THEME: The Challenge of Leadership: Driving Africa's Future. DATE: October 22nd - 24th Register Now

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Chair Person C-ICADI 2018

Ms. Cecilia Akintomide

Former Vice-Chair and Secretary General of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Independent Non-Executive Director at FBN Holdings Plc.

Cecilia Akintomide is an independent non-executive Director of FBN Holdings Plc., one of Africa’s largest financial services holding companies, which owns West Africa’s oldest commercial bank, First Bank. Until recently, she was Vice President Secretary General of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Africa’s premier development finance institution, where she was responsible for managing shareholder relations involving 80 member states, and coordinating the work program of the resident Board. She was also a member of the senior management coordination committee and the operations committee, and chaired the committee for the organization of the Annual Meetings.

Prior to her role as VPSG, she headed the public and private sector financing legal operations team. The team provided legal services for development projects and programs on the continent, financed by the Bank Group, and was responsible for operations compliance. She also served as Chief Counsel Institutional Affairs, as well as Finance Counsel. Cecilia is a member of the Nigerian Bar and the New York Bar, and has practiced law in different jurisdictions, including as a Business Reorganization Associate in the law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges, in New York, and as a Junior Associate at O. Thomas & Co., Lagos.

She was a member of the United Nations election monitoring team for the 1994 presidential elections in South Africa, won by Nelson Mandela. She was awarded Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2014 for her meritorious contributions in the field of International Development. Cecilia serves on the Boards of the Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency, and CcHub Growth Capital. She is experienced in working and leading in multicultural and bilingual environments. Cecilia is a frequent speaker at international events on Development, Law, Organizational Management, and Gender. She holds gold and bronze medals in swimming, and is a Deacon. She was also a member of the church choir, in Abidjan.

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Keynote Speaker and Special Guest of Honor

Her Excellency Mrs. Joyce Banda

Former President of the Republic of Malawi

An entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was also the President of the Republic of Malawi (2012-2014). She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa's most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groups.

Before becoming President of Malawi, Dr. Banda served as a Member of Parliament; Minister of Gender and Child Welfare; and Foreign Minister and Vice President of the Republic of Malawi. While serving as Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, Dr. Banda championed the enactment of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill in 2006, which provides a legal framework for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

A recipient of more than 15 international accolades including the “Hunger Project Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger” shared with President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 1997, President Banda is a strong advocate for women and girls’ emancipation and empowerment and a prominent civil rights campaigner. She founded the Joyce Banda Foundation International, which guides projects that range from empowering women to providing for orphans’ education.

On the international scene, President Dr. Banda was instrumental in the formation of such organizations as the African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (AFWE), currently running in 41 countries in Africa; the Council for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa (CEEWA); and the American & African Business Women’s Alliance (AABWA), of which she served as First President.

President Joyce Banda recently joined the Center for Global Development as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow and is concurrently a Visiting Fellow at the Wilson Center. She is a board member of several development organizations, including the Executive Advisory Committee of UNIFEM, the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, and the Scientific Advisory Board for the program in Global Health and Social Change at Harvard Medical School.

Lead Speakers

Professor Peter Okebukola (OFR)

Pro-Chancellor Crawford University, Chairman, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Governing Council, and Chairman, Strategy Advisory Committee, Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC)

Peter A. Okebukola is a Distinguished Professor of science and computer education at Lagos State University, Nigeria. He had his higher education at the University of Ibadan where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1973 followed by Master’s and Ph.D degrees in Science Education in the same university. He had specialised science and technology training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and Harvard University, both in Cambridge, USA.

He is a Fellow of the Science Association of Nigeria (SAN), Fellow and President of the Nigerian Association for Environmental Education and Fellow and past President of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN). He won the prestigious 1992 UNESCO Prize for the Communication of Science.

He has won several international gold medals in science, environmental and computer education. He has served as team leader of several quality assurance projects involving UNESCO, the African Union, the World Bank, Association of African Universities and the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI-Africa).

