Margaret Obiageli Olele is currently the Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Secretary of the American Business Council www.abcnig.com , the voice of American Business in Nigeria and the affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this role, she was the Corporate Affairs Director for Pfizer in Nigeria, Ghana, East Africa & Southern African Markets responsible for all Public Affairs and Communication engagements in about 15 countries and represented Pfizer on the Board of Directors of the American Business Council.
She played key roles in the Pharma industry working with different government committees and Trade Associations including the Advertising Standards Panel of the Advertising Regulatory Agency in Nigeria (APCON), BASCAP Nigerian Taskforce, and The Nigerian Representative of Overseas Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NIROPHARM) where she served as an executive and championed Publicity initiatives.
Margaret has over 24 years’ experience in Food and Pharma industry and in July 2010 joined Pfizer as an Associate Director, Public Affairs and Communication and by 2012 became a Director in the same role. In 2013, she was seconded to the role of Director Tenders and Institutions and infused her experience in the area of Public Affairs, providing fresh insights into the opportunities around Tender Business in the Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
From 2013 – July 2016, Maggie combined her role as Corporate Affairs role with Health & Value, Tender and key Account Management. She led the team into winning new Tenders and achieving great success in business with non-traditional Customers. In 2017, She became Corporate Affairs Director with an expanded geographical role and communication oversight in French Speaking West Africa and Southern African Markets.
She worked with global teams and was the Key Contact point for Global and regional Corporate Affairs projects in SSA including the Access and Affordability Project in Ghana -an initiative to
improve access to quality medicines for non- communicable diseases/ Health system strengthening working with the GATES Foundation, Ghanaian government and some multinational pharma; The SSA Oncology access initiatives, Mencevax/Ninmerix IDSA Exit and the SSA Sickle Cell Project.

She was directly in charge of building Pfizer’s reputation in African communities through unique in-country CSR initiatives, Government engagement, strengthening partnerships with Pharmacy Associations across major countries and mobilizing and empowering Patient Associations.

She supported the birth and growth of Glaucoma Patient Association through Capacity building and media awareness and joint advocacy visits; Organized and initiated a coalition of Oncology Patient groups in Africa strengthening them through capacity building training on use of social media, media training and fund mobilization; Sickle Cell Patient Groups in Africa through support of media awareness activities, screenings, awareness of treatment guidelines among others. In her personal capacity, Margaret mentors’ young leaders of Patient Groups and have supported fund mobilization projects with some groups especially Sickle Cell Aid Foundation. She has been a YALI Mentor and Reader.

She has also trained IAPO members in Africa on stakeholder mapping and remains passionate about empowerment of Patient Groups in the Continent.

She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Literature, a Masters of Arts Degree in English from the University of Ibadan Nigeria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos and a Master’s of Science Degree in Mass Communication specializing in Public Relations and Advertising from the same University.
Margaret worked in the Pioneer Private broadcast media in Nigeria, Clapperboard Network Television and over sixteen years with West African Seasoning Company, part of Ajinomoto Group, Japan. She set the pace in this company’s diversification into East Africa and held at various times the position of General Manager for Marketing, Regulatory, New Product Development, Public Relations and Corporate Communication.
She trained at the British Standard Institute, United Kingdom as an internal Auditor for Quality Management System ISO 9001.2000, as well as Environmental Management Systems ISO 1800 and was the Management Representative for the Quality Management System at the West African Seasoning Company.
Margaret is a Certified National Quality Management Auditor of the Standard Organization of Nigeria, a member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria.
She was the Executive Secretary of the key Food Lobby Group Association- the Monosodium Glutamate Association of Nigeria and the first Female Vice President of the Technical Committee, Food and Beverage Trade Association. She represented the Food Group at Nigeria National Codex Alimentarius Committee, a committee involved in the setting of National Standards for Food and Food related products. She attended a Number of Regional and International Codex Alimentarius meetings as part of the Nigerian National Delegation representing the Beverage and Food Industry in this Delegation. She served on the Advertising Standard Panel of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria.
Maggie leverages her strength in relationship building and management to run successful projects in her markets with Cross Functional teams and across different levels of society.
In her spare time, she is an adjunct Faculty teaching Brand strategy and communication at the graduate school of Media and Communication Pan Atlantic University, loves writing and has published a number of articles in National Newspapers. She is currently working on a Novel.

