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About WIMBIZ Conference


Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), a Nigeria based non-profit organization formed in 2001 by 14 individuals with an overriding vision “to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building”. Our programs are geared towards increasing the success rate of female entrepreneurs and the proportion of women in senior positions in corporate organizations.

The Annual Conference is WIMBIZ's flagship event which holds November of every year and is attended by over 1000 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
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), a Nigeria based non-profit organization formed in 2001 by 14 individuals with an overriding vision “to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building”. Our programs are geared towards increasing the success rate of female entrepreneurs and the proportion of women in senior positions in corporate organizations.

The Annual Conference is WIMBIZ's flagship event which holds November of every year and is attended by over 1000 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
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 15 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.
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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.
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Speakers

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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.




ANNIVERSARY BALL & SIDE EVENTS


Anniversary Ball

The Anniversary Ball will showcase our impact over the years but most especially our impact from the Big Sister Program designed to promote and fund education of girls in senior secondary schools in Lagos, Minna and Port Harcourt, as well as thank individuals and organisations that have given us significant support over the years and share in our vision ‘to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contributions to nation building.’ Having been in existence for fifteen years and grown in an unanticipated way, it is clear to us that WIMBIZ has provided a much needed and timely intervention.
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McKinsey Women Matter Africa Report Launch

WIMBIZ in partnership with McKinsey and UN Women presents the Women Matter Africa Report as part of our 15th Annual anniversary celebration which is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Based on both organisations commitment to advocate for women matters, we decided to join forces given our research background on gender issues.

This report widely references evidence of the link between a companies share of women in leadership positions, its financial performance and organisational health, focused in the past on North America and Europe, Asia, Latin America and the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the first time in 10 years of McKinsey working on this report a focus is on Africa.

More specifically, the Women Matter report presents the case for gender diversity in Leadership across Africa using information gathered across 14 countries including Lagos, Nigeria.

The EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards

WIMBIZ in special partnership with EbonyLife TV, presents the EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards as part of our 15th Annual anniversary celebration. Based on both organizations commitment to advocate and empower women to work together to accomplish great things and seek to celebrate those that have excelled. The Awards ceremony will showcase 10 categories of awards on Friday, November 4, 2016 during the Conference closing ceremony.

Given both organizations’ target audience and a wider scoop for this awards, the awards category are as follows:
  • Advocate of the Year
  • Best Collaboration of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Fashion Designer of the year
  • Philanthropist of the year
  • Lifetime Achievement of the Year
  • TV Personality of the year
  • Made in Nigeria Product of the Year
  • Film and TV director of the year
  • Man of the year

Nomination Opened: Friday, September 2, 2016
Closed: Friday, October 1, 2016
Winner Announcement: Friday, November 4, 2016.
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Speakers


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    Ebi Atawodi

    General Manager Uber West Africa

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    Asue Ighodalo

    Partner Banwo & Ighodalo Chairman Sterling Bank

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    Nolitha Fakude

    Executive Director and Executive Vice President Strategy and Sustainability Sasol Limited

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    Rolake Akinkugbe

    Head Energy and Natural Resources FBN Capital

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    Orode Okpu

    CEO Exclusive Brands Africa

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    Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri

    Medical Director / Psychiatrist - In - Chief, Pinnacle Medical Services

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    Audrey Joe-Ezigbo

    Co-Founder Falcon Corporation Limited

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    Dr. Ngozi Onyia MBBS FWACP (PAEDS) MBA CTH

    Managing Director, Paelon Memorial Clinic

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    Esther Eshiet

    Founder, Afterschool Centre for Career Development  

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    Kemi Lala Akindoju

    Actor, Casting Director and Producer

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    Lilian Olubi

    CEO, Primera Africa Securities Ltd.

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    Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

    Founder of LEAP Africa, Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution

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    Taofik Adegbite

    CEO, Marine Platforms

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    Omoyemi Akerele

    Founder and Executive Director of Style House Files

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    Abé Jawando

    Top Independent Sales Director, Mary Kay, UK

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    Adefunke Adeyemi

    Regional Head - Africa and The Middle East, IATA

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    Chioma Okolie

    CSR Specialist, Airtel Nigeria

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    Lara Cameron-Cole

    Co-Founder, Caxton Alile Design Interiors Ltd.

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    Nere Teriba

    Managing Director, Kian Smith Trade Co.

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    Oyinkan Adewale

    Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Union Bank

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    Tania Holt

    Partner at McKinsey & Company

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    Tucci Goka Ivowi

    Business Executive Officer/ Communication Director Nestle, Central & West Africa

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    Patricia Ojora

    CEO, Promoprint Ventures

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    Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola

    CEO and Co-Founder of Wecyclers

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    Bankole Oluwafemi

    Editor-in-Chief, TechCabal

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    Eghosa Omoigui

    Founder/Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners

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    Hon. Janet Adeyemi

    President, Women in Mining in Nigeria

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    Kehinde Okunoren

    Co-Founder, Okunoren Twins Ltd.

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    Moray Mcloren

    Director, Redstone Consultants

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    Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien

    Founder, Growing Businesses Foundation

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    Wura Abiola, Ph.D.

    Managing Director of Management Transformation Ltd. (MT)

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    Osaru Alile

    Co-Founder, CaxtonAlile Living

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    Taiwo Okunoren

    Co-Founder, Okunoren Twins Ltd.

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    Bolanle Austen-Peters

    Founder/ CEO Terra Kulture

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    Dr. Kunbi Wuraola

    Principal Consultant, Discover Your Potential Ltd

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    Aminat Gbajabiamila

    Ginger Hospitality Company Ltd. / Ginger Consult

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    Bunmi Akinyemiju

    CEO, Venture Garden Group

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    Adesuwa Ifedi

    Founder/Principal Consultant, Oxygen Inc.

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    Peter Bamkole

    Director, EDC, Pan-Atlantic University

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    Dele Balogun

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    Eloho Omame

    CEO, Amari Ltd

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    Obi Asika

    Founder and Chairman, Dragon Africa

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    Uzo Nwani

    CEWA Channel Executive, IBM

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    Senator Biodun Olujimi

    Senator of the 8th Republic

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    Dr. Wiebe Boer

    Principal, Boston Consulting Group

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    Bimbola Wright

    General Manager and Group Head Coverage & Corporate Banking, FBN Merchant Bank

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    Njideka Esomeju

    Head, Emerging Businesses, Diamond Bank

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    Bunmi Akinyemiju

    MD/CEO Venture Garden Group

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    Kayode Fahm

    Executive Producer, Kayode Fahm Productions Ltd.

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    Ngozi Ola-Isreal

    Head, Financial Control, AXA Mansard

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    Fatima Fantis Muhammed

    Founder, SantiFoodCo

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    Sade Ayo-Adebanjo

    Founder/CEO, Healthcare Fusion

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    Professor Joy Ogwu

    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations

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    Dr. Doyin Salami

    Senior Fellow/Lecturer, Lagos Business School

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    Hon. Justice Amina Augie

    Justice of The Supreme Court

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Ebi Atawodi
General Manager Uber West Africa
Ebi Atawodi comes with over a decade of marketing in the digital technology space. Ebi joined Uber as General Manager for Lagos and is now Uber’s General Manager for West Africa. She was previously Head of Corporate Communications and High Value Sponsorships at Etisalat – the fourth and fastest growing telecommunications company in Nigeria, 12th in the world. She created the Etisalat Prize for Literature – Africa’s most prestigious literary prize.

Prior to Etisalat she worked various roles/projects for Nokia, FirstBank, Booz & Company (now Strategy&), Afren, GlaxoSmithKlein, Channel 4 and Bupa.

She holds a Bachelors with Honours in Electrical Electronics Engineering from the University of Nottingham and Masters in Computing Science from Imperial College London with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Infographics. Ebi is a competitive Hobie Cat sailor and passionate scuba diver (PADI rescue diver).
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Asue Ighodalo
Partner Banwo & Ighodalo Chairman Sterling Bank
Asue Ighodalo is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a multidisciplinary firm which provides first-class legal advice on numerous aspects of corporate and commercial Nigerian law. He obtained his first degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, a law degree from the London School of Economics; and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in July 1985.

His core areas of practice are Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Securities and Capital Markets, Energy & Natural Resources, and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Asue is a member of; the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association (Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law), Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Institute of Directors Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (Board member), Commercial Law and Taxation Committee, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Edo State Economic Strategy Team.

Asue is the Chairman Board of Directors; Sterling Bank Plc, Dangote Flour Mills Plc and Global Mix Limited (A Property Development Company). He also sits on the boards of other public and private companies and Non-Governmental Organizations ("NGOs").

He has delivered several papers on corporate governance and capital markets related topics and also authored many articles in leading law publications. An ardent Manchester United fan, his hobbies include golfing, watching football, reading, traveling and participating in political discourse. He is married and blessed with a daughter.
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Nolitha Fakude
Executive Director and Executive Vice President Strategy and Sustainability Sasol Limited
Nolitha Fakude is Executive Director at Sasol Limited, member of the Risk and SHE Committee and Chairman of Sasol Mining. As Executive Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability Nolitha currently has global responsibility for Strategy, Group Risk as well as Group Safety, Health and Environment. She also oversees the strategy direction for the global Human Resources for Sasol.

As Council Member and Second Deputy Chairman of Human Resources Development Council of South Africa since 2011, Nolitha brings to the Council her extensive experience in Transformation, Human Resource Development and Education and Training. The Council is chaired by Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.

The first woman President of the Black Management Forum (2003-2006) and its Managing Director prior to that, she now serves as Chairman of the Council of Elders and is a respected authority on transformation and empowerment in South Africa.

Nolitha is a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and a Trustee of the Women’s Development Business Trust (WDB). She has recently been appointed to the Global Foreign Direct Investment Association Board as well as the South African Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy.

Chairman and Directorships held include: Chairman of Sasol Mining Holdings (Pty) Ltd and non-executive director of Sasol Oil (Pty) Ltd; Chairman of the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA); Chairman of Datacentrix Holdings Limited and member of University of Cape Town (UCT) Business School’s Advisory Board.

