arrow-circle-full-right arrow-circle-full-up arrow-circle-up arrow-down arrow-right calendar calendar-done facebook flickr home linkedin login pin reload search share signin star twitter video video youtube nav star-plus info signout double-arrow arrow-up checked

FT Nigeria Summit

Dispelling Uncertainty and Building Resilience

Lagos |
Speakers include:
Yemi Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Akinwunmi  Ambode

Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State

Senator Udoma  Udo Udoma

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma

Federal Republic of Nigeria


The FT Nigeria Summit will shine a light on the country’s complex economic and investment climate. The agenda will focus on how Nigeria can diversify away from oil dependency, deliver long-term inclusive growth and realize its ambition to become Africa’s economic powerhouse.

fallback Add to my Calendar 05/31/2018 08:00:0005/31/2018 19:30:00trueFT Nigeria SummitThe FT Nigeria Summit will shine a light on the country’s complex economic and investment climate. The agenda will focus on how Nigeria can diversify away from oil dependency, deliver long-term inclusive growth and realize its ambition to become Africa’s economic powerhouse.FT-Nigeria-Summit1d631eb1777dafcb54daec0bb602705fMM/DD/YYYY

Untitled Block

Click here for a free 3-day access to Asoko Insight's corporate data platform


Event Photos

See event photos here



Full Overview

Nigeria is now, more than ever, a country of huge potential and tough challenges. The reduction in oil export earnings is at the heart of many of the country’s woes but it has also given renewed impetus for the government to implement reforms, strengthen economic resilience and diversify sources of revenue.

The need to boost non-oil exports is high on the agenda. Efforts are focused on overcoming the barriers to increasing domestic production such as infrastructure deficit, lack of skills and shortage of foreign exchange. A large dynamic workforce, strong culture of entrepreneurship and aspirational consumer market are all working in Nigeria’s favour to bring about change and give the country a competitive advantage. 

The FT Nigeria Summit will shine a light on the country’s complex economic and investment climate - bringing together senior policy makers, major international investors and corporations, and multilateral organisations to put forward concrete recommendations and realistic solutions aimed at facilitating investment and overcoming the challenges the country faces. 



Yemi Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo was born in 1957 in Lagos. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Professor of Law and until his inauguration as Vice President, a Senior Partner with SimmonsCooper Partners, a commercial law firm and a leading global legal practice and business solutions provider.

Yemi Osinbajo was educated at the University of Lagos where he was awarded a LLB Law degree. In 1979 he attended Nigerian Law School. In 1981, he was awarded a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and was employed as a law lecturer at the University of Lagos.

From 1983, he was Senior lecturer of Law at the University of Lagos and from 1988 to 1992; he was an Adviser (legal advice and litigation) to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola. From 1997, he was Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law, University of Lagos. 

From 1999 to 2007, Osinbajo was a member of Cabinet, Lagos State where he served as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice. From 2007 to 2013, Osinbajo was again employed as a Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. In 2007, Osinbanjo became the Senior Partner, SimmonsCooper Partners (Barristers and Solicitors).

After the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was tasked alongside other notable Nigerians, to design and produce a manifesto for the new political party. This culminated in the presentation of the "Roadmap to a New Nigeria," a document published by APC as its manifesto in the 2015 general elections. The highlights of the Roadmap included a free schools meal plan, a conditional cash transfer to the 5 million poorest Nigerians if they enroll children in school and immunize them. There were also a number of programs designed to create economic opportunities for Nigeria's massive youth population.

On December 17, 2014, the presidential candidate of the APC, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, announced Osinbajo as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections. Three months later on March 31, 2015, Buhari was returned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the presidential elections. Prof. Osinbajo became the Vice President-elect of Nigeria. They were both sworn in on May 29, 2015 at the Eagle Square, Abuja, and subsequently assumed office.

As the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he chairs the National Economic Council and also chairs the President’s Economic Management Team that makes recommendations, to the president.

The President has asked that VP Osinbajo be in charge of the implementation of the administration’s Social Investment Programmes, SIPs following his campaign promise to feed a school child one hot meal per day. Beyond feeding the school children, he emphasized that this plan will create jobs and spur agriculture and the economy as the food would be produced locally.

Akinwunmi  Ambode

Akinwunmi Ambode

Executive Governor
Lagos State

Akinwunmi Ambode (born June 14, 1963) is an accountant, an administrator and a public finance management expert. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Brandsmiths Consulting Limited – a firm that specializes in public sector finance management. Ambode was formerly the Accountant-General of Lagos State, Nigeria, and held many sensitive financial positions in the Lagos State government in a 27-year career in the Lagos State Civil Service. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. He is the founder of La Roche Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on developing the next generation of leaders.


Senator Udoma  Udo Udoma

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma

Minister of Budget and National Planning
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma was appointed the Minister of Budget and National Planning on November 11, 2015.

Until his appointment as Minister he was:

  • Partner in the law firm of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie,
  • Chairman of both UAC of Nigeria Plc, and Union Bank Plc
  • Director of other Nigerian companies including Unilever Nigeria Plc.

His public sector experience includes serving as the first chairman of the Corporate Affairs Commission, chairman of the Securities & Exchange Commission and Special Adviser to the Petroleum Minister. His political experience includes serving in the Nigerian Senate for two terms from 1999 to 2007 where he chaired the Appropriations Committee and later served as the Chief Whip.

He attended King’s College, Lagos from 1966 to 1972; and Oxford University, England from 1973 to 1977 and obtained a B.A. in law and a postgraduate B.C.L. in Jurisprudence. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978.

A recipient of many honours including Hon. LLD, University of Uyo, and the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).

Malam Nasir  El-Rufai

Malam Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Malam Nasir El-Rufai has devoted himself to public service to make it a better place for all. He attended Ahmadu Bello University where he graduated with a first class honours in Quantity Surveying. In 1982, he founded El-Rufai & Partners, a foremost Quantity Surveying consultancy firm. Not only did he run a successful business, El-Rufai also acquired an MBA and sufficient training in computer science to ginger him into becoming one of the first investors in the Internet Service Provision sector in Nigeria.

El-Rufai distinguished himself at the BPE, showcasing a clear-headedness, tenacity and courage that persuaded President Obasanjo to saddle him in 2003 with the difficult job of managing Abuja, as the minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

After nine years in public office, El-Rufai returned to school, completing a law degree and enrolling for a Master’s in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Since his return to the country, he has been active as a vocal public intellectual and has maintained a popular weekly column.

In April 2015, El-Rufai, was elected Governor of Kaduna State on the platform of the APC. In that office, he has brought zeal, innovations and results to governance. Anchored on the Restoration Programme, the manifesto of the Kaduna APC, he is leading a team to remake governance in the state and align all priorities to the sustainable delivery of public goods. He has scored many firsts. Among other unique steps, he is the first to attach portfolios while sending his cabinet nominations for confirmation and is the first to implement the Treasury Single Account.

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

Former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is the former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of The Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to oversee the task of reforming and institutionalising transparency, accountability and productivity in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. In 2015, he became Group Managing Director of NNPC, rising to the position of Chairman of the Board in 2016, where he superintends over the affairs of the corporation.

Prior to this, Dr Kachikwu was Executive Vice Chairman of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and General Counsel for ExxonMobil Nigeria affiliate Upstream and Downstream Companies in Nigeria. He was appointed Executive Director ExxonMobil Group of Companies in 2003, and in 2001 he became General Counsel/Secretary to the Board of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited.

Between 1992 and 2001, he served as Chairman & Chief Executive of Flame Petroleum & Gas Company Limited, Intel & Data Consultants Limited, True Tales Publications Limited (Publishers of Hints Magazine) and Beverly Cops & Security Company Limited. Dr Kachikwu was General Counsel/Legal Adviser at Texaco Nigeria and Texaco Overseas Petroleum Company from 1984 to 1994.

Dr Kachikwu is a graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Nigerian Law School. He received a Masters in Law with special focus on Energy and Petroleum Law and Investment and a Doctorate Degree with specialization on Petroleum and Investment Law Strategies from Harvard Law School, USA.

Audu Ogbeh

Audu Ogbeh

Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Audu Innocent Ogbeh was born in Otukpo on July 28, 1947. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, he proceeded in 1973 to the University of Toulouse in France. He graduated in 1974 with a Masters of Letters degree in French literature.

In 1979, he contested for and won the elections to the Benue State House of Assembly. As a member of the House, he was elected Deputy Speaker, a position he held until February 1982. At the end of the general elections of 1983, he was re-appointed as a Minister, with a new portfolio of Steel Development. He served here until the coup d’etat on December 31st 1983.

While in full time agriculture, he answered the call to serve and was appointed to the 19 member National Constitutional Conference Commission in 1993. Upon completing the assignment, he was again named member of the National Reconciliation Committee which had the difficult task of promoting national understanding in the very tense atmosphere, following the June 12th saga of 1993.

