Dozie Okpalabobieri, Senior Legal Advisor, Power Africa, Nigeria

Dozie is an attorney and an economist.  He is currently a Senior Legal Advisor in the Power Africa Program in Nigeria.  He recently served as the Special Assistant on Energy to the Nigeria’s former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance.

Prior to that, he advised governments in Africa through the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), on policy and legal issues in the extractive resources sector. At ACET, he acted as an advisor to the Board and served as Board Secretary. Dozie has experience working with governments in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Mozambique.

He holds a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern University School of Law and a Masters in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Nigerian Bar Association.  He is an attorney licensed in Nigeria, Illinois, USA and is also a Solicitor in England and Wales.

 

Maidie Arkutu, Vice President Francophone Africa, Unilever

Maidie Elizabeth Arkutu has served as Managing Director, Executive Director of Unilever Ghana Limited since May 1, 2013.

She previously served as Marketing Director and Non-Executive Member of the Board of Directors of the Company.

She joined the Company from Coca-Cola East and Central Africa Business Unit, where she was Marketing Manager for the Horn, Islands and Mid Africa Team.

In that role, she headed the franchise marketing team of 11 French speaking countries, including DRC, Mauritius and Madagascar.

After three years in that role, she joined ECABU’s Stills team as the Project Manager for Project Nurture. Before joining Coca-Cola, she worked for over 10 years in Unilever Ghana, South Africa and French West Africa and has experience both in Brand Building and Brand Development.

She holds a diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and French from Vesalius College, Belgium.

 

Amina Oyagobola, Management Consultant, AKMS Consulting

Amina Oyagbola is a business leader and former Human Resources and Corporate Services Executive at MTN Nigeria Communications Limited. With over 30 years’ experience, her career spans legal consulting, banking and finance, oil and gas and telecommunications. She is the Managing Consultant of AKMS Consulting Ltd (Business, Ethics and Management Consultants), a partner in Oyagbola Chambers and a Chevening Scholar. She obtained her undergraduate law degree from Ahmadu Bello University, her Masters in Law from Cambridge University and her MBA from Lancaster University. She is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Chartered Fellow CIPD Uk and a Certified Ethics Officer. She is also an alumnus of INSEAD, London Business School, IMD and Harvard Business School (Executive Programmes). She is happily married with 3 graduate children.

 

Audu Maikori, Chief Executive Officer, Chocolate City Group

Audu Maikori was born on August, 13 1975 in  Kaduna is a Nigerian lawyer, entrepreneur, social activist and public speaker. He is founder and president of the Chocolate City Entertainment. He is best known as a judge of Nigerian Idol’s first season. He won multiple awards during his career, including the International Young Music Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007.

Chocolate City Limited was registered in October 2003, Audu partnering with Paul Okeugo and his brother Yahaya Maikori as directors of the company. Later that year he alongside Paul Okeugo and two other partners produced first event under ‘Chocolate City’ banner in partnership with British American Tobacco, which held at the University of Maiduguri. Audu was introduced to a song called Na Ba Ka by an artist named Jeremiah Gyang’s by label Six Foot Plus. In January 2005, Chocolate City signed Jeremiah Gyang under a recording and management contract and re-released the album ‘Na Ba Ka’. In mid 2006, M.I was signed up to Chocolate City.

In 2012, after a corporate restructure, Chocolate City Group was formed with renowned business man and lawyer Hakeem Bello-Osagie joining the board as Chairman. Four companies were formed to constitute the group namely Chocolate City Music, Chocolate City Media, Chocolate City Distribution and STM with Audu appointed as President of the Group.

 

Dr Wura Abiola, Managing Director, Management Transformation

Wura, the MD of Management Transformation Limited
(MT), is an expert on the topic of leadership and
organisational behaviour in Africa and a Director in several
companies including Beta Glass and PPS (Great Place to
Work)
 Wura has served clients in the private and public sector in
areas of organisational development, risk management,
strategy, human capital development and finance for over
two decades and has honoured invitations to deliver
papers on these subjects
 She is a Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria, a
Certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and a Senior Lecturer
(Adjunct) - Organisational Development at University of Lagos
 Before MT, Wura was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. (New York and
then London)
 Wura has a B.Sc. Accounting from the University of San Francisco (summa cum
laude); MBA and Ph.D. in Organisational Behaviour, from Imperial College
London, UK

Faiyad Abrahams, Group HR Executive, African Equity Empowerment Investments

Faiyad has worked as an HR generalist for the past 17 years holding various positions including Head of HR: Sub-Sahara Africa with Baker Hughes Inc, Head of HR: Africa with Puma Energy as well as currently with African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) as the Group HR Executive. Needless to say he has a wealth of experience covering the entire African continent. He also served as a Board Advisor to the South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA) due to his contribution across Africa. Faiyad graduated in 2001 from the Cape Peninsular College of Technology focusing in Human Resources Management. In his current and previous role, he has taken on assignments outside of the HR sphere and Project Managed acquisitions ranging from oil & gas, fishing and cosmetics companies.  