Nolitha holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa.  Ms Fakude attended the Senior Executive Programme at Harvard Business School in the United States in 1999.
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Rolake Akinkugbe
Head Energy and Natural Resources FBN Capital
Rolake Akinkugbe leads energy and natural resource origination and manages key sector relationships for FBN Capital. She is focused on delivering the full resources of the investment bank across equity, debt and other financial products to assist clients. Alongside this she provides strategic and expert insight and advice on the energy industry both internally and externally. Prior to FBN Capital, Rolake was for more than 3 years head of the energy research team at pan-African Ecobank, based in their London office. In her earlier career, Rolake was the lead country risk analyst for West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea at the New York-based global risk consultancy, Eurasia Group, focusing on the oil & gas and mining & metals sectors. She was also a Senior Africa Analyst in the global risk analysis team of London-based Control Risks Group, advising multinationals on business and investment risks in Africa. She has also worked for the International Crisis Group in Senegal, the European Commission in Brussels and the Foreign Policy Centre, and is an advisory board member the Business Council for Africa (BCA, UK) and Offshore West Africa (OWA). Passionate about the energy space, Rolake is founder of InaTidé a social enterprise and tech platform aimed at helping renewable energy and off-grid entrepreneurs source funding for their innovations. In October, she was listed in the 2016 Choiseul 100 Africa Under-40 list of Young Economic Leaders on the continent. In May 2015 Rolake was also named Africa’s Best Oil and Gas Analyst by US organisation Energy & Corporate Africa, from a shortlist of 7 nominees. She is a regular commentator on global and African energy and natural resources, and has been a regular reviewer of global newspaper headlines on BBC World News TV since 2012. In her spare time Rolake is an accomplished pianist, having started piano at 5, she plays both classical and jazz piano and finds time periodically to perform at concerts. Fluent in French, she has lived in Senegal, Belgium and the UK and travelled extensively across Africa. She has a Bachelors and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE), and is currently pursuing a Global Executive MBA at TRIUM, a partnership of LSE, NYU Stern, and HEC Paris.
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Orode Okpu
CEO Exclusive Brands Africa
Orode Okpu born in 1989 is a Psychology graduate from the University of Windsor Ontario Canada who started her mission to changing the world at age 15. In recent times however, she became an executive team member for the 12:01 charity group, an organization founded by the University of Windsor to help children with Leprosy. She worked her way up and became the VP External affairs.

In the middle of school year in 2007, Orode started her own foundation called Pink Pearl Foundation (www.pinkpearl-foundation.org) where they aid Nigerian women who have breast and cervical cancer. The foundation is focused at reducing the mortality rate caused by Breast and Cervical cancer by creating awareness around the nation. They have gradually been able to reach a lot of women in the past 9 years by concerts, seminars, campaigns, rallies, school and market tours, radio and television programs. With over 95 events done across Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa and over 10,000 women screened for free and 20,000 women who have gained from their vast awareness campaigns, PPF is no doubt the no1 pioneer of the fight against breast cancer in Nigeria, getting help from experienced Doctors who deliver good information on cancer and also give free screening and treatment.

Orode is making a lot of effort to keep up the work she started in 2007 and help the women in this country be someday cancer free. To help further her awareness campaign Orode produced a movie called Living Funeral, a breast cancer awareness based movie that has since its release gotten a lot of attention from across the globe, including 8 nominations at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards, Official selected movie at the PAN-AFRICAN film festival in Los Angeles 2014, African Film Festival NY 2014, Durban Film Festival Durban 2014, Short Film Corner Cannes 2014, Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2014, Lights Camera Africa Film Festival 2014, Bahamas Film Festival 2014, CNN Top 9 Africa most watch movies of 2014 (Durban Film Festival), Nominee Short Film category, Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2014, Nominee Best Short Film for Best of Nollywood Awards 2014 and Nominee Best Short Film Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2014.

Diverting from breast cancer awareness, Orode started a Women Empowerment School where she is a Director at the Rubies School of Vocational Studies, opened in 2013, has aided 235 women in becoming entrepreneurs and business owners, by teaching them skills in different areas, e.g. catering, fashion and design etc. With a charity arm called Rubies School of Women Empowerment, a few less privileged women are aided with materials to help set up their business after the school year. The School is also actively involved in Financial literacy training and SME’s establishment and has successfully aided hundreds of women and youths in growing their already existing business or starting new ones. She also started an orphanage campaign in 2010 in partnership with Oaken Events Limited, tagged “GIVEAWAY”, this campaign was created to help less privilege children, gain education but most importantly have the basic needs of life and that gave birth to the children group “Kingdom Kids”. The program has successfully attended to 15,300 children across Lagos and Delta state.

During her National Youth Service Year (NYSC) Year in 2009, she gained experience in the business sector by working for Vantgarde Limited with a few courses in Project Management at the Lagos Business School and a certificate from the Euro money training team Kenya on Project Finance and Public Private Partnership. She was able to improve her knowledge in the business world and is now CEO/Co- Founder of Exclusive Brands Africa (EBA) (www.ebafrica.com) a conglomerate responsible for importing known international consumer and non-consumer brands into Africa. EBA is the parent company to a few Nigerian Household, luxury and hospitality brands like.

A. Rona “The Entertainment Company” (Supply all types of services relating to the Entertainment industry in Nigeria). With sub companies like Rona Music, Rona Production, Rona Distribution, Rona Management, Rona Talent Agency. Takes on all responsibility in ensuring a great result from Artiste development to full movie production. www.livingfuneralmovie.com

B. Otres Global Ventures (Leading food service company, opened in 2006) Otres Restaurant Lagos (Nigeria’s Fine Dining African cuisine restaurant) Otres Express (Over the Counter Version of African Food service) Otres on ‘D’ go (Digital food service delivery system) Otres Grill (African hotplate and grill house) and Otres Bakery. www.otresrestaurant.com

C. Gigs” The Rental Company”: An events and catering equipment hire company that specializes in the provision of high quality catering and events equipment for hire to caterers, event planners, small scale parties, meeting etc.) www.gigshire.com

Her mission to leaving behind a legacy that began at 15 is rapidly unfolding and becoming more evident. She recently completed a Public Health Course at the University of California Los Angeles, to improve her knowledge in Health Management that will aid her mission in creating a better health sector in her country Nigeria. She is currently doing an EMBA (Executive Masters in Business Administration) at the University of Warwick, London. An active board member of Master Care International School (www.mcis.sch.ng), Orode is a proud mother of two.
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Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri
Medical Director / Psychiatrist - In - Chief, 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 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. Also a certified Trauma Counselor, sexual and reproductive health expert, and Occupational health and safety Physician. 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. A motivational speaker, life coach, author and a mother of 3 lovely children.

Her driving force is to live, to learn and to impact generations positively ...When not impacting lives through her medical practice, she loves to tour the world, work on destructive innovations and talk fashion.
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Audrey Joe-Ezigbo
Co-Founder Falcon Corporation Limited
Audrey Joe-Ezigbo is a serial entrepreneur with over twenty-two (22) years’ experience. Audrey co-founded Falcon Corporation Limited with her husband in 1994 and serves as Executive Director, Commercial Operations with principal accountabilities in the areas of Finance, Commercial Strategy, and Business Development. Falcon Corporation Limited, an ISO 9001:2008 and OHSAS 18001: 2007 Certified company is a wholly indigenous leading provider of Oil & Gas Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services, and the franchise operator for the Ikorodu Natural Gas Franchise, Lagos State. She is also the Managing Director and principal strategist of other companies within the Falcon Corporation group including Falcongaz Limited and Falcon Property Development Company Limited.

Audrey holds several Master’s degrees and executive certifications in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Business Administration, Leadership and Governance - from the University of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School and IE Business School, Madrid.

An international speaker and facilitator, Audrey has won several awards for her contributions to building entrepreneurial capacity in the industry and Nigeria at large, including the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year West Africa Award 2014 and Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Award. She was also elected a 2014 United Nations Global Entrepreneurship Week ‘Women Entrepreneurship Day’ Ambassador for Nigeria.

Audrey is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) - the umbrella association and voice for businesses and professionals involved in the Nigerian gas industry. During her over 8 years of service as a member of the Executive Council of the NGA Exco, she has chaired and served on various sub-committees charged with the responsibility for various NGA programs and initiatives.

Audrey gives of herself in service to society and humanity as a partner and sponsor to various NGO’s focused on improving the lot of widows, orphaned and vulnerable children. She is an active member of Women in Management, Business & Public Service (WIMBIZ). She is also a member of the International Women’s Society (IWS) where she previously served on the Executive Committee as the Programs Secretary, receiving an award for exemplary service during her tenure.

An encourager by nature, Audrey is particularly passionate about building up early-stage and growth-phase entrepreneurs and therefore gives freely of her time in service as a Mentor on various mentoring platforms.

She is a prolific writer and author with four published books - “Double Impact”, “Uniquely Woman”, “Ruach” and “Uniquely Woman 2” to her credit. She runs an inspirational, self-development, faith-based blog for women - Uniquely Woman which is designed to guide women to attain a deeper understanding of self, gain clarity and intentionality of purpose, and thus live out more fulfilled lives.

Audrey is also the Promoter of the Double Impact Platform and Convener of the Double Impact Conferences, both of which are platforms for delivering business and relationship building training for couples who are in business together, thereby helping them create highly successful businesses institutions while maintaining happy and prosperous homes.

Audrey is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and lives by the conviction that she is anointed for impact. She believes that she is a conduit through which people will experience the manifest love of God, and so her life’s work is centered on using her businesses and involvements as platforms to do just that.

She is married to Joe - her business partner and Chief Encouragement Officer, and they are richly blessed with four exceptional children of purpose.
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Dr. Ngozi Onyia MBBS FWACP (PAEDS) MBA CTH
Managing Director, Paelon Memorial Clinic
Dr. Ngozi Onyia is the founder and Managing Partner of Paelon Memorial Clinic, a ten bedded boutique multispecialty hospital in Victoria Island. That was established in April 2000.