In 1998, he directed the presidential campaign of Dr. Alex Ekwueme, under the PDP and became a full time member of the party; which won the elections in 1999. On November 11th 2001, he was elected National Chairman of the PDP and served in the office before resigning in 2006.

Shortly after, he served as chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), which then merged into the APC, where he continued his service. On November 11, 2015, he was appointed Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

W. Stuart Symington

W. Stuart Symington

U.S Ambassador to Nigeria
U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

W. Stuart Symington has served as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria since November 2016. At the time of his appointment, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Africa and African Security Affairs. Previously, Ambassador Symington was United States Special Representative for the Central African Republic, Ambassador to Rwanda, Ambassador to Djibouti, and Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge’ d’affaires ad interim in Niger.

In Nigeria, he leads the outstanding staff of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos. Together they support the people of Nigeria and the region in their efforts to achieve broad-based prosperity and lasting security by defeating terrorist and criminal threats and ensuring inclusive democratic governance and justice.

In addition to his posts in Africa, Ambassador Symington served as political advisor to the Commander of NORAD/NORTH-COM, on the staff of the Joint Forces Staff College, in Iraq, and on brief missions to North Korea and Sudan.  Ambassador Symington began his diplomatic career in Honduras and has also served in Spain Mexico, and Ecuador.

Ambassador Symington was raised in Missouri, earned a bachelor's degree from Brown University, and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University. He clerked for the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Missouri, then litigated and practiced corporate law in New York, London, Paris, and St. Joseph, Missouri, before becoming a Foreign Service Officer in 1986.

Yewande  Sadiku

Yewande Sadiku

Executive Secretary/CEO
Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)

Yewande Sadiku is Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (“NIPC”), Nigeria’s foremost investment promotion agency. Until her appointment, she was the Executive Director responsible for the articulation and delivery of the Stanbic IBTC Group’s Corporate and Investment Banking strategy, ensuring the realisation of business opportunities in Nigeria’s complex operating environment. She managed key relationships with regulators, primarily the Central Bank of Nigeria, Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria’s securities exchanges, and several of Nigeria’s leading corporate and multinational clients.

Ms Sadiku was previously Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC’s investment banking business. In a 23-year banking career, Ms Sadiku was involved in assignments for clients in virtually every sector of the Nigerian economy, helping to raise several trillions of Naira in long term debt and equity, and advising on a variety of financial advisory assignments, while ensuring strict legal and regulatory compliance. She played an active role in the development of the Nigerian capital market by participating in industry committees and frequently facilitated dialogue between corporates and regulators.

Ms Sadiku chaired the Rules and Compliance SubCommittee, which advised SEC on the rules that guide the operation of Nigeria’s Investments and Securities Act for over a decade. Ms Sadiku was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for International Leadership in May 2010; she was one of “35 International Women Under 35” featured in the October 2007 edition of World Business Magazine. She has an interest in bringing formal financing to the Nigerian film industry; she raised funding for Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) a full feature film. Ms Sadiku holds a BSc in Industrial Chemistry (second class upper honours) from University of Benin, Nigeria and an MBA from University of Warwick, England.

Abebe  Aemro Selassie

Abebe Aemro Selassie

Director, African Department
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Abebe Aemro Selassie is the Director of the IMF’s African Department, with responsibility for the Fund’s operations and engagement with the 45 member countries from sub-Saharan Africa. He assumed this role in September 2016. Prior to this assignment, Mr Selassie was Deputy Director of the Department.

Between 2011 and 2013, he was in charge of the IMF’s work on Portugal under its IMF/EU/ECB-supported adjustment program (2011-13). From 2009 to 2011, he was the mission chief for South Africa, leading the Article IV discussions with the government, and Chief of the African Department’s Regional Studies Division.

From 2006 to 2009, Mr Selassie was the IMF’s Senior Resident Representative in Uganda. Earlier in his career, he worked on the Fund’s lending programs with Turkey (1999-2001), Thailand (1998-99), Romania (1997-98) and Estonia (1996-97) as well as taking part in extensive policy, operational review, and economic research work.

Before joining the IMF in 1994, he worked for the Government of Ethiopia (1992-94) and the Economist Intelligence Unit in London (1991-92). An Ethiopian national, Mr Selassie did his graduate studies at the London School of Economics.

Miguel  Azevedo

Miguel Azevedo

Head of Investment Banking Middle East and Africa

Miguel Melo Azevedo joined Citigroup in 2010 as Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Portugal. In mid-2012, he was appointed Head of Investment Banking Africa (exc. SA & Egypt). In November 2017 he was appointed Head of Investment Banking for the Middle East and Africa (ex SA)

Prior to working at Citigroup, Mr Azevedo was a Senior Country Advisor in Bank of America Merrill Lynch and an Executive Director in Goldman Sachs

He has an MBA in Finance from City University (Cass) Business School, and an Economics degree from Nova School of Business and Economics

He has been extremely active with his Citi colleagues in advising on reference M&A transactions for clients such as Helios on HTN sale in Nigeria, Brookside (Kenya), Lafarge Africa (Nigeria), Actis/Diamond Bank (Nigeria), AMCON/ Enterprise Bank, Kansai (Japan and East Africa) and TGI/CHI (Nigeria). In the capital markets space, Mr Azevedo has been involved in some reference transactions in Africa such as: Bond deals for Liquid Telecom,  IHS, Nigerian banks including Zenith, UBA, AFC and  Access amongst many others; he has also been involved in some of the largest equity deals out of Sub-Saharan Africa such as  Atlas Mara, Seplat and Fairfax Africa and Unilever Nigeria; 

Mr Azevedo is a regular contributor to CNBC Europe, CNBC Africa and BloombergTV as well as a regular speaker in Africa focused events (World Economic Forum Africa; Milken Institute; New York Forum Africa, Africa Investment Summit).

Amrote  Abdella

Amrote Abdella

Regional Director
Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative

As the Regional Director of Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, Amrote Abdella spearheads Microsoft’s investments in Africa across 54 countries. She works closely with the internal teams in the Middle East and Africa – and globally – to enable and accelerate digital transformation opportunities across the continent.

Before becoming Regional Director, Ms Abdella was 4Afrika’s Director for VC & Startups, where she worked closely with startups supporting the innovation ecosystem in Africa.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms Abdella worked with the World Economic Forum in Geneva, as an Associate Director for Africa. She also served as a Financial Analyst at the World Bank in Washington, and worked in micro-finance with the Global Hunger Project, an NGO based out of New York. Here, she oversaw projects across eight countries in Africa and worked with African women farmers, driving financial inclusion.

In 2017, Ms Abdella was named as one of Africa’s Top 100 Young Business Leaders, ranking 12th out of 100 leaders under 40, who are playing a major role in driving the continent’s economic development.

She constantly strives to learn new skills and believes in the values of passion, ambition and hard work. She also encourages all young women to have a grounding in STEM subjects.

Ms Abdella holds a Masters degree in International Economic Development from the Heller School at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College in North Carolina.

Benedict  Oramah

Benedict Oramah

President and Chairman of the Board of Directors
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Benedict Okey Oramah assumed the position of President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) on 21 September 2015.

He was previously the Executive Vice President in charge of Business Development and Corporate Banking from October 2008. In that position, he supervised the business development departments and units of the Bank, namely, Trade Finance and Branches; Project and Export Development Finance; Syndications and Specialized Finance; and Corporate Finance and Advisory Services. He also supervised the Research and Knowledge Management department and assisted the President in overseeing the Strategic Planning and International Cooperation functions. Dr. Oramah joined Afreximbank as Chief Analyst in 1994 and was promoted to the position of Senior Director, Planning and Business Development in 2007.

Prior to joining Afreximbank, he was an Assistant Research Manager at the Nigerian Export-Import Bank from 1992.

Dr. Oramah holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics, obtained in 1987 and 1991 respectively, from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He received a B.Sc. degree, also in agricultural economics, from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1983. He has published a book, “Foundations of Structured Trade Finance”, and has written more than 35 articles on a wide range of African economic, trade and trade finance issues.

He is a regular speaker in trade and trade finance conferences around the world. Dr. Oramah served, until recently, as Chairperson of the Africa Chapter of IFG and sits on the Editorial Boards of Trade and Forfaiting Review and the Journal of African Trade. He is also a member of the International Cocoa Organization’s Consultative Board on World Cocoa Economy.

Onyeche  Tifase

Onyeche Tifase

Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Nigeria

Onyeche Tifase is a Chartered Engineer with extensive experience in the power and consulting industries. She graduated with a degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the University of Nottingham and completed her Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. She started her career with Siemens in 2001 as an Electrical Engineer in the Power Distribution Division of Siemens Plc UK and thereafter progressed up the ranks taking up other key roles in Siemens Germany and Siemens USA. Mrs Tifase worked with Accenture Nigeria from 2006 in the area of management consulting and in 2009 returned to Siemens as Deputy General Manager Medium Voltage and Transformers for Siemens Ltd. Nigeria. Mrs Tifase’s career path and achievements over the years led her to become the first Nigerian Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Nigeria effective November 1, 2014. She resides in Lagos, Nigeria and is happily married with three children. She is an avid supporter of local content development initiatives and participates actively in key programs focused on the mentoring and development of the Nigerian youth.