José Raúl Perales is Deputy Director of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. He oversees a team of experts involved in the design and implementation of all in-country projects and serves on the management team of the Alliance.

Prior to joining CIPE, Perales served as the Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this role, Perales advised the Secretary on the impact of the Department’s policies, regulations, and processes on private sector companies, universities, and not-for-profit institutions and enhanced strategic communications in order to help the public and private sectors jointly meet their shared responsibility for homeland security. Perales has also served as the Director for the Americas at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as Executive Director and Vice-President of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) where he developed key Chamber policy initiatives in the Americas, especially on trade facilitation and Cuban affairs, and oversaw AACCLA’s operations and several policy programs. Previously, Perales was the Senior Associate at the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center. Perales also served as trade policy adviser to the government of Puerto Rico, where he successfully created a strategy for advancing the island’s foreign trade interests, mediated government-private sector interaction on commercial affairs, and participated in trade negotiations at the regional (Caribbean) and multilateral (World Trade Organization) levels.

 

Ayodeji Olukoju is Distinguished Professor of History, majoring in maritime and economic history, at the University of Lagos; Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Chrisland University, Abeokuta and Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Letters. He was Visiting Research Fellow of the Japan Foundation, British Academy, DAAD (Germany), Institute of Developing Economies (Tokyo), the Chapman and Leventis Foundations (UK); WARA Travel Grantee at Emory University; member, Governing Council, NIIA (Nigeria) and advisory board,African Peacebuilding Network (New York), and editorial boards of Journal of African History, African Economic History, Afrika Zamani, and History in Africa, and the first African on the executive committee of the International Maritime History Association.  Author of The Liverpool of West Africa: The Dynamics and Impact of Maritime Trade in Lagos, 1900-1950 (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2004), Culture and Customs of Liberia (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006), Infrastructure Development and Urban Facilities in Lagos, 1861-2000 (Ibadan: IFRA, 2003), The Fourteenth Commissar of Works (Lagos: Bluesign, 2007), and book chapters and scholarly journal articles on Nigerian, West African and Japanese ports and shipping, Olukoju was Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos (2010-16). He co-edited (with Daniel Castillo Hidalgo) African Seaports and Maritime Economics in Historical Perspective (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), the first volume on the subject since 1970.

 

Maureen Kariuki is Senior Regional Coordinator, Africa and the Middle East for the Open Government Partnership (OGP). In her role, she provides support to governments and civil society in OGP member countries working to advance ambitious open government reforms in their countries.

Maureen is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya who has been working on the promotion of good governance in Africa since 2009. She previously worked with the United Nations Against Corruption (UNCAC) Coalition where she was engaged as Regional Coordinator for sub Saharan Africa; and the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) where she served as Programme Coordinator (Outreach). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law; a Post Graduate Diploma in Law and a Master’s Degree in International Relations.

Maureen can be reached at Maureen.Kariuki@opengovpartnership.org

 

Odeh is a man with passion for human development and social impact. Odeh has a deep interest to serve humanity while contributing to social development across a range of sectors that include child protection, gender equality, and advocating for inclusion of women and youth for development. He has seen the importance of accountability as a critical driver of progress, and he is building a movement for young people and making governance work in Nigeria through the Accountability Lab

Dr  Olusegun Omisakin, a development economist, machine learning developer and blogger based in Lagos, Nigeria

Dr Joe Abah is the Country Director of DAI. DAI is an international development company that works with a wide range of clients, including national and local governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, private corporations, and philanthropies in over 100 countries.

