Brett King is a global bestselling author, futurist, the host of the "Breaking Banks” Radio Show on Voice America (an Internet Talk Radio Network with over 9 million monthly listeners) and the founder of the start-up "Moven". King was voted as American Banker's Innovator of the Year in 2012, and was nominated by Bank Innovation as one of the Top 10 "coolest brands in banking". BANK 3.0 (in 8 languages) has been topping the charts in the US, UK, China, Canada, Germany, Japan and France since its release late in 2012. His latest book, Augmented was released in May 2016.
King has been featured on Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, Financial Times, Economist, ABA Journal, Bank Technology News, Asian Banker Journal, The Banker, and Wired magazine. He contributes regularly as a blogger to Huffington Post.
As an industry thought leader, King has delivered keynotes at conferences in more than 40 countries for organizations like Google, Forbes, Oracle, The Economist, SAS, SWIFT, Bloomberg, American Banker, ABA, Informa, World Council of Credit Unions, and others. He has served as an international judge for The Asian Banker Retail Banking Excellence Awards, the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, the Middle East Business Achievement and Retail Banking Awards
Iyinoluwa is an impact entrepreneur with a passion for building the future of Africa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University Of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He’s spent the past 7 years building ventures in the education, technology, youth employment, publishing and finance spaces. At 18, he interned for the World Youth Alliance at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. He then went on to lead Imprint Publications, one of Canada’s largest student-owned publishing houses, as President of the Board in 2010.
Iyinoluwa helped found and run Bookneto Inc, a social e-learning platform which was acquired in 2013 by the Canadian Innovation Centre. In 2014, He co-founded Andela to find the brightest young people in Africa and prepare them to become Africa’s next generation of technology leader through deep immersive remote-work experience with global technology companies like Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and Google amongst others. Iyinoluwa left Andela to co-found Flutterwave, a payments technology company connecting Africa to the global economy with one API for processing any payment across Africa. Flutterwave is a Y Combinator company backed by several notable angels and VC’s around the world.
Nneka Mobisson is co-founder and CEO of mDoc, a social enterprise that integrates proven methodologies in quality improvement and behavioral science with web and mobile-based technology to ensure people are living healthier, longer, and happier lives in sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to mDoc, Nneka was Executive Director for Africa at Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a leading global health organization focused on healthcare quality improvement, where, through her leadership, IHI dramatically expanded its efforts at building sustainable change in healthcare delivery systems in 13 countries in Africa.
A pediatrician by training, Nneka was previously Vice President of Community Health and Population Health Management at the Connecticut Hospital Association, where she provided leadership to hospitals in population health management. At McKinsey & Company, she worked primarily in the area of strategy development for healthcare companies. At The World Bank, she worked on investing in private health care and developing the health care strategy for Africa.
She has also worked at Merck and Co., CDC, and SFH. She earned a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, her MPH from Emory University, and her MD/MBA from Yale University and completed her Pediatrics residency at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a 2017 Cartier Awards Finalist, a 2014 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a Yale Associate World Fellow.
Mohammed Abdulsalam is an experienced Commercial Finance Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Mohammed is highly skilled in Financial Structuring, Portfolio Management, Business Relationship Management, Risk Management, and Corporate Finance, and is currently a Senior Vice President covering Industrial Finance for West Africa at GE Capital. Prior to this, he was at GE Healthcare, looking after Commercial Finance in the West Africa region. He was also a Vice-President in Project and Structured Finance at FCMB Capital Markets. A consummate finance professional, he graduated with a degree in Economics and holds an MBA from the China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
Olu Akanmu is an experienced commercial leader with an unusual diversity of experience in consumer goods, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications and financial services at very senior levels with successful track records. A deep wealth of cross-industry innovative experience invaluable in providing strong strategic leadership to organizations.
Olu has a successful track record at executive (C) levels in both telecommunications and financial services industries, invaluable in providing strategic leadership to businesses at the convergence of both and similar industries.
Olu is the Executive Director for Retail Banking at FCMB, and prior to this was the Chief Marketing Officer at Airtel Nigeria (mobile telecoms network with more than 23m subscribers) with responsibility to lead commercial strategy and achieve revenue targets of more than USD 1.5billion annually. Previously, he also served as Managing Director/CEO- Retail and Consumer Banking at former BankPHB and General Manager- Consumer Marketing at MTN.