Adesola  Adeduntan

Adesola Adeduntan

Managing Director/CEO
First Bank of Nigeria

Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan (FCA), Managing Director/CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, was appointed to the Board in 2014 as Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer. He brings over 20 years’ experience which spans across various functions in the financial services industry. Before joining FirstBank, he was a Director and the pioneer Chief Financial Officer of Africa Finance Corporation, a start-up operation between November 2007 and June 2014. He bought into the vision of the founding fathers of AFC and built a world-class financial institution that outlived its founders and contributed immensely to the development of Africa. He served on the Board of AFC Equity Investment, Mauritius, Director and Chairman of Board Cabeolica SV, a commercial windpower producer in the Republic of Cape Verde. Dr Adeduntan was appointed as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Citibank Nigeria Limited in 2005 and left as a Senior Vice President. He was a Senior Manager in the Financial Services Group of KPMG Professional Services and a Manager at Arthur Andersen Nigeria where he managed high profile assurance, financial and risk advisory engagements. Sola also had a brief stint at the defunct Afribank Nigeria Plc (now Mainstreet Bank) as a graduate trainee where he worked mainly in banking operations.

Over the course of his sterling career, he has garnered diverse expertise in Treasury & Financial Management, Risk Management, Accounting/Auditing/Internal Controls, Corporate Governance, Corporate Strategy Development and Implementation, Corporate Finance, Business Performance Management, Business/Financial Advisory, Investors, Regulators and Rating Agencies Relationship Management, Deployment and Management of Information Technology, and Compliance. Dr Adeduntan attended University of Ibadan, where he obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), he holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Cranfield University, United Kingdom which he attended as a distinguished “British Chevening Scholar.” He has attended executive programmes at Harvard, Wharton Business School, Cambridge, Oxford and INSEAD. Dr Adeduntan is a member of Sigma Educational Foundation, which is focused on enhancing the quality of tertiary education system in Nigeria, and a member of the prestigious Metropolitan Club. He is happily married with children and loves music.

Wale  Tinubu

Wale Tinubu

Group Chief Executive Officer
Oando Plc

Wale Tinubu is the Group Chief Executive of Oando PLC, Africa’s leading indigenous energy solutions provider listed on the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchange. 

In June 2015, Mr Tinubu was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ West Africa by Ernst & Young on the basis of his contributions to the development of the African Oil and Gas industry. His entrepreneurial achievements also led to his induction into the Ernst & Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy.

In 2014, under his leadership Oando PLC successfully concluded the US$1.5 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips Nigeria business, a first for a Nigerian indigenous company transforming the company into the country’s largest indigenous oil and gas producer with an estimated output of 55,000 boepd.

In 2011, he was awarded the ‘African Business Leader of the Year’ by Africa Investor and in 2007, he was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum, Geneva, in recognition of his achievements as one of the leading executives under 41.

Stephane  Timpano

Stephane Timpano

Managing Partner
Bain & Company (Nigeria)

Stephane Timpano is currently a partner at Bain and Company, a leading global strategy-consulting firm with 55 offices worldwide and a strong presence in Africa (200+ professionals in Lagos and Johannesburg). In 2015, he assumed the position of Managing Partner in Bain & Company, Nigeria.

Prior to this role, Mr Timpano worked as a partner on various strategic projects across Africa (Nigeria, South Africa and Ethiopia included), in key industries such as Telecom, Financial Services and Consumer Goods. With more than 15 years’ experience, Mr Timpano has supported his clients in a variety of assignments including M&A, post-merger integration, corporate and business unit strategy definition, customer experience transformation and operating model re-configuration.  He has also advised several African governments, government institutions and supranationals on strategic development initiatives aimed at driving sustainable growth across the continent.  

Earlier in his career, Mr Timpano held executive positions in the music industry (MD, IMS (part of the EMI Group)) and in the Pay- TV industry (Director, SkyTV). Stephane Timpano holds a degree in political sciences from Institut D’Etudes Politiques and an MBA from SDA Bocconi.

Tunde  Folawiyo

Tunde Folawiyo

Yinka Folawiyo Group

Tunde Folawiyo is a leading Nigerian business leader and heads the Yinka Folawiyo Group, a conglomerate with interests in oil & gas, shipping, agriculture, real estate and engineering. Tunde has also led several international strategic ventures in petroleum distribution through F. Energy, electrical power in partnership with AES Nigeria Barge Limited, and banking. Mr Folawiyo sits on the board of MTN Nigeria, Unic Insurance, and Access Bank and was recently appointed honorary Consul of Barbados in Nigeria. Mr Folawiyo holds a B.Sc degree in Economics obtained from the London School of Economics coupled with LL.B and LL.M degrees obtained from the University College London

Sandra Obiago

Sandra Obiago

Art Collector & Curator

Sandra Mbanefo Obiago is an art collector & curator, photographer, and award winning filmmaker. She runs SMO Contemporary Art which promotes the best of African creativity through exhibitions and events in non-traditional gallery spaces. She is a social activist and her campaigns, films, radio programs and publications focused on art, human rights, women’s empowerment, health, environment, democracy and good governance.  She has organized conferences for Nigeria’s film industry.  She received a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada (1985) and an M.A. in Telecommunications from Michigan State University, USA (1988). After graduating she worked as a technical director for Limelight Studios and television producer for the European Business Channel in Zurich, Switzerland, before heading the communications program in Sub-Saharan Africa for environmental group, WWF International for eight years. From 1998 to 2012, she founded and ran Communicating for Change, a media-for-development social enterprise in Nigeria. Ms Obiago produced and directed many documentary films and was Associate Producer of the feature film, Half of A Yellow Sun, adapted from the award winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She has served as a board member of the American International School of Lagos (AISL), trustee of the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI),  member of the Advisory Council of the Nigerian National Film Institute, and advisory board member of the iREP Foundation.  She has taught Sunday school since her teens and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s African Leadership Initiative for West Africa (ALIWA).  She is happily married with three children.

John Irvine

John Irvine

Chief Executive Officer
Visionscape Sanitation Solutions

John Irvine is Chief Executive Officer of Visionscape Sanitation Solutions. He joined Visionscape in 2017, bringing in more than 25 years of global waste management industry leadership and executive management experience to his role.

Prior to his appointment at Visionscape, Irvine had successfully led industry key players across emerging markets cutting across five continents. His pragmatic approach has led to an extensive global portfolio, which has impacted numerous organizations.

Irvine manages operational direction and strategy at Visionscape, facilitating company activity in consulting, operations, partnerships, support and new businesses. With this, he is leading Visionscape's goal of transforming Lagos into an environmentally sustainable megacity.

Venkataramani  Srivathsan

Venkataramani Srivathsan

Managing Director & CEO of Africa and Middle East
OLAM International

Venkataramani Srivathsan (“Sri”) joined Olam International in 1994 and has more than 25 years of experience in the commodities industry.  He has held various positions in the Olam group, including country head, Ghana; country head, Nigeria; and regional head, West and Central Africa.  Currently, he is the managing director and CEO for Africa and the Middle East, with oversight responsibility for the fertiliser business.

Mr Srivathsan belongs to the 12-member executive committee that is Olam’s top policymaking body, and is a member of its human resource and crisis committees.  He is also the vice-chairman of the Singapore Business Federation, a member of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies executive committee as well as on the advisory board of the Pan African University Lagos (Lagos Business School). 

With over 20 years of pan-African experience, Mr Srivathsan has presented many papers on small holder farmer in the Pan African forums.  He has also been part of the advisory committees for the ministry of agriculture and the ministry of trade and industry in Nigeria.  Under his leadership, Olam Nigeria won several international and national awards.  He was awarded a prestigious World Business for Peace Award in 2010.  

Oscar Onyema

Oscar Onyema

Chief Executive Officer
Nigerian Stock Exchange

Oscar Onyema has been CEO and member of the National Council of The Exchange since April 2011. In this role, he is responsible for superintending the general working of The Exchange.

Mr Onyema is the President of African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA); Chairman of Central Securities Clearing System PLC (CSCS), the clearing, settlement and depository for the Nigerian capital market; and Chairman of the subsidiaries of The Exchange. He has served as a Council member of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS); Global Agenda Council member of World Economic Forum (WEF); board member of FMDQ OTC PLC and National Pension Commission of Nigeria (PENCOM).

Prior to relocating to Nigeria, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at American Stock Exchange (Amex). He also ran the NYSE Amex equity business after the merger of NYSE Euronext and Amex in 2008.

