Dipo Faulkner is the Country General Manager of West Africa for IBM. Dipo is responsible for IBM's overall business in Nigeria with a focus on deploying IBM’s advanced technology capabilities in Cognitive, Cloud Computing, Big Data and Analytics, Mobile and Security to solve current and future needs of institutions in key economic sectors across the country. He will also provide leadership for IBM’s relationships and Corp orate Social initiatives in the Civil Society, ICT and Academic communities. With over 25 years of work experience, he was previously IBM’s Global Business Services Lead for Central & West Africa, where he was responsible for driving IBM’s Consulting Services Business within the region since joining IBM in 2013. Prior to join ing IBM, he was a Director at Accenture’s Nigeria Financial Services Operating Group. Dipo holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and an Advanced Management Program Certificate from Institute de Empressa (IE), Madrid Spain.
Attended the elite Christ’s School Ado-Ekiti in the 1960’s for his Secondary School. Then read Physics at the University of Ibadan,1970; Applied Geophysics at Leeds University, UK, 1971, AND FINALLY Theoretical Geophysics at Cambridge University, UK, 1974.Work history started with Philips Petroleum Company in London in December 1974, then the US, Nigeria, back to the UK. Was transferred back to Nigeria in 1979 as the Managing Director of Philips Oil Company, at the age of 30 and managed the Company for 6 ½ years. Retired from Philips oil company in1987, at 37, following a management buyout of one of Philips assets, to form and run Dubri Oil Company Limited, Nigeria and Africa’s first, independently owned Exploration and Producing Company. Presently Chairman/Managing Director of Dubri Oil CompanyIn the Petroleum Industry, served on two separate occasions as Chairman of the OPTS – the Group of Petroleum Industry Producing Companies. Served as Chairman of the NNPC Board of Directors between 1992 and 1993.Presently the Pioneer Chairman of the University of Ibadan Research Foundation, Nigeria’s first Tertiary Institutions Research Foundation. Currently engaged in an innovative concept – the building of a smart Community in Edo State, where a multitude of Next Generation Technologies such as IoT (the Internet of Things), 5 & 6G, will be the order of things.Continues to serve on various bodies in both the private and public sectors, amongst which a few are: Honorary Life -Vice President and Member of Council of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce; Managing Partner of Uduimo Associates Ltd, President of the Nigerian Indian Chamber of Commerce; The Nigerian-Canadian Business Association. Member of the Board of Directors of the American Business Council; Chairman Board of Trustees of the Petroleum Club of Nigeria.Served as Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group; Chairman of Cadbury Nigeria Plc; The Edo State Public Utilities Board; The Edo State Agricultural Development Board; President of the Lagos Business School Alumni Association. President of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce; The Petroleum Club of Lagos; Member of the Board of Directors of Edo Cement Company; Nigerian Vision Foundation; The Vision 2010 Group; The Presidential National Stakeholders Working Group of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative NEITI; The National Refineries Special Task Force.Honoured with the Distinguished Citizens’ Award of Edo State in 1992. Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Petroleum Law, of the University of Dundee, in the United Kingdom in 1992. Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Ibadan by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association in 2017.Knighted by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, in 2006, with the Knighthood of the Order of St. Gregory The Great, KSG. A scion of one of the ruling families in Fugar, holds the Traditional title of Ezomo of Fugar, Edo State. Honored by President Olusegun Obasanjo with the National Honors of The officer of The Order of the Niger, OON, in December 2006.Was awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science, Dsc, (Honoris Causa), by the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s Premier University, in November 2017.Married to Bridget Itsueli, and has four children, aged 39, 28, 28, 22 years.Among his many interests are: Travels round the world; Music – in particular Jazz;Wines – both from the traditional and new wine-world; International Affairs and Religious Matters.
Christiana Yisa is a highly accomplished, top performing, customer-focused, sales and marketing, and business development executive with over 17 years of experience in Commercial and Inside Sales, and Marketing of Information and Communication Technologies’ (ICT) applications and solution.
She joined NCR in February 2018 as a Senior Sales Account Manager and rose to become the Country Manager / CEO of NCR Nigeria PLC in February 2019.