Stella Makunike, Global Human Resources Officer, Pacific Cigarette Company

Stella is an experienced HR Executive with a proven track record of success in industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, FMCG and agricultural sectors. With all-round HR skills, she specializes in delivering effective solutions to meet strategic business objectives. Stella has a BSC Psychology and General Management qualification from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
She also holds the following positions:

International Advisory Board Member for University of Stellenbosch Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED Ltd)
Chairperson – Employers Association for the Cigarette Manufacturing Industry in Zimbabwe.
Graduate Employment Committee member for University of Zimbabwe

Alison Thom, Talent Acquisition Lead AEM: Human Resources, Hatch

Alison Thom is the Talent Acquisition Lead and Senior Executive Head-hunter across the EMEA region with in-depth knowledge in the banking, financial services and engineering sectors. 8 years in South Africa, Alison has a proven track record in global recruitment, negotiations, business talent strategy, talent pipelining, and executive search experience. Alison has current experience of emerging markets and on the ground experience in Africa, Europe and the Middle East whilst understanding the complex cultural nuances coupled with leading global talent teams.
Alison works with a senior global team to enhance and develop the global graduate recruitment program whilst understanding employee and employer propositions, branding and retention. Currently heading up Talent Acquisition for Hatch from a resource planning perspective through to hiring for large projects in the Middle East, Russia and Europe; introducing procedures, strategies and processes for the Middle East, emerging markets and Europe and advising on local employment matters.

Yashin Brijimohan, Executive Dean: Business, Engineering and Technology, Monash, South Africa

Yashin is a professional engineer with a B.Sc Engineering degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Master’s in Engineering Management from the University of Pretoria and a postgraduate Business Management Diploma from the University of Warwick.

He has held various positions within industry in both engineering and education. He is the vice-president of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, where he chairs the international committee on Engineering Capacity Building. He has recently been nominated onto the governing board of the UNESCO World Centre on Engineering Education.

In engineering he played key roles, managing teams in the areas of Asset Management, Maintenance, Plant Investigations, and Renewable Energy. He is commonly known for his expertise in Strategy Development, Business Planning, Young Professional Development, and Capacity Building (Research and Education).

His passion for the development of people has resulted in him been elected to lead several initiatives, and committees both locally and internationally. These include the Tertiary Education Support Programme at Eskom, the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Engineering Council of South Africa and the Africa Engineering Week at continental level.

He has also served on the National Science and Technology Forum Adjudication panel for the National Science Awards, and was Chief Judge on Provincial Science Expos. His interests are in the research areas of Engineering Capacity Building, Systems Integration and Design, Renewable Energy, and Asset Management.

Artur Miranda, Regional Franchise Manager, Coca-Cola Company

Artur is the Regional Franchise Manager (RFM) for the Coca-Cola Company in East Africa responsible for seven markets (Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, Eritrea, Somalia/Somaliland and Djibouti). Before that was the RFM for five markets in Central Africa (Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland). In this role he oversees every aspect of the business within his regional mandate.

Mr. Miranda´s 26-year career and experience is built across Humanitarian and Proselyting Missions, Military Communications Service, IT, FMCG, Luxury Goods Brands and Consumer Electronics industries gained across Europe, USA, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. His career in business started in Brand Management within the IT industry, moving on to FMCG where he built competencies in other areas of the business including Consumer Sales & Marketing, Strategy, including Customer and Commercial Leadership, Business development and General Management. Artur has been with the Coca-Cola Company for over 6 years in various leadership roles.

He is a very hands-on person, with a personal interest in cross-industry partnerships as a means of breaking down cultural and racial barriers and which are critical contributors to broader community development.

Artur has an MBA from the European University based in Geneva Switzerland as well as other graduate qualifications from the Portuguese Catholic University and Universidade Independente of Lisbon, Portugal.

Abel Alemu, Regional Manager, Southern Africa, Ethiopian Airlines

Abel’s carrier started as Marketing Officer in the Customer Loyalty Department where he managed and promoted the Frequent Flyer Program of the airline along other experienced team members. He later moved to the cargo department of the airline where he assumed a number of sales positions before leading the country Sales Team as Cargo Sales Manager – for Ethiopia. He was assigned as Cargo Manager for the Gulf Region based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since September 2015, he assumed a new role as Regional Manager for Southern Africa looking after the overall operation of Ethiopian Airlines in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland , Reunion ,Namibia , Madagascar and Mauritius. Abel holds Economics (B.A ) and Marketing Management (M.A)degrees.

 

Henk Mulder, Managing Director and CEO, Zanaco

Mr Henk Gezienus Mulder is the former Managing Director for Rabo Development.

With a career spanning over 34 years, Mr Mulder is a Law Graduate of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands with extensive experience in banking with functional expertise in strategic and change management, credit risk, treasury, investment and retail banking. He started his career in 1982 at ABN Amro Bank where he served in various roles in the Netherlands, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Romania and Saudi Arabia.

He also served at PT Bank Rabobank Indonesia as CEO for five years before joining Rabo Development.

Camilla Leeds, Human Resources Partner-Africa, Philips

Camilla Leeds is the HR Business Partner for Royal Philips Africa, a position she has held since early 2016.  In this role she is responsible for the full HR function across the continent.  She is based in South Africa but responsible for the Philips’ operations throughout the continent.  She is passionate about the diversity of culture, language, religion and cuisine across the continent.  She is intrigued by how this diversity can build an organisational culture that marries a global multinational culture with local nuances to make the business locally relevant.

Camilla has held a number of prior roles in Royal Philips including Compensation and Benefits and HRM.  She has also worked in various other organisations and industries from start-ups to large corporates.

Camilla holds a BA (Wits), PDM (Wits) and MBA (GIBS).

 

 

Paula Quinsee, Relationship Expert, Paulaquinsee.com

Paula Quinsee is a relationship expert, TEDx speaker and author of Embracing Conflict

 

During her 16 year tenure in the corporate world working at organisations such as Standard Bank, Nedbank and KFC, Paula learned many lessons on relationships in the workplace (internal and external), people and team dynamics and leadership traits.

 

Paula’s expertise lies in personal growth and development of individuals and organisations with a particular focus on EQ skills that empowers individuals and teams to operate at their optimum and ultimately become a better person, partner and leader.

 

She is a certified Imago Relationship Therapy Educator and Facilitator, NLP practitioner, SABPP Associate and consultant to Married at First Sight SA TV show.