He holds the Nigerian National honor of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON); is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IOD); and member of London Stock Exchange (LSEG) Africa Advisory Group. Forbes listed him as one of the ten most powerful men in Africa in 2015.

Mr Onyema completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP) in 2015. He got his MBA from Baruch College, New York in 1998; and BSc from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in 1991.​

Juliet  Anammah

Juliet Anammah

Chief Executive Officer
Jumia Nigeria

Juliet Anammah has over twenty-five years of professional experience in Consumer Goods, Sales and Marketing Management Consulting and eCommerce. She commenced her career with Sanofi Aventis in 1991 and worked in key sales /marketing capacities till 1999. In 1999 she joined Accenture’s Strategy service line as a senior consultant and worked on various engagements largely related to corporate strategy, business planning, marketing strategy, business architecture design and mergers and acquisition. She also worked on large scale organization design and implementation projects and aligning business processes and technology to support business objectives. In 2004 she launched Accenture’s Products Operating Group which covers Accenture’s consulting services for Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Retail and Transport Industries in West Africa. She became a Partner at Accenture in 2013

Mrs Anammah is presently the Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Nigeria, a position she undertook in 2015 and oversaw Jumia’s transition from online Retail to a Marketplace. Jumia is an online Marketplace operating in 26 African countries. Jumia’s scope covers eCommerce, Travel booking, Food ordering and Classifieds. She holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, an MBA in Finance and is an alumnus of Wharton’s Advanced Management Program. 

 A fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative and a member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria. Mrs Anammah is also on the Board of Diamond Bank Plc as a non-Executive Director. She is a member of the Industrial and Competitiveness Council of the Federal Government where she serves as the Chair of Skills and Acquisition sub-team. 

Tonye Cole

Tonye Cole

co-Founder and Executive Director
Sahara Group

Tonye P. Cole is the co-founder and executive director of the Sahara Group. An architecture alumni of the University of Lagos and Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program (AMP186), he, together with his partners has grown the company, founded in 1996, from a single entity to a leading African Energy (Oil, Gas and Power) and infrastructure conglomerate with operations in over 10 countries across four continents of the world.

Mr Cole is an active member of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) and also represents Sahara as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the United Nations Sustainable Development Fund (UN SDG-F) - in recognition of Sahara Group’s role in promoting inclusive economic growth for poverty eradication, capacity building, food security and access to potable water in Africa.

His passion for youth development and giving back to the less privileged is expressed through his foundation Nehemiah Youth Empowerment Initiative and Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the group, Sahara Foundation; which has recorded many interventions in the area of Education, Environment, Health, Capacity building and currently in the area of Extrapreneurship using a model that seeks to drive sustainability and create platforms that finds, creates and connects young people with business interests in emerging markets.

A motivational speaker, ordained minister, entrepreneur and firm believer in Africa's inherent greatness, he has travelled vastly delivering numerous papers to the continents youth. He is a regular columnist for This day Style and the author of Morning Reflections, an inspirational devotional and My God Thinks.

He is married to Dr. Sylvia Cole with whom they have three children

Akinsowon   Dawodu

Akinsowon Dawodu

Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer
Citibank Nigeria Limited

Akin Dawodu became the MD/CEO for Citi Nigeria Limited in April 2015. Prior to being the MD/CEO, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Public Sector Head for Citi Nigeria

Mr Dawodu joined Citi in June 2000 as a Foreign Exchange Dealer. He became Chief Dealer in 2003 before leaving the bank in 2005 and subsequently becoming the first Treasurer of MTN Nigeria, a Nigeria-based cellular network and ICT solutions provider.

He returned to Citi in July 2007 and subsequently became Fixed Income Currency and Commodities Head and Country Treasurer in October 2007. He became the Chief Operating Officer and Public Sector Head for Citi Nigeria Limited in January 2013. He has played a decisive role in general franchise management and developing our interface between Citi and the Nigerian Public Sector. 

Mr Dawodu is currently the Chairman of the Banker’s Committee Sub Committee on Competency and Industry Standards. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a past president of the Financial Market Dealers’ Association. He was also a member of the inaugural board of FMDQ, Nigeria’s largest OTC platform.

He attended Kings’ College Lagos and the University of Lagos. He also holds an MBA from Manchester Business School (MBS) and became a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation awarded by the CFA Institute in 2003.

Adeniyi Makanjuola

Adeniyi Makanjuola

Visionscape Sanitation Solutions

Adeniyi Makanjuola is a director at Visionscape International Holdings, and the Chairman of Visionscape Sanitation Solutions. Adeniyi is a graduate of Financial Economics from the University of Essex with an M.Sc in Development Economics from the University College London. He is a founding Director of Caverton Offshore Support Group.

Lola Kassim

Lola Kassim

General Manager, West Africa

Lola Kassim is a seasoned professional with over 10 years of international experience working at senior private sector and government levels in Africa and Canada on strategy development, operations, policy making and capability building.

Most recently, she spent 3.5 years as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, where she led teams providing strategic business insights and implementing organizational and operational improvements in the energy, public, and financial services sectors in West and Southern Africa.

Prior to this, Ms Kassim worked as a Governance Advisor with the Liberian Presidency through the Africa Governance Initiative, supporting a unit driving delivery of Presidential infrastructure priorities.

Ms Kassim began her career with the Canadian government where she was served as Policy Advisor to senior officials and managed units developing policy, strategy, and business cases regarding socio-economic development programming for Canada’s Aboriginal communities and foreign policy.

A Nigerian – Canadian, she holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MSc from the London School of Economics where she was a Chevening Scholar.

Fabrice  Franzen

Fabrice Franzen

Director, Head of Financial services Africa
Bain & Company

Fabrice Franzen is a Director at Bain and Company, a leading global strategy-consulting firm with 55 offices worldwide and a strong presence in Africa (200+ professionals in Lagos and Johannesburg). As a seasoned management consultant, Mr Franzen has over 20years experience in multiple markets across Europe, Africa and Australia.

Mr Franzen started his career as a consultant at Oliver Wyman in France in 1998 and spent 8 years working in their Paris office. In 2006, he joined Bain in Paris and has since led Bain engagements in several offices across the Bain system, including France, Morocco, Italy, Greece, Australia and South Africa. In 2012, Mr Franzen moved to South Africa to help build the Financial Services practice and has since been instrumental in building one of the leading Financial Services practices in Sub- Saharan Africa. His clients include some of the largest banks, asset managers, insurance companies and development finance institutions across the continent, with a particular geographic focus on Nigeria and South Africa. He has supported his clients in a large variety of assignments, ranging from M&A, post-merger integration, corporate and business unit strategy definition and review, international expansion, customer experience improvement, operational performance improvement and risk management. 

A Belgian national, Mr Franzen holds a degree in Business Administration from Solvay Business School in Brussels. He is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is often called upon to share his perspectives at key financial services related conferences across Africa.

Yaw Nsarkoh

Yaw Nsarkoh

Executive Vice President
Unilever Ghana-Nigeria

Yaw Nsarkoh is the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Unilever Ghana and Nigeria.

Prior to this, he served as the Managing Director for Nigeria from 1st January, 2014 to 31st December, 2016 and Managing Director, Unilever, East and Southern Africa, based in Kenya from 2010 to 2013.

He was at one time the Strategic Assistant to the President and Unilever Executive Member for Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe based in the United Kingdom and then Singapore. 

He also served at various times in the past as Marketing Director and Executive Board member for Unilever, Ghana. He has done many other roles in South Africa and in Ghana for Unilever.

Mr Nsarkoh holds a Honors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Henley Management College, United Kingdom. 

Mr Nsarkoh currently sits as executive member on a number of Trade/Employee Associations and Strategic Private Sector committees in Nigeria.

He is the Chairman of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) board for Unilever Africa and represents Africa on the Unilever global D&I board.

He is an associate member of Ghana Institution of Engineers; a Director of Changing Lives Endowment Fund (CLEF) in Ghana and a former Director of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and Chairman of East African Shippers Council.

Mr Nsarkoh also sits as a member, Board of Advisors, Lagos Business School.

He is a regular speaker on business issues, specifically Marketing and Leadership at public fora.

Paul Hinks

Paul Hinks

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Symbion Power LLC

Paul Hinks is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Symbion Power, LLC, as well as the Chairman of Invest Africa, US. He is the former Chairman and a current board member of the Corporate Council on Africa in Washington.

As the driving force behind Symbion, Mr Hinks has spent his entire working life in the power industry.  His career spans 40 years and in that period, he has worked in the UK, USA, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  This includes the work Symbion undertook in Iraq and Afghanistan where the company played a leading role in the US led reconstruction.

Symbion Power is one of the largest US investors in the Power Sector in Africa. Since 2014 it has invested in 1,378 MW of installed generating capacity in Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and Madagascar.