John Chaplin has been highly influential in the development of retail payments for more than 25 years. He was one of the driving forces behind the phenomenal growth of Visa in a 17-year career where he was Executive Vice President and subsequently he spent 5 years working with First Data in global strategy and business development roles. He has advised national payment schemes in 5 continents and for 3 years advised the European Commission on card payments.
He has been a Director of Ixaris Payments since 2007 and is now Chairman. He is an adviser to Helios Investment Partners, the African private equity fund and is a Director of Interswitch in West Africa. He also works with a number of leading industry players at Board level.
Austin Okere is the Founder of CWG Plc and Entrepreneur in Residence, Columbia Business School, New York. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Innovation and Intrapreneurship. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network based in Washington DC. Austin Okere, a Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society also serves on the Governing Council of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria and on the Advisory Council of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).
Austin, a notable speaker at many global fora has received numerous recognition for his entrepreneurial mentorship role, including Lifetime Entrepreneurship Achievement Award by the American University of Nigeria. He was listed on the UK C.Hub Magazine’s "100 Most Influential Creatives" in 2016.
Bayo Adekanmbi is an award-winning business executive with proven track record of superior performance in conceptualising and implementing business/commercial/analytical strategy with commendable managerial ability to motivate his team for success. He has broad-based experience in multinational commercial strategy and advanced level analytics.
He combines 17 years of cognate industry experience in Strategy, Marketing and Analytics from two largest economies in Africa (Nigeria and South Africa).
He is a hands-on Data scientist validated by Kaggle.com
He graduated with Distinction from the University of Reading postgraduate school, United Kingdom, and has also had both full-time and executive education in many other leading institutions, including Columbia Business School, New York; The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago; INSEAD Business School, France; Telecoms Training Institute, London; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; and Gatton College of Business at the University of Kentucky, Kentucky.
He was on PhD research sabbatical (July 2015- September 2016) from his role as the CMO at MTN Telecommunication Nigeria, where he has also been awarded with the prestigious MTN Yello Star award for the conceptualisation of a Customer Value/Risk Management framework, which led to multi-billion naira revenue growth.
Post-sabbatical, Bayo is back at MTN Nigeria as the Chief Transformation Officer, driving a holistic programme aimed to accelerate business and financial performance.
He is the convener of Data Science Nigeria non-profit.
Diligence, perseverance and tenacity of Uzoma Dozie, CEO Diamond Bank PLC, makes him not only an inspiring leader but also a remarkable individual. He is known for his ferocious appetite for learning, technology and the Diamond Brand.
Mr. Dozie's journey at Diamond Bank Plc began in 1998 and since then, he has juggled various roles with optimism and enthusiasm. He started working as an Assistant Manager and Head of the Bank’s Oil and Gas Group, where he expanded the Bank’s Oil and Gas businesses.
He used his prior rudiments of retail banking and management, organizational behaviour to set up the Personal Banking Group at Diamond Bank. Using his insights and operational expertise he has strengthened Diamond Bank’s culture of innovation and led the charge to make Diamond Bank the leading financial institution, with the best people, providing unequalled customer experience and delivering superior shareholder value.
Uzoma is highly passionate about technology; he resurrected and re-invigorated e-banking, introduced Diamond Mobile app and Diamond Y'ello which offers a safe and easy means of opening and operating a full bank account from the convenience of MTN Mobile phone.
He is essentially driven by the conviction that, to be successful in retail banking, it has to be made convenient, accessible across any channel and cost effective for the customer.
Mrs. Omolara Akanji, a member of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force, started her career with the CBN in 1978 as an Assistant Economist. She rose through the ranks, retiring in December 2007 as the Director, Trade and Exchange Department and also served as a Consultant to the CBN between 2008 and 2011.
She holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, a Diploma in Statistics from the University of Kent, Mathematical Institute, and a PhD. Finance from the European-American University, Commonwealth of Dominica.
Mr. Adewale Arikawe is the CDSM (Sales & Shopper Marketing) Director for FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC. He joined Friesland Campina WAMCO as a member of the Management Team in August 2014. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science, and Master of Public Administration (MPA), Political Science and Public Administration from Ogun State University. He has attended business school courses at IMD Lusanne, Switzerland and Lagos Business School. He is accredited by Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA).
