1. Dr Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, Founder/Chair, Growing Businesses Foundation
Dr Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien has over 15 years experience in strategic management, corporate sustainability and responsibility, advisory services, microfinance, rural development, project design and implementation, capacity building, enterprise development, and corporate governance spanning the private sector, public sector and civil society in Africa and Europe. As the Chief Strategy Officer of Strategy and Execution Ltd, Dr Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien consulted for the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources on the development of the National Food Security Program (2008-2010).
Dr Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien was responsible for stakeholder consultations including organising the RAISE Nigeria Forum 2009. She has also organised and convened various international conferences including the Rural Telecommunications Conference in 2000, organized for NTCA, USAID and NCC, the Digital World Conference Africa in 2006 and the 6th Annual Forum and 48th Council Meeting of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation in 2008. She has established the largest ‘Bottom of the Pyramid Platform' in Nigeria, which has been managing CSR Projects for multinational corporations including Citibank, MTN, ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola, NLNG, EcoBank, VISAFONE, and public sector organizations including the Universal Service Provision Fund, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) over a ten year time span, among others. GBF coordinates projects among a network of leading Microfinance Institutions and Co-operatives with a cumulative outreach to approximately 5 million entrepreneurs at the grassroots in Nigeria. Dr Nnoli-Edozien previously served as the Director of Strategy & Monitoring and Head of the CEOs Office at the Nigerian Communications Commission, and was the Founding Head (Vice President) of SecTrust Asset Management (now Afrinvest West Africa). She holds a BSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a Diploma in Catholic Social Teaching; and undertook her PhD at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, in the area of “Ownership and Management Structures” with a specific focus on the global applicability of “an African Model of Corporate Governance and Sustainability”. Her status as a social entrepreneur was recognized by the Bertelsmann AG to whom she is affiliated as a Reinhard Mohn Fellow. She is also an associate member of the tt30 Club of Rome and participated in the pioneer conference of the ‘Partnership with Africa' Initiative of Professor Dr Horst Koehler, President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
2. Mr Femi Omotayo, Managing Director/CEO, AOS Orwell
Mr Femi Omotayo, is an entrepreneur with over 20 years’ international oil and gas experience. He has solid technical foundation in International blue chip companies and has held a number of Executive management roles in West Africa. He began as the Managing Director of Orwell Oil and Gas International in the year 2000 and through strategic mergers and acquisition has grown AOS Orwell to a company that delivers world class solutions to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and Ghana. He is one of those very rare breeds who have successfully combined the role of a visionary, entrepreneur and a professional engineer. He spent 18 years in Europe studying and working in the UK and Netherlands in blue chip companies such as shell, Talisman Energy, Halliburton and AMEC. He obtained a BSc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Dundee, UK, Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Imperia College London and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Aberdeen. He returned to Nigeria immediately after the restoration of democracy to help contribute his quota to rebuilding and re-engineering the country, leveraging on his international reputation, he started Orwell International Oil and Gas with an International partner in 2000.
The trial blazing, Orwell International Oil & Gas was one of the first companies to realize the potential impact of the local content drive of the government to encourage indigenous service providers. Orwell International Oil and Gas merged with the African Oilfied Services in 2011; this was first of its kind amongst local companies to form AOS Orwell Limited. The merger created a local company with the service range and quality which its clients could depend on. On the heels of this success, AOS Orwell embarked on a major acquisition spree; acquiring the businesses of Equipment and Controls Nigeria, Oil tools Africa Limited and Titan tubular Nigeria Limited. With the backing of a strong leadership team, the companies have been successfully combined and evolved into a strong contender in the Oil and Gas Service Industry.
A proud Nigerian, Femi continues to champion the cause for financial inclusion and education as a vehicle for social mobility. He works with several charities to pursue this goal. He is married with children.
3. Dr Adetoun Mustapha, Transformation and Business Improvement Mgr, SNEPCo
Dr Adetoun Mustapha has about 24 years of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Management, Technical Planning, Petroleum Economics/Commercial, Continuous Improvement, Business Transformation and Leadership experience in the oil and gas upstream business. She is currently the Transformation and Business Improvement Manager for Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd, where she has demonstrated effectiveness at driving change agendas and track-record of integrating people and processes to deliver top-quartile performance. Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, she worked as a lecturer/research assistant in the academia and had a stint in product development in the manufacturing sector.
She holds a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology from Imperial College London, a Master of Public Health from University of Wales, Cardiff and a B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc in Microbiology from the University of Lagos. She has accreditation as lead auditor for Advanced Environmental Auditing (EMAS/ISO 14001) and Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS 18001), Lean Practitioner and trained as Lean Six-Sigma Black-Belt.
She is an honorary Associate Research Fellow at Imperial College London and a reviewer for several international journals. She is a recipient of several scholarships and awards including the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) Rebecca James Baker Memorial Prize, British Chevening Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship, Federal Government of Nigeria Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Lagos Scholarship, United Nations Volunteers Commendation and recognized as member, League of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Volunteers. She has presented/published several scientific and business papers in international conferences and journals.
She teaches transferable skills to postgraduate students and she is passionate about Environmental issues. Her life ambition is to leverage her education and networks to promote sustainable development globally and alleviate poverty in Africa.
4. Habiba Ali, CEO, Sosai Renewable Energies
Habiba has been in the renewable energy industry since 2005. She co-founded the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies, and worked as national coordinator. She worked on the Clean Development Mechanism project Efficient Cook Stoves for Nigeria, the Solar Lamps Assembly and sales training program, the solar dryers for healthy foods project, and others.
Habiba then branched out to handle the commercial aspects of the renewable energy industry by launching Sosai Renewable Energies, which offers efficient, reliable and sustainable products including solar lamps, solar home systems and water filters to the people of the rural and peri-urban communities of Northern Nigeria.
Through Sosai, Habiba is a member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and holds the office of Kaduna North Regional Coordinator. She is currently the interim vice president of the Renewable Energies Association of Nigeria, and is a member of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, and the Nigerian Energy Network.
As managing director and CEO of Sosai Renewable Energies, Habiba is managing Sosai’s partnership with C-Quest LLC to implement a nationwide Programme of Activities for improved cook stoves in Nigeria. Sosai is currently empowering communities and businesses with solar technologies ranging from roof top solar panels, solar home systems, 10Kw Micro Grids for communities, solar dryers and integrated energy centers.
Habiba was named a Cherie Blaire mentee in 2016 and a Cherie Blaire mentor in 2017. She has also been named a Vital Voices GROW fellow, a World Bank Womenx fellow and is a graduate of the Cherie Blaire Road to Business Growth program. Habiba holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in banking and finance, and is currently a dissertation-level PhD student in management (finance). She has also had training in a range of energy and environment subject areas.
5. Mrs Oluwafunmilola Ale, Executive Director Services NNPC R&D
Mrs. Oluwafunmilola Ale is the Executive Director, Services at NNPC Research and Development division. An accomplished administrator and Capability development professional, her career spans several divisions in the NNPC from Corporate Administration and Personnel Mgt, Engineering and Technology division, Refining and Petrochemical company, Centre for Petroleum Studies and now Research and Development division.
Mrs Ale holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors degree in Sociology. She is a member of the National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) and Nigerian Institute of Management. A firm believer that taking action is fundamental to success.
She loves playing golf at her spare time.