Symbion Power is a US Independent Power Producer based in New York City that has built, owned and operated electricity infrastructure in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  With a deep commitment to empowering local communities we bring together the knowledge and operational know-how to succeed in the world’s most challenging construction environments.

Nnaemeka  Achebe

Nnaemeka Achebe

The Obi of Onitsha

His Majesty, Nnaemeka Achebe, CFR, mni, Obi of Onitsha, is 76 years old. He is the traditional ruler of Onitsha, Anambra State. Educated at Stanford and Columbia Universities in the U.S.A., he had a 30-year international career rising to senior executive positions in the Royal Dutch/Shell Group. A former chairman of Diamond Bank PLC and Universal Insurance PLC, he is currently chairman of Unilever Nigeria PLC, Intafact Beverages Limited (AB InBev), Tishona Limited, Hero’s Foundation, and Chimedie Museum Trust Foundation.

He is Chairman of Anambra State Traditional Council; Trustee, National Traditional Rulers’ Council; Trustee, Scout Association of Nigeria; Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University; and former Chancellor, Kogi State University. He is a fellow of the College of Education, Nsugbe, the Nigerian Institute of Management and Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, and Honorary Fellow, Institute of Directors Nigeria and the National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria. He holds honorary degrees of Ahmadu Bello University, University of Nigeria Nsukka, and Anambra and Kogi States Universities.  

He is a patron of several visual arts initiatives, and is currently promoting the establishment of a world class museum in his hometown, Onitsha.       

 Ndidi  Nwuneli

Ndidi Nwuneli

AACE Food Processing & Distribution

Ndidi Nwuneli is the Founder of LEAP Africa, a leading youth leadership non-profit organization, and co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agro-processing company that was founded in 2009 to fight malnutrition, reduce post-harvest losses among smallholder farmers and displace imports. She is also the managing partner of Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory, a firm focused on the agribusiness and nutrition sectors in West Africa. She started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices.

Mrs Nwuneli holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honors in Multinational and Strategic Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor – Member of the Federal Republic from the Nigerian Government. She was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes and a 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellow.

Mrs Nwuneli serves on numerous international and local boards including Nestle Nigeria Plc., Nigerian Breweries Plc., Switzerland, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands and the African Philanthropy Forum. She is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact," published by Routledge in 2016.

Garth Klintworth

Garth Klintworth

Head of Markets
Barclays Africa Group

Garth Klintworth joined Barclays Africa Group in July 2009 and currently holds the position of Head of Markets. Previously Head of FI Rates, Currencies & Commodities, he was appointed Head of Trading for Barclays Africa in April 2013, taking on additional responsibility for Equities and Prime, alongside his existing FICC trading mandate.

Before joining Barclays, Mr Klintworth worked as the Derivatives Manager in Treasury for the Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Co from 1991-1997 and then as a Treasurer at JP Morgan from 1997 – 2009.

Mr Klintworth’s qualifications include a BCom (Business Information Systems, Commercial Law) from WITS University, Accountancy (UNISA) and Certified Network Engineer, 2001. He is also appointed as a Board Member for the Ghana Board Committee in 2015

Peju  Alatise

Peju Alatise


Peju Alatise started her career as an architect. A discipline which shaped her ability to see materials and techniques in a form that injects intricate detail and life into her subjects and almost makes them come “alive”. Today, she is one of the leading contemporary artists on the African continent. Her works challenge the status quo of theAfrican society and also of global affairs.

She has been consistent with her experimentation with materials and techniques as a medium to analyse various issues in Nigeria especially topics about the dilemma of the girl child. Ms Alatise is truly an artist in her prime. Amongst her achievements are:

  • A researcher at the Smithsonian Institute in D.C
  • An art lecturer in Venice, an artist resident in Morocco and Turkey.
  • The founder of the ANAI Foundation (a non-profit foundation dedicated to the development of visual arts in Nigeria, and the first purpose built artist’s residency with a well-equipped ceramic studio in Nigeria. Which offers sponsored training programs for ceramists) 
  • One of three exhibiting artists from Nigeria at the 57th Venice Biennale first Nigerian Pavilion of which her exhibit, ‘ Flying Girls’ is described as “…technically beautiful and haunting at the same time.”
  • Selected as the 2016 fellow at the Smithsonian Institute of African Art
  • 2017 FNB art prize winner where her thought-provoking work “O is the new +” was selected as the foremost entry on the continent.

Peju has the ability to unearth multiple layers of meaning from beneath the surface of everyday objects, language, and social relations. Crafting alternative social imageries and challenging master narratives in politics and media, her trajectory sharply illustrates how artists in Africa are filling in the gaps left by official histories. Peju Alatise is a well exhibited artist in different countries around the world, some of which includes:

  • FNB JoburgArtFair 2017 Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 57th Venice Biennial 2017 Venice, Italy
  • "Lost" Exhibition at NEST Gallery Geneva, Switzerland 2015
  • 1:54 Contemporary African ArtFair 2014 Somerset House, London
  • Casablanca Biennial 2014 Casablanca, Morocco
  • Wrapture: A story of cloth 2013. Art Twenty-one Lagos, Nigeria
  • Material Witness 2012, Nike Art Gallery Lagos, Nigeria
Emezino  Afiegbe

Emezino Afiegbe

Country Manager, Nigeria
VISA West Africa

Mr Afiegbe is a bankcard professional with experience spanning over 15 years in electronic payments. His expertise traverses a spectrum of specialist skills including Product Development, Strategy, Project Implementation, Card Program Management, Marketing and Sales.

His career, which has run in parallel with the evolution of electronic payments in West Africa, has birthed and grown record-breaking electronic payment programs at leading financial institutions within the region, including FirstBank of Nigeria Limited, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc.

As Senior Business Development Leader and Country Manager at Visa, he drives Visa’s payments strategy within the West Africa region and oversees relationships between Visa, financial institutions and key electronic payments ecosystem stakeholders.

Mr Afiegbe is an alumnus of the University of Lagos.

Nir  Marom

Nir Marom


Nir Marom is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Lumos, a disruptive off-grid solar energy provider focused on emerging markets. The company offers affordable solar systems to the 1.3 billion people worldwide who are not connected to the grid, using an innovative, pay-asyou-go system in partnership with mobile service providers. In December 2016, Lumos announced an historic deal in the form of a $90 million investment, the largest ever in the off-grid.

Lumos is today partnered with MTN, one of Africa’s largest mobile providers, and the world’s most influential development organizations including DFID and OPIC. The company has today distributed over 73,000 systems in Nigeria, providing affordable, clean, reliable power to over 250,000 people, and recently announced expansion to the Ivory Coast.

Before founding Lumos, Mr Marom founded two successful, innovative companies in the energy spaceGreenlet Technologies (a high-tech startup which developed and sells utility scale energy demand management hardware and software) and SunIsrael (a solar energy producer –which develops, finances, builds, operates and owns large scale solar facilities).

Danladi  Verheijen

Danladi Verheijen

co-Founder and Managing Director
Verod Capital

Danladi Verheijen is the co-founder and Managing Director of Verod Capital, a leading Nigerian investment firm established in 2008. Verod manages over $200 million in assets and has invested in a wide variety of projects which generate positive social and economic impact in West Africa. It was named one of the “Top 20 Funds to Watch in 2016” by Private Equity Africa and “Best Private Equity Firm Nigeria 2015” by Global Banking & Finance Review. As the Nigerian economy went through its worst recession for 25 years, Verod continued to attract funding and in 2015 secured a major US bank’s first ever African investment.

Verod’s focus on sustainable developments has seen a wave of pioneering investments in the past 18 months, including a major investment in one of Nigeria’s first organic farms and a large-scale greenfield recirculating aquaculture company. Verod was amongst the original signatories of the COP22 African Financial Institutions’ Commitment on Low Carbon Development, alongside organisations including the African Development Bank, Africa 50, and CDG.

Mr Verheijen founded the Verod Foundation in 2012. The Foundation partners with schools in lesserdeveloped neighborhoods to improve educational standards and access to educational opportunities, and currently works with three schools in low-income areas of Victoria Island, Lagos. Before co-founding Verod, Mr Verheijen held positions at Citibank Nigeria, Ocean and Oil Holdings, and at McKinsey & Company. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and an Archbishop Tutu Fellow in 2013.

Topyster  Muga

Topyster Muga

Senior Director for Financial Inclusion, Africa

Topyster Muga (Topy) is Visa’s Senior Director for Financial Inclusion in Africa. She has a career spanning 12 years in financial services and telecommunications, five of which are in mobile money at Vodafone and Airtel, and has held a number of roles in strategy, operations, technology, product and business transformation. Prior to joining Visa, Topy headed Airtel Kenya’s mobile money business. She was a member of the Payments Association of Kenya (PAK) and the Mobile Money Association of Kenya (MMAK) steering committees driving the financial inclusion agenda facilitated by Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya.