Before joining DAI in September 2017, Joe was the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms in Nigeria. Under his leadership, he emphasised the need for public service reforms to focus on tangible improvements in the lives of citizens, not just administrative reforms. His work as Director General led to improvements in the processing of drivers’ licences, international passports, tax clearance certificates and national identity management.

Joe is a strong champion for electronic government. As DG of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, he led the development of a web-based performance assessment tool for government agencies that won a Pan African award for Innovation. He also put in place Nigeria’s first electronic Freedom of Information portal. This saw the response time for responding to Freedom of Information requests come down from up to 7 days to less than 2 minutes. He also led the institutional reforms of dozens of agencies and parastatals.

Before his appointment as Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms in 2013, Joe led several programmes for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria. Some of the interventions he led include the privatisation of waste management in the Federal Capital Territory, the reform of the FCT Water Board and the creation of the Abuja Enterprise Agency that has empowered 73,000 Nigerians to start businesses, 90% of which are youth. He also supported the development of the Nigerian Governors Forum’s State Peer Review Mechanism, believed to be the first subnational peer review process in the world.

Prior to returning to Nigeria in 2003, he worked in various public sector organisations in the UK, including the Prime Minister’s Office of Public Service Reforms. Joe is an internationally recognised expert in governance and institutional reforms, political economy analysis and change management. He is also a prolific writer and blogger.

Joe is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He holds a Ph.D. in Governance and Public Policy Analysis from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, where he currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer. His academic interest is how organisations in dysfunctional environments can overcome daunting institutional constraints and still function for the benefit of citizens

Celestine Okeke is a development consultant who has worked with small businesses over a ten-year period. He is the lead partner at SEEDi, a civic tech organization working with partners to address the challenges faced by small businesses in Nigeria.  Along with his partners, Celestine works to highlight the impacts of corruption, consistent inconsistencies of government policies and stifling ecosystem on small businesses in Nigeria. The work of his organization relies greatly on access to information.

He led the team at SEEDi that published a report on state of MSME financing in Nigeria in November 2017 and co-authored another piece with Matthew T Page in February 2019 on how corruption is negating government’s assistance to small businesses in Nigeria. He is also an avid advocate for open funding in the economic development space in Nigeria, led advocacy for the country’s signing up to the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition and a strong advocate for unhindered access to free, open and usable datasets on the various economic intervention initiatives in Nigeria.

Peter Bamkole, Pioneered the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan-Atlantic University in January 2003 – now one of the top enterprise development centers in Africa and a model which has been replicated in four African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda). As the Director of the Center, he is responsible for the overall program development, capacity building and support services to entrepreneurs. Trained as a Mechanical Engineer in the UK under the British Petroleum scholarship, with MBA from IESE Business School in Spain and alumnus of Lagos Business School (Chief Executive Program), his 36 years cognate experience spans both the public and private sectors. (Oil Industry; Water Supply and Education).

He led the Goldman Sachs 10,000 women initiative in Nigeria, and was a consultant to the project in Liberia. He initiated and led several partnership programs with diverse stakeholders such as British Council, Etisalat, Federal Government of Nigeria, Diamond Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Access Bank and MTN. With the support of The Coca- Cola Africa Foundation, he is developing a new generation of nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

A certified Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) trainer, Peter consults widely in Sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship development and practice. He is a member of the University Management Council, served on the National Council on MSME and the Youth Learning Advisory Committee of the MasterCard Foundation, Canada. He chairs the Advisory Board of both Supreme Education Foundation and International Breweries Foundation.

Peter Bamkole received the 2017 member of the year award from the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE); he was also the recipient of the 2017 Alumni of the year award from the Lagos Business School. In November 2018, Peter Bamkole was conferred with the fellowship of the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria.

