Dr Chris Bradshaw, Associate Professor, Corporate Development - De Montfort University

Chris has worked in industry for over 20 years in a range of positions related to management, learning and development, quality management, human resources and equality and diversity. His experience includes work in the public sector with The Post Office group, local authorities, the NHS and in the private sector with Abbey Life, Gala Bingo and in hospitality.

Chris has taught at colleges and universities since 2002 including programmes covering HRM; management and leadership; equality and diversity; and politics. He also had a spell as an Equality and Diversity manager. Chris has a first degree in Social Sciences, an MBA and a PhD. He teaches primarily on postgraduate courses and also contributes dissertation supervision.

Chris is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, has been a CIPD external examiner and has held voluntary positions as Chair of the West of Scotland Branch and Treasurer of CIPD Scotland. His research interests include leadership, employee engagement, equality and diversity and organisational politics.

Matthew McDonnell, Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson

Matthew is a Senior Consultant in Towers Watson’s Organisational Surveys and Insights Practice, based in London. He has been with the firm for 15 years, and has designed and implemented employee engagement and culture research projects across a range of major global organisations across retail, FMCG, Finance, Media, Mining sectors.  He has in depth experience helping them identify and prioritise actions to improve their business performance through their people.

He has also worked on several survey engagements across Africa presenting results and working with local management teams in a variety of markets to understand some of the organisational challenges they have and implement action plans following employee survey results

Matthew is a chartered Occupational Psychologist. 

Crispin Marriott, Client Relationship Director - Willis Towers Watson

Crispin has been consulting in the Human Capital arena for over 25 years. He is a recognised global expert on Employee Engagement. Crispin has delivered and managed some of the world’s largest and most complex global cultural assessment and Engagement survey systems. He has personally delivered such survey systems for clients in over 40 countries worldwide.

Crispin has a particular interest in the effective design and interpretation of survey data in a cross-cultural context.  Notably, Crispin was responsible for creating the first ever national Norms of employee opinion in South Africa and other African countries where he has conducted employee research since 1991.



Tosin Akinyemi, HR Director, British American Tobacco

Tosin Akinyemi is the Human Resources Director for British American Tobacco (BAT), West Africa Area with primary responsibilities of providing people and business leadership to the organisation as a member of the executive team for West Africa.

He started his career as a HR consultant initially with Accenture Nigeria where he was a consultant providing best practice HR advisory services & solutions to major Oil & Gas companies across the upstream industry in Nigeria. He left Accenture to join Heirs Advisory Services (now Nextzon) where he similarly provided business advisory support and consulting services to the various companies within the HEIRS Alliance Group and also had responsibility for driving the HR Consulting unit of HEIRS Alliance. He subsequently joined Vic Lawrence & Associates (VLA) where he set-up and led the HR Consulting unit of the firm servicing key clients across the Banking industry & Public sector.

Following his consulting career, he joined MTS 1st Wireless as the Head of the Human Resources Division where he led the transformation of the function to a full-fledged strategic partner to the business. He left the company in 2007 to join British American Tobacco (BAT), West Africa.

Tosin has over the last 9 years with BAT worked in various capacities - he was initially the Head of Reward for Nigeria, Benin, Niger & Togo following which he proceeded to South Africa as HR Business Partner for Marketing and then subsequently was the Head of HR for Operations across Southern Africa.

He returned to Nigeria in 2011 as the Head of Organisation Effectiveness for West Africa - a position he held until September 2014 when he was appointed as the HR Director for West Africa.

Tosin is happily married with 3 beautiful daughters. He enjoys travelling and spends his personal time bonding with his closely knit family.

Chizoba Mojekwu, Director, Capacity Development, Central Bank of Nigeria

Experienced Senior HR practitioner with extensive organisation development, change management and Human resources transformation experience. Over 25 years experience across multiple industries.
Led several engagements geared at transforming HR functions and improving HR service delivery within the energy industry - from HR process design to HR management system implementation
At home with technology and how it can transform work. Passionate about making work fun and working in a fun environment.

Considerable experience in:

Organisation Design and Development
HR Strategy alignment
Business Capability Development
HR Design
Culture Development
Learning Management
Leadership and Strategy Support
HR Process Design
Change Management
Customer Management

Mai Herve du Penhoat, Group HR Manager, Alios Finance

Maï Hervé du Penhoat works at the Financial Group, Alios Finance, since 2008. After setting up and developing the Consumer Finance department (Retail Clients) for West Africa, she has been promoted as the HR Manager of the Group. She is in charge of defining and implementing the HR strategy for the group, throughout Africa from West and Central Africa to East Africa. She has begun her career in Paris in Head Hunting for international companies before deciding to relocate in West Africa. Maï definitely trust in the power of people involved, driven by a clear, ambitious and well communicated strategy where one can fully express its competencies as well as developing its potential for overall win-win relationships with companies.

Ms Hervé du Penhoat holds a Master Degree in Marketing from Dauphine University in Paris and recently completed an Executive Master in Management of a Strategic Business Unit from HEC Paris, France.

Scheherazade Zekkar, Human Resources Director, Global Career Company

Scheherazade’s main interest and passion is people. A passion she expressed through her chosen career in international human resources and talent development with nearly 20 years’ experience in the field, but also through her numerous travels around the globe, language learning and amateur portrait photography.

Her natural curiosity has led her to do work on almost every continent, with multicultural teams and for a variety of businesses and industries, allowing her to develop a deep understanding of global business development, international talent and HR management, multicultural environments, cross-cultural challenges and change management.

Alex Mugan, Managing Director, Global Career Company

Alex Mugan is a graduate of the University of Cambridge with an MA in history, whose curious professional background includes stints as a semi-professional football manager and a chef. Following this misspent youth, he undertook a degree in organisational psychology and accepted the truth that everything which matters is about people.

He has worked in talent attraction and engagement across Africa for more than five years, leading the GCC teams which launched the first pan-African employer attractiveness survey (Careers in Africa Employer of Choice) and the first pan-African conference and community for HR professionals (Talent Agenda Series). Alex regularly writes for African Business on human capital, especially around talent attraction and engagement, and has addressed the subjects at conferences in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire.

Alex is particularly interested in the importance of diversified employee experiences and value propositions tailored to the markets and demographics they are intended for. He believes that this is key to unlocking the potential of Africa’s diverse workforces, and that the HR and marketing functions should inherit the business world.