Before that, she was M-Pesa Principal Product Manager at Vodafone Group based in London, England where she led M-Pesa commercial and strategy for emerging markets, product development and new markets launches. In 2017, she has been awarded Global TechWomen Emerging Leader Fellow to represent Kenya in the USA. In 2016, Ms Muga received the Gold Stevie Award for Women in Technology and, at the first annual IT women conference in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015, she was named IT Woman of the Year for leading Airtel Kenya’s Airtel Money team in innovating the Airtel Money Pesa Card.

Ms Muga was awarded a Nelson Mandela scholarship to study at INSEAD Business School in France where she received an MBA. She has a first class honors in Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University and a Higher Diploma in Management of Information Systems from Strathmore University. She is an alumnus of Alliance Girls’ High School.

Otobong  Nkanga

Otobong Nkanga


Otobong Nkanga (NG/BE) was born in 1974 in Kano, Nigeria. She lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Nkanga began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and later continued in Paris at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts. She was an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam from 2002 – 2004. In 2008 she obtained her Masters in the Performing Arts at Dasarts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2013 – 2014 she was a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm – Artists-in-Berlin. Ms Nkanga has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London (2017); Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus (2017); Nottingham Contemporary (2016); Berkeley Art Museum, BAMPFA, California (2016); M HKA in Antwerp (2015); Portikus in Frankfurt (2015). In 2016, she also had major international projects in Shanghai and Beirut (Landversation). She has exhibited in several international exhibitions, including Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2017); 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015); 31st São Paulo Biennial (2014); the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014) and the Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013). She was the winner of the Yanghyun Prize in 2015 and the Belgian Art Prize in 2017. Her first US survey exhibition opened in March 2018 at the MCA, Chicago.



David Pilling

David Pilling

Africa Editor
Financial Times

David Pilling is the Africa Editor of the FT. Previously he was the Asia Editor (2008-16), Tokyo Bureau Chief (2002-08), Pharmaceuticals Correspondent (1999-2001), Deputy Features Editor (1997-99) and Chile/Argentina Correspondent (1993-97). He is the author of Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival (Penguin, 2014) and The Growth Delusion (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Lerato  Mbele-Roberts

Lerato Mbele-Roberts

Presenter, Africa Business Report
BBC World News

Lerato Mbele is presenter of Africa Business Report on BBC World News television. She joined the BBC in 2012.

Prior to that, Ms Mbele served as a Senior Business Anchor for CNBC Africa. She hosted a variety of business programmes and discussions related to the economics, business strategy, stock markets, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Ms Mbele began her journalism career in 1999 at South Africa’s state-owned broadcaster The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She eventually served as an anchor for the channel’s daily news show News at 10 and also fronted the weekly show, Public Interest and The Ambassadors.

In early 2016, she was nominated in the media category of the inaugural New African Women Awards. Previously she was named on the Oprah O Magazine Power List of 21 African women “rocking the world”. In 2014, Ms Mbele was named a Young Global Leader, by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. She  is also the co-edited the book of “Designing Democracy” alongside Ayesha Kajee, that was during her short tenure as a researcher at the SA Institute of International Affairs. She is also a recipient of a literary award from the World Association of University of Women.

Ms Mbele is a Chevening Scholar who holds an MSc degree in Development Studies from The School of Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London. She completed her undergraduate and Honours degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch respectively. 

Amina  Yuguda

Amina Yuguda

News Anchor
TV Gotel

Amina Yuguda is a news anchor with TV Gotel in Adamawa state, Nigeria. She received a B.SC. from the Ahmadu Bello University in Mass Communication and an MA from MAUTECH’s Information technology department (ESP). She was honoured by the BBC world service with the prestigious Komla Dumor Award  for African Journalism for the year 2017. While studying at MAUTECH she worked on linguistic applications for journalism. She majored in Discourse Analysis. Ms Yuguda has worked as a broadcast journalist with Nigeria’s TV Gotel since 2012. She also produces a documentary series “The Real Africa” which tells stories about Adamawa’s rich cultural heritage and African traditions. She is passionate about girls education and mentors young girls in her hometown, Yola in Northeast Nigeria.

Giles  Peppiatt

Giles Peppiatt

Director, Contemporary African Art

Giles Peppiatt has over twenty-five years’ experience in the art market.  In 1993 he trained as an auctioneer and conducted his first sale in that year.  In 1997 he qualified with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors as a ‘Chartered Arts & Antiques Surveyor’.

Mr Peppiatt is the world leading expert on Modern and Contemporary African Art.

In 2007 he established the first ever auction devoted entirely to South African artists “The South African Sale”.  These auctions quickly became the highest grossing sales of South African art to be held anywhere in the world.

In 2009 he started the Bonhams “Africa Now” sales of Modern and Contemporary African art and these are now the largest sales in this category.  Bonhams now sell more art by value than any other auctioneer.

Mr Peppiatt advises many institutions, collectors and museums on their collections.

Bisi  Silva

Bisi Silva

Centre for Contemporary Art

Bisi Silva is curatorial consultant of Bisi Silva Projects and director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos. She is the curator of Asiko (2010- ) the pan-African roaming alternative art school.  She was Artistic Director of the 10th Bamako Encounters, African Biennial of Photography (2015) in Mali, co-curator of the 2nd Changjiang International Biennale of Photography and Video, Chongqing, China (2017), 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2009), 7th Dak’Art Bienniale, Senegal (2006). In 2017 she was the curator for the Modern and Contemporary Art Section for the inaugural African Culture and Design Festival, Lagos.

As director of CCA, Lagos she has curated numerous exhibitions including Jide Alakija: Owambe, Aso-Ebi and the politics of Dress (2011), J. D ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday (2010), El Anatsui ,Playing with Chance(2014).

A frequent participant in international conferences and symposia, Ms Silva has published in journals and art magazines including Artforum, TAKE on Art, Art Africa. She has been the recipient of several prestigious international fellowships and curatorial residencies including Clark/Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at Clark Art Institute, MA, (2011), the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Scholars’ Residency, Italy (2012), Hyde Park Art Centre and Block Museum at Northwestern University, Chicago (March 2017). Ms Silva has an MA: Curating of Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London.

Currently she is a member of the international jury for Hasselblad Award in Photography, Gothenburg (2018), as well as the 12th Hugo Boss Prize for Contemporary Art (2018) awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, New York. 


Agenda - 31st May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 8:50am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times 

  • 9:00am
    Opening Keynote Interview: Nigeria Beyond Oil - The pathway to transformation

    • Showcase of the Government’s policies and diversification agenda
    • Priorities and progress towards inclusive growth
    • Boosting industrialization and domestic production

    H.E Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria 

    Interviewed by David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times 

  • 9:30am
    Welcome Address and Q&A: Lagos as Nigeria’s business hub

    Akinwunmi Ambode, Executive Governor, Lagos State 

  • 9:50am
    Keynote interview: International viewpoint

    • Nigeria’s development in the global context
    • What can be learnt from the experience of other countries about realizing economic potential?

    W. Stuart Symington, U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

    Interviewed by David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times 

  • 10:10am
    Panel discussion: Delivering economic resilience and growth

    Keynote opening: Nasir El Rufai, Executive Governor, Kaduna State and Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, Minister of Budget and Planning, Federal Republic of Nigeria 

    As Nigeria follows the path towards economic transformation, the government is under growing pressure to speed up the pace of reform and deliver shared prosperity. This session will focus on economic policy moving forward and what it will take to reduce risk and attract new investment to bolster diversification.

    • How far has the economic growth and recovery plan come in achieving macroeconomic stability?
    • Mitigating the impact of oil price volatility
    • Ensuring effective foreign exchange rate management
    • What progress has been made in resolving insurgency?
    • Leveraging the power of the private sector to drive economic competitiveness
    • What measures are being taken to improve regional trade and integration?
    • Should the government sell more assets to help the economy?

    Moderated by Lerato Mbele-Roberts, Presenter, Africa Business Report, BBC World News 

    Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director of the African Department(AFR), International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)

    Benedict Oramah, President & Chairman, Afreximbank 

    Stephane Timpano, Managing Partner, Bain & Company Nigeria 

  • 10:45am
    Investor Perspective: Adapting to Nigeria’s investment climate

    • How are investors addressing the regulatory and law enforcement risks?

    Miguel Melo Azevedo, Head of Investment Banking Middle East and Africa, Citigroup  

    Interviewed by Lerato Mblele-Roberts, Presenter, Africa Business Report, BBC World News 

  • 11:00am
    Networking break
  • 11:30am
    Keynote Interview: Currency policy and financial system developments

    • Insight into management of the naira and efforts to boost liquidity
    • What is being done to enable dollar inflows from investors?

    Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria 

    Moderated by Lerato Mbele-Roberts, Presenter, Africa Business Report, BBC World News

  • 11:50am
    Finance Panel: Navigating the uncertainties towards long-term stability

    In the face of volatility and uncertainty what is being done to address the deficit and liquidity challenges? How is Nigeria building resilience and flexibility into its banking system and financial markets?