She is 1982 graduate of the University of Ibadan College of Medicine and a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians in Pediatrics. She also holds an MBA from the prestigious Lagos Business School and a Certificate of Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Health.

She is a Trustee of Pharmaccess Nigeria and the Society for Quality Health in Nigeria of which she is also serves as the Chair of the Program’s committee. She is a past principal officer, (College Treasurer) of the West African College of Physicians.

She was the Company Medical Adviser of Nigerian Breweries from 2000-2010 during which period NB introduced the pioneering Medical Capitation Scheme, their health insurance scheme for employees and dependents. For her role in midwifing this scheme, Dr. Onyia was awarded the Doctor of the year Award 2005-2006 by Heineken International Health Affairs. The Pharmaccess Community Health Insurance Scheme was also inspired by it. She was also responsible for several company wide health and safety projects/programs including the culture changing Work-Life project.

She speaks frequently at various local and international fora on various topics.

Dr. Onyia is a member of the Pediatric Association of Nigeria, International Pediatric Association, International Society of Travel medicine and an associate member of the Society of Occupational Health Physicians of Nigeria.

She is married with two grown children and recently became a grandmother.  She was for nine years (1994-2003) the mother of a child with special needs.
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Esther Eshiet
Founder, Afterschool Centre for Career Development  
Esther Eshiet is a Social Worker & Career Catalyst with core competences in Career Counseling, Employability/Entrepreneurship, Sexual & Reproductive health/Rights as well as Policy and Strategy. She founded the After school Centre for Career Development – ACCD (formerly known as After school Peer Mentoring Project) an organisation that trains and facilitates growth opportunities for young people enabling them transit seamlessly from school to work.

Saddened by the high burden of graduate unemployment in Nigeria ACCD is providing undergraduates with workplace tools, services and social capital to become ‘strategic fits’ for the workplace. Beyond this, Esther and her team are leading a movement for a change in the Education and Employment ecosystems in Africa through a career counseling model.

Esther’s work experience which spans through national and international organizations. In 2010 she became a Moremi Initiative Fellow, selected amongst top 25 young women leaders in Africa, in 2012,she was awarded the Prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship by the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, she also bagged an Ashoka fellowship in 2013, in 2014 she was nominated a Global Shaper- an initiative of the World Economic Forum, currently she also sits on the Advisory Panel/Board of the Queen Young Leaders Awards: an initiative of the Queen of England and the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II.
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Kemi Lala Akindoju
Actor, Casting Director and Producer
Kemi Lala Akindoju is an actor, casting director and producer. She has featured in over 70 theatre productions and a number of films around the world.

She was announced Actor of the Year at The Future Awards 2010, nominated for the same award in 2012 and is a Best Young/Promising nominee for the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards(AMAA). She also won the Trailblazer award at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2016. She holds a Master’s Degree in Media and Communication from the Pan-African University.

Lala was part of the team of actors selected to perform at the Theatre Royale Stratford East as part of the cultural events at the cultural Olympiad during the London 2012 Olympics. She is a member of the faculty at the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), where she functions as a facilitator and teaches improvisation.

She produced The V-Monologues in May 2013, worked as the casting director (Africa) on HBO’s Lewis and Clark; Casting director and associate producer with Ndani TV for ‘Gidi Up’, featured in MNET Africa’s Tinsel, played the lead role in Tunde Kelani’s Dazzling Mirage, Biyi Bandele's FIFTY,Kunle Afolayan’s THE CEO and Mildred Okwo’s SURULERE.

Lala is passionate about changing the world and has become a global shaper with the World Economic Forum. She has since been selected to attend the summits in Addis-Ababa and Davos and is an alumnus of the United State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP).

With resounding experience as an actor and a producer, Lala runs The Make It Happen Productions
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Lilian Olubi
CEO, Primera Africa Securities Ltd.
Lilian Olubi is a seasoned investment manager with over fifteen years of Capital Markets experience. She is a founding Partner and member of the Board of Directors of Primera Africa Finance Group, a leading boutique Investment and Financial Services group which operates four business lines; Securities Trading, Financial Advisory, Consumer Finance and Principal Investments.

She also serves as Chief Executive Officer of one of the group’s subsidiary companies, Primera Africa Securities Limited, which provides Equities and Fixed Income trading and actionable investment research to its Domestic and International clients. Her dedication, critical thinking and strong interpersonal skills have driven remarkable business growth and enabled its ranking to the top 10 league table of brokerage firms (by value traded) within the first two years of its operations.

Lilian began her Securities trading career at CSL (a member of the FCMB group), working in various capacities spanning Operations, Investment Management and Research before joining the Sales & Marketing team. In addition to the broad clientele base and diverse offerings of the organization, the varied department exposures offered her a solid foundation in the understanding the Capital markets.

Prior to Primera Africa Securities, she worked at Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited as Head of its Private Client Services overseeing the marketing functions and initiatives across its branches. It was here that her leadership and networking skills were honed and the combination of her market knowledge and research based sales approach aided her success in this role.

She is a Chartered Stockbroker and Authorized Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, an Associate of the Certified Pensions Institute of Nigeria and an alumna of the Lagos Business School.

In addition to her passion for the development of the Capital market in Nigeria, Lilian is also passionate about social development in areas of education, image building and empowerment; she volunteers with a few non-governmental endeavors and often trains on personal finance and 'employability'.

She is a member of the board of trustees of Arise Africa Foundation, an initiative that empowers young graduates with technical and soft skills to succeed in the professional and business world. One of her more recent endeavors is the founding of “The Girl Child Global Services”, a business cum social venture conglomerate with businesses aimed at offering empowerment opportunities and psychosocial support to a broad age spectrum of the female gender. An advocate of social capitalism, she believes strongly that social enterprise and SMEs- and more often than not, a blend of the two- are the engine house of any strong economy.

Lilian is also an author and is happily married and blessed with two lovely children.
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Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli
Founder of LEAP Africa, Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution
Ndidi Nwuneli is the Founder of LEAP Africa, Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agro processing company, and a partner at Sahel Capital, an advisory and private equity firm focused on the agribusiness sector in West Africa. She is also the director of the African Philanthropy Forum.

Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices.

She returned to Nigeria to serve as the pioneer executive director of the FATE Foundation. She established LEAP Africa and NIA in 2002 and 2003 respectively. LEAP is a respected leadership development organization that has worked across Nigeria providing leadership training, and coaching to thousands of entrepreneurs, youth, teachers and community organizers.

LEAP has also pioneered curriculum and published eleven books on succession, ethics, governance and management. NIA empowers female university students in the Southeastern Nigeria to achieve their highest potential.

Ndidi holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (Class of 1999) and an undergraduate degree with honors in Multinational and Strategic Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ndidi was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor – Member of the Federal Republic from the Nigerian Government. In 2011, she was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes. She serves on numerous international and local boards including Nestle Nigeria Plc., Nigerian Breweries Plc., Cornerstone Insurance Plc. and Royal DSM Sustainability Board.

Ndidi recently published a book titled “Reaching Millions with Impact.”
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Taofik Adegbite
CEO, Marine Platforms
Taofik Adegbite as the Chief Executive Officer of Marine Platforms is charged with overall responsibility of its strategy formulation, performance monitoring and continuous improvement. Prior to his assumption of the role of Chief Executive Officer, he was the Director of Strategy and Business Development of the company.

He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Science from the University of Ibadan and attended the London School of Economics for a certificate course in Strategy & Organization Management as well as Harvard Business School OPM 44.

Taofik started his career with Agricultural Project Monitoring & Evaluation Unit, (World Bank Project). He later proceeded to the UK where he bagged his Cisco certification and worked on contract with NHS (Hammersmith Hospital) as IT Engineer.

He is married with children.
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Omoyemi Akerele
Founder and Executive Director of Style House Files
Omoyemi Akerele is the Founder and Executive Director of Style House Files, a fashion business development agency. The company brings global attention to African fashion through Lagos Fashion and Design Week which was launched in 2011. Over time, Style House has created other programs such as Fashion Focus, Fashion Business Series and X retail as useful tools for further strengthening Nigeria’s gradually emerging fashion sector. The Lagos Fashion and Design Week platform has created and continues to create diverse opportunities for positioning fashion to contribute significantly to Africa’s new creative economy. Omoyemi Trained in Law at the University of Lagos with a Master’s in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick.

Omoyemi also heads the on-going project at the Human Capacity Development Centre, The Nigerian Export Promotion Council owned manufacturing centre for skills acquisition and recently joined the Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA NY) Advisory Council for #ITEMSMOMA.

She has won several awards both within the continent and globally for the work she’s done in the Nigerian fashion industry and for her contribution to the growth of fashion within the continent; the most recent recognition being the Business of Fashion Global 500 for the fourth consecutive year. Omoyemi lives in Lagos, Nigeria with her husband and three beautiful daughters.
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Abé Jawando
Top Independent Sales Director, Mary Kay, UK
Abe Jawando is a Qualified Lawyer and Investment Banker turned Business Entrepreneur in 2004.

She is one of the most successful, dynamic and strategic Top Directors in Mary Kay UK and has built an international business across Western Europe. She is an inspiration to numerous upcoming Female Business Leaders. Over the years, as a Business Mentor, she has built a sales force of over a thousand women and advocates for self-empowerment and self-respect.

Abe has received many awards in her Mary Kay career in recognition of her achievements and efforts. These include being awarded Top 3 Director in the UK 3 years consecutively. She was shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 Women For Africa Awards. Her awe-inspiring commitment to helping others embrace and achieve Leadership status has contributed to 7 figure revenue growth in the UK. She has served on the Mary Kay UK Advisory Board for many years. Abe is a sought after contributor to her industry magazine and constantly travels on speaking engagements empowering others with her story "From the City to Business".

