Evelyn OputuDr. Evelyn Ndali Oputu
Former CEO of Bank of Industry

Dr. Evelyn Ndali Oputu served as the Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Director of Bank of Industry Limited from December, 2005 to April 17, 2014.

Dr. Oputu began her banking career in 1976 with ICON Merchant Bank Ltd. and joined International Merchant Bank (IMB) in 1982 where she was appointed General Manager IMB Securities in 1989 and Executive Director in 1990. She served as Executive Director at First Bank of Nigeria Plc. between 1991 and 1997 and later ran her manufacturing business until she was appointed as MD/CEO of Bank of Industry in 2005.

Dr. Oputu is a Nominee Director of United Nigerian Textiles Limited. She is an alumnus of the University of Lagos and the Harvard Business School, was at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York for her internship

Osayi Alile
Chairperson, WimBiz

A 2007 “Young Global Leader” (YGL) by the World Economic Forum, NIPRO Global Top 40 Women Under 40, a Fellow of the African Leadership Network and an alumna of the Harvard Business School and Yale Executive Education Programs, Ms. Alile holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

A facilitator/management trainer, she is also a consultant on non-profit management and strategy. A Sustainability Expert and Speaker. Osayi is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment and founding curator, Global Shapers Forum Nigeria.

Before exiting in 2013 Ms. Alile was the Executive Director of FATE Foundation, a leading private sector led not-for-profit organisation in Nigeria with a mission to foster wealth creation by promoting business and entrepreneurial development among Nigerians.

A multi-talented team player, researcher and trainer; Osayi now consults on issues of business development, leadership, mentoring, corporate social responsibility and serves as a Volunteer Trainer with several organisations. Owing to her experiences, Osayi sits on the board of several organisations that include Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) which she chairs, House of Tara, Zapphire Events, Culinary Academy and Global Dignity, an affiliation of the World Economic Forum in Norway.

Henrietta Onwuegbuzie
Faculty Member, LBS

Dr Henrietta Onwuegbuzie leads sessions in entrepreneurship on the MBA and Executive programmes at Lagos Business School (LBS), and is currently the Academic Director for the Owner-Manager Programme and Project Director for the Impact Investing policy initiative at the Lagos Business School. She has an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Navarre in Spain, an MBA from Lagos Business School and a PhD in entrepreneurship, from Lancaster University, UK.

Prior to joining the LBS faculty, she managed educational projects for women’s development, in different states in Nigeria and subsequently, worked in the banking sector with key responsibilities for blue chip companies and multinationals in the corporate banking sector. Henrietta is a member of the Governing Council of the African Forum in Brussels, and sits on the Board of a number of Nigerian companies. She has extensive consulting experience, spanning projects at the State level to conglomerates and SME’s in various industries and is an active member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. On a voluntary basis, she mentors a number of aspiring and established entrepreneurs.

Henrietta has spoken at several international conferences on entrepreneurship and sustainable development. Her conference paper on integrating indigenous entrepreneurship principles into mainstream, won the award for the best overall conference paper in 2011, at the IAABD conference in Canada. She also won the first prize 2010/2011 Emerald/ALCS African Management Research Fund Award.  She has written several case studies in entrepreneurship and Decision-making, and won the first prize for the Emerald/AABS case writing competition in 2012. In 2013, she was conferred the African Women Development Champion Award by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development. In the same year, she was appointed as one of the national mentors for the YouWin programme, an entrepreneurship development project driven from the office of the President of Nigeria. In 2014, she was nominated to serve on the Editorial Board of the African Journal of Management. She was recently conferred a certificate of recognition in New York by LEAP, a UN working group under the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) sector, in recognition of her ground breaking work in developing change accelerators. She has been rated top 4% of among Nigerian top Executives in the education management industry, based on company size and international business network strength.

Bisi Lamikanra, Partner, KPMG

Bisi Lamikanra is the Partner and Head of KPMG’s Management Consulting Business. She heads the financial services sector across Africa and has led several important engagements covering a wide range of disciplines across key sectors in West Africa. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and completed the Advanced Management Programme of the Lagos Business School. She has extensive business strategy, IT advisory and organization design experience across a number of industries, including financial services, oil and gas, telecommunications and power.
Bisi is an active member of the leadership of various professional associations, community oriented charities and other non-governmental organizations. These include the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Development Centre, Fate Foundation, Corona Schools Trust Council, AART of Life Foundation, Bethesda Foundation.

