Patricia Aderibigbe, Group Head, Human Resources, United Bank of Africa

Mrs. Patricia Aderibigbe serves as Group Head of Human Resources at United Bank for Africa Plc. Mrs. Aderibigbe is responsible for UBA Group's Human Resource function across 19 African countries and its international subsidiaries. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of Heirs Holdings Limited and enabled integration across its business interests. From 1998 to 2012, she served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of ElanIT, where she played a pivotal role in its transformation. She has a background in Human Resources and strategic and operational business management. Her background is firmly rooted in Human Resources, organisation and leadership development, Executive coaching as well as business operations, spanning over two decades, gained from working in 18 countries in Europe and now in Nigeria. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a life member of the Institute of Directors, UK and served as a member of the UK employment tribunals until recently. Mrs. Aderibigbe holds degree is in English and Literature from the University of Benin. She has a Masters degree in English and Literature from University of Ibadan and obtained postgraduate qualifications in Human Resources, Employment Relations and Law from Kingston University, UK.

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.