TRLC 2018 (5th EDITION) – MEET OUR SPEAKERS

 

WAHEED OLAGUNJU is the Executive Director, Small and Medium Enterprises, Bank of Industry (BOI). He had on two separate occasion acted as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer before he was reassigned the Executive Director (Small and Medium Enterprises).

Waheed joined the Bank of Industry’s precursor institution the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank (NIDB) in 1990 as a Senior Manager and rose to the position of Executive Director (Business Development) in 2012 during which he had responsibilities for Strategic Planning, New Business Development, External & Intergovernmental Relations, Legal Services, Corporate Secretariat and Corporate Communications.

He acted as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer between April and May 2014. He was subsequently reassigned as Executive Director, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in August 2014.

Between 15th February, 2016 and 27th May 2017 He again acted as Managing Director & CEO in addition to his responsibilities as Executive Director SMEs. Under his watch the bank recorded remarkable improvements especially regarding support for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

All these culminated in BOI’s ratings by international and domestic rating agencies being upgraded and affirmed by 2016. While Moody’s assigned BOI Aa1 in 2016 up from Ba3 of 2015, Agusto’s rating of AA- in 2016 was higher than A+ of 2015. AA+ assigned by Fitch in 2015 was affirmed in 2016.

In the last twenty eight (28) years Dr Olagunju headed five different departments/ directorates in the bank. After leading the Corporate Communications Department for four years he was appointed Assistant Company Secretary and Secretary of the Executive Management Committee in 1994 and was subsequently appointed Company Secretary and Secretary to the Board in 1997. He held the position for fifteen (15) years until he was elevated to the Board in 2012 as Executive Director.

He consistently demonstrated extra-ordinary efficiency, competence, capacity and capability in successfully taking on higher responsibilities assigned to him in the course of his twenty seven (27) year banking career by the institution’s successive Managements and Boards of Directors. He accordingly stands out as one of the architects and strong drivers of BOI’s outstanding turnaround and transformation into one of Africa’s best Development Finance Institutions (DFI) that has earned the confidence of its domestic and foreign development partners, financiers, customers, international and Nigerian rating agencies and stakeholders in general.

Waheed who was actively involved with the reconstruction of NIDB into BOI (2000-2001) and the consolidation of the mandates of NIDB, the Nigerian Bank for Commerce and Industry (NBCI) and the National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND) into that of the Bank of Industry, worked very closely with then leadership of the Federal Ministry of Industry and Messrs KPMG, the consultancy firm that was engaged to handle the exercise. He also coordinated the diagnostic study of the bank that was undertaken between 2004 and 2005 by the Swedish Consultants (Messrs Swedish Development Advisers) who were appointed by the African Development Bank. He played a leading role in the implementation of their recommendations that formed a vital input into BOI’s paradigm shift that triggered the bank’s rapid transformation in 2006. He has all along been a strong member of BOI’s Senior Management team, and later it’s Board of Directors, that has been driving the bank’s highly impressive performance.

Waheed holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from the Paris School of Business He bagged his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Lagos respectively as well a professional certificate in Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis from the Queens University, Canada.

 

BUKKY GEORGE is the Founder and CEO of HealthPlus Limited and CasaBella International. She is a registered pharmacist with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria. She shares the benefits of focus, knowledge, networking and going the extra mile to succeed in life and business.
Bukky on completion of her Pharmacy degree, she began her internship at Lagos University Teaching Hospital. In the evenings of her Internship year, she got her first-hand experience on retail pharmacy, or community pharmacy as some like to call it, at Onyx Pharmacy, GRA, Ikeja. Her national youth service was at Smithkline Beecham – now GSK. She worked in production, quality control and sales departments. After service, she worked at May & Baker for a little while as a medical representative, and then returned to Smithkline Beecham, still as a med rep. It was here she honed her skills in selling, exhibiting and presentation; transforming her into a confident young professional. She added value and often emerged the best representative of the month.