She is passionate about educating the next generation and believes strongly in the development of world-class citizens and in ensuring that no child is left behind.

Mahmud Dutse,
Non-Executive Director, Access Bank

Dr. Mahmoud Isa-Dutse sits on the Boards of Access Bank Plc, Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc and The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund Ltd as Non-Executive Director.

His professional banking experience spanned over two decades. He was at various times a General Manager at Guaranty Trust Bank and Managing Director/CEO at Savannah Bank Plc and Gamji Bank Ltd. He retired in 2002 as an Executive Director at United Bank for Africa Plc where he was at different times in charge of Credit Risk Management, Investment Banking and Corporate Banking.

Dr. Isa-Dutse holds a PhD in Finance from the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK; an MBA from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA; and a B.Sc. in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Dr. Dere Awosika ,
Non-Executive Director, Access Bank

Dr. Awosika is an accomplished administrator with over three decades of experience in public and health sector governance.
She served as the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Science & Technology and the Federal Ministry of Power. She presently sits on the board of Access Bank Plc, Ajasin University, Ondo State, Capital Insurance Nig Ltd as non-executive director.

Dr. Awosika is a Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR). She is a graduate of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University and holds an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy and PhD in Pharmacy Technology from the Postgraduate School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 1981 and 1985 respectively.

Mrs. Udo Okonjo
CEO, Fine and Country International West Africa

Mrs. Udo Okonjo is a Lawyer and Real Estate Developer.
Mrs. Okonjo holds an LL.B from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she was the best graduating female law student in her set. This earned her scholarship by the British government to further her studies at King’s College, London where she obtained her Masters of Law degree.
She started her career as a lawyer in legal department of an organization. From there, she went to work in law firms before she found her way into property administration.

She has 17years experience working at top law firms in the United States and Nigeria. She is a former partner at Templars Law Firm, and was previously associated with the law firm of Udo Udoma and Bello-Osagie. Earlier, she worked in the Washington DC
Housing projects embarked upon by the outfit include the Stone Creek, Pine Court, Luxury Garden, San Diara, the Gulf Estate and Diamond Estate in Port Harcourt.

Udeme Ufot
GMD, SO & U Limited

Udeme Ufot is the General Managing Director of SO&U Limited. He began his advertising career as an art director with Desmark Advertising, where his unique illustrative style and flair for writing quickly drew attention. He soon joined Insight Communications where he also showed a flair for client service work, rising to be Deputy Creative Director in the five years he spent with the agency.

He co-founded SO&U in 1990 – with a vision to be the most creative agency in Nigeria within two years.
With close to three decades of marketing communications experience under his belt, Udeme is a past president of both the Advertising Agencies Association of Nigeria and the Lagos Business School Alumni Association. He is also a board member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. He was the winner of the Fate Model Entrepreneur Award in 2012.

He remains one of Nigeria’s most revered figures in marketing communications

Eme Essien Eme Essien Lore
Country Manager, IFC Nigeria

Eme Essien Lore is the new Country Manager for IFC’s Nigeria office. IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has grown its portfolio in Nigeria to over $1.5 billion in the past few years in a range of sectors including energy, manufacturing, healthcare and financial institutions.

As Country Manager, Eme oversees all of IFC’s investment and advisory activities in Nigeria.  Eme first joined IFC in Washington in 1999 where she worked in the Oil, Gas & Chemicals Department.  She then moved to the Nairobi office where she developed and processed business leads for a range of sectors and served on the advisory and executive boards of IFC investee private equity funds and microfinance institutions in the East Africa region. She transitioned to advisory where while based in Dakar she took on oversight of an Africa-wide portfolio of SME investment and capacity building projects.

Eme left IFC in 2011 to join the Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa Regional Office in Nairobi where she supported the development and execution of several initiatives. She helped lead the strategic development and implementation of Digital Jobs Africa, an initiative covering six countries, engaging private sector and public sector stakeholders with the aim of connecting youth to jobs in the digital economy. She also served as the regional champion for the Foundation, harnessing the Power of Impact Investing initiative, which works towards consolidating and catalyzing the evolving industry of impact investment for both social and environmental benefits.

Eme is a graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University; she also earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; and an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.