His current interest is designing new learning methods and e-support for SMEs

Mrs Mojisola Bakare(Asieru-Sweet)-ACIB,AMIoD,MCIBS,CB UK,HFCILRM FICA,FERP, AMP:General Manager, Corporate & Investment Banking Sterling Bank Plc. Mrs Mojisola Bakare (married into the Asieru-Sweet family) is a General Manager in the Corporate and Investment Banking Directorate at Sterling Bank Plc. MB as she is fondly called has a vast role as the Divisional Head of Corporate Client Coverage and Sales Division. This Division handles the Corporate Bank Businesses of the Bank. She is an Alumni of INSEAD Fountainbleau, France by virtue of her completion of the Advanced Management Programme of the prestigious Institute. she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Lagos State University, she holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Bangor University, Bangor, North Wales. She is an Associate of Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria. She is an Associate member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria. She is a honorary Senior member Chartered Institute of Bankers, Nigeria. She is a Chartered Banker Scotland, United kingdom. She is a fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration, Nigeria and Honorary Fellow of chartered Institute of Loans and Risk Management, Nigeria, MB is a fellow of Enterprise Risk Professionals. She is a member of various committees at Sterling Bank Plc. She recently chaired Sterling Bank’s disciplinary committee for two Years. She is the current chairman of Sterling Bank’s Service Management committee. She served meritoriously for four years as a Governing Council member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria between 2016 to 2020. She is the current First Vice Chairman of Membership Development and Services Committee of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. She is currently a Vice President of the Lagos chamber of commerce and Industry, Nigeria, she is a Council member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, She Chairs the Membership and Welfare committee of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is also an advisory Council member of Cafei, an NGO committed to consumer awareness and financial literacy. She loves Banking and believes her touch points must be impactful. She is committed to mentoring to build a better tomorrow.

MB joined Sterling Bank Plc on 1st November,2011 with the successful Merger of Equitorial Trust Bank and Sterling Bank Plc as a Deputy General Manager. She was an active member of the Interim Management Team of Sterling Bank Plc. She and other members of the Interim Management Team successfully completed the full Integration of People, Systems and Processes in record time of six months of former Equitorial Trust Bank Ltd and Sterling Bank Plc. Before She joined Sterling Bank Plc, She successfully worked with Equitorial Trust Bank Limited in various capacities for over Nineteen years from 1st June 1992 – 31stOctober, 2011.She has vast experience in Risk Management, Marketing, Transaction Banking, Branch Operations, Trade Finance, International Operations, Investment Banking, Structured finance, Treasury, Financial Institutions, Sales, Wealth Management and Solutions, Corporate Banking. She is an active member of various management committees of Sterling Bank Plc.

MB has over Twenty Nine Years post graduation work experience out of which over Twenty Eight Years has been in Banking. She has won various awards and commendations amongst which is the 2005 Quality Recognition Awards by Citigroup Transaction Services, London. She has also earned yearly commendations from the Banks she has worked with including her current employer Sterling Bank Plc. She has attended various courses and seminars in Nigeria and Overseas. She is a Leadership expert.

Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni currently serves as the Director General of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).  He graduated from the University of Ife (now OAU) in 1979 with a B.Sc. Social Sciences (Political Science). He joined the Nigerian Diplomatic service in July 1980 after his National Youth Service in Jos Plateau State. His first diplomatic posting was on “Attachment” to the Nigerian Embassy Brussels Belgium; Nigeria’s diplomatic outpost, which is also concurrently accredited to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and which also serves as the Nigerian Mission to the European Union. He served in the Mission, between 1982 and 1983. In 1984 he returned to the University for Post-Graduate studies in International Law and graduated with Post Graduate Diploma in International Law from the University of Lagos. Between December 1986 and April 1989, he served in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations New York, covering among others the work of the 2nd 3rd 4th and 6th Committees of the UN as well as the Security Council. He was thus involved in the work of the UN spanning Economic and Financial matters; South-South Cooperation, Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC); Social, cultural and humanitarian and Legal affairs as well as Peace and Conflict Resolution and UN Peace Keeping operations.

