Country General Manager, IBM NigeriaDipo Faulkner is the Country General Manager for IBM Nigeria. 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.
Lazarus Angbazo is the President & CEO of GE Nigeria where he is responsible for developing
and growing GE’s businesses in Nigeria. He is also President & CEO of GE Energy
Connections Africa, which is GE’s Transmission and Distribution businesses. He is based in
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.
He was elected the President of American Business Council (ABC) in Nigeria and sits on the
Board of Advisory for Lagos Business School (LBS). Lazarus also serves on the boards of
Africa America Institute (USA), and Bingham University (Nigeria).
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.
Lazarus is an advocate for development throughout Africa through education, and works with
several charities and government agencies in furtherance of this cause. He is married to Joyce
Lin and they have two children, Saraya (10-year-old daughter) & Jonathan (16-year-old son).
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.
Peter Njonjo is President of The Coca-Cola Company’s West Africa business unit with responsibility for Coca-Cola business operations in 33 markets across West and Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Previously, Njonjo was General Manager of the East Africa franchise. Since 2011, Njonjo led Coca-Cola’s franchise bottling system in East Africa, overseeing 13 bottling companies that directly employ more than 7,500 people across six countries. In this role, he stewarded system investments of more than $1 billion over five years and led the restructuring of Coca-Cola’s route to market across East Africa to drive long-term sustainable growth. He also led bottling mergers and acquisition activities across the region, including serving on the global team that created Africa’s largest Coca-Cola bottler – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa. Prior to that role, Njonjo served as Coca-Cola’s Country Manager for Kenya from 2009 to 2011, overseeing activities for seven independent franchise companies. During his 20-year Coca-Cola career, Njonjo also has served as Executive Assistant to the President of the East and Central Africa business unit; as the East and Central Africa business unit Planning Manager; and as Finance Manager for Coca-Cola’s leading juice supplier in Kenya, Beverage Service Kenya. He joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1998 as an accountant based in Nairobi, Kenya. Njonjo was President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kenya and has been voted among the top 100 young leaders in Africa by Forbes Afrique and “Top 40 under 40” by The Business Daily in Kenya. A native of Kenya, Njonjo holds a Masters of Business Administration in Strategic Management and a Bachelors of Science degree in International Business Administration from United States International University in Kenya. Njonjo is also a Certified Public Accountant.
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.
Harvard and INSEAD alumnus with 15+ year career at PwC serving clients across sectors, with a focus on developing markets. Experience spans the Energy, Consumer products, and Technology sectors, with an impeccable track record in leading audits and consulting projects in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Darrell has advised many of PwC’s largest strategic clients and established a reputation as a subject matter expert. A seasoned public speaker, thought leader and articulate communicator with a proven flair for leading and motivating large teams of people to perform at their best and deliver on objectives. Thrives in challenging and complex environments and adapts seamlessly to new cultural milieus, thanks to extensive cross-continental work experience, and multilingual adaptability. Accustomed to working closely with Executive and Board members, and capable of forging robust relationships at this level and beyond.
Career highlights include:
• Leading top-tier global audits for both SEC and UK Listed companies
• Partner in Nigeria’s nascent Capital Markets practice, facilitating access to capital for Nigerian companies in African as well as global markets
• Risk and Quality leader for PwC in West Africa, looking after all aspects of engagement and operational quality in Assurance, Advisory and Tax Practices in the Region
• Coordinating global effort for IFRS conversion of a major state-owned oil company in Latin America
• Accomplished speaker at external and internal events, and thought leader.
Darrell holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and completed post graduate studies at Pembroke College, Oxford University. He also received an Executive MBA at INSEAD business school, and is a Chartered Accountant of both the Scottish Institute (ICAS) and Nigeria (ICAN).
Oghale Elueni is the General Manager of SC Johnson Nigeria. He has 17 years of experience in Business Management, Sales, Strategy, Customer Marketing and Business Development in different multinational companies (Procter & Gamble; SC Johnson) focused on Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America.Current Board Member of ENACTUS (former SIFE) and Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN)”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the Board of Directors in November 2015, Cyril Odu was the Chief Executive Officer at African Capital Alliance. He joined African Capital Alliance in March 2012 as Head of Energy Practice and also served as an Executive, Partner, and Principal. Since joining ACA, he has concluded a series of deals in the energy sector and is regarded as an expert in the investment space in Nigeria.He served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board at Mobil Producing Nigeria and Chief Financial Officer of Exxon Mobil Upstream Companies, where he held responsibility for business services. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of the Upstream Affiliates of Exxon Mobil in Nigeria. Along with responsibility for financial controllers, treasury, and tax functions, Mr. Odu also held in-country administrative oversight over procurement, information technology, real estate, and facilities management.He joined Mobil as a Geologist in 1972 and served in several technical and management positions in exploration, production, joint interest, and regulatory affairs, planning and new business development and human resources. He was also actively involved in developing and implementing Exxon Mobil business strategies in Nigeria over the years, implementing several innovative funding and financing solutions for ExxonMobil in Nigeria. He has been an Independent Director of Oracle Energy Corp. since May 2014. He has been a Non- Executive Director of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc since July 12, 2012 and Seven Energy International Limited since 2014. Mr. Odu has held 40 years of a meritorious career in the oil and gas industry. He has a BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Ibadan and MBA from Texas Southern University.
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.