Through her Mary Kay Platform, she has inspired others to push the boundaries to realize their full potential. Her brand, MY PINK REVOLUTION was created to support women in discovering and connecting to their purpose. 'My PINK REVOLUTION' Campaign is set to become a household name globally. This campaign has quickly grown to include women outside of the MaryKay platform and has led to the birth of her My Pink Revolution Ltd (MPR). MPR specializes in consultancy services for the Direct Sales industry. The Company also provides strategic support, as well as, fresh and innovative ideas for new startups and established businesses.

Abe understands what it means to face adversity as she saw her business soar during a global financial recession in 2007. It gives her great personal satisfaction to show people strategies to navigate through difficult times to a brighter future in any market.
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Adefunke Adeyemi
Regional Head - Africa and The Middle East, IATA
Adefunke Adeyemi is a 12 Year Veteran of the Global Aviation Industry and a transformative leader focused on bringing value and international standards to the industry, impacting lives and the business environment through her work and initiatives.

In her current role as the Regional Head for Airline and Relations of IATA for Africa and the Middle East, covering 68 countries, she advocates for the overall sustainability and growth of the industry as a whole, and is the intermediary between airlines, the wider aviation community and the general public. She is responsible for conceptualising and delivering an ongoing campaign regarding the transformation of Africa’s socio-economic prospects through enhanced connectivity across the continent.

Adefunke is passionate about leadership and innovation. Since joining IATA in 2009, she has been involved in many key industry and leadership initiatives, including being chosen as part of a core group of senior managers tasked with revising the strategic direction of the global aviation industry, the re-organisation of IATA to better meet member and industry needs, and over the past 6 years, has participated as a national delegate at the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to facilitate the global air transport industry position on Environmental issues.

Adefunke heads the Women in Leadership initiative of IATA in Africa and the Middle East. Passionate about empowering the female workforce to occupy senior management positions through training and mentorship programmes to build Confidence, Competence and Capital.

She began her career practising law with F.O. Akinrele & Co., one of the leading law firms in Nigeria and commenced her foray into aviation early in 2004 as part of the set up team of Virgin Nigeria Airways and subsequently being the Head of Legal Services and Company Secretary at just 31. Prior to joining IATA, Funke was a member of the Industry Affairs Committee, the global committee for inter-airline co-operation, who advise the IATA Board of Governors, the Director-General and other relevant IATA governance bodies on the regulatory and aero-political aspects of commercial, industry affairs and aero-political matters affecting international air transport.

She obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Commercial Law from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, read Law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Nanyang Business School, NTU, Singapore, during which she also simultaneously completed a collaborative Advanced Management Program in Aviation, Leadership and Innovation between the Nanyang Business School, Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of California and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

Adefunke enjoys travelling, running and volunteer work. She ia an active member of the Road Warriors running club, a co-administrator for Forty For Good, a Non-for-profit initiative supporting the Disabled Elderly, Children in Need, Childless Widows and promoting Fertility. She is also an Associate of the worldwide Institute of Directors, a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, a recent member of the Nigerian Leadership Network and an accomplished public speaker.
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Chioma Okolie
CSR Specialist, Airtel Nigeria
Ms. Chioma Okolie, currently responsible for implementing Airtel Nigeria’s Sustainability vision, is a high-flyer who is extremely passionate and committed to creating positive impact in the Nigerian society.

Her love for giving and passion for making positive difference in the lives of those she comes across is evident in the numerous projects she has executed while managing the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) function of the leading telecommunications services provider.

Thus far, she has pioneered and implemented award winning and critically acclaimed CSR initiatives including Airtel’s Adopt-a-School programme, the revolutionary Touching Lives television programme and the Employee Volunteer Scheme, a special purpose platform that empowers Airtel employees to make positive impact in their various communities.

Ms. Okolie, an Industrial Microbiology graduate of Imo State University, has over 10 years’ work experience spanning roles in Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility. Her work has earned her several awards and recognition including the prestigious Best Practice award in Africa for Ebola Campaign in recognition of her passionate and zealous contributions towards raising significant funding for fighting the dreaded plague. A devout catholic and committed fitness enthusiast, Ms. Okolie loves travelling, enjoys reading and relishes spending time with her family and close friends.
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Lara Cameron-Cole
Co-Founder, Caxton Alile Design Interiors Ltd.
Lara Lape Cameron-Cole is an entrepreneur, working in the creative industry as a co-founder of CC Interiors Limited, a multiple award-winning Interior Design business and Apparel Partners Limited, an apparel manufacturing company. She is also a consultant within the Apparel Manufacturing space.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Howard University in International Business and Finance, and a master’s degree from the University of Arts, London College of Fashion in Fashion Entrepreneurship, focusing on Apparel Manufacturing.

She started off her career in the Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank, New York, working as a bond-trading analyst but made the move into the creative industry after a few years and has never looked back. She is currently in the beginning phases of constructing the first eco-apparel factory in Africa, which will be located in Ikorodu, Lagos.

As a consequence of her interest in apparel manufacturing, Lara Lape has been sponsored by the British Council UK on two occasions to tour and document findings at several different garment-producing factories in India and Sri Lanka. These led to her co-authoring The Sourcing Handbook for UK-India Apparel Manufacturing, a published guide and handbook currently available in the British Library.

Lara Lape serves on the Executive Council of Serving With Love Foundation, a charity that serves socially and economically disadvantaged children and women in the community. She also serves on the Advisory Board of The Dorcas Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization for children living with cancer. She’s an associate of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (Wimbiz).

Burdened by the unemployment rate of youths in Nigeria, Lara Lape founded Work On Me, a service that works on C.V. reviewing and interview coaching for free, helping young people have a better chance at getting a job. Young graduates in need of this service may visit www.workonme.ontrapages.com to access this free service. Lara Lape is married with two lovely children.
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Nere Teriba
Managing Director, Kian Smith Trade Co.
Nere Teriba is the Managing Director of Kian Smith Trade Co.

Kian Smith Trade Co. is involved in Mining, Consulting, Mineral Concession Management & Minerals Trading in Nigeria. Its mining portfolio is mostly on Gold Exploration, Exploitation and Processing with several Exploration Licenses in Osun & Kano and a Copper Exploration License in Plateau. It consults for the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, Kaduna & Kwara States Solid Minerals Development Projects. The company is also involved in artisanal mining solutions and services..

As an Entrepreneur, Mediator & Strategist, she has worked for sustainable community solutions in several African countries. She holds a BSE and MSE from Carnegie-Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
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Oyinkan Adewale
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Union Bank
After obtaining a BA Hons degree in French from the University of Ibadan in 1979, Oyinkan Adewale trained with Coopers & Lybrand and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, ACA, in May 1984. She has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria since 1994.

She joined Citigroup in 1989 as Deputy Financial Controller, Nigeria International Bank and rose to the position of Chief Financial Officer for the West African Cluster, with responsibility for 7 countries. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of Citibank Nigeria as an Executive Director in February 1998. She worked for Citigroup for 14 years, from 1989 to 2003.

In 2004, Mrs. Adewale co-founded SIAO, a leading indigenous accounting firm. From April 2006 to March 2007, Mrs. Adewale was jointly engaged by First Bank Nigeria Plc and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, the two banking giants, as Business Combination Manager for the (aborted) FBN/ETI merger. Mrs. Adewale joined Renaissance Group in April 2007 as pioneer Managing Director/ Chief Operating Officer for Africa. She was Executive Secretary to Renaissance’s Africa Advisory Board and a member of its Africa Management Board.

In August 2009, after the Central Bank of Nigeria intervened in the affairs of Oceanic Bank International Plc, she was appointed the bank’s Executive Director/CFO. In January 2012, after the acquisition of Oceanic Bank by Ecobank Transnational Inc (ETI), Mrs. Adewale joined ETI as Integration Manager for the merger of Oceanic Bank with Ecobank Nigeria; a position she combined with the role of ETI’s Group MIS Implementation Head.

In October 2012, she joined Union Bank of Nigeria Plc as Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer. Oyinkan Adewale is a recipient of a letter of commendation from the former CBN Governor, HRM Lamido Sanusi, for meritorious services to the banking sector.

For 6 years until mid-2010, she was a member of the Board of Management and Hon Treasurer, St Saviour’s School, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria’s premier elite private British school.

Mrs Adewale was educated at St Mary’s Private School, Lagos, Holy Child College, Lagos, St George’s School in Switzerland and University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
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Tania Holt
Partner at McKinsey & Company
Tania Holt is a partner at McKinsey & Company’s Johannesburg office, who joined the Firm in 2008. She co-leads McKinsey’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Products practice across Africa.

She has a M.Sc in Health Economics and International Health Policy from the London School of Economics; as well as a B.Sc in Economics from Copenhagen University.

Prior to joining McKinsey, she worked with the Danish Ministry of Health where she worked as a researcher in the Health Statistics and Health Economics departments.

Tania co-authored the McKinsey Africa report, Women Matter Africa, which highlights that Africa has taken big strides forward in terms of women's representation in the private and public sectors, achieving and in some cases exceeding global averages.
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Tucci Goka Ivowi
Business Executive Officer/ Communication Director Nestle, Central & West Africa
Tucci Goka Ivowi is an experienced marketer, business strategist, communicator and leader.

Tucci is part of the executive committee of Nestlé's Central & West Africa regional business; as Business Executive Officer she is accountable for a business portfolio and as director of marketing communications she oversees all Nestlé brand communications. With over 18 years’ experience in marketing and general business management in the UK and emerging markets of Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, her drive for innovation across the value chain has enabled business success through positive economic growth cycles, but more so through times of socio-political and economic turbulence.

Tucci has inspired many women within and without her organisation by becoming the first female Business Executive Officer and the first female Marketing Communication Director for Nestlé in the region of Central & West Africa. Amongst her passions are growth and development; to that end, she has several mentees with whom she shares her time and experience. She is also a member of the newly formed non-profit organization, 'Executive Women's Network,' in Ghana, and works within the advocacy unit to develop programs that influence and drive policy changes that seek to increase the representation of women in senior leadership positions in Ghana.