He was concurrently the Chairman of Council of four Nigerian universities. He is currently the Chairman of Council of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Chairman, Board of Trustees of Crawford University, Chairman, Board of Trustees of Caleb University. He is the Executive Chairman, Okebukola Science Foundation. He was Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission.

He has been awarded a number of honorary D.Sc degrees. He is the recipient of the National Honour of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic- OFR.

He is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the American Council for Higher Education International Quality Group (CIQG) whose mandate is observatory of quality assurance of higher education across the world.

Professor Jonathan Aremu

Consultant at ECOWAS on Common Investment Market and Professor of International and Economic Relations, Covenant University, Nigeria

Jonathan Adeyemi Aremu, is a Professor of International Economic Relations at the Covenant University (CU), Ota, and a Consultant, at ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) on Common Investment Market (ECIM), He started his working career at Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 1980 and rose to an Acting Assistant Director of Research before voluntarily retiring in 1992. Aremu has a Ph.D. degree in International Relations (Economics), and has substantial publications to his credit on Trade and Investment Issues in various journals and periodicals at national and international levels.

In 2011, Aremu was among the National Experts appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to draft a New Trade Policy for the country. At ECOWAS level, Aremu was appointed by European Union (EU) as the Monitoring Expert on the Establishment of an ECOWAS Investment Guarantee Mechanism in 2011. Earlier in 2007, EU equally appointed him as the Financial Expert to draft ECOWAS Community Investment Code and Policy; both of which have been adopted by ECOWAS Sector Ministers to be used by the Community in the second stage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) by 2019. Before these appointments, he was a Member of Thematic Group on Investment in the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiation between EU and ECOWAS since 2005. As the Lead Consultant at ECOWAS Commission, Aremu coordinates: the establishment of ECOWAS Payments and Settlement System, ECOWAS Capital Market Integration, Common Investment Code and Policy. Other assignments handled by are: (a) a Member of ECOWAS Tax Harmonization Committee of Experts; and (b) Expert in conducting a Study on ECOWAS Trade in Services Policy Review, assisted by UNCTAD and GIZ (validated by .National experts)

At International level, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) appointed him as the National Coordinator of UNIDO Investment Survey in Nigeria in 2009. He was a member of the technical experts that drafted the Pan African Investment Code for African Union, to be used as the continental guide in the AfCFTA.

In addition to his love for technology and applications, Valentine is also involved in the development of the educational sector, He is a pioneer member of the Board of Regents of Covenant University and a lecturer at the Word of Faith Bible institute, WOFBI. A district pastor with the Living Faith Church Worldwide, a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) / World Presidents Organization (WPO) and Institute of Directors (IOD).

On Professional Membership, Aremu is (a) Member of Invest in Africa (see www.investinafrica-now.com); (b) life Member of both the Nigerian Economic Society (NES) as well as Nigerian Society of International Law (NSIL); (c) Member of Nigerian Institute of International Affairs; (d) the current Head of the Trade Policy Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG); among others.

Dr. Akin Oparison

Founder, 3E Performance Consulting and Senior Fellow, Lagos Business School, Nigeria.

Dr Akin Oparisoni runs a consultancy practice, 3e Performance that supports individuals to bring out the leadership in them, such that they and their organizations can be the best they can be. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Lagos Business School, an FT ranked Business School. He holds An M.Sc. and a Doctorate degree in Business Policy and Organizational Development from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

For over seven years Akin was the HR Vice President for Royal Dutch Shell’s Downstream Business in Africa, a member of the Executive Management Team for Shell Oil Products Africa and a member of the Shell Downstream Global HR Leadership team based in Johannesburg – South Africa.

He was a Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse where he worked on a wide range of assignments including Organizational Development and Change management interventions, Executive Resourcing, Performance and Talent Management in private sector organizations ranging from Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies, financial services organization and banks, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as public sector client organizations.

