Ini Abimbola is the Lead Consultant of ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited (TPC), an Assessments and Strategy firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. A 2008 Draper Hills Fellow on Democracy and Development at Stanford University California and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, Ini holds a degree in International Relations & Diplomacy and a Masters degree in Management. Her areas of expertise include but not limited to International Development, with over 15 years working in the international development space; broad consulting experience & expertise on capacity building, corporate governance, strategic policy formulation, visioning, planning & implementation, sustainability, development communications, strategy formulation & evaluation, performance & productivity, leadership, change management, projects & innovations management, process re-engineering, social performance audits as well as strategy & toolkit development. She is a published author of 3 books and over 25 publications (chapters, articles), and has delivered more than 100 presentations in over 15 countries in the last 5 years on a range of topics some of which include: Corporate Governance, Change Management, Enterprise Development, Sustainability & CSR. A member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Institute of Directors (IOD), Ini sits on the boards of various organizations including BrainCedar, Serendipity Limited, AXL8 Limited, SpeedMeals, SIS Limited, amongst others. Ini is also the Founder, Thistle Group, an emerging group of enterprises in Gas, Logistics, Research and Media.
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Nicholas is the Convener and founder of the “Nigeria Leadership Summit” Nigeria’s largest summit for Leadership. In addition Nicholas anchors Nigeria’s most prominent Radio program for Leaders, “Nigeria Manifesto” on 99.3 FM Lagos, which is a public education platform for young as well as mature people to help build innovative Leaders among all Nigerian people as well as help them redefine their strategy for success in Life, and in the process uplift and rebuild an entire Nation. Nicholas also authors four pages in the Guardian every Saturday and Sunday in a special EMPOWER NIGERIA section in the Newspapers. In 2005 Nicholas was nominated as one of the top forty Nigerians under forty years old by Nigeria’s leading News Papers. He was also nominated twice, first in 2006 and then 2008 as the top five most innovative Young Executives in Nigeria by This Day News Papers, during its prestigious annual awards ceremony.
Nicholas was educated at Anambra State University of Technology where he studied Applied Microbiology and Genetic Engineering, he has taken several executive courses at Harvard Business School and London Business School. He worked as a Financial Consult with Merrill Lynch in Boston Massachusetts after studying at Harvard University Extension School.
Mark Onoja is a StartUp Development Expert experience in creating result oriented framework and strategy for StartUps and Small Businesses. In the year 2015, he co-founded The StartUp Academy; a StartUp Development and Coaching Firm dedicated to helping professionals easily start a business and Small Businesses grow.
He will be discussing Kickstarting your own business – implementing result-oriented business growth strategy. Develop a winning entrepreneur mindset. Develop market fit business ideas. Structure the right model that support your business idea (i.e. product, customer analysis, marketing, sales, operation, finance, and production).
Chichi is a Versatile, Analytical, Driven, Result oriented and hard-working Human Capital Management executive, with practical hands-on approach. The CEO at Deangelo Consultancy, a HR Intervention company involved in Advisory Services, Career Management services, Recruitment and Human Capital Training and Development.
For the last 16 years, she has pursued her career in Human Capital Management as someone who gains satisfaction from bringing about improvements in the workplace. With a genuine integrity that is readily recognized she has established a reputation as an employee advocate who can be trusted and relied on to champion the needs of the employee while serving the best interests of the company.
Furthermore, with demonstrated skills in manpower planning, training and development, performance management, change management; and health and welfare management. Chichi always perseveres to achieve best results.
Chichi holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) University of Calabar and Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Theatre Arts from the same University. She is also an Alumnus of The Lagos Business School. A Member of CIPM and SHRM and a Faculty member of CVL, Center for Values and Leadership founded by Pat Utomi.
Amaka has ample experience in Corporate Affairs, Sales, Brand Management, Corporate Communications, Public Relations and Event Management across the Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications and Food Processing sectors. She is currently the lead consultant atLilea Consulting. Lilea combines the words: Learning, Insight, Leadership, Effectiveness, Agility and speak to the main thrust of Amaka’s bespoke training programmescustomised for teams and functions which recognise the importance of those 5 elements for sustained growth and enhanced performance. With LLB and LLM degrees she chose rather to channel her passion for advocacy into volunteerism. She constantly seeks to influence change amongst vulnerable children and women through her role as President and Founder of Love Angels Charity Foundation – an NGO committed to the feeding and welfare of impoverished families since 2006. She is the CEO of Lilea’s Blog, a blog which allows her display her unique writing skills by telling real life stories of people as permitted and equally sharing her own life experiences. A mother of five boisterous boys, Amaka always brings seemingly endless energy to her interactions with people and diverse teams
Nelly Agbogu is the founder of Healthy Nellies, a food production company in Lagos. She started her company in a bid to find healthier options in the course of her weight loss journey. She also teaches business skills in the virtual space.
Mary, is a Publisher, life/business coach, women and children advocate! Her mission is to help Nigerian mothers access their individual influence and use it to define personal and professional attainment – on their own terms.
Mary is currently the Lead Consultant at The Access Media Limited, a Lagos based Communication Agency and Publisher of Working Moms Africa Magazine, a magazine that is social entrepreneurship centred with a focus on advancing women empowerment and promoting the ideals of work-life-balance for professional women in support of family cohesion and societal development. As Lead Consultant in Access Media Ltd, she also provides strategic counsel and creative direction across Access Media’s client base. In this regard, Mary focuses on meeting clients’ objectives by ensuring that they achieve their corporate strategies, break through the marketplace, achieve brand visibility, outpace share-of-voice goals and establish relationships.
Over the years, Mary has led strategy and execution across accounts and clients in the public and third sector including the Department for Foreign Development (DFID), Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Subsidy Reinvestment & Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Federal Ministry of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance-Graduate Internship Scheme, Nigerian Communications Commission, Anabel Group, and Nigerian Ports Authority.