BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Nadu Denloye
Director, CDNet Ltd/Gte
Board Chair, LEAP Africa
Dr. Elizabeth Nadu Denloye (nee Lawson), is currently a Director at CDNet Ltd/Gte, a non- profit career development initiative and serves as the Board Chairman of Creseada International Limited and LEAP Africa Ltd/Gte.
An alumna of the University of Hull, England, United Kingdom from where she capped her educational pursuit with a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering in 1981, Dr. Denloye is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and an awardee of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria. She also attended the Chief Executives Programme of the Lagos Business School and the Business Leaders Programme of the Cranfield School of Management.
Her career life started in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Lagos where she undertook the compulsory National Service. Thereafter, Nadu joined the services of T-Cas (Nigeria) Limited, a telecommunications consulting and engineering firm as a Senior Engineer in 1982.
After about five years with T-Cas, she co-found TELNET Nigeria Limited, a company set up to deliver consultancy services in Telecommunications and allied disciplines, as Executive Director in 1987.
Between 1987 and 2006 when Dr. Denloye left the services of TELNET as Group Managing Director, she led other like-minded professionals to nurture the organisation into a reference point for telecommunications and ICT development in Nigeria. It is also worthy to note that, in line with her people development orientation, Nadu voluntarily retired at 50 to give opportunity to employed staff of TELNET to run the business and take it to higher grounds.
Dr. Denloye’s personal diligence and exemplary leadership assured the unleashing of human potential of many young ICT professionals that have become champions and stars in various leading organisations in the country and beyond. She displays a combination of rare leadership capabilities and technical competence in ICT. This has led to several appointments to serve on the Boards of both profit and not-for profit organisations including LEAP Africa, Ecobank Nigeria, the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan Atlantic University, Igbobi College and Ajesola Solarin Majekodunmi Foundation among others.
A highly cerebral yet unassuming pearl of professional and personal integrity, Dr. Denloye is also a mentor committed to building the capacity of all those that cross her path both in professional and personal lives. A mentor on the Fate Foundation and the Women Mentoring Women Programmes and a super mentor of NECA’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW), Nadu has deep passion for leadership, corporate governance and personal development.
Nadu is a seasoned IT entrepreneur, mentor, people manager and business leader. She is married to Kayode, a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Nigeria and the union is richly blessed.
Mr. Charles Anudu is Managing Director / CEO of Swift Network, a high flying telecommunications service provider for converged voice, video and data access services to business and consumer subscribers in Lagos, Nigeria. Charles is also the founding Managing Director and Chairman of The Candel Company Limited, a major player in the Nigerian Agricultural industry. He had worked for Rhone-Poulenc Nigeria leaving the company in 1992 as the General Manager (Agrochemicals) to found Candel.
Charles attended University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1978-1983) and University of Ibadan, Ibadan (1996-1997), where he obtained a Bachelor of Agriculture Degree in Crop Protection and Master of Science Degree in Plant Ecology, respectively.
Charles is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School (Owner-President Management Programme), as well as the Owner – Director Management Programme of INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) of the Lagos Business School. Charles is currently a member of the Economic Intelligence Committee of the Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria and belongs to many socio – cultural organizations including the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Charles has also been severally honoured for his stellar contributions to the Nigerian economy, having successfully launched companies in the key sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Mr. Charles Anudu
Managing Director/ CEO Swift Network
Mr. Folu Ayeni
Vice Chairman, Tantalizers
He is the Vice Chairman of Tantalizers Plc, one of the largest and fastest growing Fast Food chains in Nigeria, listed on The Nigerian Stock Exchange. He started his professional career with Center for Management Development in 1976 and later joined Lever Brothers Nigeria Plc. as Brand Manager, rising to the position of Marketing Services Manager. He joined Rank Xerox Nigeria Limited in 1986 as Marketing Manager and rose to become the Deputy Managing Director, a position he held until he resigned in 1999.
Mr. Folu Ayeni has held and still holds various Board appointments in several organizations which include: Mr. Folu Ayeni is the Chairman of Sahel Capital’s Advisory Board; Chairman of the Advisory Board, Enterprise Development Centre of Pan-African University, Senkay Nigeria Limited, Baytide Investment & Property Limited, First Bite Foods Limited, Facility Masters Nigeria Limited; Vice Chairman of the Governing Board, University of Ibadan Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Member, Governing Board of University of Lagos Centre for Entrepreneurship and Good Governance; Member, Advisory Board, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Centre for Entrepreneurship; and Member, Advisory Board, Ekiti State Economic Development Council. He was the pioneer Executive Chairman of Tantalizers Limited and successfully led the Company to its public listing on The Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Mr. Ayeni graduated with a First Class Degree in Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and McGill University, Montreal, Canada respectively. He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, and Member, Institute of Directors, among others.
