Management, Strategic Communication, Organisational Transformation, Change Management, Sustainability and Legal Practice across development, banking, capital markets, telecommunications and international broadcast news.   Chienye is motivated by mission, excited about building and transforming, and driven by the desire to create meaningful and lasting impact. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Initiative for Governance, a nonprofit foundation with a mission to be a catalyst for public sector transformation in Africa. Immediately prior to Africa Initiative for Governance, she was Head of Change Management for the Transformation Programme of Nigeria’s second oldest bank – Union Bank – following capital injection by a consortium of international and local investors. While at the Bank, she successfully advised the Chief Executive and Executive Management on communication, reputation management and stakeholder engagement for new initiatives resulting from the Bank’s new direction, developing communication and stakeholder management strategies for inevitable disruptions in structure and technology.   Chienye has a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a Law degree from the University of Lagos and a Barrister-at-Law qualification from the Nigerian Law School.   In May 2020, Chienye was recognised as one of 50 Leading Ladies in Corporate Nigeria 2020 by Leading Ladies Africa, a women-focused non-profit launched to promote Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion for African Women. She is a mentor for the Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ) Mentoring Programme and the immediate past president of the Columbia Alumni Association of Nigeria.
    Funke Bucknor-Obruthe
    CEO, Zapphaire Events
    Fifteen years as a foremost event planner has earned Funke Bucknor-Obruthe a place amongst Nigeria’s industry leaders. She is the founder and current C.E.O. of the Zapphaire Events Group (comprising Zapphaire Events Limited, The Zapphaire Training Academy and Decor by Furtullah) a pioneer events planning company in Africa that has for many years continued to set the trend for event architecture and design in Nigeria.   Funke’s passion for innovation and excellence has built a leading Wedding and Events brand that has delivered well over 1,500 successful events across the globe and has still remained relevant.   Her passion for walking brides through the wedding process led her to publish The Essential Bridal Handbook - a first-of-its-kind wedding resource for the African market. For this reason, she also set up Funke Says - a YouTube series for brides which guides them through their Wedding planning process.   This avid entrepreneur is also obsessed with sharing industry knowledge and giving others room to bloom. This resulted to the creation of the Zapphaire Training Academy in 2009 which has birthed over 500 events professionals.   More avenues to share knowledge was the recently organized Zapphaire Connect Series which brought together past interns and staff of Zapphaire Events and alumni of the Zapphaire Training Academy to collaborate, network and help them forge ahead in their businesses and careers in the Events Industry, Also she went ahead to organize THE EVENT XPERIENCE AFRICA (TEXA) which is an annual conference geared towards equipping an ever growing audience of event entrepreneurs with the right tools needed to thrive in the industry. The conference is targeted at seasoned event professionals and beginners alike empowering them to be more and do more at the same time providing them the opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn. The maiden edition was in January 2019 and had over 600 participants from different parts of Africa.   As a highly regarded influencer and speaker who seeks to impact lives, she has spoken at various seminars, workshops and conferences within Africa and globally.  Little wonder why she is regarded as one of the top 3 wedding planners in Africa and was recently appointed a member of the Advisory Board for The Destination Wedding Planner’s Congress (DWPC). In 2016, she was also hosted by the King of Dubai for being one of the Top 10 event planners on the African Continent.   Being recognized within and outside Africa for her countless contributions to the Nigerian Events Industry, Funke was included in the BBC 100 most inspirational women in the world 2016 (and this had only two women from Nigeria) and has also been featured in several local and international media platforms such as Forbes Woman Africa, CNN inside Africa, among others.   She has bagged several Entrepreneurship Awards, Merit Awards, awards for outstanding contributions to the Events Industry, and awards for wedding planner of the year.   Funke is a founding member of APPOEMN (Association of Professional Party Organizers and Events Managers of Nigeria), an Associate member of WIMBIZ (Women in Management and Business), A member of ILEA (International Live Events Association)an Alumnus of Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan African University.   Funke holds an LLB Degree in Law from the University of Lagos and a BL from the Abuja Law School with which she practised briefly. An Alumi of the Pan-Atlantic University (OM, She reads as much as she loves to write.
    Ada Osakwe
    Founder & Chief Executive, Agrolay Ventures and Nuli
