Hon. Omobola Johnson

Minister of Communication Technology
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Prior to her ministerial appointment, Omobola Johnson was Country Managing Director of Accenture in Nigeria.

H.E. Mohamed Alabbar

Emaar Properties

The founder of Emaar Properties, the Middle East’s leading property developer, Mohamed Alabbar has been its Chairman since its inception in July 1997.

Amb Zhong Jianhua

Special Representative of the Chinese Government for African Affairs

Ambassador Zhong Jianhua joined the foreign service in 1977 and after finishing his masters returned to the Embassy in London again for another four years.

Hon. Akinwumi Adesina

Minister of Agriculture
Federal Republic of Nigeria

In his position as Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina is spearheading major reforms to Nigerian agriculture.

Hon. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Coordinating Minister for The Economy and Minister of Finance
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed as the new Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2011.

Sri Prakash Lohia

Founder and Chairman
Indorama Corporation

Sri Prakash Lohia started the first manufacturing plant of Indorama Group in 1976 in Indonesia and is the key driving force in Indorama’s global growth which now encompasses 43 manufacturing sites in 20 countries in four continents around the world.

Stephane Bacquaert

Managing Director of Investments and Secretary of the Investment Committee
Wendel Group

Stéphane Bacquaert is a Managing Director with Wendel, a French family holding with a 300-year history, listed on the Euronext with €10bn asset under management.

Kadaria Ahmed

Moderator of the Nigerian Presidential and Vice-presidential Election Debates 2011

Kadaria Ahmed is a seasoned multimedia journalist with over 15 years experience in the industry, first at the BBC in various reporting and producing roles and later as the Editor of multiple award winning newspaper and website, NEXT and 234next.com respectively.

Hakeem Belo-Osagie


Hakeem Belo-Osagie is the Chairman of the board of directors of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services, a mobile telephone operator which operates in Nigeria under the ‘Etisalat’ brand.

Tony Elumelu

Heirs Holdings

Tony O. Elumelu, C.O.N, is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and the Chairman of Heirs Holdings Limited, a pan-African proprietary investment company with interests in strategic sectors of Africa’s economy.

Ibukun Awosika

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
The Chair Centre Group

Ibukun Awosika is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Chair Centre Group, companies in the group include The Chair Centre, Sokoa Chair Centre, Furniture Manufacturers Mart, and TCC Systems and Services and are involved in furniture manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services.

Okechukwu Enelamah

Chief Executive Officer
African Capital Alliance

Okechukwu Enelamah is the Chief Executive Officer of African Capital Alliance a leading African private equity firm that has raised over $750m in managed funds.

Daniel Franklin

Executive editor
The Economist

Daniel Franklin has been Executive Editor of The Economist since June 2006. Since 2003 he has been editor of The Economist's annual publication, The World in...; The World in 2012 was published in November 2011. From May 2010 he has also been The Economist's business affairs editor, responsible for the newspaper's coverage of business, finance and science.

Acha Leke

McKinsey & Company

Acha Leke started his McKinsey career as a Summer Associate in the Johannesburg office in 1998 and rejoined the Firm in Atlanta in 1999.

Abdu Mukhtar

Sahel Capital & Advisory Services

Dr Abdu Mukhtar is Director at Sahel Capital, a leading private equity and advisory firm focused on West Africa.

China Onyemelukwe

Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

China Onyemelukwe is Managing Director responsible for Sub-Saharan Africa origination and coverage across all products and asset classes in the Growth Markets financing group within the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs.

A.B.C. Orjiako

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Dr A.B.C Orjiako is the pioneer and current Chairman of Seplat, where he leads the board and the company' s strategic business development objectives.

Arunma Oteh

Director General
Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission

Arunma Oteh became the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, in January 2010 and was elected Chairman, Africa Middle East Regional Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions in June 2010.

Gbenga Oyebode

Okomu Oil Palm Company

Gbenga Oyebode has been the Managing Partner of Aluko & Oyebode since 1993.

Muhammad Ali Pate

Visiting Professor
Duke Global Health Institute

Dr Muhammad Ali Pate most recently served as Minister of State for Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 2011 and 2013.

Sim Shagaya

Konga.com and Dealdey.com

Sim Shagaya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Konga Online Shopping, a leading online retailer and marketplace in Nigeria.

Hassan Usman

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Prior to his current role, Hassan Usman served as Executive Director (Investments) at Abuja Investment and Property Development Company, the Federal Capital Territory's premier development agency in Nigeria.

Diana Layfield

Chief Executive Officer, Africa
Standard Chartered

Diana Layfield was appointed to her current role in June 2011, where she is responsible for all of the Bank’s businesses across the continent.

Mukul Mathur

Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria

Mukul Mathur is the Country Head for Olam Nigeria since 2003, overseeing the company’s exports of agricultural commodities including cocoa beans and products, cashew, sesame, cotton and its domestic business comprising food staples and packaged formulated foods.

Bisi Onasanya

Chief Executive Officer
First Bank of Nigeria

Bisi Onasanya is currently Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at FirstBank Nigeria Ltd.

Atedo Peterside

Chairman of the Technical Committee
Nigerian National Council on Privatisation (NCP)

Atedo Peterside CON, is the Founder and Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Bank.

Jean Christophe Kugler

Senior Vice-president, Chairman of Euromed-Africa Region

Jean-Christophe Kugler joined the process engineering R&D center at Renault in 1984.

Wale Tinubu

Group Chief Executive Officer

Wale Tinubu is the Group Chief Executive of Oando, Africa's leading indigenous energy solutions provider listed on the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.

George Nassar

Managing Director
P&G Nigeria

George Nassar is the Managing Director for Procter & Gamble Nigeria and is responsible for leading the company’s operations in Nigeria.

Vladimir Duthiers

International Correspondent

Vladimir Duthiers was among the first journalists to arrive in Haiti to cover the 2010 earthquake, and was part of a CNN team that went on to win two Emmy Awards for its coverage of the earthquake and its aftermath.

Lazarus Angbazo

President and Chief Executive Officer
GE Nigeria

Lazarus Angbazo is responsible for developing and expanding the growth of GE’s businesses and functions in Nigeria and was appointed to his current role in October 2008.

Michael Lakota

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Siemens Nigeria

Michael Lakota is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Limited Nigeria.

Bisa Williams

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs
US Department of State

In her current role Bisa Williams is responsible for West Africa and African economic policy issues.

Bismarck Rewane

Managing Director
Financial Derivatives Company Limited

Bismarck Rewane has over thirty years experience as an Economist, Banker & Financial Analyst.

Evelyn Oputu

Managing Director
Bank of Industry

Evelyn Oputu was appointed to her current role in 2005 and began her banking career in 1976 with ICON Merchant Bank.

Guillaume Roux

Executive Vice-president and Member of the Board
Lafarge Group

Guillaume Roux commenced his current role as Country CEO in addition to his position as Execuitve Vice-president, Operations in Lafarge Group in September 2013.

Martin Peck

Director of Technology EMEA

Martin Peck is Senior Director Technology at Oracle EMEA.

Mark Eddo

International Journalist and Managing Director
Mark Eddo Media

Mark Eddo currently doubles as a roving reporter for BBC World’s Africa Business Report. He is devoted to changing negative perceptions of Africa to reflect the vast opportunity the continent offers. Previously Mr Eddo was a business and economics Senior Correspondent for ITV News in London.

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