Mr. Seyi Bickertsteth
Chairman and National Senior Partner, KPMG Africa Practice
Prior to being the Chairman of KPMG Africa Practice and National Senior Partner of the Nigerian Practice, Seyi was the Head of Tax and Regulatory practice and served as engagement partner on major tax advisory and compliance projects.
Seyi plays an oversight and coordinating role in KPMG’s delivery of professional services to companies in the countries comprising the Gulf of Guinea including Nigeria, Cameroun, Angola, Equatorial Guinea & Gabon. He also heads the Oversight Committee for KPMG Africa.
Seyi is a director of the Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce and a director of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, a think-tank responsible for brainstorming and articulating key policy and institutional reforms necessary to upgrade Nigeria’s infrastructure base.
He was involved in Vision 2010 of the Federal Government of Nigeria, which prepared a memorandum on the vision for Nigeria, by year 2010. He has also chaired a working group on “Nigerian Tax Reforms 2003 & Beyond” for the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Seyi also served on the technical committee of the Federal Government that prepared the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for the oil and gas sector. The Bill is to reform the sector and encourage local content and active participation of indigenous players in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Seyi has B.Sc in Economics from the University of Ibadan and M.Sc in Economics from the York University in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). Seyi has also undergone several training programmes within and outside Nigeria on advance business management.
Juliet started her career at Shell Petroleum Development Company as Performance Monitoring and Quality Assurance Supervisor. Following that, she worked as Program Manager at Microsoft UK for six years, initially managing Strategic Projects for MSN EMEA. She left Microsoft in 2005 to start SI Consulting Ltd UK, providing collaborative programs that connect African Business leaders with their global counterparts. In the last two years, Juliet has worked as General Manager, Strategic Business Units at Chams Plc leading four major lines of business, and key nationwide government projects.
Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School, a Post Graduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK; and a Bachelors degree (1st class honours) in Computer Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a recipient of the London Business School Global Women’s Scholarship, and at Cambridge University she received two scholarly awards – Selwyn College Scholar and Malaysian commonwealth Scholar. She is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society.
Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor
Country Manager Google Nigeria.
Mr. Simon Kolawole
Founder/CEO, Cable Newspaper LTD
Mr. Simon Kolawole is the founder/CEO of Cable Newspaper Ltd, Lagos, publishers of TheCable online newspaper (www.thecable.ng) and Founder/Director of Aces and Associates Ltd, UK, owners of Kiddies Kottage Nursery School. He was Editor of Nigeria’s influential newspaper, THISDAY, from 2007-2012. He currently writes a weekly column for THISDAY, The Sunday newspaper.
Kolawole earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, and a Master’s degree in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex, UK, as a British Chevening Scholar. He was named among Africa’s next generation of leaders by The Banker, a publication of Financial Times of London, in 2009. He was Mo Ibrahim Fellow on the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2010.
In March 2012, he was named Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum. As a YGL, he has attended courses on leadership at the Yale University (2013) and at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, both in the United States.
Kolawole the writer concentrates most of his thoughts on nation-building and its impediments, and has written extensively on governance, conflict and development. His primary academic interest is ‘fiscal sociology’ – how the fiscal relationship between a state and its citizens impacts on the quality of governance.
Rabi Isma is currently Director, Leadership and Organisation Development at Etisalat Nigeria, where she is responsible for interventions that further the development of talent, and for the design, implementation and monitoring of learning and development and performance management strategies.
Prior to joining Etisalat, she was a Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Kano State (2011-2013), member of the State’s Steering Committee for Policy Framework for Investment, and the State’s Governance Technical Reform Advisory Committee.
She worked with British Council for several years as Centre Services Manager, Director Support Services and Director Marketing (Nigeria). Early in her career, she worked with Guaranty Trust Bank.
Ms. Rabi Isma
Director, Leadership and Organisational Develoment, Etisalat Nigeria.
Mrs. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (MFR)
Founder, LEAP Africa
Co-Founder, AACE Foods,
Director, Sahel Capital
Ndidi Nwuneli is the Founder of LEAP Africa, Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agroprocessing company, and a Director at Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory Ltd., an advisory and consulting firm focused on the agribusiness and nutrition sectors in West Africa.
Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices.
Ndidi holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School 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. She was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes. Ndidi serves on numerous international and local boards including Nestle Nigeria Plc., Nigerian Breweries Plc., Globethics.net, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India and Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands.