    Ada is an award-winning food entrepreneur, investor and passionate African development advocate. She is Founder of Agrolay Ventures, an investment firm focusing on early-stage innovative food companies in Africa. She’s also the founder of Nuli, Nigeria’s fastest-growing farm-to-table beverage brand and restaurant chain that utilizes only locally grown agriculture produce.   Ada serves on the Board of the One Acre Fund, the leading social enterprise for Africa’s smallholder farmers and Infinite Foods, a leading plant-based food company in Africa. She is a member of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Presidential Youth Advisory Group and serves on the Advisory Group of Generation Africa, an initiative to invest in young African agripreneurs co-catalysed by Econet and Yara International. She is the interim Chief Operating Officer of the World Hunger Fighter’s Foundation (WHFF), a non-profit, founded by World Food Prize Laureate Akin Adesina, to invest in young food innovators for a hunger-free world.   For three years Ada served as Senior Adviser to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture, launching novel initiatives that attracted millions of investments to Nigeria’s agribusiness sector. Prior to her public service she was VP at Kuramo Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, and was a Senior Investment Officer at the AfDB. She began her career as an Analyst at BNP Paribas investment bank, London.   She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. Consecutively, from 2016 and 2019, Forbes Afrique listed her as one of the Top 100 Africans contributing to economic impact on the Continent . She has also been a recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year and Achiever in Agriculture Awards in 2015 and was on the Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa list in 2014.   Ada has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, MSc in Economics and Finance from University of Warwick, U.K. and BSc in Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Hull, U.K.   In July 2020, Ada was the Convocation Speaker for the Kellogg School of Management graduation, becoming the youngest person and the first African to be given the honour and fourth black person, following in the footsteps of Roslyn Brock, Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP and Oprah Winfrey.
    Dr. Otive Igbuzor
    Founding Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development Center.
    Dr. Otive Igbuzor is the Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD) and Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was one-time International Head of campaigns of ActionAid International and Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria. He was also an honourable Commissioner in the Police Service Commission (PSC) from 2008-2013 representing civil society. Prior to joining ActionAid, he was a Programme Co-ordinator of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Lagos.   Previously, he was a lecturer at the Delta State University, Lagos Centre and has published many scholarly articles on democracy, gender, politics and development. He has 49 academic publications including seven books and 15 articles in local and international journals. He holds a bachelors’ degree in Pharmacy, two masters’ degrees in Public Administration and International Relations and a doctorate degree in Public Administration specializing in Policy Analysis.   He is a member of many professional associations including Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN) and Nigerian Institute of Management.   He is a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria (ISMN). He is a past President of Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria (ISMN) and President of The Ejiro & Otive Igbuzor Foundation.  He sits on the board of several organisations including Oando Foundation, Police Health Maintenance Organisation (Police HMO) Nigerian Women Trust Fund and Partnership Opportunities for Women Empowerment Realisation (POWER). In recognition of his leadership roles, he was appointed by a past Secretary General of United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon in October, 2012 into the Global Network of Men Leaders to end Violence Against Women.
    Charlotte Osei
    UN International Elections Commissioner, Ghanaian Lawyer and Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana (2015-2018)
    Mrs. Charlotte Osei is an impact-led Executive and Administrator leveraging over 25 years of experience including senior-level leadership covering both public and private sectors — spanning international and domestic experience in election administration, voter and civic education, academia, private and public sector partnership, corporate and regulatory compliance, dispute resolution, institutional management and transactional expertise.   Over the years, Charlotte has combined technical expertise with strong business acumen and operational understanding; ensuring all technical strategies and activities align with corporate goals. Expertly oversees both small-scale and large-scale projects—from initial planning and development to implementation and enhancements. I am adept at building and motivating diverse technical and professional teams to achieve outstanding results and complete projects on time and within budget.   She demonstrates practical application of laws and regulatory issues, corporate governance and business practice and finance while partnering closely with team members to achieve growth and corporate goals.
    Oluwayemisi Mafe
    Corporate Affairs & Communications Lead West Africa, Pfizer