 

He returned to Nigeria in 1989 and in line with his insatiable quest for knowledge he enrolled for another Postgraduate studies at the University of Lagos. He graduated from UNILAG in 1991 with Masters of International Law and Diplomacy (MILD) with focus on International Environmental Law.

 

Between 1991 and 1994, he worked at the Bilateral Economic Cooperation Division (BECD) at the Headquarters, (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and worked  in Tel Aviv Israel from 1994-1998. He served in the Mission as Counsellor Political, Culture and Information following closely the implementation of the Oslo Peace Accord. He also subsequently served in the Embassy the Pilgrims’ Liaison Officer.

 

In January 2000 he returned to the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York to strengthen the Mission when Nigeria was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the New York Chapter of the Group of 77 and China. During the period he was closely involved in the UN Millennium Summit and the negotiations of the UN Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) as well as the meetings of the First Ever South Summit which was held in Havana Cuba from 10-14 April 2000, and where the Havana Declaration and  Programme of Action of the G77 and China was adopted.

 

From 2003-2007, Ambassador Olukanni was in Nairobi and served as Acting High Commissioner to Kenya with concurrent accreditation to Seychelles and Ag Permanent Representative to United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme(UNHABITAT). On his return to Nigeria, in April 2007, he was appointed Director Public Communications and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

In August 2010, he was posted to the Embassy of Nigeria to Austria which also serves as /Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN in Vienna. There he served as Charge D’Affaires to Austria with concurrent accreditation to Slovakia and Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations office in Vienna(UNOV) as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA,) His other duties include overseeing Nigeria’s interest in the following Organisations based in Vienna. OPEC, OPEC FUND, The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), United Nations Industrial Organisation (UNlDO); United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime(UNDOC); UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space(COPOUS); United Nations Office on International Trade Law(UNCITRAL).

 

He was appointed Ambassador in February 2011 while serving in Vienna and posted to Canberra, Australia. From July 2011 to March 2015, he served as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Australia with con-current accreditation to New Zealand, Fiji Papua New-Guinea and Pacific Island of Vanuatu. He returned home from Australia in March 2015 to retire from the Foreign Service on attainment of age 60 and became actively involved in advocacy and motivational speaking circuit on environment, gender and development issues. In May 2018, after a rigorous process, he was appointed Director General NACCIMA.

 

He is a passionate environmentalist and serves as the Vice chairman of an environment NGO, Fight Against Desert Encroachment.  (FADE) and an associate member of the Nigerian Montane Project.  He is also a member of the United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN) An avid golfer, he is a cultural enthusiast who loves poetry, and theatre and engaged in the creative industry for transformative development .He is married to Mrs. Oluyemisi Olukanni and they have three daughters and two grandsons

Agada Apochi is an Organisational Psychologist & Change Leadership Specialist. Agada is the Managing Director/CEO of UP (Unified Payments) and has led the company to becoming the first and only nonbank Nigerian entity to become Principal Member or Licensed Acquirer of all major global payment schemes. The company has also diversified into different businesses including B2C (Business-to-Consumer) under Agada’s leadership. Prior to his appointment as MD/CEO, Agada was an Executive Director in UP and also worked for 13 years in 2 Nigerian banks. Agada is the Founder and Director of another Fintech company, PayAttitude, which is owned by a consortium of leading Nigerian banks.

Agada is the Vice President, Lagos Business School Alumni Association. He is an Innovator, Entrepreneur, Honorary Chartered Banker, Chartered Mediator & Conciliator, Fellow, International Academy of Cards & Payments, Fellow, Institute of Credit Administrators, Certified International Cards & Payments Professional (CICPP) and Certified Associate, Capability Maturity Model Integration Institute (CMMII).

 

Agada obtained his Master in Organisational Psychology from Columbia University in New York.  He also holds a Master Degree in Law and is an Alumnus of Lagos Business School, Cornell University and attended different executive learning programs at Harvard Business School, Insead Business School, and Bank Card Business School in Cambridge. He is currently a Doctoral Student of the Swiss Business School.