Other interests include languages and recreational sports like tennis and golf where she prides herself as a keen novice. She loves books, movies and music which have followed her since childhood.

Her professional qualifications include a certificate in Leadership from London Business School. She holds a Diploma from the Institute of Political Studies, in Aix-En-Provence, France, a BA in Political Science and French from the University of Sussex, and an MBA from Warwick University, both in the UK.
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Patricia Ojora
CEO, Promoprint Ventures
Patricia Ojora is a Lawyer and a seasoned Entrepreneur, who currently is the CEO of Promoprint Ventures Ltd, Its Just Mode and Operations Director for Edi International Hospital, Benin City. She holds a Law degree from Queen Mary College, University of London and the Nigerian Law School.

She practices the “Fail Forward “ethos as three of her earlier forays into entrepreneurship failed. A Veteran Scholar of the First class of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 women program at the Pan African University, every disappointment was a stepping stone to enlarging of Promoprint’s ambit, and they currently do a full tailoring, screen printing, embroidery, graphics and concepts, school and corporate uniforms, embossing, engraving and other branding methods all In- house.

Patricia is an avid supporter of Women’s rights in the workplace, she is also a founding member of the Lifestream Charity and supports the local youth with various internships and training programs, to teach new skills and income generation. She is always looking for adventure and successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. She is married with three children.
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Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola
CEO and Co-Founder of Wecyclers
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wecyclers, a social enterprise working to provide households in low-income communities with value from their waste. She has an MBA from MIT Sloan, an MS in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, and a BS in Computer Science from Fisk University. She brings five years of technology and management experience and is passionate about building sustainable models for waste collection and reuse in the developing world.

While at MIT, Bilikiss was a Legatum Fellow at MIT’s Legatum center for Development and Entrepreneurship and was a vice president of the MIT Sloan Africa Business Club. Bilikiss is a Carroll Wilson Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow and is a 2013 recipient of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

Founded in 2012, Wecyclers, in partnership with the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), utilizes low-cost cargo bicycles called “wecycles” to provide convenient recycling services to households in Lagos, Nigeria using an SMS-based incentives system. Wecyclers has registered over 11,000 households to its service and has diverted over 2,000 tons of recyclable waste from landfills and into productive reuse.

Wecyclers is the recipient of multiple awards, including, a Sustainia Award, Tech Award and the Yunus Challenge Prize at the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Competition. Wecyclers has been highlighted in The Economist, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Punch, BBC, Marie Claire Magazine, New African Woman, The Africa Report and The Independent among others.
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Bankole Oluwafemi
Editor-in-Chief, TechCabal
Bankole Oluwafemi is Editor-in-Chief of TechCabal.com, Africa’s fastest growing tech blog covering technology, startups, mobile and digital media. He has blogged extensively on these and related spaces since 2011. Bankole’s musings about technology in Africa are regularly featured in prestigious publications such as Quartz, Fortune and on TV via his tech segment on TVC. In 2014, Bankole and the TC team hosted the inaugural edition of TechCabal Battlefield, the biggest showcase of technology startups in Nigeria vying for a $20,000 prize.

In his undergraduate days, Bankole's entrepreneurial flair and obsession with media drove him to pursue several business and creative ventures that developed a gamut of skillsets from web technology, social media strategy, content design and management, creative writing and research. These competences have attracted opportunities to be actively involved in media, art, communications and research projects.

Bankole most recently participated in Playable City, a British Council/Watershed initiative with the aim of putting people and play at the heart of future cities around the world. Along with other participants, Bankole created an interactive tree ‘Fibre’ that imparted wisdom to passers-by and invited them to sit.

He worked extensively with Ade Adekola, an internationally acclaimed artist, to create two (2) print collections of contemporary Lagos art photography – ‘Icons of A Metropolis’ and ‘Ethnoscapes’. On both projects, Bankole wrote copy for and designed the official online repositories for the works.

His interest in blogging began in 2010, shortly after which he happened upon the Nigerian technology and startup ecosystem at BarCamp that year. He would go on to write for TechLoy (2012) where he contributed incisive reporting and thought-provoking opinion, as well as do a brief editorial stint with ‘Nigeria Dialogue’, an online magazine focused on Nigerian politics for an audience of ‘Nigerians in diaspora’.

Since then, he’s found and grown his voice in the local tech and startup scene. His writing is regularly featured on popular Nigerian websites, including TechLoy, Otekbits, CP-Africa, YNaija and more. Bankole also makes regular appearances on TV. He has a tech segment called ‘What’s Tech’ on Bukunmi Ariyo’s ‘On The Street’ which airs on TVC.

In April 2013, Bankole founded TechCabal.com, the fastest growing technology blog in Africa. His role as editor-in-chief has led to speaking/facilitation roles at technology events and projects.

Bankole has worked as a research associate with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria on the ‘Cyber Stewards project’. As an associate, he has facilitated ICT advocacy events, been a panelist in event sessions and jointly authored ICT policy & advocacy documents, including a report on 'The Economic Cost of Cybercrime To Nigeria' as well as policy griefs on the growing global menace of unbridled state invasion of online privacy with special focus on the Nigerian government's growing investment in electronic surveillance capacity. Most recently, he helped facilitate the draft of and internet freedom declaration for Nigeria.

Bankole is obsessed with media, all expressions of creativity that convey messages and meaning, and their potential to influence demographics and psychographics over time. In the future, Bankole fancies he can make people walking billboards of Nigerian popular culture with T-Shirts, the one most ubiquitous piece of clothing in the world. When he is not dreaming up new designs or hunting for typographic inspiration, Bankole is probably learning French or trying to get better at playing his guitar.
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Eghosa Omoigui
Founder/Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners
Eghosa Omoigui is the founder and Managing General Partner of EchoVC Partners (a seed & early-stage technology venture capital firm bridging Silicon Valley & underserved emerging markets) & EchoVC Pan-Africa Fund, an experienced seed-stage tech VC fund focused on sub-Saharan Africa. Before this, Eghosa was with Intel for nearly 10 years and his last role was as Intel Capital Director, Consumer Internet & Semantic Technologies, where he acted as a senior investment professional focused on platform-agnostic consumer, web services and digital media-based investment opportunities in the US, EU & Asia. Omoigui also drove ICap's stage-agnostic investment focus on next generation semantic technologies, smart data and the realtime web. Eghosa was personally responsible for (developing supporting theses for and) sourcing investment opportunities in various companies including AdMob, Jaiku, Powerset, Facebook, LinkedIn, Teracent, Qik and Pandora.

Investments led in the US and India include: Betaworks, GraphScience (acquired), Stipple (acquired), Frid.ge (acquired), Retailigence, Sense Networks (acquired), Voxify (acquired), SmartZip, Yatra, and BuzzInTown (acquired). Eghosa has advised SWIFT (the inter-bank consortium) on technology innovation for financial services (InnoTribe), is a member of the ASTIA Venture Advisory Board (an organization focused on mentoring and supporting women entrepreneurs), was a winner of the Moss-Adams/ASTIA Women Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year award, and is a Kauffman Fellowship and Pipeline Angel Fellowship Mentor.

In September 2014, Nigeria’s then Communications Technology Minister announced that EchoVC Pan-Africa would be the sole manager of the Federal Government of Nigeria's $15m ICT Innovation Fund. EchoVC Pan-Africa Fund's disclosed investments include Hotels.ng, the leading hotel booking platform in Nigeria, S&T Media, the fastest growing small-screen digital out-of-home network in West Africa, and Printivo.com, the largest online print community and marketplace in Africa.

Eghosa collects colognes, has a particular fondness for big dogs, and loves futbol and cricket.
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Hon. Janet Adeyemi
President, Women in Mining in Nigeria
Hon. Engr. (Mrs.) J.F. Adeyemi has served as a public servant in various capacities including as a honorable member of the Federal House of Representative between 1999 through 2003, Special Assistant to the President on Assembly Matters, Chairman on the Board of the Cocoa Processing Industry, Executive Board Member of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) amongst several other advisory committees.

She is a Researcher and Advocate for global best practices in Public Private Partnerships (PPP) transactions to accelerate infrastructure development in emerging markets. She has over 40 years of lifelong experiences at the frontline of environmental, water resources management, and engineering works. She also has 25 years of high level experience in the legislative, political, humanitarian and public affairs both home and abroad.

A registered professional engineer with political acumen and a burning desire to contribute as a public servant to the development of our blessed country – Nigeria. She possesses a lifelong career with a mission to be part of a team enabling Nigeria to achieve its rightful position as a key player amongst comity of industrialized nations. She is well-respected for integrity, ethical behavior, excellence and political judgment in public service and professional career. She is an ardent enabler of systematic solutions to attain specific goals in a timely, accountable and measurable fashion as prescribed in the national agenda.
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Kehinde Okunoren
Co-Founder, Okunoren Twins Ltd.
Okunoren Twins is a Nigerian clothing brand and the most respected menswear brand in Nigeria. It was founded by Taiwo and Kehinde Okunoren in 2002 at the age of 19 and it is today one of the most successful fashion businesses in Africa.

What began 11 years ago with the selling of ready-made shirts from overseas has grown into a fully fletched indigenous fashion retail brand, redefining Nigerian men’s style and shopping experience. The Okunoren brand has always stood for providing quality products that has endured the test of time. Drawing inspiration from Savile Row to craft its own early collections, the label is the innovator of countless designs that are now mainstream in Nigerian men’s fashion.

The brand is responsible for the acceptance of men’s bespoke tailoring in Nigeria, a service it pioneered. The brand is part of the force that has been able to change the negative perception towards made in Nigeria garments.

The fashion industry in Nigeria was perceived as an industry for the older demographic and not an industry any young person would want to participate in during the time it was in its infancy stage. With the presence of the twins in this industry and making a mark within their first few years of business immediately inspired hundreds of young men and women some of them now successful fashion designers to embrace and participate in what is today known as one of the most promising industries in modern day Nigeria. This inspiration transcended even to other industries as it made more young citizens start up their own businesses.