She worked for a total of four years with May & Baker and Smithkline Beecham, after which she incorporated HealthPlus as a limited liability company in 1996.

In 2008, Bukky incorporated another company, CasaBella International Limited. CasaBella Beauty Supply, a one-stop store for grooming and beauty solutions for men and women, opened in 2010 at The Palms Mall Lagos. While HealthPlus is serious and conservative; CasaBella is fun and edgy. Bukky aspire to be the Boots pharmacy of Nigeria.

Bukky holds her first degree in Pharmacy from the University of Lagos. Over the years, she has developed herself as a professional in the past twenty-two years through continuous professional development (CPD), personal development, attending seminars and conferences, tradeshows, books, courses, networking, mentoring and joining technical and non-technical professional associations for instance the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN); Royal Pharmaceutical Society, UK; General Pharmaceutical Society, UK; International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP); Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN); Women in Management, Business and Public Service; and Sanofi Pharmacy Advisory Board.

 

BRENT OMDAHL serves as the Commercial Counselor to the U.S. Mission to Nigeria, where he manages the daily operation of the U.S. Department of Commerce office. His primary role is to assist U.S. firms to grow their exports and investments to Nigeria and West Africa and advocate on behalf of U.S. firms to the Nigerian government.

Prior to serving in Lagos, Brent was the sub-Saharan Africa Deputy Regional Senior Commercial Officer in Johannesburg, South Africa and Acting Director of the Atlanta, Georgia U.S. Export Assistance Center.

He also served as the Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam from 2007 – 2010 and in Manila, Philippines from 2004 – 2006.

Brent is an international business development executive with deep experience in Southeast Asian and African markets on commercial strategies, policies, and initiatives to advance US business interests in Africa and Asia.

Prior to government service, he was Chief operations officer for high volume customer service delivery organizations with extensive project management success. Proven healthcare and enterprise software marketing results with broad corporate finance and new company start-up experience as an entrepreneur and franchise.

Brent is a Master’s graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Brigham Young University.

 

JOSEPH EBATA is the President/CEO of Bervidson Retail Group, Nigeria’s premier Retail consulting, training, coaching and development Group that includes Bervidson Consulting, DMSRetail West Africa, Retail Academy (Nigeria premier retail school) and Retail Info (retailinfo.com.ng – Nigeria’s premier online retail news & information portal). He is the Convener of The Retail Leaders Conference.

Joseph consult, train, coach and provide support to leading organizations and businesses in Nigeria in key focus areas of retail: sales growth, service excellence, effective leadership, operations and strategy development. He is a Director at Vidora Luxury Limited, a luxury and lifestyle goods company.

He was a former COO of 3DIM , a full Marketing Services support to discerning and leading brands, former AGM and Regional Business Controller at Intercontinental Bank Plc with expertise in retail, operations, commercial and oil & gas banking and former Lecturer at Bendel State University (now Ambrose Alli University).

He holds a B.Sc. Economics from Bendel State University (now Ambrose Alli University) graduating as the “Best Graduating Student in the Department of Economics”, and the “Best Graduating Student Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences”. He also holds a M.Sc. Economics from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School.

Joseph is a certified management development trainer, Centre for Management Development (CMD) and member Nigeria Council of Management Development. He is also a certified member of the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria (CIPN).

 

OLUSOLA OBABORI is the Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director of Red Star Express PLC, a world leading courier and package delivery company in Nigeria.

Shola has previously served as the Group Deputy Managing Director and Executive Director at Red Star Express PLC. An astute management professional with outstanding Sales and Marketing career with an accounting and finance background, making landmark contributions in the areas of Customer Service and Business Development, Logistics, Warehousing and Freight.

Previously, he served as General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Red Star Logistics Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Red Star Express Plc. He joined the services of Red Star in 1999. At various times, he served as the Red Star group’s Assistant General Manager in charge of Strategy and Business Development for over five years and later as Deputy General Manager Sales with responsibility for the national sales management.