He has accumulated over 22 years’ experience in the Commercial part of the business starting from Multichoice Nigeria where he began his career in Sales, and in 18 years of working in various capacities at Nestle Nig. PLC where he pioneered both Regional Sales Operations South-South and Branch Office South and East of Nigeria. He was later transferred to Lagos to set up the National Institution and Alternative Business Operations before moving into Marketing as Category Business Manager for Dairy in Nestle Nigeria.
As part of the Generating Demand team in Nestle he started the Specialty and Import business to trigger new consumption opportunity in the country and later head the Modern Trade Team before joining Friesland Campina.
Adewale is a leader that works with passion, influences his team to drive the link between engagement and performance, is result oriented and constantly strives for continuous improvement. He currently oversees the Sales, Shopper Marketing and Business Excellence departments of the company.
Raphael Afaedor is the Co-Founder and CEO of Supermart.ng, a 3-hour grocery delivery service based in Lagos, Nigeria. With over 50,000 products, Supermart.ng is Nigeria’s largest online supermarket, stocking inventory from fresh meat and vegetables, local ingredients, household and office supplies, and more. Supermart partners with all the leading supermarkets in Lagos, including Park ‘n’ Shop, 9-7, and Mega Plaza and delivers as quickly as 3 hours after an order is placed, 7 days a week including holidays.
In 2012, Raphael co-founded Jumia Nigeria and led its growth in the capacity of Co-Managing Director before leaving in 2014 to build Supermart.ng.
Raphael holds an MSc with honors in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from the Czech Technical University, an MSc in Marketing from IUKB, Switzerland, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Wale Olokodana is an experienced technology professional with deep financial and business acumen derived from 15 years in IT industry, with a career spanning sales, business and technical leadership as well as, technology consulting and advisory.
He has had a successful career in Microsoft spanning almost a decade leading, managing teams and working with customers spread across multiple geographies and languages within Africa, all of which have provided strong business results in the area of growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. He is adept at Business development, People development and management, Strategy and Organizational leadership. Wale serves both as a coach and mentor to many individuals in the technology space within and outside Nigeria.
His extraordinary results in these roles have more recently led to the expansion of Wale’s portfolio to include oversight of the Microsoft Enterprise Commercial Business. This segment currently accounts for a majority of the gross revenue of Microsoft Nigeria and covers multiple industries in the Private sector.
Wale’s started his career, having worked in Allied Computers, Resourcery Limited, and MTN Nigeria where he developed a lot of technical and business expertise. Wale has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.
When Wale is not making waves in the technology space, he enjoys spending time with his family, catching up on the latest innovation in the technology space and unwinding with good music.
Obinnia has more than 20 years of experience in Banking and Financial services primarily in Nigeria. Prior to joining Hygeia HMO, Obinnia was based in South Africa and was in charge of Business Transformation for Standard Bank’s Personal and Business Banking Business in Africa.
Obinnia served as an Executive Director and Head of Personal and Business Banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank. This business encompasses small, medium and commercial business banking, high net worth individuals and personal markets banking. Prior to this, he was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited and Head of Wealth Management for Stanbic IBTC overseeing the Pensions, Asset Management and Trusteeship Business.
Obinnia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos and MBA from Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB), and of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria (FCS).
Timi Tope Ologunoye
Timi Tope Ologunoye is the Head of Human Resources at SystemSpecs, Owners of Remita and one of Africa’s leading financial software solutions Companies. He previously held positions as Group Head, Talent Management at IGI Plc., Head of Corporate Services at Global Trust Bank, Kampala and Executive Assistant to Chairman, Globacom Limited. His early career was at First Bank Plc., and City Express Bank Plc. (Now UBA Plc.) respectively.
Ologunoye is an internationally certified senior professional in Human resources who has also served as a council member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Nigeria where he also prepares students for the Institute’s Professional Membership qualifying examinations. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), USA among many others bodies and also serves on the board of two companies and as advisor to three not-for-profit organizations.
As an accountable process-oriented team player and leader who has built track records for developing high performing teams both at divisional and enterprise levels, he understands how to connect strategy, operations and people processes to deliver expected value in alignment with corporate goals. He has led several project teams at senior levels across different industries with opportunities for service in the Board Committees of those organizations.
