Lagos Business School’s First Bank Sustainability Center hosted the 2017 International Sustainability Conference, which was themed ‘Partnership for Sustainable Development and Innovation’ on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 at the Lagos Business School’s Honeywell Group Auditorium.
The International Sustainability Conference (ISC) is an annual convening of leaders in business, civil society and the public sector. ISC provides business leaders with a platform to interact, contribute and obtain a better understanding of their role in championing sustainable development through their businesses.
In her welcome address, Dr Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School, stated that the conference is about coherent collaboration and celebrating Nigerian made solutions for Nigerian problems. Raymond Mgbeokwere, General Counsel, for First Bank delivered the opening remarks.
According to Larry Umunna, Country Director, Technoserve, who spoke on Innovative Business Models for Socio-Economic Value Creation, “Nigeria occupies a unique space regarding business & social challenges, and to overcome complex challenges; it is vital to bring about top-notch solutions. Innovation can come in many forms, however, it always requires commitment and upgrading of industry skills”, he also added that “If we are serious about solving our social problems then we need to develop an enabling environment. Development on a micro level will not happen without elimination of major problems”.
Nathalie Ebo of Sahel Capital opined that “You cannot innovate for innovation sake, there has to be a problem you are trying to solve. You have to think about how sustainability and technology can combine to form solutions for challenges in Nigeria.” Chizoma Okoli, Executive Director, Diamond Bank, added that “Innovation needs support, partnerships and finance for success to be a possibility because no one can achieve innovation on their own”
Other speakers and panelist include Edward Kallon, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, Nigeria who talked about ‘Driving Sustainable Development through Public, Private and Civil Society Partnerships’ and Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SSAP-SDGs), who talked about ‘Collaborating for Impact: The Role of Partnership In Sustainable Development’.
Kayode Omoregie, Faculty, LBS, PAU; Dr Bongo Adi, Faculty, LBS, PAU and Dr Ijeoma Nwagwu, Faculty, LBS, PAU chaired the conference.
Other speakers and panelists who headlined the interactive conference included Dr. Franklin Ngwu, Faculty, LBS; Tonye Cole, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Sahara Group; Mary Iwelumo, Partner, Strategy and Operations Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, Founder GBF and Chief Sustainability Officer, Dangote Group; Innocent Chukwuma, Regional Director, West Africa, Ford Foundation; Simi Nwogugu, Executive Director, Junior Achievement Nigeria; Chinwe Ajene-Sagna , Head West Africa, Corporation Solutions JLL Nigeria; Andrew Alli, President and CEO, Africa Finance Corporation; Lookman Oshodi, Project Director, Arctic Infrastructure; Chizoma Okoli, Executive Director, Diamond Bank; Jospehine Nzerem, Country Representative, Nigeria Ashoka; Peter Bamkole, Director, Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University.