Christiana was at IBM where she held positions of progressively increasing responsibilities for over 6 years, starting in 2009 as an Inside Sales (Digital) Representative / Client Manager, rising to become Manager, Commercial Sales Mid-Market and subsequently Leader, Commercial Sales Mid-Market in Central, East and West Africa regions, having a team of Sales Managers spread across over 26 countries.
Prior to her tenure at IBM, she was the National Coordinator, Computerize Nigeria Project and AGM/Group Head of Corporate Marketing both at Zinox Technologies Limited, Nigeria. Before working at Zinox, she held positions of progressively increasing responsibilities at Task Systems, Nigeria, another ICT company, where she was promoted 4 times in 6 years, based on performance. She started there as an Account Manager in 2001 and then was Lead Sales & Business Development, Manager Business Development, Head Business Development, and then Group Head, Oil & Gas by 2007.
Christiana has multi-sector commercial and inside sales, marketing, and business development experience having worked concurrently across Oil and Gas, Telco, Financial, Public, Manufacturing and Retail Sectors. Also, she has been very adept at continuously identifying new opportunities, expanding customer base, deepening existing relationships, satisfying corporate objectives and consistently exceeding set revenue goals – as exemplified by the numerous awards she has received.
The awards have included: IBM World-Wide CEO’s Top Performance Award (2013), IBM Club 100 & Sales Eminence Award (2012 & 2014), IBM Distinction in Sales Award (2011), and IBM Best Digital Sales Representative Award (2010).
Task Systems - HP Business Partner Award (2008), Chairman’s Sales Award for outstanding performance for 4 consecutive years; and more.
Christiana has an MBA from Lagos State University, a postgraduate diploma in Management from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Jos. In addition, she has attended many corporate courses, seminars and workshops on various business topics including sales leadership, consultative selling, channel management, conflict management, building relationships and influencing other, to mention a few.
Margaret Obiageli Olele is currently the Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Secretary of the American Business Council www.abcnig.com , the voice of American Business in Nigeria and the affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this role, she was the Corporate Affairs Director for Pfizer in Nigeria, Ghana, East Africa & Southern African Markets responsible for all Public Affairs and Communication engagements in about 15 countries and represented Pfizer on the Board of Directors of the American Business Council.
She played key roles in the Pharma industry working with different government committees and Trade Associations including the Advertising Standards Panel of the Advertising Regulatory Agency in Nigeria (APCON), BASCAP Nigerian Taskforce, and The Nigerian Representative of Overseas Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NIROPHARM) where she served as an executive and championed Publicity initiatives.
Margaret has over 24 years’ experience in Food and Pharma industry and in July 2010 joined Pfizer as an Associate Director, Public Affairs and Communication and by 2012 became a Director in the same role. In 2013, she was seconded to the role of Director Tenders and Institutions and infused her experience in the area of Public Affairs, providing fresh insights into the opportunities around Tender Business in the Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
From 2013 - July 2016, Maggie combined her role as Corporate Affairs role with Health & Value, Tender and key Account Management. She led the team into winning new Tenders and achieving great success in business with non-traditional Customers. In 2017, She became Corporate Affairs Director with an expanded geographical role and communication oversight in French Speaking West Africa and Southern African Markets.
She worked with global teams and was the Key Contact point for Global and regional Corporate Affairs projects in SSA including the Access and Affordability Project in Ghana -an initiative to
improve access to quality medicines for non- communicable diseases/ Health system strengthening working with the GATES Foundation, Ghanaian government and some multinational pharma; The SSA Oncology access initiatives, Mencevax/Ninmerix IDSA Exit, GEP4GOOD and the SSA Sickle Cell Project.
She was directly in charge of building Pfizer’s reputation in African communities through unique in-country CSR initiatives, Government engagement, strengthening partnerships with Pharmacy Associations across major countries and mobilizing and empowering Patient Associations.
She supported the birth and growth of Glaucoma Patient Association through Capacity building and media awareness and joint advocacy visits; Organized and initiated a coalition of Oncology Patient
groups in Africa strengthening them through capacity building training on use of social media, media training and fund mobilization; Sickle Cell Patient Groups in Africa through support of media awareness activities, screenings, awareness of treatment guidelines among others. In her personal capacity, Margaret mentors’ young leaders of Patient Groups and have supported fund mobilization projects with some groups especially Sickle Cell Aid Foundation. She has been a YALI Mentor and Reader.