    Oluwayemisi is a Marketing Communication professional with over 20 years’ experience in Consultancy, Social Enterprise, Banking, E-Commerce, Insurance and Pharmaceuticals. She started her career as a Freelance Journalist and over the years has gained experience working with leading Marketing Communication agencies. Presently, she is the Corporate Affairs and Communication Lead for West Africa at a global pharmaceutical company where she oversees Communication and Public Affairs in the zone.   Oluwayemisi possess outstanding skills at using Communication tools to create and sustain demand and preference for brands. She has expertise in successfully conceptualizing and implementing innovative communications, public relations and marketing initiatives to drive market impact and expansion for top companies in diverse industries.   She is a 2014 Vital Voices Lead Fellow. Oluwayemisi is a Fellow; NIMN, Member; NIPR, Member; CIM, UK, Associate; APCON and a Mentor and an Associate; WIMBIZ. She is also a Mentor of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.   She is very passionate about touching lives and gives expression to this by volunteering for social causes that impacts women and children.
    Kechi Okwuchi
    Nigerian-American Singer & Motivational Speaker, Burns Advocate and Bully Prevention Activist
    Kechi is a 30 year-old Nigerian-born writer, currently living in Houston, Texas. She is an MBA student, a bullying prevention advocate, an inspirational speaker and a self-taught singer.   Kechi found her true voice after her accident- a plane crash that took the lives of 107 of 109 passengers in Nigeria in 2005. Throughout the difficult journey of burns recovery, Kechi was sustained by her Christian faith, her family and her music. She resumed high school in 2009 and in 2015 she graduated First Class from University of St. Thomas, Houston, with a Bachelors in Economics.   Becoming a finalist on America’s Got Talent 2017 was Kechi’s truest dream realized, and on June 10th 2018, she released her debut single, ‘Don’t You Dare’ on all digital music platforms. She became a burn survivor advocate for multiple organizations, including the hospital she herself was treated at- Shriners Burns Hospitals for Children, Galveston, TX.   In 2019, Kechi became a finalist on the premiere season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions through Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer. Since then, she has become an active ambassador for multiple organizations advocating for various global causes such as youth empowerment, bullying prevention advocacy, and sustainable living.   Kechi is currently working on the release of her self-titled debut album, and she is signed with Baker Publishing Group to work on the publication of her memoir.   Kechi hopes to use her voice and her story to ignite hope all over the world within those that need it.
    Dr Yewande Oshodi
    Consultant Psychiatrist & Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Lagos University Teaching Hospital & College of Medicine University of Lagos
    Dr Oshodi earned her Basic Medical training qualification from the College of Medicine University of Lagos and later received her Masters in Public health from the same University. She went on to specialize in Psychiatry and is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Faculty of Psychiatry. She further obtained a subspecialty fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the Colleges of medicine of South Africa. Dr. Yewande O. Oshodi is currently a Consultant Psychiatrist & Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital & College of Medicine University of Lagos, Nigeria respectively. Her clinical work entails providing specialist mental health care and her specific areas of interest in research include; Public mental health, maternal-infant mental health, Neuro Developmental disorders, mental health stigma, school mental health, adolescent trauma and adolescent substance abuse.   Dr Oshodi plays an active role in mental health advocacy and skill development. Over 10 years ago she pioneered a non-governmental organisation known as MIND Trust in Lagos, Nigeria, through which she and her team of volunteers continue to deliver mental health awareness programs in public secondary schools in Lagos mainland area till date.   Dr Yewande Oshodi is the current president of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and allied Profession of Nigeria (ACAPAN), an Organisation that promotes the development and delivery of child mental health relevant services and knowledge in Nigeria.   Dr Oshodi has been a speaker on mental well-being related matters and its relevant research in several conferences both local and internationally.
    Adenike Adeyemi
    Executive Director, FATE Foundation
    Adenike Adeyemi has over 19 years’ experience in non-profit management, enterprise development, strategy and organizational transformation. As the Executive Director of Nigeria’s foremost enterprise development organization, she leads FATE Foundation’s focus on enabling aspiring and emerging Nigerian entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses through business incubation, growth support and accelerator Programmes.   Since joining the FATE in 2015, she has deepened the organisation’s strategic footprint in the Nigerian entrepreneurship ecosystem through business incubation programmes; sector focused accelerator programmes; and financial and non-financial linkage programs for the organisation’s over 6,000 flagship programme graduates. She has led the organization to become the thought leader in research and policy analysis on Nigerian MSMEs and the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. She has also led the development of digital platforms for learning, advisory and support to expand the organization’s reach to over 120,000 entrepreneurs in their short course programmes.   