The twins were honored with the 40 under 40 business achievers by leading business daily Business day newspaper in 2013.

The twins who are the present creative directors of the label are both experts in communications strategy and brand management as they have formal training in these fields. Taiwo has a BA in Advertising and marketing from Coventry University in the UK, while Kehinde has a BA in Public relations and media communications from Birmingham City University, UK.

In an attempt to go mainstream the company intensified on its strategy by diversifying across the value chain of the industry. This saw it kick-starting its retail capacity in 2011 as well as setting up its mass manufacturing unit with international technical partners and in 2014 the Twins in South Africa won the prestigious award for retail innovation at the retail congress Africa.

The label in 2011 was commissioned to design and manufacture UBA Plc’ employee corporate wear nationwide, a partnership that was groundbreaking and a significant achievement for the brand and the Nigerian clothing industry.

In 2013 the Late Ooni of Ife and the custodian of the Yoruba culture, his Imperial Majesty Oba Okunade Sijuwade granted Africa’s first royal warrant to the brand for its immense contribution to the Nigerian fashion industry.

The brand has been worn by past presidents, African businessmen, British pop star Tunde Baiyewu, British rap star Tinie Tempah, Disturbing London owner Dumi Obruthe, Wizkid, Davido, Naeto C, D'banj and Tuface.

Okunoren has been featured in publications like Vogue Italia, Washington post, Huffington post, The Guardian Nigeria, Billionaire.com, Stupid Dope, Business Day, Pause.com, Idol, The Loop Fashion and Style Engine UK.

In its attempt to further grow the fashion industry in Africa, In May 2016, the brand launched Okunoren Twins Trust (OTT), which is a charitable organization to raise fund for young skilled people from age 18 to 30 who hope to pursue a career in fashion.

The first project of the trust is to remodel and restructure the fashion and textile Department of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos (YABATECH). The project is at the approval stage with the management of the college. With this project, OTT hopes to give the students a better learning experience in a conducive and respectable environment.
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Moray Mcloren
Director, Redstone Consultants
Moray Mcloren is an Associate Professor at IE Business School in Madrid and business consultant with Redstone in London. He has taught on IE´s MBA program since 2008 and is a faculty member of the Financial Times IE Corporate Learning Alliance. He has taught and made guest presentations around the world, including Harvard Law School, Miami University, St Gallen Business School in Switzerland and University College London (UCL).

Moray has been advising successful businesses for over 20 years, as they adapt their business approach to changing times. He chairs the Strategy Working Group of the Law Firm Management Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and is a member of the Advisory Board of Law Without Walls, an innovative collaboration platform among the world´s leading business schools and law schools.

A former lawyer, he is also a qualified mediator and accredited business coach.
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Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien
Founder, Growing Businesses Foundation
Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien is a serial entrepreneur, Synergist and Angel Investor. She founded the Growing Businesses Foundation (GBF) www.gbfng.org in 1999, Strategy & Execution Limited www.strategyexecutors.com in 2008 which subsidiary Growing Businesses Capital is focused on early stage investments. As an Angel Investor she is a founding shareholder of Interswitch Financial Inclusion Services and Sliide Media Nigeria. She is an active member of the Lagos Angels Network and on the Global Committee of Rising Tide, a global movement of women business angels focused on increasing women’s participation in early stage investments as an asset class.

She represents the World Bank as a Director of ABN Microfinance Bank and in her own capacity serves on the Boards of Sahara Foundation, ICT for Youth and ANAP Foundation. Since 1999, she has been instrumental to developing corporate sustainability initiatives at the Bottom of the Pyramid, investing a cumulative sum of N1billion in rural women, while supporting Microfinance Institutions across Nigeria who today lead the ecosystem, including SEAP and LAPO. Suporting GBF, she co-hosted the Annual Microfinance Awards with Central Bank of Nigeria and Citi from 2007 till 2015.

Ndidi started her career at First Securities Discount House (FSDH), after which she worked as the Vice President SecTrust Asset Management (now Afrinvest) until she stepped down as Director, Strategy & Monitoring at the Nigerian Communications Commission in 2006 to focus on entrepreneurship and motherhood. As a consultant (S&E Limited) she focused on public private partnerships and consulted for various Ministries (Agriculture, Power, Aviation, Water Resources, Finance, Environment). She also served on the private sector-led Presidential Committees for ‘Job Creation’ and ‘Flood Relief’and supported such initiative as the NESG, spoke at various conferences internationally and published various books.

Her status as a social entrepreneur is recognized by the Bertelsmann AG, Germany to whom she is affiliated as a Reinhard Mohn Fellow. She is an alumni of the Wharton Business School and attended executive programmes at INSEAD and the Judge Business School, Cambridge. She holds a B.Sc. (Economics), with a Major in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE), a Diploma/Masters in Catholic Social Teaching/Social Ethics; formal Certification in Investment Management (IIMR, UK) and a PhD from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany (Theme: Igbology, Corporate Governance and Sustainability). She teaches ethics, social entrepreneurship and sustainability at the Lagos Business School, and a mother of two inspiring daughters who she refers to as her mentors.
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Wura Abiola, Ph.D.
Managing Director of Management Transformation Ltd. (MT)
Wura Abiola, Ph.D. is the Managing Director of Management Transformation Ltd. (MT), an Africafocused strategic management consulting firm. In this capacity, she has served clients/organisations in Nigeria and across the globe in the areas of business strategy, enterprise transaction, risk management, human capital consulting, project management, leadership & governance and business process re-engineering since 1999 and has delivered papers and presentations on these subjects over the years.

Dr Abiola is also the co-founder of OakGold Limited, a company established to explore and mine the rich deposits of minerals (focusing on gold) in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, by intelligently addressing the identified challenges in the sector in terms of technical expertise, capital and infrastructure. She sits on the board of several companies as a Non-Executive Director.

Prior to establishing MT, Dr Abiola was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. (first in the New York office and then London office) where she worked primarily in the areas of strategy and organisational development for the financial and health sectors.

Dr Abiola is a Senior Lecturer (Adjunct) - Organisational Development at the University of Lagos, and has facilitated Non-Executive Directors empowerment programs for the FITC. She has spoken at the annual International Women's Leadership Foundation Fellows Forum seminar at the Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge University and Women Entrepreneurship of West Africa (WOWe) conference, to mention a few.

She has a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of San Francisco (summa cum laude) and MBA (specialising in the Management of Innovation and Technology) and Ph.D. in Organisational Behaviour (Sept 1997) from Imperial College, London University
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Osaru Alile
Co-Founder, CaxtonAlile Living
Osaru Alile holds an AA & BFA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC -- In 2007, She co-founded Caxton Alile; A pro-African creative force and founding company of CaxtonAlile Living (producing Light fixtures, Home décor products and greeting cards), Apparel Partners (an apparel manufacturing company), CC Interiors & its new initiative EteriorSpaces.Com – A Virtual Interiors platform and social enterprise which aims at #CreatingHappySpaces for all, irrespective of ones socio-economic status.

CC Interiors has since successfully worked on numerous Interior Design projects in the UK, USA and here, in Africa; Some of which include; Mansard Investment, Transcorp Holdings, 1st Bank Airport Lounge, Primera Africa and so on…CC Interiors is well recognized as an award-winning firm whose main focus is in Interior Architecture and Design Consultation for Residential, Commercial and Hospitality spaces.

Osaru is extremely passionate about creativity, entrepreneurship, education and empowering Nigerian Youths, She was named amongst the 100 most inspiring and influential women in Nigeria, in the annual #100 list presented by Leading Ladies Africa and Ynaija. March 2016. “I believe it is important to support Young Entrepreneurs in Nigeria because we face specific hurdles unique to our nation which can potentially stunt organic business growth, We must be equipped with the knowledge & confidence to see bold ideas through!". Her passion inspired her to start the initiative “Careers in Interior Design” alongside 3 other Interior Designers here in Lagos, CID has run for 2 years now – Inspiring and training young design creatives interested in Interior Design and related fields - She is also a member of the GUIDE exhibition planning comitee and for 3 years has spearheaded the young talent competition segment. Osaru was recently selected to be the judge of Nigeria’s 1st ever competitive reality TV show “Interiors By Design”. She acts as a GLOBAL SHAPER in the Lagos Hub of the World Economic Forum (WEF), a Vital Voices GROW Fellow, Africa and sits as the education chair, Interior Design Association of Nigeria (IDAN).
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Taiwo Okunoren
Co-Founder, Okunoren Twins Ltd.
Okunoren Twins is a Nigerian clothing brand and the most respected menswear brand in Nigeria. It was founded by Taiwo and Kehinde Okunoren in 2002 at the age of 19 and it is today one of the most successful fashion businesses in Africa.

What began 11 years ago with the selling of ready-made shirts from overseas has grown into a fully fletched indigenous fashion retail brand, redefining Nigerian men’s style and shopping experience. The Okunoren brand has always stood for providing quality products that has endured the test of time. Drawing inspiration from Savile Row to craft its own early collections, the label is the innovator of countless designs that are now mainstream in Nigerian men’s fashion.

The brand is responsible for the acceptance of men’s bespoke tailoring in Nigeria, a service it pioneered. The brand is part of the force that has been able to change the negative perception towards made in Nigeria garments.

The fashion industry in Nigeria was perceived as an industry for the older demographic and not an industry any young person would want to participate in during the time it was in its infancy stage. With the presence of the twins in this industry and making a mark within their first few years of business immediately inspired hundreds of young men and women some of them now successful fashion designers to embrace and participate in what is today known as one of the most promising industries in modern day Nigeria. This inspiration transcended even to other industries as it made more young citizens start up their own businesses.

The twins were honored with the 40 under 40 business achievers by leading business daily Business day newspaper in 2013.

The twins who are the present creative directors of the label are both experts in communications strategy and brand management as they have formal training in these fields. Taiwo has a BA in Advertising and marketing from Coventry University in the UK, while Kehinde has a BA in Public relations and media communications from Birmingham City University, UK.

