Temi Dalley, Chief Human Resource Officer - Sterling Bank Plc.

Temi Dalley is an adept HR leader with nearly two decades of experience – locally and internationally. She is a seasoned professional with an exceptional reputation in strategic leadership, people management, business acumen, among others.

 As the Chief Human Resources Officer at Sterling Bank Plc., she is responsible for building a competent, dynamic and agile workforce, to meet the rapidly changing demands of today’s workplace. She leads a team of Human Capital experts whose mission is to create a truly humane and enabling work environment in the digital age, fueling Sterling Bank’s differentiation in the market.

 Temi has a first degree in Political Science from ABU Zaria, an M.A in Human Resource Management from the Middlesex Business School, UK and she is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK, Chartered Institute of Personal Management, Nigeria among other professional bodies.

Hannah Ashiokai Akrong, HR Director - Vodacom

Hannah Ashiokai Akrong is an accomplished Human Resource professional with over 18 years global HR experience in Africa, Europe and the United States. 

She has a Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Ghana,and a Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota, USA and the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. 

Ashiokai is currently the HR Director for Vodafone, Ghana where she sets the overall HR strategy for the organization and  has direct oversight of Fleet, Property, Health Safety and Wellbeing. She is also a trained Professional Coach and among a few selected by Vodafone to coach senior leadership top talent globally across the Vodafone landscape.

Prior to her current role, she was a Senior Global HR Manager, with Honeywell, USA, where she had global HR management responsibility for teams in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Honeywell, she worked with Medtronic, for close to 10 years in various HR Centres of Excellence and HR Business Partner roles across several divisions of the company in the United States. Ashiokai was recognized severally as top talent and was part of the exclusive Leadership Program and other talent recognition development programs.

Ashiokai started her career with Multimedia Broadcasting Company in Ghana and went on to Ernst & Young, where she worked in a consulting capacity with their HR Advisory team.

Amina Oyagbola, Business and Management Consulant - AKMS Consulting Ltd

Amina Oyagbola, a former Top Executive of MTN Nigeria Communications, founder of WISCAR and Managing Consultant of AKMS Consulting Limited with over 30 years business and management experience covering legal and regulatory, human resources, corporate services and consulting in banking and finance, oil and gas and telecommunications. She is a Chartered Fellow, CIPD UK, a member, CIPM, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, a Certified Ethics Officer, and is passionate about diversity and inclusiveness. She is an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University (LLB), Cambridge University (LLM), Lancaster University (MBA), INSEAD, London Business School, IMD and Harvard Business School (Executive Education.)  Under her leadership MTN became the first company in Nigeria to be accredited with the Investor in People Gold Standard. She was nominated HR Person of the Year by HR People Magazine

AKMS Consulting and partners deliver bespoke, cost effective and fit for purpose strategic end-to-end HR and solutions to the satisfaction of clients.

Pai Gamde, Chief Human Resource Officer - Nigerian Stock Exchange

Pai Gamde is a Business Manager and Leader who has over 20 years’ experience spanning various industries in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom. She has led Human Resource Functions across various organisations, which cover Insurance, Electronic Media, Conglomerate comprising Agro allied, Telecommunications and Trading as well as in the Capital Markets. She has also served in the banking industry and has made contributions to the public space on a part time basis. Pai epitomizes various competencies in business and has been identified as a Human Resources Transformation Expert, Business Leader, and Public Speaker. She has set up and led HR Functions at Transnational Corporation of Nigeria PLC, a leading diversified conglomerate; Metropolitan Life Insurance, a leading Life Insurance Underwriter; and Hi-Media Ltd, a leading Media Group.

She is the current Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), at The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) where she built a multi–disciplinary HR Function that has partnered the business and capably executed the Transformation of a 50 year old organisation into a high performing, forward thinking entity, promoting diversity, productivity and a merit driven culture.

She has been recognized by reputable organizations and institutions such as; The HR People Magazine Awards 2016 Employer of Choice (Under 1000 employees) Award category; and mentions in The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) as the Most documented HR Function amongst companies surveyed in their 2016 report.

Pai was recognized and awarded one of the 100 most Influential HR Professionals 2017 by World HRD Congress. She has also been recognized and awarded as the HR Leader of the year 2018 by HR People Magazine. Pai has been nominated into various joint technical intergovernmental, and multi-sectorial committees as well as onto the advisory boards of several non-for-profits; where she is making valuable contributions to people empowerment and to the socio – economic and political infrastructure of the country.

Pai is a member of Several Professional Institutions and organisations, and has served in advisory capacity in a number of them. Her “Employability Series” and “iBrand development concept” teach the self- discovery journey, character and values orientation to thousands of diverse youths. She is a health and fitness enthusiast, who loves running, music and is an avid follower of art.


Austin Okere, Founder - CWG Plc and The Ausso Leadership Academy

Austin has an MBA from IESE Business School, and over 25 years entrepreneurial experience. Austin is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Columbia Business School, New York. He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network in Washington DC in recognition of his major contribution to the development of business education and knowledge transfer in Africa.

Austin has been recognized with a Lifetime Entrepreneurship Achievement Award by the American University of Nigeria in 2017 for his dedicated service and outstanding entrepreneurial accomplishments. He received the Nigerian Computer Society Special Presidential Award in 2016, and was named ICT Personality of the year by the Society in 2014. He was also named ICT Man of the Decade by ICT Watch - Africa Digital Network in 2012 and was listed on the United Kingdom’s C.Hub Magazine 100 Most Influential Creatives in 2016. Austin was named among 100 Leading Telecoms & ICT Personalities in Nigeria by the Association of Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ATCON) in July 2018.

Austin is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria. His company, CWG Plc has been recognized as a ‘Global Growth Company’ by the World Economic Forum and is the largest security listed in the Technology Sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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.

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
 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

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.