He also held senior executive HR positions in Sterling Winthrop, British American Tobacco. He has lived and worked in different countries on four continents.

After over 25 years of management and leadership experience in blue chip multinational companies he now enjoys supporting others as a coach and by being on the faculty of a couple of Business Schools, as well as writing.

Dr Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala

Co-Managing Director, iMTradev Solutions, and Chairperson, African Parliamentary Network on Illicit Financial Flows and Tax (APNIFFT)

Doctor Of Legal Studies & International Relations – Special Focus on Afrika

Afrocentric Public Speaker, Teacher & Facilitator of Political Science, International Relations & Decolonisation, with over 20 years’ experience. Driven by the passion see the ‘Total Liberation of Afrikan People & their Culture, the Restoration of True Afrikan History & Heritage, Along with the dignity of Afrikan People’. I believe Afrikan Epistemology still languishes in the clutches of Arab & European colonisation, begging liberation. Its liberation is pervasive to sustainable & resilient Afrikan development.

A Managing Director, Public Speaker, Programme Developer, Trainer, and Facilitator with 20 years of experience - with a passion for developing Afrika-centred Policy, Strategy, Programmes (Organisational & Personal) and driving Afrocentric operational excellence. I believe that any solution to Afrika, devoid of the Precolonial Excellence that was Afrika was; continues to chip away at the dignity of Afrika. A team or individual committed to Afrikan creativity can adds marginalised discourse & diversity to business; they can solve any business problem.

Mrs. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Managing Partner Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition; Co-founder AACE Foods; Founder, LEAP Africa.

Ndidi Nwuneli is the co-founder AACE Food Processing & Distribution, which was established in 2009 to fight malnutrition, reduce post-harvest losses among smallholder farmers and displace imports. Ndidi is also the managing partner of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd. which works across West Africa, unlocking the agriculture and nutrition potential in the region. She is the founder of LEAP Africa which inspires, empowers and equips a new cadre of principled, disciplined and dynamic young leaders in Africa.

She started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices.

Ndidi holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ndidi was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor from the Nigerian Government. She was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes. Ndidi serves on the boards of Nestle Nigeria Plc., Nigerian Breweries Plc., Globethics.net Switzerland, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands and the African Philanthropy Forum.

Ndidi is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact," published by Routledge in 2016. Her work has been featured on CNN and BBC and she served as a TED Global speaker in 2017.

Ms. Lucia Hlongwane

Africa Tax Leader, Ernst and Young, South Africa

Advocate Lucia Hlongwane is the Africa Tax Leader at EY and a member of the Africa and South Africa executive committees. She is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a well-regarded tax professional who has emerged as a new generation thought leader. She previously served as Barclays Africa Group Head of Tax covering 12 African countries and before then spent 7 years with Shell Oil Products, of which the last 5 years were as the Africa Head of Tax covering more than 30 African countries. Lucia also spent a number of years with SARS in different roles, including litigation of tax cases as well as a Senior Tax Specialist on various SARS projects.

With 20 years of working experience, Lucia has a solid background of leading teams of cross-country experts across the continent where, she was accountable for the overall performance of the tax function, governance and risk, as well as strategic direction. Her expertise include managing tax risk, negotiations and settlement, cross-border restructuring and refinancing, tax planning and transfer pricing.

Lucia is a board member and vice president of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT).

Lucia holds a BProc and an LLB from the Witwatersrand University;
a Masters in Taxation Law from the University of Pretoria; a Mining Taxation Diploma from UNISA; and an Insolvency Law Diploma from AIPSA.

She completed the Wits Business School Program in Executive Leadership Development in collaboration with Shell Oil Products.

She also completed the International Executive Leadership Development Program with Stern School of Business in New York in collaboration with BANKSETA and sponsored by Absa/Barclays Africa Group.

She is currently pursuing a PhD in TIPS (Technology, Innovation, People, Systems & Business Management).