He is a certified Life Coach who holds a First Class degree in Banking & Finance, MBA in Financial Management and Professional Diploma in Human Resource Management. He is currently completing his PhD in Management (Leadership and Organizational Change) at Walden University, USA.
Shola is a tech entrepreneur and fintech enthusiast. He is the co-founder and CEO of Paystack, an online payments company facilitating commerce in Africa by enabling frictionless payments and the first Nigerian company to be accepted into Y Combinator, the prestigious Silicon Valley accelerator.
Prior to Paystack, Shola co-founded Precurio, an open-source collaboration platform downloaded over 150 thousand times and available in 6 languages.
Femi is cofounder and CEO of Kangpe, a technology company with a vision to make connecting with quality healthcare quick, easy and convenient for the African continent. He started his professional career as a Medical Doctor after graduating from the Obafemi Awolowo University’s Medical programme. He subsequently worked as a House Doctor at the University College Hospital, Ibadan before proceeding to join the Healthcare Investment Banking team in the London office of Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s most prestigious investment banks.
At Goldman Sachs, Femi advised healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical companies on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. In his spare time, Femi likes to travel, swim or practice his long worn acoustic guitar.
A prolific speaker, writer and influencer on Human Resources Management, Adora is the founder of Kendor Consulting Ltd, a Human Resources Management Consulting firm specialising in Learning and Development solutions.
A talented and multi skilled professional, her experience spans the IT, Telecoms and Consulting industries. With current focus on transforming Human Resources Management practices in Nigeria, she has led several innovative initiatives that demonstrate her dedication to developing the next generation of HR Professionals and People Managers. Notable initiatives include the provision of the Nigerian Labour Act app and creation of the HR Nigeria platform, an online forum dedicated to the management and development of people.
Adora has a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Cranfield University, UK, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading, UK and a Diploma in Psychology from Middlesex University, also in the UK. She is a certified Project Manager and an accredited Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).
Prior to founding Kendor Consulting, she headed HR Transformation at Transnational Corporation Plc where her primary focus was on aligning human capital with organizational strategy. Prior to joining Transcorp, she headed the Human Capital Group of Interswitch Ltd. She was responsible for developing and executing the group’s HR Strategy and embarked on several development projects, notably the design of a sustainable compensation and reward strategy.
Her consulting experience spans several years at Phillips Consulting where she led Process Improvement teams as part of several restructuring projects. Other areas of focus include Strategic Alignment, Change Management and Team Building. Her telecoms experience extends several years working for Nokia UK as a Design Engineer. Working extensively on a number of projects, she was responsible for the specification and design of the first Multimedia and Java supported Nokia mobile phones.
Adora has written several published articles for a number of National Newspapers. She has hosted several seminars, spoken at several conferences and facilitated numerous training programs. She enjoys writing, reading, technology, public speaking and creating opportunities for individuals and organisations to develop their potential and realise their dreams.
Nnenna has over 20 years working experience from 5 financial institutions including Citi and Standard Chartered Bank. She has extensive experience in Corporate and Transaction Banking specifically, Product Management, Electronic / Digital Channels, Client Relationship Management, Sales and Marketing.
Nnenna is an advocate in leading transformation in digital services and financial inclusion in an environmentally friendly manner. She is a thought leader in Transaction Banking Strategy and passionate about Digitization especially in Financial Services Industry. She has worked on several projects aimed at embedding Financial Technology, Digital Solutions, Product Risk Governance, Data Analytics, Change Management and Go-To-Market Strategy. Nnenna participates as an expert speaker in domestic / international events on digital trade and payment services.
At Stanbic IBTC, Nnenna has responsibility for product leadership, management and strategic direction for solutions delivery to corporate and institutional clients, specifically Trade, Cash and Liquidity Management, as well as being the accountable executive for deployment of working capital and investor services products. She is a member of both the Bank’s Digital and Innovation Council and NSE’s Financial Market Retail Inclusion Group. She holds the Sloan M.Sc in Leadership & Strategy from the London Business School, in addition to having attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) of the Lagos Business School and a B.Sc degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Nnenna is a published Author.
Aggrey is the CEO for Kantar TNS East Africa. Prior to this he lead the digital and technology practice of Kantar TNS Global, across Africa, Mediterranean and Middle East.
He has driven and participated in consulting projects across a diverse range of business sectors, and expertise areas in Nigeria and across West, East, Central and Southern Africa.