She has also trained IAPO members in Africa on stakeholder mapping and remains passionate about empowerment of Patient Groups in the Continent.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Literature, a Masters of Arts Degree in English from the University of Ibadan Nigeria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos and a Master’s of Science Degree in Mass Communication specializing in Public Relations and Advertising from the same University.
Margaret worked in the Pioneer Private broadcast media in Nigeria, Clapperboard Network Television and over sixteen years with West African Seasoning Company, part of Ajinomoto Group, Japan. She set the pace in this company's diversification into East Africa and held at various times the position of General Manager for Marketing, Regulatory, New Product Development, Public Relations and Corporate Communication.
She trained at the British Standard Institute, United Kingdom as an internal Auditor for Quality Management System ISO 9001.2000, as well as Environmental Management Systems ISO 1800 and was the Management Representative for the Quality Management System at the West African Seasoning Company.
Margaret is a Certified National Quality Management Auditor of the Standard Organization of Nigeria, a member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria.
She was the Executive Secretary of the key Food Lobby Group Association- the Monosodium Glutamate Association of Nigeria and the first Female Vice President of the Technical Committee, Food and Beverage Trade Association. She represented the Food Group at Nigeria National Codex Alimentarius Committee, a committee involved in the setting of National Standards for Food and Food related products. She attended a Number of Regional and International Codex Alimentarius meetings as part of the Nigerian National Delegation representing the Beverage and Food Industry in this Delegation. She served on the Advertising Standard Panel of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria.
Maggie leverages her strength in relationship building and management to run successful projects in her markets with Cross Functional teams and across different levels of society.
In her spare time, she is an adjunct Faculty teaching Brand strategy and communication at the graduate school of Media and Communication Pan Atlantic University, loves writing and has published a number of articles in National Newspapers. She is currently working on a Novel.
Managing Director / Citi Country OfficerCitibank Nigeria- Akin Dawodu was appointed Citi Country Officer for Citibank Nigeria in April 2015.- Prior to his current appointment, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Public Sector Head for Citi Nigeria. He had also been Markets Head at Citi Nigeria from 2007-2012.- Akin joined Citi in June 2000 as a Foreign Exchange Dealer. He became Chief Dealer in 2003 before leaving the bank in 2005 and returning in 2007.- He attended Kings’ College Lagos and the University of Lagos. Akin holds an MBA from Manchester Business School (MBS) and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation awarded by the CFA Institute in 2003. He is the current Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Competency and Industry Standards of the Bankers Committee in Nigeria and a past president of the Financial Market Dealers’ Association.- Akin is married with children. His interests include politics, history and football.
Chijioke is a Partner in PwC, and the Insourced Solutions for Tax (IST) leader for West and
Central Africa and the Africa Oil and Gas Tax leader.
He has the primary responsibility of managing and driving the General Electric (GE)
relationship and supporting all GE businesses in East, West and Central Africa from a tax
and regulatory standpoint.
He is also driving the Government and Public Sector Tax engagements for West Africa in
Chijioke has led tax engagements for multinationals in the fast moving consumer goods
industries and has experience of tax jurisdictions across west and central Africa . He drives
initiative around business development, people engagement, working capital management
and external relationships with the firm.
He has also led advocacy engagements for industry associations tackling the illicit use and
production of products in Nigeria from a tax and regulatory standpoint.
Prior to joining PwC he was a regional Executive and Tax Director for Sub-Saharan Africa in
GE with a responsibility to manage GE’s tax compliance and provide advice on tax
structuring and tax planning for all GE businesses in the sub-region.
He also spent 11 years in KPMG, where he drove the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) tax desk –
providing compliance and advisory services to companies operating in the GoG region in
the areas of Oil and Gas, Power and Mining, and Consumer Goods. He was also a key
member of the firm’s Oil and Gas practice providing tax advisory services to companies in
the upstream of the oil and gas sector.