Shola holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons) degree in Accounting, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Business Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is an alumnus of several advanced management and leadership programmes from world class institutions including -The School of Business Leadership of the University of South Africa, McGill Executive Institute, Canada; Lagos Business School, Nigeria; Harvard Business School, USA; Haas Business School of the University of California, Berkeley, USA; The University of Westminster, United Kingdom and FedEx Purple Academy, Belgium where he excelled as the Purple Star Award Winner in 2006. He is an Associate member of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (Chartered) and a Fellow of the Institute of Business Development.

 

OBINNIA ABAJUE is the Chief Executive Officer of Hygeia HMO. He 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).

 

RAPHAEL AFAEDOR is the Co-Founder and CEO of Supermartng.com, a grocery delivery service based in Lagos, Nigeria. Supermart partners with leading stores such as Park ‘n’ Shop and SPAR to display their inventory online at Supermartng, and then delivers the items purchased by customers to their homes or offices in as little as 3 hours after they shop. Supermart delivers 7 days a week from noon to 9pm.

In 2012, Raphael co-founded Jumia Nigeria and led its tremendous growth in the capacity of co-Managing Director before resigning in 2014 to build Supermartng.com.

He was also previously the MD/CEO of Sestava Group; Head of Marketing & Business Development & Head of Sales (for West, Central & North Africa) of Notore Chemical Industries; Investment Manager (Summer) of Goldman Sachs; and Senior Manager, European Products, European Product Manager & Software Engineer of Monster.com

He was the co-chairman of the 2009 Harvard Africa Business Conference.

He holds a BSc, MSc (Computer Science, Czech Technical University in Prague), Masters, Marketing/Marketing Management, General (IUKB — Switzerland) and MBA (Harvard Business School).

 

 

PRINCE NNAMDI EKEH is the Chief Executive Officer of Konga Online Shopping. He is the Founder and former Vice President of Yudala Online, the premier composite online and retail chain, with the concrete ambition of becoming the market leader in trade and commerce on the continent. Today, what started as a dream in the mind of a teenager, Yudala has blossomed into a major employer of labour with staff strength of over 300 and over 20 network of Experience Stores all over the country.  Yudala recently acquired Konga.

He is an unrepentant apostle of innovation as the best strategy to outsmart the competition and he brought that to bear on the operations of Yudala Online. He is also A savvy entrepreneur and online enthusiast.

Prince was a resource person (the youngest) at the 2015 Access Bank Leadership conference where he performed with brilliance and demonstrated his knowledge of the dynamics of global economics. He co-starred with global icons like Ben Bernanke (former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Central Bank of the USA), Hans Rosling (Professor of Global Health, Sweden’s Karolinka Institute), Mariana Mazzucato (Professor in Economics, University of Sussex), Chinedu Echeruo (Founder and CEO Gigameet.com), Narayana Murthy (Founder of Infosys) and many more.

He is an Economics graduate of the University of Lancaster. He also holds a certificate in International Business and Economics from Harvard and an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS)

 

OKE MADUEWESI is the Chief Executive Officer of Zaron group of companies, comprising Zaron International Limited, Zaron Cosmetics Limited and Zaron Hair International Limited, who are manufacturers, distributors and marketers of beauty care products under the Zaron brand. Through vision, perseverance and hard work, she has been able to build the Zaron brand into one of the strongest and fastest growing cosmetic brand in Africa.

As an entrepreneur whose products compete with well-established international brands, Oke’s team is focused on delivering quality products at affordable prices to enhance the lifestyle needs of African women, whilst also contributing to the socio-economic development of Nigeria through job creation, enterprise development, strong corporate social responsibility and a business ethos anchored on integrity.

Prior to her foray into entrepreneurship, Oke had worked at Zenith Bank International PLC as a Manager and Head of one of its most profitable branches. As a strong team player and leader she was able to motivate her staff and colleagues to chart new heights for the branch. Notwithstanding the seemingly bright prospects of this job, she voluntarily resigned in 2009, to pursue business education to prepare her for a heartfelt desire to be a business owner and employer of labor.