Fisayo Soyombo is best remembered as the Nigerian journalist who spent five days in a police cell as a suspect and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison — to track corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system, after which the authorities contemplated arresting him, or the journalist who drove the equivalent of a stolen vehicle from Abuja to Lagos, passing through a whopping 86 checkpoints in a journey of over 1,600km that lasted a cumulative 28hours 17minutes.

 

Before then, though, he had investigated the abandonment of soldiers injured in battle against Boko Haram, corruption in the handling of corpses at government-run mortuaries and cemeteries, theft of foodstuffs at NEMA stores and IDP camps in Borno, the plunder of Ebola funds in Liberia, corruption by men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Apapa Port, the travails of cancer patients undergoing treatment at government-owned hospitals, the extortion of national ID card-seeking members of the public by NIMC officials, and, way back in 2013, the brutality of ethnocentric killings in Plateau State.

 

This year, he has gone under cover for three weeks as a patient of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

 

A former Managing Editor of SaharaReporters and the pioneer Editor of TheCable, Soyombo has also edited the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR).

 

His brand of investigative reporting has won him multiple awards: in 2016 alone, he was finalist, Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism; winner, Maritime Economy category, African Media Initiative awards; winner, overall prize, Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting; winner, Hans Verploeg Newcomer of the Year category, Free Press Awards, Netherlands; and winner, Journalist of the Year (Business and Economy Reporting), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Journalism Excellence Awards.

 

He is a three-time winner of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting, a 2013 winner of the Deutsche Welle/Orange Magazine Reporting Fellowship and a 2014 finalist for the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.

 

In January 2020, he co-won Gatefield’s inaugural People Journalism Prize for Africa (PJPA) with BBC Africa Eye’s Kiki Mordi; and in April, he emerged the only African on the longlist for One World Media’s International Journalist of the Year award. He would eventually make the three-man shortlist, alongside Sky News’ Alex Crawford and BBC News’ John Sudworth.

 

Soyombo is an op-ed contributor to Al Jazeera and has also written for TAZ, Journal Du Dimanche, the Daily Mail UK and Africa In Fact. His writings have been translated into German, French and Arabic.

Dr. Olayinka Akanle has extensive expertise and experience in researching and understanding corruption, accountability, transparency and Ease of Doing Business in private and public sector. His scholarship, academic, advocacy and practice engagements also cover social development, poverty studies, social change and good governance in Africa. Dr. Akanle is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of The Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Research Associate in Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) in Social Policy, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa. He has won other scholarly awards like being a World Social Science Fellow (WSSF) of The International Social Science Council (ISSC), Paris, France, Laureate of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal and University of Ibadan Postgraduate School Prize for scholarly publication awardee. He has attended many local and international scholarly conferences and has published widely in local and international journals, books, technical reports and encyclopedia. He has authoured and co-edited books including The Development of Africa: Issues, Diagnosis and Prognosis (Springer Publishing, Germany).

Dr. Olusegun Omisakin is an economist with more than 15 years of professional experience. He has led major transformational changes with proven success in a wide variety of high-level regional and national development projects within the core narratives of economic growth/development outlook, development perspective agenda and private sector development initiatives.

 

Dr. Omisakin currently serves as the Chief Economist and Director of Research & Development at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG)- a private sector-led think tank in Nigeria- where he coordinates and provides strategic direction for development initiatives, research, advocacy and policy engagement. In his current capacity, he has initiated innovative technical supports and partnerships that ensure improved evidence-based decision-making and private sector economic participation.

He is a Senior Fellow at the West African Institute (WAI)-a UNESCO Centre for Regional Integration and Policy Analysis and a Macroeconomic & Policy Consultant for the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning

(UNIDEP).

 

He is an alumnus of University of Ibadan with M.Sc. and Ph.D. in economics.

Vivek leads MACN’s collective action programs within the regions of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He is primarily responsible for collective action projects in West Africa, with a focus on Nigeria. He is also responsible for the development and the launch of the Global Port Integrity Index, measuring the level of integrity in ports worldwide.