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Dr. Monisoye Afolabi

Chairman of Baobab Media and Baobab Think Limited, and Former Director of Business Environment, USAID Trade Hub, Accra, Ghana.

Dr. Monisoye Olorunsola Afolabi has had a professional career of about 40 years as an academician, administrator, diplomat, computer specialist and international development expert.

After obtaining a first class degree in Mathematics at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria in 1973, Dr. Afolabi was awarded a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1974 where he obtained a Master of Mathematics (M.Math) Degree in Computer Science (1976) and a Ph.D in Computer Science (1979).

Dr. Afolabi assumed duty in the Department of Computer Sciences of the University of Lagos in 1979 and later joined the University of Ilorin, in 1982 as Chief Systems Analyst and Head of the Computer Center and was appointed Director of the Centre in 1987. In this role, he supervised the introduction of IT to areas of University management, including finance, library automation, and student records. He also supervised projects under the auspices of the UNILORIN Consultancy Services for corporate clients in both the public and private sectors. He served as Secretary of the Committee of Directors of University Computer Centres (CDNUCC) from 1983 to 1988.

Dr. Afolabi was appointed the Pioneer Director of the Community Computer Centre of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in May 1989.

In 2005-2007, Dr. Afolabi served as Acting Deputy Executive Secretary Of ECOWAS in charge of Integration Programmes. In this capacity, he supervised Technical Departments responsible for Human Development (Education, Health, Youth, and Gender, Drug Control, etc.), Infrastructure (ICT, Energy, Transport), and Agriculture including Rural Development. He retired from ECOWAS Commission in October 2010.

Upon his retirement from ECOWAS, Dr Afolabi has served as a Consultant for ECOWAS, USAID, DANIDA,in the areas of trade and transport Facilitation, business environment, intergovernmental relations, institutional collaboration, information technology, and strategic project development and management.

From 2013 to date, Dr Afolabi has been a Consultant with the ECOWAS Parliament for the establishment of a regional e-Parliament system, in collaboration with the the UN Division for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

Since 2008 to date, Dr Afolabi has chaired the meetings of the e-Governance Forum of Directors of ICT, and Heads of Service of the Federal and 36 States, as a Consultant to the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria(ASCON).

Dr Afolabi is currently Senior Regional Technical Advisor to the USAID Trade Africa Project in Accra, Ghana.

Dr Afolabi was born in 1950, and is married with children and grandchildren.

Dr Adebisi Adewole.

Faculty, School of Business and Enterprise, University of the West of Scotland, Scotland, United Kingdom

Dr Adebisi Adewole, is an academic and a Professor of Procurement and Supply Chain Strategy at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) United Kingdom.

He is also the Deputy Director in charge of Training, Enterprise and Finance at the Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED), the University of West of Scotland. Prior to 2014 when he joined UWS, he had had over 12 years of teaching and researching experience at London Metropolitan University as senior lecturer and 5 years of visiting professorship at various times with the University of East London and the University of Westminster UK. He completed his degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of the Arts London. Prior to his PhD, Professor Adebisi Adewole had achieved a range of academic awards, including a Bachelor of Law degree, a Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations and Diplomacy and an MBA. He has over 20 years of teaching experience at the University level. Professor Adewole’s areas of research interests include Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Strategy; Leadership and Organisation Development and Change, Contemporary Strategic Management Approaches, and Small Business Management. He is a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy (HEA), Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.

On top of the above, Professor Adebisi Adewole is a talented, creative and motivational speaker. He had delivered papers and talks at seminars, conferences and training workshops to groups of academics and professionals across industries and ethnic groups in Nigeria and in the UK.

An energetic team player, always eager to motivate, encourage and inspire confidence in others with the strength to approach new challenges with an open mind.