Aggrey began his marketing career with Delta Beverages, the leading brewery in Zimbabwe, before crossing over to Probe Market Research, where he rapidly rose through the ranks to join the leadership team of the business. He then moved to West Africa as head of the quantitative division for RMS Nigeria where he led the re-organization of the research practice, prior to his promotion to head research and client servicing in Nigeria.
Aggrey has led the Kantar TNS RMS Ghana and Nigeria business operating companies, and was the COO of the RMS Group, spanning three continents, prior to the merger with Kantar TNS Global, when he was appointed CEO West Africa and subsequently posted to his current role.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Marketing, Honors degree from the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe and an MBA from ZOU, Zimbabwe. A winner of several awards, Aggrey is a Fellow of the Nigerian Market Research Association (NIMRA), and a full member of both the Southern Africa Marketing Research Association (SAMRA)and the global research body – ESOMAR.
Eddie Ndichu an Executive Steering Committee Member for the Kenya Inter-Participant Transaction (National) Switch (KITS). KITS is a national retail switch project with a national outlook on providing the banking industry with a platform to significantly improve the sharing of payment system infrastructure.
He is also the Head, Digital Financial Service & Mobile Payments at KCB Bank Group. He is responsible for providing group-wide strategic direction, guidance and leadership to the formulation and deployment of an integrated digital banking strategy with the goal of building digital channels as preferred and only way to bank. The role includes the development of sales, payments and transaction capabilities using new-to-the-world technologies such as mobile and internet, across all financial services companies and subsidiaries ranging from investments, micro-finance to insurance.
Dr. Wallace Ogufere, FRCS, FRCS (Orth. & Trauma)
Wallace Ogufere is the founder and CEO of eClat Healthcare- providers of the eClinic suite of medical software designed to intuitively manage care delivery and other administrative aspects of a Provider's facility driving quality and efficiency whilst producing useful data. eClat has designed systems tailored to Primary care, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Pharmacy etc. in over 100 medical centres and hospitals across Nigeria, Ghana, Swaziland and United Kingdom.
Wallace is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Specialist in Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgery. He works with the University Hospital Lewisham and London Bridge Hospital. Wallace graduated from University of Benin Teaching Hospital. His postgraduate surgical training was at the Charing Cross Hospital, London. Further sub-specialist training took place during a Surgical Shoulder Fellowship at the University of Montreal Canada. He is passionate about transforming healthcare in Africa through systems specifically designed for our unique challenges.
Degbola Abudu is responsible for overall management of Capricorn Digital Limited, a digital distribution and payments company focused on the retail and mass market.
He previously held positions of Managing Director at Superior Games Limited (‘SGL’), Vice President at Morgan Stanley (UK Investment Banking Group) and Group Head of Corporate Finance at Oando Plc. A pioneer of digital distribution channel for lottery and gaming-related products allowing users to play SGL’s games via internet, GPRS or SMS, His prior work experience includes over 15 years in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and project finance in the UK, US and African capital markets.
A qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, he holds an MBA degree from the Tuck Business School, Dartmouth (U.S.) and a B.A.(Hons.) in Economics from the University of Manchester (U.K.).
A technology and business leader at Fio Corporation, Bayan is extremely passionate about enabling impactful visionary ideas using innovative technology. At Fio, he has senior level responsibility and oversight for driving Fio’s technology strategy & analytics platform while providing cross-functional leadership in the areas of product definition, product release planning, product design, product engineering and product release delivery. The ultimate goal is to maximize the impact of Fio’s products and the return on product investments by developing and executing a global strategy.
Fio is an innovative company based in Toronto, Canada and operating at the intersection between healthcare delivery and data with a focus on strengthening decentralized management of infectious diseases. Fio's solution, Fionet™, enables a real-time exchange of information between the front lines of care delivery and stakeholders across the healthcare spectrum. Fionet works with mobile companion devices that help health workers deliver quality care while automatically transmitting primary data to a central web portal. Fionet is designed for interoperability with existing health information technology infrastructure and emerging digital health solutions. Fio’s team draws from a hybrid talent pool, working at the nexus of big data, diagnostics and telecommunications.
