Oscar Onyema, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange

Oscar N. Onyema is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, a position he assumed on 4 April 2011. Prior to this role, he served for over 20 years in United States financial markets and the Nigerian information technology sector. Mr Onyema is the Chairman of Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) PLC, the clearing house for the Nigerian capital market; he is also a Council member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria (CIS). He is the President of the African Securities Exchanges Association, and a Global Agenda Council member of the World Economic Forum.

Professor Gbolahan Elias, Partner, G Elias & Co.

Gbolahan Elias is a partner in G. Elias & Co., one of Nigeria’s leading business law firms. His oil-and-gas sector work includes advising on (a) an investment in and divestment from OML 25, (b) an NNPC-Chevron US$1.2bn “gas-for-power” project financing, (c) the merger that created AOS Orwell, a leading oilfield service company, (d) longstanding cause célèbre arbitration over an oil tanker charter party for Lutin Investment Ltd. against the NNPC and (e) two large re-financings of downstream petroleum receivables (US$3bn).

He read law at Magdalen and Merton Colleges, Oxford, and has a doctorate from Oxford University.  He was called to the New York Bar in 1990.  He was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a leading Wall Street law firm, and has been a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (QC– equivalent) since 2005. He has been teaching petroleum law at Babcock University as a Visiting Professor.

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.


Bunmi Pratt, HR Business Partner - APM Terminals

Bunmi works as a HR Business Partner with the AP Moller Maersk  Group and supports the Middle East and Africa (AME) Portfolio based in Dubai. She joined the APMM group in August 2014 as the Head of HR in APM Terminals Apapa Lagos. Bunmi is proudly Nigerian and has over 15 years experience working within various areas in Human Resources including Resourcing, Talent Management and Leadership Development.

Prior to joining APM Terminals in 2014, Bunmi  worked with Tetra Pak for 10 years and in South Africa as a Project lead for a HR transformation project.

Bunmi attended Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and has a BSc in Political Science. She has also completed several leadership programs and HR certifications.

A strong advocate for diversity & inclusion in the workplace Bunmi is passionate about developing and creating opportunities for talent within Africa,  she loves to travel and experience new cultures!  

Amina Oyagbola, 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.


Fidelia Osime, Organisation and Human Resources Director, Lafarge Holcim

Fidelia Osime was recognized by and named to the exclusive membership organization, Cambridge Who’s Who Publishing, Inc., for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in human resource alignment and strategies.

Her excellent business experience spans a number of countries and Fidelia spent most of her career in Unilever where her last role was Vice President, Human Resources. She is currently Organization & Human Resources Director, Lafarge Africa Plc. She is a member of the international faculty of Haggai Institute for Advanced Leadership Training, Inc., a Christian organization which trains Christians from developing nations and equips them to become effective leaders.

She believes people have the capacity to improve and grow and so invests in coaching and mentoring people professionally and otherwise.

At an individual level she takes an interest in supporting the less privileged and is also involved with blind children. A member of the board of PATA, an NGO which deals with access to treatment for People Living With HIV/AIDS, she also served on the board of Eating Disorders of York Region, (EDoYR) a Not for Profit organization based in Toronto, Canada. 

Fidelia holds several degrees including a Masters in Business Administration. She is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Nglan Niat, Group Director, HR Services, West and Central Africa, Schlumberger

Nglan has over 18 years of human resources management experience, 16 of these with Schlumberger* where she has been asked to take on numerous HR management positions of increasing responsibility across geographic challenges. Her key expertise includes: Employee and Management Development, International HR Management, Compensation & Benefits in complex international environment, Succession Planning, High Value Identification, Training and Development, Staffing, Employee Relations, Performance analysis, Employee stock plan, HR Integration (mergers & acquisitions) and HR communications.
Nglan has spent 12 years in international assignments and is currently the Group Director HR Services for West & Central Africa for Schlumberger based in Lagos. She is responsible for the overall management and delivery of HR services and programs for Schlumberger’s West & Central Africa Operations. Her scope includes Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mauritania, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. She has held global roles with Schlumberger in benefits and in HR communications, which provided her with a broader aspect of the field of HR. Aside from her assignments in Africa, she has held various positions in Canada, USA & France. Currently her scope encompasses a workforce of 1900 employees.
Perfectly bilingual (English & French), Nglan holds an MBA, with specialization in Human Resources Management from HEC Montreal (University of Montreal’s business school).
Within Schlumberger, Nglan is active in ConnectWomen, an internal community run by and for women which empowers women to achieve their full potential through networking, mentoring, development, and community outreach. Via the network Schlumberger women obtain and provide guidance on careers, discuss concerns and help the company understand specific issues affecting women.
She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a professional human resources association which promotes the role of HR as a profession and provides education and networking to its members.
Nglan is also a member of the African Leadership Network (ALN) a network of next-generation African leaders who aspire to bring prosperity to the continent; and was recognized as a “New Generation Leader for Africa” in 2012.
Nglan is married and the mother of two boys.

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.


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.