    • Mitigating the effects of currency depreciation
    • Foreign exchange policy developments
    • How is regulation being strengthened?
    • How are Nigerian banks mobilising domestic savings to fund development?
    • Tapping into international capital markets to finance projects

    Moderated by Lerato Mbele-Roberts, Presenter, Africa Business Report, BBC World News 

    Oscar N. Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange 

    Adesola Adeduntan, Managing Director/CEO, First Bank of Nigeria 

    Akinsowon Dawodu, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Citibank Nigeria Limited 

    Fabrice Franzen, Financial Services Specialist/ Senior Partner, Bain South Africa 

    Garth Klintworth, Head of Markets, Barclays Africa Group 

    Topyster Muga, Senior Director for Financial Inclusion, Africa, VISA 

  • 12:40pm
    An Inspiring conversation with a leading entrepreneur

    • Entrepreneurship as the driving force of social change
    • Opportunities and empowerment for all
    • Fostering the next generation of leaders

    Tonye Cole, co-Founder and Executive Director, Sahara Group

    Interviewed by Lerato Mbele-Roberts, Presenter, Africa Business Report, BBC World News 

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    Special Oil and Gas Focus: How far and how fast can investor confidence be restored?

    As the oil and gas sector undergoes major reforms, much rides on ensuring that the mainstay of the Nigerian economy emerges stronger, more transparent and better regulated. This special focus will discuss how the vulnerabilities are being managed and evaluate the measures being taken to boost confidence and unlock investment.

    • Global market dynamics, oil price uncertainties and what they mean for Nigeria
    • Progress in the transformation of the legal framework and establishing regulatory stability
    • What has been the impact of PIGB and policy developments? 
    • Boosting local industrialisation from crude to finished products
    • How are mediation and collaboration overcoming instability and supply disruption in the Niger Delta? 
    • Harnessing local content and improving competency in the oil sector
    • Clarification of fiscal terms and the commercial framework for gas development

    Moderated by David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times 

    Hon. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Federal Republic of Nigeria 

    Wale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive Officer, Oando Plc 

    Jean-Marie Le Fouest, Group Head – Commodity and Structured Trade Finance, MUFG

    Tunde Folawiyo, Chairman/CEO, Yinka Folawiyo Group 

  • 2:45pm
    Keynote address and interview: Powering opportunities and sustaining growth in Nigeria

    • Delivering a robust, sustainable power sector and affordable electricity in Nigeria 

    • Overcoming the challenges - what should Nigeria do next and what is the role of the private sector?

    • Latest on policies, projects and prospects for investors

    Paul Hinks, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Symbion Power LLC

    Interviewed by David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times 

  • 3:05pm
    Infrastructure Discussion: The Building Blocks of Diversification

    Strengthening power, transport and communications infrastructure is critical to the success of the diversification effort, particularly when it comes to manufacturing and agriculture. This interactive discussion will look at the enablers and barriers to infrastructure development and how to make sure that long-term investment leads to sustainable and inclusive growth.

    • Power sector privatization and upgrades: how successful has the power reform agenda been in resolving the bottlenecks and strengthening the power value chain?
    • How is capital spending on infrastructure being prioritized? Innovative partnerships to meet the need for infrastructure assets and bridge the financing gaps
    • Privatisation of airport operations – timescales and opportunities
    • Blending public and private funding: outlook for PPPs
    • Opportunities in renewables and off-grid power provision
    • Increasing investment in transport assets
    • Facilitating the development of the telecommunications and waste management sectors
    • Mobilizing domestic pension funds into infrastructure projects

    Moderated by David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times 

    Onyeche Tifase, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Nigeria 

    Paul Hinks, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Symbion Power LLC

    Uche Orji, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NSIA

    Nir Marom, co-Founder, Lumos  

    John Irvine, CEO, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions

  • 3:45pm
    Networking break
  • 4:05pm
    An Inspiring Conversation: Accelerating the Transition to the Green Economy – A Collaborative Approach

    Nigeria has ample reasons and the potential to balance social, economic and environmental interests and join the global green economy. This session will look at how government agencies, international organisations, the private sector and civil society can work together to speed up the green transition.

    Adeniyi Makanjuola, Chairman, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions

    Interviewed by David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times 

  • 4:25pm
    Spotlight on Agriculture - Key Driver of Growth and Economic Diversification in Nigeria

    • Opportunities to develop sustainable agriculture 
    • Measures to reduce risk and enhance the agricultural supply chain 
    • Unlocking investment in farming: role of the private sector 

    H.E Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria 

    Interviewed by David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times 

  • 4:40pm
    Production panel: Going local to realize global ambition

    As Nigeria strives to reduce its reliance on imports and increase its non-oil exports strategic investors and entrepreneurs are tapping into the country’s competitive advantages and home-grown potential. This discussion will focus on experiences and perspectives of boosting local production and content in Nigeria.

    • What is happening on the ground in the bid to expand local production and manufacturing?
    • What concrete actions are being taken to promote low-carbon development?
    • Successes accessing local and international markets
    • In what ways is the government collaborating with the private sector to create jobs and develop capacity? Best practice for accelerating critical skills 

    Moderated by Amina Yuguda, News Anchor, TV Gotel

    Venkataramani Srivathsan, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Africa and Middle East, Olam International

    Ndidi Nwuneli, co-Founder, AACE Food Processing & Distribution

    Yaw Nsarkoh, Executive Vice President, Unilever Ghana-Nigeria 

    Danladi Verheijen, co-Founder and Managing Director, Verod Capital 

    Ujwal Senapati, Managing Director, WACOT Limited

  • 5:10pm
    Special Focus - The African Contemporary and Modern Art Market

    Introduction: Art - From Vision to Reality

    Sandra Obiago, Art Collector & Curator

    Interest in contemporary African art is booming in auction houses and galleries around the world and a growing number of Nigerian and international collectors are seizing the opportunity to invest in Nigerian and African art. This session will give the stage to the artists, curators and patrons who are contributing to the country as well as sustaining a dynamic global African art scene. 

    Moderated by:  Giles Peppiatt, Director, South African & Contemporary African Art, Bonhams 

    Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe, The Obi of Onitsha 

    Otobong Nkanga, Artist

    Peju Alatise, Artist

    Sandra Obiago, Art Collector & Curator

  • 5:50pm
    Spotlight - Nigeria Tech on the Rise: Capitalising on the opportunities

    As Nigeria shifts away from a resource-based towards an entrepreneurial and knowledge-based economy there are high hopes for its tech industry. The home-grown pioneers of Nigeria’s digital transformation are driving change in infrastructure, connectivity, financial services and e-commerce and the sector is attracting significant interest and investment from Silicon Valley’s leading lights.

    • Drivers of growth in technology and innovation
    • What are the opportunities to capitalise on Nigeria’s digital economy?
    • What government incentives are there to encourage research and development in technology?
    • Initiatives to develop skills and nurture local tech talent
    • Prospects for domestic investors. Start-up funding from foreign investors
    • Boosting productivity through technology: the impact of disruptive technologies in Nigeria

    Moderated by Amina Yuguda, News Anchor, TV Gotel

    Juliet Anammah, Chief Executive Officer, Jumia Nigeria 

    Lola Kassim, General Manager, West Africa, Uber 

    Amrote Abdella, Regional Director, Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative 

    Emezino Afiegbe, Country Manager, Nigeria, VISA West Africa 

  • 6:20pm
    Closing Conversation: A secure and stable future for Nigeria

    • Establishing social, economic and financial stability

    Moderated by David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times 

    Akinwunmi Ambode, Executive Governor, Lagos State 

    Nasir El Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, Federal Republic of Nigeria

    Benedict Oramah, President & Chairman, Afreximbank 

  • 6:40pm
    Chair’s closing remarks, followed by drinks reception

Delegate Profile

The Summit will bring together senior policy-makers, major international investors and corporations, and multilateral organisations to put forward concrete recommendations and realistic solutions aimed at facilitating investment and overcoming the challenges the country faces.

Profiles include:

  • National/Local Government
  • Embassies
  • Banking & finance
  • Oil & gas
  • Industry leaders
  • DFIs

Please note that general applications are subject to review by the Publisher.


Vice President's session

1. FT Summit, Lagos. Novo       Isioro8

2. FT Summit, Lagos. Novo       Isioro6

3. FT Summit, Lagos. Novo       Isioro4

5. FT Summit, Lagos. Novo       Isioro0


Visa Entry to Nigeria

Please contact the Nigerian Embassy in your country of residence for visa information. Visa application guidelines vary depending on your country of residence and which passport you intend to travel on.

For general information, please visit the Nigerian Immigration Service website.

If your organisation has operations in Nigeria we highly recommend requesting a invitation letter directly from that office to help facilitate your visa.