Mr. Anthony Mulinge is the current Country Director for East and West Africa for S C Johnson and Son, African Cluster. Anthony is a Mechanical Engineer with over 23 years experience in General Management, Business development, Strategy development, Sales and Marketing. His experience spans different business categories from Fast Moving Consumer goods (Unilever, Henkel and S C Johnson) to beverages (Coca-Cola International) to Oil and Gas (Kenya Shell limited). Anthony’s work experience has covered Sub Saharan Africa with the multinational companies mentioned. He has participated and led Route to Market Developments, Talent Development and Building High Performing Organizations. His expertise is in building superior partnerships with Distributors, local entrepreneurs and Modern retail customers. Experience in managing relationships with diverse Government stakeholders. Natural leader of multi-functional teams and able to deliver transformational growth, breakthrough innovation, and sustainable market-place growth.
Ify Afe is the Managing Director and District Manager for HP Inc. Central Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra-Leone, and Libya). In addition to being an active member of Young President’s Organization (YPO), Ify is a seasoned Business Executive with over 12 years of experience in IT sales, corporate governance, and business management.
Her singular goal is to consciously strive for organization and self- development, through harnessing industry, functional and technical skills. Ify seeks to always be a leader with integrity and honesty, a team player, and a contributor to the success of the organization.
Ify sits on the board of American Business Council, Nigeria and on the board of EPRON (E-Waste Producer Responsibility Organization Nigeria), an organization focused on curbing e-waste and its dangerous effect in the
Ify holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics & Development Studies from Igbinedion University, Nigeria and an Executive Education Program in Management from University of California, Berkeley.
She is a wife and a mother of two amazing children, always intrigued by technology trends and its dynamics in bridging gaps.
Over his 23-year career in Accenture, Niyi has been a part of numerous transformation projects. His expertise covers the implementation of IT-enabled business solutions for clients in Banking, Insurance, Consumer Goods, Public Sector, Oil and Gas, Telecoms and Manufacturing. He has been instrumental in the creation of key infrastructure for the Nigerian banking industry including the national payment switch and a credit bureau.
In 2010, Niyi was appointed as Nigeria’s County Managing Director. His focus is geared toward large scale transformation projects that seek to modernize and diversify the Nigerian economy – with meaningful improvements visible in people’s lives and businesses in general. He is certified in IT Governance, Business Continuity, Project Management, and IT Service Management.
In 2019, Niyi became the Managing Director of Verraki Nigeria formerly Accenture Nigeria.
Niyi is extremely passionate about developing Nigeria as demonstrated by his efforts in mentoring budding and experienced entrepreneurs. He actively serves on various boards including a national think tank, a leading Chamber of Commerce, an educational board and chairman of the Nigeria arm of the world’s largest youth-serving NGO. He is an avid reader and devoted father of three.
Paul McGrath is Chairman/Managing Director of ExxonMobil’s two upstream affiliates, Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) and Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL).Prior to his appointment as Chairman/Managing Director in March 2017, he was Project Execution Manager for ExxonMobil Development Company in Houston.He has over 30 years oil and gas industry experience, beginning as a process supervisor working offshore operations on Brent Delta, UK North Sea. He Joined ExxonMobil in 1999, and has held various technical and managerial assignments covering deepwater platforms, subsea and onshore oil and gas facilities.Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Strathclyde University in Glasgow. He is also a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Dick Kramer is Chairman of African Capital Alliance (ACA), an investment management firm that pioneered the management of private equity investments in high potential sectors of the West African economy. ACA has ;to date, raised over US$1.2 billion in managed funds.Dick came to Nigeria in 1978 to launch Arthur Andersen & Co. as Managing Partner after similar roles in Benelux and Latin America. The two successor firms – KPMG Professional Services and Accenture – are today’s leading Nigerian firms in accounting, tax and management consultancy. Dick trained in accountancy at Kansas University (1956) and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School before joining Arthur Andersen in 1958. During his career, he worked in all areas of the firm’s practice and in the US, Latin America, Middle East, Europe and India, as well as Africa.Following retirement in 1994, Dick remained in Nigeria to consult, invest and continue community service activities. He helped found the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria, the Lagos Business School and, more recently the American Business Council, where he was the pioneer President. He headed the Technical Team as a Member of Vision 2010 Committee. He currently serves as Trustee for the Ikoyi Club 1938 and has also remained active in several other chambers, associations, professional activities and non-profit organizations.He was conferred with the National Honour of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), the Zik Prize in Leadership, and the Institute of Directors award for Entrepreneurship.His wife, Wanda, worked to put Dick through Harvard Business School and has followed her own career of teaching since graduation from Colorado University (1960). She taught and consulted as testing coordinator at American International School, Lagos from 1979 to 2005 before retiring. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Dick and Wanda have two sons – Cliff and Kirk – and are blessed with 3 grandchildren.