An academic, a social commentator and a lover of humanity

Engineer Abiodun Fijabi

CEO, Lord Princely Associates, Nigeria and Senior Faculty, Haggai International, USA

Abiodun Fijabi obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Ife (now, Obafemi Awolowo University) and the University of Lagos respectively in 1981 and 1984. He was a recipient of the prestigious University Scholarship for academic excellence and received the “Engineering Physics Prize” during his undergraduate days; was adjudged the best graduate student at the Production Engineering and Management class of 1984 of the University of Lagos, Nigeria; and was elected a participant speaker at the Haggai Institute’s training of 56 leaders from the developing world in session 276/277 of January, 1998.

Mr. Fijabi has worked at the top management levels of two multinational corporations in Nigeria – SCOA Nigeria and TOWER ALUMINIUM GROUP. His experience spans the managerial, marketing, service and engineering fields. He is now an entrepreneur, public affairs analyst, writer, public speaker and trainer.

Abiodun is the Principal Trainer of Lord Princely Associates Ltd and has been involved in training leaders and organizations in four continents of the world, specializing in Leadership, Communication, Personal Development & Effectiveness, and Organizational Change. His clientele covers both the private and public sectors of the economy.

Since 2002, he has been on the International faculty of Haggai International - an Atlanta-based institute that advances the skills of strategic leaders from the developing nation. He is currently a senior faculty of the institute.

Abiodun’s commitment to leadership development led him to found Elyon College and Leadership Academy – a private high school with a mission to develop capable leaders to fill the huge leadership vacuum in business, government and other professions in Africa. He also founded Highflyers – Nigeria – a mentoring platform that prepares young people for patriotism and lifetime of leadership development. And to help the Church fulfill her leadership role in the world, Mr. Fijabi heads up Church Envisioned International (formerly Life Africa)– a non-governmental organization that is committed to mobilizing the Church for the transformation of the African continent.

Mr. Fijabi is a widely acclaimed inspiring public speaker. For more than a decade, he was the host of the award-winning radio programme - Leading Right - that examined contemporary leadership issues from human-interest angle.

For his scholarship and community services, he has received several academic and community awards, including the Outstanding Young Persons’ Award of the Jaycees International. He has authored many books, position papers and articles. He holds several leadership positions in the Church and in the society.

Mr. Valentine Obi

Group Chief Executive Officer, eTranzact Global.

Valentine Obi is the Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of eTranzact Global. eTranzact is Africa’s leading provider of financial switching platforms, mobile banking and payment services, with operations in some African countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and United Kingdom. He has an extensive experience in Information Technology sector and has served in various capacities both locally and internationally as a project director of various IT projects, including World Bank assisted projects in Nigeria and Ghana.

In April 2003, Valentine became the first African to receive the coveted Computerworld Honors Gold Medal of Achievement in San Francisco, USA, for innovative and visionary use of information technology to produce and promote positive, social, economic and educational change for creating the eTranzact platform. He also received the IT Personality of the Year Award from NACOSS (National Association of Computer Science Students).

In January 2008 his company received “The Most Innovative Product of the Year” award from the Central Bank of Nigeria. Other awards received includes: 2012 Best Mobile Payment Initiative Award in South Africa; 2014 Mobile Payment Solution of the Year Award by LEAD Africa, etc. Valentine holds an MBA from Instituto de Empressa in Madrid, Spain. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA and currently a doctoral student with International School of Management, Paris, France.

In addition to his love for technology and applications, Valentine is also involved in the development of the educational sector, He is a pioneer member of the Board of Regents of Covenant University and a lecturer at the Word of Faith Bible institute, WOFBI. A district pastor with the Living Faith Church Worldwide, a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) / World Presidents Organization (WPO) and Institute of Directors (IOD).

He is also the Founder and Chairman of Covenant Visions International Limited, a software development company.

Guest Speakers/Panelists

Mr. Demilade Oluwasina

Faculty, Entrepreneurial Leadership, African Leadership University, Kigali, Rwanda.