Ndidi is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact,” published by Routledge in 2016.
Mr. Chike Maduegbuna
CEO, Afrinolly Limited
Chike Maduegbuna is a consummate entrepreneur and the CEO of Afrinolly Limited: a mobile app that enables African movie enthusiasts to watch movies and music videos mobile devices. The app won Google’s Android Developers Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa in September 2011.
Afrinolly is the first African company to build Facebook Surround 360 camera. In 2016, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Afrinolly Creative Hub to tour the facility and interface with Nollywood. Afrinolly Creative Hub caters for filmmakers, mobile technology developers, animators and other creatives. It functions as “Where Technology Meets Art”. www.afrinollyspace.com.
Chike is also the founder of FansConnectOnline (FCO) Limited: a Mobile Application, Digital Marketing and Social Media start-up. The company built one of the largest football-based social networking website in Nigeria and also developed a geo-location application that won Samsung Mobile Application Developers contest in 2010. Prior to starting FCO Limited, Chike worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers before moving onto GRID Consulting Limited where he served as technical director. His wealth of experience cuts across Project Management, Financial Management and Human Resources. He holds a B.Sc in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and M.Sc. in Development Management from the UK Open University.
Mrs. Clare Omatseye is the Founder and Managing Director of the International Award Winning Company JNC International Limited, a medical equipment project company with 18 exclusive International Distributorship. She is a seasoned Pharmacist with about 25 years of experience in Medical Device Technology, Public Health, Healthcare Policy, International Marketing, Pharmaceuticals, Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship.
Clare was recently elected the Pioneer President of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN) and sits on the Board of several reputable organizations including Society for Corporate Governance (SCG); Vaccipharm Limited and 234-Give.
Clare Omatseye obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from IESE Barcelona in 1999. She is a Rotarian and Paul Harris Major Donor; Class President of her Executive MBA Class; a former Advisory Board Member of the Entrepreneurial Development Centre (EDC) of the Lagos Business School and serves on several Committees such as the LBS Endowment Fund and LBSAA Membership Committee.
Mrs. Clare Omatseye
Managing Director, JNC Internation Nigeria LTD.
Uche Pedro is founder of BellaNaija.com, a company that develops and delivers exciting online content aimed at Nigerian and Pan-African audiences. Uche’s savvy grasp of media trends has led to BellaNaija.com becoming the go-to lifestyle, entertainment and fashion portal in Africa. Her website has established a loyal following amongst the young, cosmopolitan, upwardly mobile set in Nigeria, with over 1 million unique visitors and 9 million page views each month.
Mrs. Uche Pedro
Director of Programmes/Acting Executive Director
Femi Taiwo is the Director of Programmes and Acting Executive Director. He holds an MSc degree in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship from Manchester Business School, where he focused his research on social innovation & entrepreneurship. Femi completed his Bachelor’s degree at the prestigious Covenant University, where he earned a first class degree in computer Science.
Femi worked as the founding Executive Director of Eagles HOPE Foundation, a non-profit initiated by the Covenant University Alumni Association, where he led the organisation to create and execute award-winning youth programmes. His career journey includes a stint in the marketing team at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Nigeria; a year at a social research consultancy in the United Kingdom, and a rewarding experience in Visible Impact, Nigeria.
He brings with him extensive skills in programme management, learning & development design and delivery, business development, strategy, organisational development, stakeholder management, and innovation management.
Femi is extremely passionate about leadership development, youth development and youth-led development. He has a personal mission of facilitating the transformation of individuals, organisations and nations.
Mr. Udeme Ofot (MFR)
Co-Founder & Group Managing Director, SO&U
Mr. Udeme Ufot is the Co-founder and Group Managing Director, SO&U. He holds BA in Industrial Design from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Certificate in Management from Swedish Institute of Management and Chief Executive Programme from Lagos Business School (LBS).
He was Deputy Creative Director at Insight Communications Ltd in 1984 and Creative Director with CASERS in 1989 before he co-founded SO & U Group in 1990. At SO&U, Udeme contributes to policy formulation and management the Saatchi & Saatchi Africa Network.
He has attended many courses and conferences organized by Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) and Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Executive Programmes. Since 1993 to date, Mr. Ufot has held several executive positions in the Association of Advertising Practitioners of Nigeria (AAPN) including Vice President and President in 1997 and 1999 respectively.
Mr. Udeme Ufot serves as Board Member on Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) Board, Vice Chairman, Media Subcommittee of Nigeria Economic Summit 8 (NES8) and Advisory Board Member, School of Media & Communication, Pan African University amongst others.