In an attempt to go mainstream the company intensified on its strategy by diversifying across the value chain of the industry. This saw it kick-starting its retail capacity in 2011 as well as setting up its mass manufacturing unit with international technical partners and in 2014 the Twins in South Africa won the prestigious award for retail innovation at the retail congress Africa.

The label in 2011 was commissioned to design and manufacture UBA Plc’ employee corporate wear nationwide, a partnership that was groundbreaking and a significant achievement for the brand and the Nigerian clothing industry.

In 2013 the Late Ooni of Ife and the custodian of the Yoruba culture, his Imperial Majesty Oba Okunade Sijuwade granted Africa’s first royal warrant to the brand for its immense contribution to the Nigerian fashion industry.

The brand has been worn by past presidents, African businessmen, British pop star Tunde Baiyewu, British rap star Tinie Tempah, Disturbing London owner Dumi Obruthe, Wizkid, Davido, Naeto C, D'banj and Tuface.

Okunoren has been featured in publications like Vogue Italia, Washington post, Huffington post, The Guardian Nigeria, Billionaire.com, Stupid Dope, Business Day, Pause.com, Idol, The Loop Fashion and Style Engine UK.

In its attempt to further grow the fashion industry in Africa, In May 2016, the brand launched Okunoren Twins Trust (OTT), which is a charitable organization to raise fund for young skilled people from age 18 to 30 who hope to pursue a career in fashion.

The first project of the trust is to remodel and restructure the fashion and textile Department of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos (YABATECH). The project is at the approval stage with the management of the college. With this project, OTT hopes to give the students a better learning experience in a conducive and respectable environment.
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Bolanle Austen-Peters
Founder/ CEO Terra Kulture
Bolanle Austen-Peters has a Master’s degree in International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has a Law degree from the University of Lagos.

She is the Founder of the prestigious arts centre; Terra Kulture; Nigeria’s foremost cultural centre with a Gallery, Theatre, Bookstore, Restaurant, and Language School.

In its twelve years of existence, Terra Kulture has organized over two hundred exhibitions, one hundred plays, sixty book readings and over ten thousand adults and children have attended our Language classes and excursions.

In 2009, it established the TKMG Auction House In collaboration with Mydrim gallery. The auction is one of only two art auction houses in Nigeria.

With the creation of Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions, she raised the bar in the theater industry with the production of SARO the Musical2 and WAKAA the Musical which became the first Nigerian Musical to be staged in London’s West end! WAKAA! the musical recorded a historic sold out show at the Shaw theater, London receiving numerous awards and accolades from the BBC, CNN and Newsweek.

She also co-produced and costumed the movie "93 DAYS" a feature film on the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria which was selected and premiered at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival and Chicago Film Festival.

She also produced "No Good Turn" a short film about the impact of Boko Haram violence on human lives.

Prior to setting up Terra kulture, she had worked as a Lawyer with the United Nations in Switzerland, Ethiopia and Namibia.

She has won numerous awards as Director, Producer and entrepreneur.
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Dr. Kunbi Wuraola
Principal Consultant, Discover Your Potential Ltd
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Aminat Gbajabiamila
Ginger Hospitality Company Ltd. / Ginger Consult
Creative entrepreneur. Lover of great brands. Tirelessly, and painstakingly building one. Aminat is a Lifestyle Purveyor, currently managing Ginger Tapas & Grill.

With a career spanning almost twenty years, she has led Marketing, Brand and Corporate Communications teams in development of strategic initiatives to position their organizations at the forefront of their practices; including but unlimited to Asset & Resources Management Company Ltd. (ARM), United Parcel Service Inc (UPS), and Goldman Sachs.

Aminat is focused on understanding and appreciating diverse consumer behavior. The mission is to connect the relevant and applicable dots; of ideas, things, places and people - towards building sustainable and interactive communities.

An alum of The Ohio State University, and University of Lagos; Aminat is also a certified Public Relations Officer via the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). She is currently a Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Mentee 2016-2017; and is a Certified John Maxwell International Team member.
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Bunmi Akinyemiju
CEO, Venture Garden Group
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Adesuwa Ifedi
Founder/Principal Consultant, Oxygen Inc.
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Peter Bamkole
Director, EDC, Pan-Atlantic University
Peter Bamkole, Pioneered the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan-Atlantic University in Jan 2003 – now one of the top enterprise development centers in Africa and a model which has been replicated in four African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda). As the Director of the Center, he is responsible for the overall program development, capacity building and support services to entrepreneurs. Trained as a Mechanical Engineer in the UK under the British Petroleum scholarship, with MBA from IESE Business School in Spain and alumnus of Lagos Business School (Chief Executive Program), his three decade cognate experience spans both the public and private sectors. (Oil Industry; Water Supply and Education).

He led the Goldman Sachs 10,000 women initiative in Nigeria, and was a consultant to the project in Liberia. He initiated and led several partnership programs with diverse stakeholders such as British Council, Etisalat, Federal Government of Nigeria, Diamond Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Access Bank and MTN. With the support of The Coca Cola Africa Foundation, he is developing a new generation of nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

A certified Business Edge trainer for IFC (the private arm of the World Bank) and UNCTAD ‘expert’ on entrepreneurship education, Peter consults widely in Sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship development and practice. He is a member of the University Management Council, Mentoring Committee - Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria, National Council on MSME and served on the Youth Learning Advisory Committee of the MasterCard Foundation, Canada.

His current interest is designing new learning methods and e-support for SMEs.
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Eloho Omame
CEO, Amari Ltd
Eloho Omame is CEO of Amari Ltd., a company she started in 2016 to support startups and early stage companies in Nigeria, by investing, mentoring and advising. Before leaving to start Amari, Eloho Omame worked in London at General Atlantic, a private equity firm focused on growth companies, where she led the firm’s efforts in sub-Saharan Africa (primarily Nigeria) for over two years.

Eloho has a 15-year career in financial services. She started in London as an investment banking/M&A Analyst with ING and worked at Credit Suisse as an Associate, leaving to take a role in Lagos as a Vice President in M&A with Renaissance Capital, where she covered Nigeria and Ghana.

Eloho was the first Head of Corporate Development at First Bank of Nigeria, where for four years, she led the bank’s group restructuring and international expansion activities. Her team delivered FirstBank’s first international M&A transaction, with the acquisition of BIC bank in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

She is an angel investor, and until recently sat on the advisory board of BudgIT, a civic social enterprise. She is also a member of the executive team at the Africa Business Angels Network.

Eloho holds a BSc. (Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MBA from the London Business School.
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Obi Asika
Founder and Chairman, Dragon Africa
Obi Asika is the Founder of Dragon Africa, a strategic communications agency & conference producer, Founder of Cabal entertainment which is a 360 entertainment company, Obi is also co-Founder & Chairman of SocialMediaWeek Lagos, the largest new media and technology conference in Africa & is a co-Founder of 5ive Music.

Obi has worked across the sports, music, television, live events, social media and technology industries and is one of the principal advocates of Nigerian Soft Power. He has been an Executive Producer for amongst others, Fifa U20 World Cup 1999, Caf Nations Cup 2000, Big Brother Nigeria 2006, Dragons Den Nigeria, 2007, The Apprentice Africa 2008, Naija Sings 2009-12, Calabar Rocks 2008, and many more.

Obi Asika has advised multilaterals, govts, brands & agencies on the creative industries, strategic communications, events and more. He was the first African appointed to a cabinet rank for Social Media at the Federal Level and is recognized as one of the drivers of the Nigerian entertainment explosion.

Obi Asika was educated at Eton College & The University of Warwick, he is a core advocate of Nigerian soft power and is focused on convergence.
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Uzo Nwani
CEWA Channel Executive, IBM
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Senator Biodun Olujimi
Senator of the 8th Republic
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Dr. Wiebe Boer
Principal, Boston Consulting Group
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Bimbola Wright
General Manager and Group Head Coverage & Corporate Banking, FBN Merchant Bank
Bimbola Wright is currently a General Manager and Group Head Coverage & Corporate Banking at FBN Merchant Bank with overall responsibility for a team of sector specialists and the Bank's loan book. Prior to this, her over 28 years in banking was spent in NAL Bank (now part of Sterling Bank) and Kakawa Discount House.

In addition to Corporate Banking, her experience spans Treasury & Financial Institutions, Strategy & Research and Wealth Management. Key responsibilities in the course of her career have involved driving various initiatives including establishing the Private Banking Group and leading the TQM implementation both in NAL as well as managing diversity matters, anchoring CSR activities and co-ordinating the Balanced Scorecard project to implement a new performance management framework in Kakawa. Bimbola was a member of the Board of Directors of Kakawa Asset Management from 2006 till 2012 and was Chairman of its Board Investment Committee from 2008 till 2012. Furthermore, Bimbola served on the Executive Steering Committee that oversaw the migration of various businesses from FBN Capital to FBN Merchant Bank.

As part of her contribution to the development of the Nigerian financial market, Bimbola served on various committees including the Advisory Committee of the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System and the Code of Conduct Committee of the Money Market Association. Bimbola is a member of the Board of Governors of Pinefieds Montessori School, and served as an Alternate Director on the Board of Junior Achievement Nigeria, a position she held until 2015. As a committed mentor/coach, a significant amount of her time is spent supporting the development of individuals towards the realization of their potentials.

