ACHA LEKE – Director, Mckinsey & Company
Acha serves governments, multinational, and private sector institutions across Africa on issues of economic development, growth strategies, holistic transformations, and investment decisions. He has worked across over 20 African countries to date.
Prior to McKinsey, Acha worked for 3 years as a part-time Consultant at Pacific Monolithics, Inc and Spectrian Corporation, both in Sunnyvale, CA on novel techniques to linearize High Power Amplifiers for wireless applications, while completing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Acha also received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University, as well as a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering summa cum laude, with a minor in Economics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated as Valedictorian (first Black Valedictorian in the School's history) and was elected to Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.
He is a co-founder and member of the Board of the African Leadership Academy, a co-educational boarding school which aims to develop the next generation of African leaders. He is also a co-founder of the African Leadership Network, an invitation-only network of young African leaders who aspire to bring prosperity to the Continent. He is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, and has received numerous recognitions including Africa's Young Investment Professional of the year (Africa Investor, 2008); Top 40 men under 40 in South Africa (Destiny Man, 2010); Top 10 Youngest Power Men in Africa (Forbes, 2011); 50 Most Influential Africans (Africa Report, 2012); Top 20 next generation Francophone Africans (Forbes, 2013); Top 20 Rising Stars in Africa (Euromoney, 2014). Acha was one of the lead authors of McKinsey's highly acclaimed Lions on the Move report. He is currently a member of the WEF's Regional Agenda Council on Africa and of ONE's Africa Policy Advisory Board. He is originally from Cameroon, and is fluent in both English and French.
ADEPEJU ADEBAJO – CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc
Mrs Adepeju Adebajo is the CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc. She was appointed to the Board of Lafarge Africa Plc on the 27th of October 2014. Prior to this, she served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Mouka Limited. Previously, Peju was CEO/ MD of UTC Nigeria Plc.
She previously headed strategic planning, brand management and product development at United Bank for Africa and has management consulting experience at Boston Consulting Group in the UK and financial analysis experience at Citi Bank in the UK.
Adepeju holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the Imperial College of Science & Technology London; a Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the University of London; and a Master of Business Administration, Havard University, Boston.
She is also an alumnus of INSEAD Business School in France and the Advanced Management Program and Avira Program.
ANDREW ALLI - CEO, Africa Finance Corporation
As CEO of Africa Finance Corporation, Andrew is responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the Corporation. The Executive Management under his leadership has undertaken over US$2.4 billion in investments across Africa, financing high impact projects like a West African submarine Cable, a commercial wind farm in Cape Verde, a toll road in South Africa, a greenfield power plant in Ghana and a flagship road infrastructure project in Cote d'Ivoire.
Until his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer, Africa Finance Corporation in November 2008, Andrew was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Travant Capital, a private equity fund. Prior to that, he was with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group in Washington as an investment officer working first in the Oil, Gas and Mining Department and then in the Telecommunications Department.
In 2002 he was appointed IFC's Country Manager for Nigeria, responsible for managing IFC's operations in the country. In 2006, he was appointed Country Manager for Southern Africa, where he was responsible for South Africa and seven other countries.
CHIDI OKORO – GM, Suntory Beverage and Food Nigeria Ltd.
Chidi Okoro is currently the Managing Director UAC Foods Limited. He was previously the Managing Director of Glaxo Smith Kline Nigeria from May 2007 to March 2014.
Chidi, who won the Pearl Outstanding CEO Award for 'Best Performance at Delivering Shareholder Value in 2013', has an Executive Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy from IE Business School, Spain; a Senior Management Programme certificate from Lagos Business School and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, among others. Chidi is the founder of Southern Business Academy, a social Benefit Organisation dedicated to grooming Managers and technical staff for Nigeria and African Businesses.
DHARNESH GORDHON – MD/CEO, Nestlé Nigeria Plc
Dharnesh Gordhon is currently Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Nigeria Plc; Chairman of Nestle Nigeria Trust Limited; and an Executive of the Regional Leadership team for Nestlé Central West Africa Region.
He has held his current position since June 2013. Prior to this, he served as Group Sales Director for Nestlé Southern Africa Region, serving as an executive member of the Board of Directors of Nestlé South Africa and on Nestlé Global Sales Leaders Council. He has spent the last decade with the Nestle Group having held key leadership positions in Southern Africa and Malaysia/Singapore.
Prior to joining Nestlé he has held several commercial positions in the printing Industry & Textile Industries. Additionally he has taught Marketing and Business at several colleges in South Africa
ENASE OKONEDO – Dean, Lagos Business School
Dr Enase Okonedo is the dean of Lagos Business School (LBS), Nigeria where she has responsibility for setting strategic direction for the school, as well as overseeing all academic and administrative matters.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and a Fellow of the International Academy of Management (IAM). She has an MBA from IESE Business School, Barcelona and a Doctorate in Business Administration from International School of Management (ISM), Paris.
Before becoming dean, Dr Okonedo taught courses in problem solving and decision making, corporate financial management and financial strategy. She also held several leadership positions at LBS at various times.
Dr Okonedo is the Chair of the LBS Management Board, a member of the Senate and Governing Council of Pan-Atlantic University, and also serves on the academic advisory board of the Global Business School Network (GBSN), a non-profit organisation based in Washington DC. Between 2012 and 2013, she was the chairperson of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) and remains a member of the Board. She was recently elected to the board of AACSB International, a leading global institution for advancing quality management education.