Abiye has professional I.T. experience that spans over 25 years. He is currently the Group CIO for Access Bank Plc. He previously was the Head of I.T Services and the Chief Information Officer for the Diamond Bank Group for over 6 years, In this capacity he was responsible for providing the technology and leadership required to create and sustain the Group’s competitive advantage and ensure regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Diamond Bank he was an Independent IT consultant for 5 years with clients that included Barclays UK where he was the country Programme Manager for Mauritius on the African re-platforming project. His other key clients include: Microsoft, Transcorp and United Bank for Africa.
He also worked for the Lagos Office of Accenture for about 5 years, where he was a member of the Financial Services Executive Management Team. During his tenure, he successfully delivered various value adding solutions to leading organisations.
He acquired some of his experience working with Interactive Business Services, Michigan, USA as an Infrastructure Lead and for Reuters U.K - City South/Product Management London, Digital Equipment Corporation Newbry, UK and Dow Corning amongst others for a 7 year period. Abiye has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Port Harcourt, an M.Sc. in Information Technology from University Of London’s Queen Mary Westfield College.
Dr. Jumoke Popoola
Jumoke Popoola is a multi-disciplinary cancer research scientist currently working collaboratively for The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital in London, and Merck KGaA. Her current focus is on design and implementation of high throughput screening of cancer drugs and fast-tracking them into clinical trials for patient benefit. She is highly skilled in the miniaturization and optimisation of diagnostics and research software, research equipment and assay kits to enable more accurate and faster dissemination of data relevant for precision personalised medicine and timely development of clinical candidate drugs. She is a member of the British Association for Cancer Research (BACR) as well as the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). She has also worked with Chevron, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH.
She is passionate about empowering and encouraging young people, and is a U.K. accredited STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador, reaching out to young people to encourage them to pursue careers in healthcare and research. She is the representative for the Athena Swan women’s charter as well as the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) steering group at the ICR, championing positive change for women and minority groups at the ICR and in the U.K. She is also a great exemplar of Nigerian excellence having being the “face of the ICR” for several years as a high achieving scientist, as well as being recognised by the United Kingdom Government Equalities office and the United Nations Women in Science Committee, for her dedication and contribution to the drug discovery field of cancer research. She has successfully collaborated with three different fields of medicine, exemplifying a feasible working relationship between the research, technology and pharmaceutical sectors.
She graduated from the University of Lagos with a BSc. in Medical Microbiology, as well as from the University of Sheffield, U.K. with both a Masters degree in Molecular and Genomic Medicine and a PhD in Cancer Research.
Omomene Y. Odike
Omomene Yvonne Odike is the CEO & Managing Consultant of U-Connect Human Resources Limited, One of Nigeria’s leading Human Resource Companies. As an Entrepreneur, she is credited with introducing innovative solutions in the areas of Recruitment and Outsourcing, Training and Development, Pre-Assessment Testing, Verification and Background checks, SME Consulting as well as Quality Management Strategies to clients; positioning the U-Connect brand as a trail blazer in the HR Consulting Industry.
Omomene attended the University of Benin (UNIBEN), where she graduated with a bachelor in Law and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2002. She also holds a certification in Quality Management (ISO 9001-2000-Quality Management Systems), the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Owners Manager Programme (LBS) and she is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Associate Member of CIPM and an Alumni of Lagos Business School (LBS).
In 2010, after having practiced law successfully for over 7 years with two distinguished Law firms in Nigeria, she took over as the MD/CEO of U-Connect Human Resources Limited and since then, the company has maintained a steady annual growth rate of over 500%.
By 2013, she had taken the company to new heights and was recognized by Allworld Network USA, Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School in conjunction with the Tony Elumelu foundation as a Nigeria Fast Growth 50 Award winner, where U-Connect received an award as one of the 50 fastest growing private firms in Nigeria. She also received a Certificate of Excellence from the Allworld Summit in Harvard, USA in the same year. U-Connect also received a Global Quality Excellence award in 2016 in the category of Global Most Innovative Quality HR Firm of the Year 2016.
With the aim to revolutionize the way we see HR in Nigeria and beyond, in 2014 she conceptualized the idea to build the First of its kind e-commerce HR Service Platform to provide particular focus on the jobseekers & SMEs using Technology.
The platform Gr8jobsng was launched in 2016, in Partnership with Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Diamond Bank Plc, CIPM and Lagos Business School (LBS).