Oke holds a Masters’ in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom and a Bachelors’ degree in Economics a Edo State University, Ekpoma.

Oke has numerous awards and honors among which are: Makeup Product of the Year 2013 – City People; Fashion & Beauty Awards, Best Makeup Product 2013 – Africa Hair & Makeover Award, Beauty Brand of the Year 2013 – ELOY Awards, Most Outstanding Beauty Brand 2013 – Glam & Essence Awards, Award of Distinction for Entrepreneurial Savvy in the Beauty Industry 2015 – TW Magazaine Anniversary Awards, Africa’s Best Quality Beauty Products Company of the Year 2015 – African Quality Achievement Awards, Best Beauty Brand of the Year 2015 – ThisDay Style Awards, Best Beauty Brand of the year 2016 – ThisDay Style Awards, Profiled as one of Africa’s Leading Entrepreneurs 2017- Africa’s Legacy Project (FoxLife)

 

 

BERNARD ORJI is a Partner in Deloitte.  He leads the Consumer and Industrial Products Practice across West Africa.

He has driven organization-wide transformation projects for large Nigerian conglomerates to achieve improved sales, process and operational efficiencies, cost reduction and new ways of working.

Bernard’s key areas of expertise include Lean Six Sigma based business process re-engineering and improvement, business transformation Strategy & Implementation, sales and business development, business analysis and planning, program and project implementation, key account management, market analysis, operational due diligence, feasibility studies, route-to-market, distributor operations improvement, and managing organization-wide transformation.

He has over 19 years Management Consulting experience, with a significant portion of his experience spent enabling route-to-market operations for FMCG companies in emerging markets. He has worked extensively with distributors of leading FMCG companies to achieve leaner operations, deeper market penetration and wider numeric coverage.

Bernard is an alumnus of the Warwick Business School, a Certified Supply Chain Professional and a British Chevening Scholar.

 

WALE EKUNDAYO is the Founder and Vice President of Cerebre Digital strategically located in three African countries with headquarters in Lagos Nigeria.

Wale is a seasoned marketing and communication expert with over 18 years experiences in the industry, he has amassed vast knowledge and insight in marketing and communication. Wale works with leading global and continental brands looking to reach the continent of Africa.

As a graduate of Microbiology, his found love for marketing and communication motivated him to start a career in communication and marketing twelve years ago, when he worked for Lowe Lintas, the first advertising agency in Nigeria. He later worked with other prestigious marketing agencies, serving in different positions including Managing Director. The core of his career has always hinged on delivering original ideas that add significant value to clients’ brands.

Wale works with notable brands, which include Microsoft Nigeria, First Bank Nigeria, Wema Bank, Hygeia HMO, Vilisco, House of Chic, Dabur, Pepsi, Nigeria Breweries and many more top brands. One of Wale’s notable achievement was running an activation for Unilever Nigeria Lifebuoy brand, which got into the Guinness Book of World record as the largest number of children washing their hands at the same time for Global Hand Washing Day.

 

 

DAVID UBABUDIKE is the News Anchor, Programme Presenter and Business Editor of Silverbird Television. He is quintessential broadcast journalist with a passion for telling compelling stories that make a difference in the society.

David has worked with broadcasting stations such as Galaxy Television, Superscreen Teelevision before joining Silverbird Television as a News anchor and programme presenter.

In the past decade, David has carved a niche for himself in the Nigerian broadcast industry and commands audience especially in the economic sector of the country.

David has stared in several movie series and soap opera such as Heaven’s Gate, Everyday People, Doctor’s Quarter, Us etc

David’s passion includes meeting people event compering and doubles as a voice over artiste.

David holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Lagos. He is also an alumnus of the Nigeria Broadcasting Academy.

David is the Conference Moderator for the 5th edition of The Retail Leaders Conference, TRLC 2018.

 

More confirmation of Speakers to follow.

 

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