An accomplished professional with more than 28 years' experience in the financial services and management education sectors; she serves on the boards of several companies.
PROF. JUAN ELEGIDO – Vice Chancellor, Pan Atlantic University
Juan Elegido was born in Madrid (Spain) and has lived in Nigeria since 1977. He has a licentiate degree in Law from the Universidad Central de Madrid (Spain) and a doctorate in Law from the Universidad de Navarra (Spain). He worked as a business consultant in Spain and taught Jurisprudence and Tax Law in Nigeria before becoming one of the foundation staff of the Lagos Business School in 1991. He has been Director of Programmes and Dean in LBS and currently he is a Professor of Business Ethics and Vice Chancellor of Pan-Atlantic University.
He has been an active participant in the Nigerian Economic Summit meetings since their inception and was the chairman of the Human Capital and Quality of Life Workgroup in the Summit No. 9. He was also a resource person to the Vision 2010 Committee and serves as director or chairman in several organizations.
He is the author of four books: Jurisprudence (1994), Fundamentals of Business Ethics (1996), Una Comunidad de Servicio - Ensayos en Etica de la Empresa (2000) and Business Ethics in the Christian Tradition (2003). He has also published numerous articles on Law and on Business Ethics in academic and professional journals.
LAZARUS A. ANGBAZO – President & CEO, GE Nigeria
Lazarus Angbazo is the President and CEO of GE Nigeria; he is responsible for developing and expanding the growth of GE's businesses and functions in Nigeria. He is based in Abuja, Nigeria.
Lazarus was appointed the President/CEO, GE West, East & Central Africa, in October, 2008. His responsibility was expanded to include Commercial Growth Leader for Africa Region in May 2011. Lazarus Joined GE in 2004 and held several leadership positions within the GE Capital business in the U.S. From 1997 to 2004, he worked for JP Morgan Chase, New York, where he held senior positions in corporate mergers & acquisitions, strategic planning, and credit portfolio management. Between 1992 and 1997, he was Assistant Professor of Finance at Purdue University, and also served as Research Director at Fannie Mae in 1996.
Lazarus was born in Nigeria, and graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with a B.S. in Mathematics with First Class Honors degree. He then earned an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from The University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Corporate Finance from New York University.
NICOLAAS A. VERVELDE – MD/CEO, Nigerian Breweries Plc.
Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde started his career with Heineken in 1984 and held increasingly senior management positions in commercial and general management functions in Europe, Africa, Bahamas, Caribbean and Central America.
Mr. Vervelde was appointed a member of the Board of Directors as well as the Managing Director/CEO of Nigerian Breweries Plc effective August 2010.
He had previously been appointed to the Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director between 2001 and 2003 while also serving as Deputy Director, Heineken Africa/Middle East. He was later appointed Director, Heineken Africa/Middle East.
Mr Vervelde was until his current appointment the Managing Director for Heineken Caribbean, Central America and Latin America
Nico, as he is fondly called, is happily married to Clementine, with children.
OMOBOLA JOHNSON – Partner, TLcom Capital
Omobola Johnson is a Partner of TLcom Capital in Lagos, Nigeria, focusing on deal flow generation, investment and value generation, and brings a unique ecosystem and industry level experience, via her achievements in the Nigerian government and her focus on the development of tech entrepreneurship and availability of private capital to the local software industry. .
Before joining TLcom, Omobola was Minister of Communication Technology, Nigeria from 2011 to 2015, focusing on the launch and execution of the National Broadband Plan, and the support of the Nigerian technology industry, including the pioneering involvement of the government in a local VC fund and a network of start-up incubators. Before serving in the Nigerian government, she gained over 25 years of consulting experience with Accenture including five years as Country Managing Director, working with companies in a variety of industries, transforming them into more competitive and dynamic organizations.
Omobola is Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet (Worldwide Web Foundation); Member, Global Agenda Council on Africa, World Economic Forum; Trustee, Future of the Internet Initiative, World Economic Forum, Founding Chairperson and Member of the Board of Trustees, Women in Management and Business; Chairperson, UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, 2014 - 2015; Member, Broadband Commission Working Group on Gender, UNDP; Member, m-Powering Development Advisory Board, ITU;.
Omobola has a Bachelor's in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester; a Master's in Digital Electronics from King's College, London and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the School of Management of Cranfield University.
VICTOR A. BANJO, M.IoD, mni – Director General/CEO, Institute of Directors Nigeria
Victor Banjo is the Director General/CEO of the Institute of Directors Nigeria, member of the Governing Board of the IoD Centre for Corporate Governance and a member of the Executive Committee of the African Corporate Governance Network (ACGN).
He gained C-Suite experience in FMCG, Aviation, Financial Services, and Oil & Gas services in markets as diverse as Nigeria, Ghana, Sao Tome, Gambia, Senegal, United Kingdom and South Africa as Human Resources Director at British American Tobacco Nigeria and Virgin Nigeria Airways as well as heading the Group HR function in Jagal Group and Oceanic Bank International Plc.
He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (United Kingdom), Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Trustees Nigeria, Member of the Institute of Directors Nigeria and Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. He is an alumnus of the Senior Executive Course 32 (2010) of the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Nigeria.
Victor is very active in many businesses and educational organizations in the following capacities:
• Advisory Board Member, Afterschool Graduate Development Centre Nigeria
• Co-founder and director, HR Network Africa
He enjoys playing Golf, cycling, hunting and riding quad bikes.