The platform is equipped to cater to three user groups Job Seekers, Employers and Professional Training Institutes. It is tailored to address the needs of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME’s), Multinationals Companies (MNCs) and International Companies by giving them access to top notch HR Service, qualified employees thereby improving the quality of employment in their respective businesses and the country as a whole. The platform makes World-class HR services Available, Accessible and Affordable to all Users.
Omomene currently serves as a board member in some reputable companies and with her vision to grow U-Connect into one of the leading HR Consulting companies in Sub- Saharan Africa; she leads a team of highly professional HR Consultants, as well as draws competitive strength from partnerships with global firms in the United States, Europe and South Africa.
She is happily married with four lovely children.
Jay is a co-founder of Pagatech (Paga) and leads Business Development for the company. His business experience spans the technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors. Jay began his career as a Program Manager at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, where he led a cross-functional team that received several patent awards for work in the anti-piracy and data protection arenas. In 2004, he accepted a fellowship in Global Marketing at Eli Lilly & Co., a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. In that role, he managed projects for the company’s Neuroscience drugs units in North America and Europe.
Jay joined Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York on an MBA internship in 2006 and continued in the firm’s investment banking unit as a full-time Investment Banking Associate in 2007. He returned to Nigeria in 2009 to manage an investment banking team at BGL Plc. in Lagos, and later in 2009 turned focus to building the Pagatech business.
Jay is an industry-agnostic angel investor and advisor to several companies. He received his Bachelors degree (cum laude) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He also has a Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, in California.
An expert at helping companies understand B2B customers better and develop long term profitable business relationships with them, Oliver brings a wealth of experience in the subject of customer and client engagement processes, especially in Technology, Financial Services, and Professional Services Industries. He is in the forefront of using technology to make sales & marketing more effective, and has lately been an outspoken evangelist about business development capability due-diligence for corporate boards, especially for Venture Capital and Private Equity firms. With close to 3 decades of business leadership & management experience in multi national organizations like Hewlett Packard and Microsoft, Oliver has written extensively on B2B sales & marketing, sharing insights from his extensive cross-industry consulting experience, and is often referenced as the expert who many industry leading businesses turn to in order to understand and navigate the intricate field of sustained revenue growth.
He is frequent on the speaking & conferences circuit, combining the facilitation of board level strategy workshops with frequent teaching assignments at prominent business schools. His client list includes Fortune 500 organizations in many industry segments.
Mr. Nnona is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management (both in Executive Education) and since 1998 has been an external faculty of the Lagos Business School, Pan African University, where he teaches sales & marketing related topics as part of non-resident programs. He is also part of the Duke CE faculty for Africa. He serves on the board of many international organizations, and dedicates a significant of his spare time in helping not-for-profits set & refine their strategic agenda to be more effective at fund raising, and thus social change.
Willy Kimani serves as the Business Development and Marketing Manager at Naivas Limited. Mr. Kimani serves as Chief Operating Officer of Uchumi Supermarkets Limited. He is a dynamic and seasoned retail professional with over 12 years’ experience, spanning the entire Retail Value Chain. He has consistently delivered bottom line results through Brand Repositioning, Streamlining Operations, systematic supplier management and leveraging on technology. He worked with Tuskys and Naivas Supermarkets where he contributed to transforming them into leading retail brands in the region. He has undertaken numerous market visits for best practice and market studies in retail chains and stores in the UK, USA, Brazil, Portugal, Egypt, SA, Turkey, Japan, China, Seychelles, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ethiopia. He served as a Director of Uchumi Supermarkets Limited since September 2015.
Over 13yrs of Retail experience from Customer Service to Supply Chain beginning the UK’s leading retail chain, Sainsbury’s.
Samuel has also held corporate roles in the Nigerian Retail sector leading the pioneer team for Trippmart Stores nationally in partnership with Oando then heading business development, supply chain and logistics for the largest franchisee of UAC Restaurants including Mr. Biggs.
An avid start-up entrepreneur with ventures in Nigeria and the UK, Samuel is currently Chief Operating Officer of First Master Retailers (FMR), an indigenous modern retail outfit in Nigeria, ‘Citydia’ in partnership with DIA Group out of Spain. Citydia is currently the fastest growing supermarket chain in Nigeria with 7 stores operating in Nigeria in it’s first year.