 

Prior to joining BSR, Vivek was the head of the maritime occupational safety and health department at Sea Health and Welfare, a Danish non-profit private consultancy and service organization for Danish shipping. Vivek is a master mariner with more than 20 years of experience in the maritime industry, including sailing as senior officer aboard merchant ships worldwide. He holds a Master’s degree in maritime affairs with a specialty in maritime law and policy from the World Maritime University, where he is also a guest lecturer

Abisola is an environmental and social (E&S) compliance professional with 12+ years of experience in E&S management within various sectors such as agribusiness, manufacturing, oil and gas and financial intermediaries. She works at CAO – the accountability mechanism for IFC & MIGA (the private sector arms of the World Bank Group) – where she assesses the adequacy of IFC/MIGA’s E&S risk management systems and compliance with assuring clients adequately implement IFC’s Sustainability Framework.

 

Prior to joining CAO, Abisola worked in the UK as an environmental consultant on a range of projects involving environmental compliance and permitting, site investigations, environmental impact assessment, environmental management systems, and due diligence audits. Abisola received her MSc. in Environmental Technology (Water Management) from Imperial College London, a BSc. in Geology from the University of Ibadan and currently in the process of getting her MBA from the School of Business, George Washington University.

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JJ. Omojuwa is the founder and Chief Strategist at The Alpha Reach, one of Nigeria’s foremost Digital Media companies. Omojuwa reaches millions of people on social media via his presence on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other such platforms. His Twitter followership – almost 1 million – makes him one of the most popular African bloggers and public speakers on the platform. He also has a network of bloggers and micro-bloggers who help to project and amplify issues and programmes of interest. He is the convener of The Conversations On Democracy & Development (CODED) with #CODED2019 one of the most talked about conferences in Africa in 2019. His book, Digital: The New Code of Wealth #DigitalWealthBook, broke social media and sales records in its first month of release. Omojuwa is on the board of several companies and organisations, including the Convention on Business Integrity (CBi), founded by Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship, Nigeria’s foremost fellowship programme, founded by the Kaduna State government. He is a renowned International speaker, and has addressed audiences across all of Africa’s regions, Europe, North, South and Central America, often leading conversations on challenges and opportunities in Africa, New Media, democracy and governance. He was a guest lecturer at the Free University in Berlin where he lectured on the impact of New Media on Civil Disobedience. He is a regular delegate at the Halifax International Security Forum, Nova Scotia, Canada. Omojuwa is often listed amongst Africa’s most influential people by reputable organisations and media houses, including Credit Suisse’s The Bulletin. He has been featured on local and international media platforms including TV, radio and magazines. He is a King’s College, Lagos Old Boy (KCOB), a graduate of Agricultural Economics from Nigeria’s renowned University of Agriculture, Abeokuta UNAAB (now FUNAAB).

He is currently pursuing an MSc in Behaviour Change at the Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College, London (UCL) having won the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Scholarship for that purpose.

 

Mr Aliyu holds a BSc Degree in Quantity Surveying and also an MBA. A Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, BOT member of Professional Procurement Association of Nigeria and member of American Association of Cost Engineers International.

Has both private and public sectors experiences. Had a stint in the private sector from 1989 to 2002 as a Consultant Quantity Surveyor and was part of the team that metamorphosed Dangote Group from merchant company to a manufacturing conglomerate.

In the public sector, he was amongst the original 8 (eight) Nigerians (Known as G-8) that started the Public Procurement Reform of the Federal Government in the erstwhile organization known as Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit under the Presidency that metamorphosed into Bureau of Public Procurement after the passage of Procurement Act in 2007.

At the Bureau, he played crucial role as Project Officer working on the Procurement Reforms Component of the World Bank’s funded Economic Reforms Governance Project. The project assisted in the drafting of the Procurement Act, developed the regulations and standard bidding documents, general sensitizations of citizens and training of procurement officers in the Ministries Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government. He was also a member of Presidential Task Force on Power Reform and member Millennium Sustainable Goals.