Bimbola holds an MA from University of Kent at Canterbury and a BSc from University of Surrey, both in the United Kingdom. An Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Member of the Institute of Management (Chartered), and has attended several management programmes at prestigious institutions including Harvard Business School, Wharton (University of Pennsylvania), London Business School and Euromoney, UK.
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Njideka Esomeju
Head, Emerging Businesses, Diamond Bank
Njideka Esomeju is currently the Head, Emerging Businesses- Diamond Bank Plc, where she manages the Bank’s SME portfolio. She has over 17years banking experience and prior to her current appointment, was the Regional Manager, Isolo and before then, the Regional Manager, Ikeja. She joined Diamond Bank in September 2001 from Standard Trust Bank and had previously worked at FEDEX (Red Star Express).  Njide’ holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar and is an Alumna of the Lagos Business School. She is happily married with four boys and is an avid reader.
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Bunmi Akinyemiju
MD/CEO Venture Garden Group
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Kayode Fahm
Executive Producer, Kayode Fahm Productions Ltd.
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Ngozi Ola-Isreal
Head, Financial Control, AXA Mansard
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Fatima Fantis Muhammed
Founder, SantiFoodCo
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Sade Ayo-Adebanjo
Founder/CEO, Healthcare Fusion
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Professor Joy Ogwu
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations
Uche Joy Angela Ogwu has recently retired as Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations. She served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2006 - 2007). In her professional capacity as Professor of Political Science and International Relations, she served as the First Female Director-General of Nigeria's Foreign Policy Think- Tank - The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) (2001-2006).

In January 2002, she was appointed by Secretary General Kofi Annan as Member of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. She became the First African Female Chair of the Board. As a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations from October 2000-2006, she contributed to the advancement of Nigeria's foreign policy and has written extensively on foreign policy issues. Her first book, Nigeria's Foreign Policy: Alternative Futures, published by Macmillan (1986), became a classic for the study of foreign policy in Nigeria's institutions of higher learning. Among her numerous honors, Professor Ogwu was in 2004 conferred with an award of OFR - Officer of the Federal Republic; for exemplary contribution to Nigeria.

She served as the First President of the First Executive Board of the newly-created entity, UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. She was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to serve as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)from 1st January, 2010 to January 1st 2016. On 1st of January, 2014, she unprecedentedly led Nigeria's delegation to the UN Security Council for the second successive time. In this phenomenal capacity, she served as President of the Security Council four times - first in the month of July 2010; October 2011; April 2014 and August 2015, placing her as the 1st Ambassador of the 88 Electable Member States of the United Nations to set such a record. Since 2008, she has served as Chair of the Special Committee of Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) and was re-elected for the seventh consecutive time on 16 February, 2016.

In 2011, she was elected the First African President of the UN Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Following numerous intensive global consultations, she led the 193 Member States of the UN in September 2012 to adopt a landmark Consensus Outcome Document. This has been widely acclaimed as a major diplomatic accomplishment for Nigeria, Africa and humanity. A book, on this accomplishment, titled, The Anatomy of a Consensus was released in New York in December 2015. She has been honored with various awards especially; the "Spirit of the United Nations Award" and "UN Ambassador's Biblical Values Award" by the National Bible Association for her modest contributions to the service of God, humanity and young professionals.
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Dr. Doyin Salami
Senior Fellow/Lecturer, Lagos Business School
Dr. Salami is an Economist with over two decades of practical professional experience. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at the Lagos Business School (LBS), Pan Atlantic University. At LBS he leads sessions in Economic Environment of Business.

In addition, he is a consultant with Kainos Edge Consulting Limited. He also participates in public policy making – presently, he is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He had been a member of the Economic Management Team of the Federal Government of Nigeria. He is presently a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Advisory Group on Sub-Saharan Africa (AGSA) and was recently appointed as Vice Chairman for Buhari’s Transition Commitee. Dr. Salami is an accomplished economist.
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Hon. Justice Amina Augie
Justice of The Supreme Court




Plenary and Breakout Session


The Future of Work:
Leveraging the Power of 160 million

The size and demography of Nigeria’s human capital is widely acknowledged by global investors as a key asset. With a population of over 160 million creative, passionate and enterprising citizens – two thirds under the age of 30 – is yet to fully turn this valuable resource into true competitive advantage. The 'future of work' examines the state of careers in the 21st century, in the light of global and local contexts, changing attitudes about the value of work, shifting career paths and less structured working arrangements. The discussion will inspire a new way of thinking about the workforce and identify strategies for identifying and deploying Africa’s diverse talent.

Beyond Parity
Inspiring the Next Wave of Female Leaders

This plenary spotlights the state of gender parity in Africa, as it achieves global prominence as a key Sustainable Development Goal and private sector buzzword. Panelists will examine the different perspectives and what (if any) progress has been made in bridging the gender gap. Participants will be inspired and left with a strong sense of what today's crop of aspiring female leaders should do to leverage increasing focus on diversity to build successful businesses and careers in the private and public service.

Women in Mining
Unlocking Opportunities in the Nigerian Mining Industry

This plenary will uncover the broad spectrum of untapped opportunities across the mining value chain, exposing women to the plethora of possibilities in mining as a sustainable investment. The session will also identify the current legal, policy and infrastructural frameworks from local and regional perspectives and provide a realistic action plan for investors looking to create profitable businesses in a rapidly emerging sector.

The Billion N Tourism Industry
Monetizing the Beauty Within

Before Oil, Tourism was heralded as the key opportunity in Nigeria, given our rich, diverse culture and heritage. This often overlooked industry is rapidly expanding to capture the imagination of a global audience; the internet has helped create new markets for Nigerian art, food, fashion, culture & entertainment across continents. This plenary will review the unwitting growth of the Nigerian tourism and hospitality industry, uncovering the opportunities that lie within. It will inspire renewed pride for all things African, encouraging participants to appreciate their own place in the Nigerian tourism story.

Innovative Business Models
Transforming the basis of competition in a VUCA World

Technological advancement, VUCA - Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity - and the economic crisis is stimulating the birth of creative new business models that leverage technology to disrupt traditional industries and connect unrelated sectors. These innovative arrangements transform the basis of competition, permanently disrupting the structure of these industries in their entirety. This plenary will showcase modern examples of innovative business models, stimulating participants with groundbreaking ideas and the inspiration to enhance their own businesses.

The Internet of Everything
Understanding Opportunities & Threats in the New Industrial Internet

The so-called 'Internet of Things' (IoT) is transforming strategy, e-commerce and the way organizations collect and use data. It is connecting people, products, and services around the globe and creating new networks & tribes. This plenary will examine what the IoT phenomenon means for today's businesses, extending the globalization discussion beyond simple awareness, challenging participants to actively leverage the combined power of the internet and brave the new world of hyper-connectivity to build future-proof careers and businesses. This session will uncover new opportunities, technology applications across industries but also review increasing threats to privacy, cyber risk and lots more.

Finding Your Happy
A multitasking superwoman at home and at work

With so much focus on being a multitasking superwoman at home and at work, it’s easy to let our physical and mental wellbeing fall aside. This session will focus on how women can maintain a healthy lifestyle (mentally and physically), considering our current economic realities and how it affects the home and work. It will also address health from the position of reducing stress levels and its application to work and business

Leading Through Tough Times
Survive today’s economic challenges

Leading in our current economic realities have forced businesses to streamline their operations and adopt short term cost cutting measures in a bid to survive today’s economic challenges, sometimes resulting in layoffs, early retirements and pay cuts. Leaders are often left with a smaller staff complement with high risks for demotivation and demoralization & businesses at risk of jeopardizing long-term sustainability for short-term survival. This session will focus on how leaders and organizations can successfully lead through tough times, keeping motivation levels high whilst remaining true to their vision and not compromising on value even with less resources and manpower. It will also highlight ways to maintain high moral standards in the workplace through these turbulent times.

Charting a Legacy Through Social Impact
Projects at individual, national and global levels

There is an increasing attraction for social entrepreneurship and impact investment projects at individual, national and global levels. Many consider this the exclusive preserve of the baby boomer generation; even though there clearly is a proliferation of social and empowerment initiatives across young entrepreneurs. This session will identify the growing amount of talent, investment and attention channelled in this field and how best individuals who are looking to contribute to tackling social problems can get involved. The session will also draw from expertise within the sector by providing a guide on how to start and sustain a social enterprise.

Scaling Up Your Business
Over 50% of new businesses are started by women

Over 50% of new businesses are started by women, yet a significant number of these businesses remain informal and small scale at best. With the number of businesses springing up, a recurring question – even in tough economic times - is how these businesses can survive and scale up. This session will identify the critical systems and structures that ensure business success. It will focus on showing start-ups and small and micro businesses how to maximize the opportunities in Nigeria, leveraging these to scale up and build the momentum to scale out, connecting their brand across the African continent and ultimately around the globe.

New Pathways To Funding a Business
Increasingly attracting seed funding from across the world

Nigerian companies with creative and innovative ideas are increasingly attracting seed funding from across the world; e.g. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s recent investment in a Lagos based company that trains and deploys software developers. This session will uncover the latest developments in global financing options and identify how more Nigerian businesses can position themselves to attract such funding. It will further spotlight ‘crowd funding’, which is growing in significance by leveraging the power of the internet to expand funding possibilities from local to global audiences. It will uncover how these funds truly operate thereby providing practical strategies for organizations looking to leverage crowd funding to generate stable funding for their business or cause.

Dynamic Partnership: Staying Family, Staying Friends
Women are often advised to separate their professional and private lives

Women are often advised to separate their professional and private lives. What happens when there is an overlap between those two dynamics? What if your significant other is a partner in many ways than one? This session will look beyond partnerships in business by exploring the perspective of family and friends who are jointly executing on a business vision. It will highlight practical tips from success stories on achieving business goals whilst maintaining thriving relationships, resolving inevitable conflicts at home and at work and navigating any rough patches on the journey to building a thriving business.

Survivor's Workplace: It’s a Millennial World Yay or Nay
Survivor Gen X vs Millennials

Not unlike the Emmy award-winning series ‘Survivor Gen X vs Millennials’ which features two generations forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast one another, millennials & other generations who must work together in the workplace are increasingly navigating changing roles and expectations amidst increasing visibility and opportunities for women and technological advancement which are challenging long-held beliefs about what it means to succeed in careers and business. Both generations have very different views about pathways to success and indeed how women should navigate themselves in the turbulent waters of corporate and business world. This all-female panel will examine intergenerational issues in the workplace highlighting the unique working models of each generation in their quest to succeed and thrive. The debates at WIMBIZ are legendary and hard fought - usually no victor nor vanquished - but compelling enough to make you re-think your views at days’ end! Not to be missed!



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