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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.