At this moment, as the Director of Regulations, Data Base and ICT Department of the Bureau, He heads the teams that built the Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers Registration and Classification (Vendor Registration System) and head of the team for the development of E-Procurement, a project African Development Bank is co-funding with the World Bank.

He is a working group member of the Open Government Partnership and Open Contracting Partnership.

Oluseun Onigbinde is the co-founder and Director of BudgIT, Nigeria’s fisc organization. BudgIT is Nigeria’s leading fiscal transparency group that uses creative design and technology to improve access to public budgets and related fiscal data. Oluseun Onigbinde is a recipient of the Ashoka Fellowship, Future Africa Awards, Quartz Africa 30 Innovators Award, Aspen New Voices Fellowship, Archbishop Tutu Fellowship, Melvin Jones Fellowship and Stanford Draper Hill Summer Fellowship. As a Knight Innovation Fellow, he worked with the International Center for Journalists/Gates Foundation on rethinking health journalism in Nigeria. He also sits on ONE Africa Policy Advisory Board and was named as one of the 100 most influential Africans by The Africa Report Magazine.

Oluseun Onigbinde, a 2019 Obama Foundation Scholar at Columbia University, is a graduate of Engineering at University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He also had Executive Education at Stanford University Graduate School of Business on Social Entrepreneurship.

Reverend Father George Ehusani

Lars Benson is Regional Director for Africa at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, DC. He works closely with partners representing the private sector, civil society, and government to implement policy and regulatory reforms, enhance anti-corruption initiatives, engage in public-private dialogue, and improve democratic governance across the continent.

Prior to joining CIPE, Benson served as the country director assisting small and medium enterprises to provide services and products to the oil industry in Angola. He also led an economic development and private enterprise program in Azerbaijan and worked on numerous projects in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. In the private sector, Benson served as a regional sales manager for a U.S. manufacturer of electronic repair equipment and was responsible for sales and marketing in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. He has an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University.

Frank Brown is the Director of the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center. The Center focuses on streamlining CIPE’s existing programming and exploring innovative approaches based on new partnerships, economic trends, and law enforcement priorities. Before the launch of the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center, Brown covered a portfolio that included Central Asia, Ukraine, and Russia. In Russia, he launched an anti-corruption program aimed at regional, mid-sized businesses and enlisted the support of multi-national corporations doing business in Russia. In addition to his work in Eurasia, Brown worked on cross-regional trade programming with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, of which CIPE is an implementer.

More recently, Brown has been working on a diverse portfolio that includes the development and implementation of programs related to governance writ large, with a special emphasis on reducing the corrosive effect of corruption. Such programs consist of new interventions that range from risk management in areas beyond corruption, to a holistic, public-private approach to procurement governance, to the use of blockchain technology to improve governance of international trade conventions.

Anthony is passionate about the fight against bribery and corruption. He is a seasoned Financial Crime Compliance professional with over 15 years’ experience in the banking industry, covering Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance, Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Risk Management, Operational Risk Management and Banking Operations.

Currently the Principal, Anti-Bribery and Corruption at Standard Chartered Bank, he supports the implementation of the Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance Program across all the markets in which the bank operates.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Anthony was the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) at a leading regional bank in East Africa, based in Kenya.

He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance degree.

In his free time, he enjoys volunteering in mentoring the youth, spending time with family, an avid reader and novice golfer.

Ashnah Kalemera

Shaeena Adams

Lisa Miller is the World Bank Group Integrity Compliance Officer and heads the Integrity Compliance Unit in the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency.  She previously was a Senior Counsel in the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency.  Prior to joining the World Bank, she was in private legal practice.  She received an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center; a J.D. from George Washington University Law School; and a B.S. in International Politics and Certificate in German Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Professor Kingsley Moghalu

Omowunmi Olarinre

Mrs. Uwa Osa-Oboh