Demilade Oluwasina is an Educator and ImpactEntrepreneur

Demilade presently works with the African Leadership University to design and deliver curriculum to the Africa’s next generation of leaders. In his role as Entrepreneurial Leadership Faculty, Demilade works with colleagues from across the world to help students identify Africa's most-pressing challenges and through an iterative process develop sustainable solutions to address them.

Prior to working with ALU, Demilade was the Program Manager for The Bridge program – an initiative that developed University Graduates and students for workplace effectiveness and job creation. He also started and operated the IMW Creative Enterprise, a publishing and advertising support firm that served hundreds of clients for over 5 years of operation. He ran Inspire Network – a social enterprise working to develop leadership and entrepreneurship capacity in young people and young professionals. The organization had a direct impact on 2000 young people through workshops, conferences and bootcamps and published 6 mini-resources on life skills, entrepreneurship and leadership. He has volunteered with the Relief Youth Club, Lagos for over 15 years and has been deeply involved in youth work.

He also currently leads Whispers of Love United, a faith-based global movement of love-inspired young leaders with over 100 volunteers, partners and sponsors based in several countries within and outside Africa. He also serves as the pioneering Programme Designer/Director for ACLEX (Africa cultural Leadership Exchange)- A skills and knowledge exchange programme operating between East Africa and Germany.

Demilade has completed the Basic Certificate Course and the Leadership Certificate Course from the Word of Faith Bible Institute, Nigeria. He has also completed the Basic Leadership Course and Advanced Leadership Course from Daystar Leadership Academy, Nigeria. He is a certified BUILD Entrepreneurial Leadership Educator from African Leadership Academy, Johannesburg, a 3-time selected Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a trained Project Management Professional and a certified Global E-commerce Talent trainer with the Global E- commerce giant- Alibaba.

Demilade earned a B.Agric in Animal Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state and is presently pursuing a Leadership MBA at the African Leadership University School of Business.

The African Leadership University is a pioneering institution that seeks to raise 3 million ethical, entrepreneurial leaders over the next 50 years for Africa’s transformation. It has been dubbed the Harvard of Africa by CNN and is acclaimed to be Africa's most diverse and most multi-cultural university hosting students from more than 30 African countries and others from outside the continent through Exchange and Gap Year programmes.

The African Leadership University runs degree programmes through its campuses in Mauritius and Kigali and delivers an accredited MBA through its School of Business in Kigali, Rwanda.

Austin Uzim

Austin Uzim is a personal development coach, author, a social entrepreneur who is leveraging on social technology and his background in 'Business Education' to transform the literary development of The African Child!

Austin was born in South-eastern Nigeria and grew up surrounded by books, schools (he always lived in one); students and two rambunctious older siblings who explored the world through the dusty labyrinths of local libraries!

With his five years consecutive exposure to classroom teaching which happened prio to his University program, Austin there upon discovered a tool so powerful shaping the future of children. He went on to build a career in Financial Education with stint in Telecommunications.

His mission in life is working with communities and institutions to change the narratives of poverty, illiteracy and abuse of 'The African Child' by providing early support for literacy, numeracy and financial intelligence in children.

His activities and involvement through his 'Re-Imagine RuralEducation campaigns' led him to be selected as one of the speakers at TEDx Muthangari in Nairobi Kenya under the theme "How Else To Change The World" held 4th to 8th August 2018.

Austin is motivated by his daily interactions with his friend, mentor and role model, Dr Strive Masiyiwa (chief) as well as 3.4 million others from around the world who walk side by side with chief on his facebook page. Austin derives his strength from the maxim "if we educate a child and economically empower women, poverty will be history within a generation!"

Austin is inspired by the joy he derives from helping people attain heights that give them satisfaction and the numerous mentions plus invitations from chief Strive Masiyiwa who in 2018 alone invited Austin to various world events:

  1. NBA All Star Games 2018 held in Staple Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  2. Russia World Cup 2018.
  3. Kofi Annan Burial in Ghana.