Adenike’s previous experience includes Manager, Public & Development Sector Services, KPMG Nigeria; pioneer Executive Director, Nigeria Leadership Initiative; and Learning Support Programme Management at the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Program.   Adenike serves on a number of Boards including Trustee of the Youth Business International; non-Executive Director, VDT Bitflux Communications; Director, Oxbridge Tutorial College Foundation; and Advisory Board Member, BudgIT. She is a 2020 Eisenhower Fellow and has a Masters of Public Administration (with a specialization in nonprofit management) and a Master of Arts in Diplomacy & International Relations from Seton Hall University (2005); and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Ibadan (2001).
    Fatima Kere Ahmed
    Board Secretary, Code of Conduct Bureau
    Fatima Kere Ahmed is a professional lawyer with a proven history in litigation as well as investigation and prosecution; she is currently the Board Secretary of the Code of Conduct Bureau, and Assistant Director in charge of Chairman’s office and external relation of the CCB. She specializes in Corporate Governance, and provides executive and administrative support to the organization. Fatima is articulate, charismatic, and possesses superb oratory skills which allows her play significant and visible roles in the Management of the Code of Conduct Bureau, where she represents her organization in major meetings for law enforcement Agencies, such as IATT, UNODC, GIABA etc.   Fatima is very passionate about public sector polices/ Reform and has a special interest in Gender party and youth involvement in public service, she has made contributions and served in various capacities both at state, Federal and international level.   Fatima attended Queens College Lagos, Coventry University UK, University of Dundee Scotland, Yale University, International Institute of Sports Lausanne, Nigerian Law School etc. she is also a NEC member of the IBA, FIDA, Institute of Directors, WIMBIZ Associate, amongst many other Associations. She is known for her proven ability to solve problems and often described as a fantastic people’s person, and a tireless advocate and Mentor.
    Izin Akioya
    Izin takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development, spokesmanship/influencing and people skills. An expert at distilling business objectives, she develops actionable, insights-led strategies, activity/project plans and convenes a network of internal/external actors to achieve excellent outcomes. She is a saleswoman personality, who has brought her personal traits to bear in roles that combine external/people engagement opportunities with technical acumen/expertise.   In her most recent role, she lead the communications and advocacy project of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group’s Fiscal Policy Roundtable. The Pan-Nigerian project provided a platform to lead government and stakeholder engagement to drive fiscal reforms both at Federal and Sub-National levels. The project birthed strategic government partnerships, technical contributions to the 2020 Nigeria finance bill amongst other commendable results.   A marketing communications, and commercial leader, Izin brings a decade’s expertise in Advertising, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, and Consulting. Her previous professional opportunities include roles with British America Tobacco, Leo Burnett, amongst others.   Izin graduated in the top 10% of her class with a BSc. (Hons) degree in Economics, obtained the chartered marketer status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK and is an alumnus of the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy.   Izin is passionate about building/enabling mission minded, transformational organizations and currently runs ADUN PR, an emerging public relations company, alongside Aretee, an African inspired fashion label.
    Seyi Bella
    Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo
    Seyi Bella is a partner at Banwo & Ighodalo, one of the leading law firms in Nigeria. Seyi’s core areas of practice are Corporate and Project Finance, Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions and FinTech. In this regard, she has rendered legal advice to many corporates (including Nigerian companies and multinationals), international banks and financial institutions; and has been involved in some of the highest-profile transactions in corporate Nigeria. Although her practice focuses on secured lending and asset finance, the advice she provides to clients cuts across several sectors, including oil and gas (reserve-based lending), real estate and construction, telecoms, power etc.   In recognition of her professional work, Seyi Bella is consistently cited in respected legal directories and other professional publications such as IFLR1000 and Legal 500. She is presently ranked as a “Highly Regarded Leading Lawyer” by IFLR 1000 and one of eight women recognised in Nigeria as a 2020 IFLR 1000 Woman Leader. She has also authored many articles in leading law publications.   Seyi is very passionate about good leadership, education and women empowerment; and partners with several NGOs in furtherance of these values. Seyi has an LL.M from Harvard Law School and an LL.B from the University of Lagos. She also sits on the Board of FATE Foundation.  