National Senior Partner, KPMG in Nigeria Chairman, KPMG Africa
Kunle Elebute is the National Senior Partner (NSP), KPMG in Nigeria and Chairman, KPMG Africa. He has over 35 years of professional experience advising clients in the public/private sectors in Nigeria, West and Sub-Sahara Africa. Prior to assuming the role of the NSP, Kunle served as head of various sectors including the Financial Services Industry (FSI) and more recently Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare (IGH).
Kunle qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 and has led various strategic and transformational projects for local & global clients. He was admitted as a Partner and head of the Financial Services Audit practice in 1996 and was made responsible for the Privatisation and Emerging Markets Practice in 1999. He led the Financial Advisory Services practice which included corporate finance, transaction and forensic services for the West African sub-region from 2002 - 2008 and became head of Advisory Services in 2008 to 2016 with responsibility for Deal Advisory, Management Consulting, Risk Consulting and Information Technology Advisory.
Kunle has a degree in Economics from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom (1982). He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria
(FCA), an Accredited KPMG Global Valuations Specialist and an Executive Member of the KPMG Africa Global Infrastructure Group. He is also a member of the KPMG Africa Board, as well as the KPMG Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMA) Board.
Kunle serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Society for Family Health (SFH) which is the largest healthcare NGO in Nigeria. He is also on the Board of Population Services International (PSI) a global not for profit organization operating in the healthcare sector and has its headquarters in Washington DC, USA. Finally, he is on the Board of Governors of Igbobi College, Yaba which is an Anglican/Methodist Missionary School where he received his Secondary School Education from 1973-77. On all these Boards he serves on the Board Audit & Finance Committee and in two of the three organizations he serves as the Chair of the Committee.
Adil Farhat is the Managing Director of Procter & Gamble Nigeria (P&G) and is responsible for leading the company’s business operations in the country. Mr Adil brings with him, a wealth of senior management and leadership experience, having served for over 17 years in the FMCG industry across Middle East, Pakistan, Europe and now Africa.Prior to his current role, Mr Adil was the Associate Director of Sales for the Nigeria and before this, he was responsible for leading the growth trajectory of the Feminine care operations for P&G in the Europe, India, Middle East & Africa region as the Associate Director of Market Strategy & Planning.He is an alumnus of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi, Pakistan.
Neeraj Garg was appointed President, Coca-Cola West Africa Business Unit in May 2019 with responsibility for fostering alignment on strategic business goals between The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and its bottling partners in 33 markets across West, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, to drive sustainable business growth.
Neeraj has over 30 years of rich and diverse work experience, of which over 25 years have been with the Coca-Cola System. His core competences include thought leadership and driving results across sales, business development, franchise management, category and brand management, as well as creating new and turning around existing businesses and developing talents.
Starting with Coca-Cola in India in 1994, Neeraj has held roles of increasing responsibilities in diverse areas, both with the Company and Bottler (BIG) across India, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South West Asia, Turkey and Caucasus & Central Asia Region. During his tenure in China, in addition to being Franchise GM for Shanghai, he was also appointed GM for TCCC's Global Partnership for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Neeraj returned to India in 2011, initially as VP Franchise Operations for BIG India and then as VP South West Asia Region/GM Juice Business for the India and South West Asia Business Unit.
In 2015, Neeraj relocated to Istanbul as GM Caucasus & Central Asia Region, before assuming the role of GM New Growth Portfolio – where he oversaw the profitable development of new growth platforms and future ready capabilities, and led initiatives across New Ventures, M&A, Digital, Stills Supply Chain, Juice & Hydration categories, as well as, managed the Dogadan Tea Company, from where he was appointed to his current position.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Neeraj worked with Procter & Gamble India for six years in differing roles such as Sales Manager, Category SMD Manager (Laundry) and Brand Manager for Skin Care & Cleaning Products.
Neeraj holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi and a Bachelor of Technology (Mechanical Engineering) from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, both in India. He is married and has two grown-up sons.