Austin's background fuels his passion for working with communities and institutions to redress and transform the unflattering narrative of tutorial neglect of the African child, and is the underpinning of his brainchild 'African Transporter Initiative'(ATI) where he is Transporter-in-chief!"

Austin is an audacious, tenacious and committed individual who like an eagle, follows a target with two eyes and one vision until he hits his mark!

  • Honest
  • Selfless
  • Charismatic

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Mr. Femi Taiwo

Executive Director, LEAP Africa

Femi is on a personal mission to facilitate the transformation of individuals, organisations and nations. He currently serves as the Executive Director of LEAP Africa- Nigeria’s foremost non-profit organisation focused on youth leadership development. In this role he oversees the administration, fund-raising, strategy implementation and programme delivery of the organisation across Africa. Prior to this position at LEAP, Femi was the founding Executive Director of Eagles HOPE Foundation, a non-profit initiated by the Covenant University Alumni Association, where he led the organisation to create and execute award-winning youth programmes that reached over 12,000 youth in major cities in Nigeria over a five-year period. In these roles, Femi has facilitated several consulting and training interventions across Africa and in the United Kingdom. As part of his career journey, Femi worked in GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals and spent a year at a market research consultancy in the United Kingdom.

Femi advises several youth-led social enterprises and CSOs and has consulted for some non-profit organisations in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He speaks internationally on themes relating to youth mobility, entrepreneurship, education and leadership development. He has extensive experience in programme design and management, learning & development design and delivery, business development, strategy, organisational development, stakeholder management, and innovation management. Femi is extremely passionate about leadership and enterprise development, youth development and youth-led development. He is on a personal mission of facilitating the transformation of individuals, organisations and nations.

Femi holds an MSc degree in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship from Manchester Business School, where he focused his research on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Covenant University, where he earned a first-class degree in Computer Science. He was a fellow of LEAP Africa’s Social Innovators Program in 2015, and has received various awards for Leadership and Community Development. Femi is a 2018 Aspen Institute IdeasFest Scholar and is part of the inaugural class of the Obama Africa Leaders Programme. He seats on the board of United Nations Global Compact, Nigeria among others.

Ms. Andidiong Okon

Country Project Manager, Code for Nigeria

Andidiong is a graduate in Economics from Covenant University and holds a Master's Degree in International Development from the University of Bath. With years of professional experience in investment banking and financial advisory at BGL Plc, she went on to become an entrepreneur establishing Andies Candies in 2013 with the goal of becoming Nigeria's foremost indigenous confectionery company.

Her company, Andies Candies is a recipient of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN) grant which was used to establish the business and grow it successfully for the past 5 years. The business specialises in the retail and production of confectionery as well as providing customised candy buffet services for celebrations. The company’s goal is to create visually appealing confectionery products and experiences unlike any other that is currently available in the market and one that our consumers readily identify with. She is the National Coordinator for the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs West Africa (CAYE-WA), an organisation that seeks opportunities to develop trade relations between Commonwealth countries and adopt best practices for doing business within the West Africa region.

Andidiong is a founding member of the advocacy group, Team Member, which provides support and succour to victims of terrorist attacks in Nigeria and plans to establish an orthopaedic and orthotic centre in Abuja, Nigeria. She is a proponent for child education Nigeria and has shown her support in the past through the Ayahay Foundation and most recently the HORM Education Fund.

She is also 2016 Fellow from the Mandela Washington Fellowship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which in a signature effort started by the Obama administration to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

She has previously worked for Microsoft’s public sector team and is currently the project manager for partnerships and communications at Code for Nigeria, a subsidiary of Code for Africa, a people-driven movement that aims to empower active citizenry and strengthen civic watchdogs to help government shape and improve its services to citizens using technology.

In her leisure time, Andidiong enjoys running, travelling, singing and is a member of an Abuja-based book club, the Book Trybe.