    PLENARY AND DEEP-DIVE SESSION


    Plenary 1
    LEADING FROM THE HEART: CREATING A CULTURE OF EMPATHY & AUTHENTICITY

    Navigating leadership is critical during these times. There is a fundamental change in what a leader should be and how they lead. The leadership plenary should focus on leading in a VUCA world and intuitive leadership highlighting core leadership and female attributes that leaders can bring to the table e.g. empathy, intuition etc.

    Plenary 2
    DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION: REPOSITION FOR SUCCESS

    Disruption is our current reality. It is either you be a disruptor or be disrupted. There is a need to talk about how disruption can be a pathway to power, the power of technology and finding your place in the digital dawn. How do you reinvent and innovate your business? What is the value chain, business opportunities and what opportunities are out there for delegates to tap into?






    Breakout 1
    WOMAN! YOU ARE YOUR BRAND

    This session will focus on the potency and art of feminine communication. One of the limitations women have is that we are either too reserved, shy or have become victims of socio-cultural conditioning that limit our ability to project ourselves, our brand or our businesses adequately. It is frequently said that the woman is the weaker sex and this must be continually debunked. Women can retain their femininity and sexuality yet remain an embodiment of power and success.

    Breakout 2
    COLLABORATION: EXPLORING AUDACIOUS SYNERGIES

    The stark reality that faces individuals and businesses - Stay relevant or die alone - has been amplified by the current reality. The ability to connect with and adapt to the changing realities and new essentials as defined by consumers and the buying public cannot be undertaken by individuals. It is imperative that we seek to build alliances, leverage connections, collaborate across borders with shared values and common goals.

    Collaborations come with its set of nuances and problems, working to identify and address them with an agreed framework should be the driving force. We cannot go the distance alone!

    Breakout 3
    HARD RESET: SURVIVE AND THRIVE

    With the present COVID 19 pandemic, Individuals and businesses in general have been exposed to a Global health, commercial and economic disruption. Individuals and Businesses have been exposed and made vulnerable due to the Pandemic.

    The lack of access to finance and support buffer has caused a lot of downturn to businesses therefore these businesses introduce coping mechanisms to stay afloat. What are those things that we need to do differently, proactively and reactively? In a state of any emergency, how do you strive as an individual and as a business?

    Breakout 4
    SECURE YOUR SEAT; AMPLIFY OUR VOICE

    Although several efforts have been made to address the low representation of women in elective and appointive positions in Nigeria, there is still vast room for improvement. There is a need for an increased intentional push towards boosting female participation in politics. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to have relevant conversations that can encourage and groom more women to take on political roles.

    This panel will highlight actionable steps that can increase the number of seats allocated to women in Nigeria’s political landscape.

    Breakout 5
    THE UNSPOKEN TRAUMA

    The idea around this topic goes beyond discussing the issues on traumatic events and goes further to look at the coping mechanisms, how to get help and learning from people that have overcome such situations in their personal and professional lives.


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