EKO Hotel
Plot 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street
PMB 12724
Victoria Island
Tel: +234 1 2772700-25


Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Gold Sponsors (6)

Founded in 1973, Bain & Company is the management consulting firm that the world’s business leaders come to when they want enduring results. With 55 offices worldwide, Bain & Company Africa provides management and strategy consulting services for leading companies and impact-oriented executives across many of the world’s largest and most rapidly changing sectors.

Bain & Company opened its Africa practice in 2010 and now has offices in Lagos and Johannesburg, with 200+ consultants serving clients across the continent. Bain & Company has since invested in the growth and development of more than 60 companies in sub-Saharan Africa – from multinational firms to the JSE top 40 companies to state-owned enterprises – and served over 350 projects in Africa to date. Bain is firmly committed to creating enduring change and positive economic impact across the continent. We achieve this through not only through high-impact consulting work but also by directly engaging Africa’s development challenges through our Social Impact activities. 

Our leadership team has experience working across Africa’s most dynamic industries (including financial services, oil and gas, retail, consumer goods, telecommunications, media & technology,  mining, and private equity) and maintains client relationships in more than 25 countries where our clients operate (including Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia).

Citi has had a presence in Nigeria since 1984. Citi is the oldest existing international bank in Nigeria, with 11 service bank branches spread across the nation.


Citi continues to focus on competitively creating value and providing efficient service delivery to its clients while maintaining a robust risk and control environment. Citi consistently assist its clients by creating innovative solutions, which are mostly the first-of-their-kind landmark structures in the market, to resolve their banking needs. Citi brings its global expertise, coupled with in-depth knowledge of the local market, to provide appropriate banking solutions.

Citi has welcomed the recent regulatory improvements initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria as they have brought local banking standards closer to international best practices. A more transparent and rigorous regulatory regime ensures a level playing field for all market operators. Citi has taken the lead in implementing several of the recent regulatory reforms and has worked hard to build overall industry capacity in this regard. 

At Citi, we also assist its local clients strategically, in their adoption of best practices in their corporate governance standards.

Landmark Transactions

Citi’s global connectivity is highly valued by its clients with subsidiaries in Nigeria as well as local customers looking to expand their businesses beyond the shores of the country. Citi builds enduring relationships with its clients by providing them with a broad suite of strategic advisory and financing products. Over the years, Citi’s clients have been able to conform to the highest global standards and, as a result have been able to raise capital by tapping into international capital markets. As Nigeria’s economy rebounds, Nigerian corporates’ appetite for innovative financing has increased. To satisfy these demands, Citi has led several landmark financings. In last 24 months Citi helped to raise: 

  • Raised USD 7.0Bn in the Eurobond Market for Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Raised USD 2.3Bn in the Eurobond Market for Financial Institutions
  • Raised USD 1.6Bn in the Eurobond Market for Corporate Clients  

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is Nigeria’s premier and most valuable banking brand, and largest financial services institution by total assets and gross earnings. With more than 12 million customer accounts, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services with over 745 business locations. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.

Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.  

FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards. Our brand purpose is to always put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.

With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.

Sahara Group is a leading international energy and infrastructure conglomerate with operations in over 20 countries across 5 sub-continental regions.

Sahara is a dynamic leader in various energy sub-sectors via its thermal power, downstream, midstream and upstream businesses.

Consistent with its vision of becoming the provider of choice wherever energy is consumed, the conglomerate’s power generation and distribution division-Sahara Power Group is the largest privately owned power business in Sub-Saharan Africa by capacity. Sahara Power operates Egbin Power Plc-The largest thermal power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as other generation and distribution assets, with ongoing expansion  plans across the continent to achieve Sahara  Group's vision of lighting up Africa.

Sahara continues to explore new frontiers to replicate exceptional, effective, reliable, and more sustainable ways of delivering on its value proposition to a global network of customers and business partners.

Sahara Group is a member of the World Economic Forum - Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) where it designs and collaborates with other leading global stakeholders to steer the course of transparency and integrity in international business practices.

Sahara Group is on the advisory board of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF) convened by the United Nations for the realization the 17 SDGs across the globe by 2030.

The Group's corporate responsibility vehicle, Sahara Foundation drives sundry sustainable development projects across the globe through its extrapreneurship platforms and interventions.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products.

The Visionscape Group is a multifaceted environmental utility conglomerate providing innovative solutions across the waste management value chain for diverse industries across the world. Each of our subsidiaries specialises in providing products and services in key sectors.

Visionscape Sanitation Solutions is the waste management subsidiary of the Visionscape Group, providing turnkey solutions in areas of solid waste management, energy and wastewater treatment across emerging markets. With the utilisation of proven attributes, our focus is on an integrated waste management system, maximising the unique opportunity of generating sustainable and renewable energy resources, while making a positive impact that is beneficial to our customers, the communities we serve, and the environment.

Silver Sponsors (3)

Absa Bank Limited (‘Absa Bank’) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is one of Africa’s largest financial services groups. Absa offers a range of retail, business, corporate and investment banking and wealth management and insurance products and services primarily in South Africa and Namibia.

Barclays Africa Group is represented in 12 countries, with approximately 40 000 employees. As of June 2017, Barclays PLC is a minority shareholder in Barclays Africa Group.

For further information about Absa, please visit our website

Mercuria is one of the world’s largest independent energy and commodities groups. The group is present all along the commodities value chain with activities forming a balanced combination of commodities flows and strategic assets.

More than 1,000 people operate from offices worldwide to sustain Mercuria’s extensive business reach in more than 50 countries, bringing market knowledge, diversity and experience to all operations. Mercuria's expertise covers all segments of the energy market, including associated environmental products, and extends to iron ore, dry-bulk freight, base metals and concentrates.

The group maintains sound infrastructure capabilities, including storage terminals and production assets for oil petroleum products. These investments underpin Mercuria’s growing presence as a leading player in the global market.

Recognizing the ever-growing correlation between energy products, commodities, and financial services, Mercuria provides commodity-financing solutions ranging from prepayments to structured joint ventures with its business partners.

Mercuria has refined its business to build upon its successful model. In 2014, Mercuria acquired the physical commodities trading unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co. The next year, China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina), one of China’s largest companies, finalized a strategic investment into the group. In 2017, Mercuria acquired Noble Group’s U.S. gas and power business, and in 2019, it acquired the Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, reorganized as Minerva Bunkering. Mercuria continues its trajectory by bringing added value, transparency and efficiency to the commodities-trading world. 

WACOT LIMITED (“WACOT”) is a leading food and agro-allied company with sizeable investments in value chains of various2 crops across Nigeria. WACOT’s operations cover;

I. Agri- inputs – certified seed, fertilizer and agro chemical distribution;
II. farming – rice, cotton, sesame, maize ,soy etc.
III. supply chain and logistics – aggregation, warehousing and distribution
IV. manufacturing and branding – fertilizer blending, sesame processing, cotton
ginning, rice milling, vegetable oils etc.

WACOT operates multiple processing sites, with branches and regional offices nationwide, employing thousands of staff across various value chains.

In order to grow profitably and sustainably, WACOT works closely with all stakeholders, conducting its business in a socially responsible and environmentally friendly manner, partnering with local communities, thereby sharing wealth and knowledge.

The key driver of WACOT’s sustainability is it’s out-grower model through which it engages with thousands of farmers across Nigeria- improving yields and farmers’ income. WACOT provides high quality inputs, imparts good agricultural practices and buys the harvested output.

In addition, WACOT through various social initiatives also supports farming communities through programs for empowerment of women and youth, health camps, water supply, skills acquisition trainings, among others.

(A TGI Company)

VIP Dinner Sponsor (1)

ENYO Retail and Supply (ERS) is an emerging leader in fuels distribution with operations in over 5 states across Nigeria. 

Consistent with its vision of becoming the most innovative distributor of quality fuels products driven by technology, ERS leverages available expertise across the downstream energy value chain to create a uniquely positioned retail and distribution business. 

ERS is supported by a 1st class board representing its shareholders; GLENCORE & Folawiyo Group both with decades of experience in fuel products storage, distribution and global trading, led by a young, dynamic and experienced team.

Poised to grow its footprint to appreciable levels in the Nigerian market, ERS aims to contribute meaningfully to the corporate landscape in NIGERIA by creating jobs, boosting the supply and distribution of fuel products within the country and delivering related best-in-class services. 

ERS was founded in 2017.

Media Partners (7)

Asoko Insight (Asoko) is Africa’s largest online repository of privately-held company information. Our objective is to facilitate instant access to reliable information on Africa’s most dynamic companies, at scale. With support of research teams based in Addis Ababa, Accra, Lagos and Nairobi we have captured in-depth profiles on more than 11,000 mid to large cap corporates thus far and are rapidly adding to that number. We work with investors, corporates and governments worldwide who are looking for business partners and investment opportunities.

Businessday is the leading medium for up to date news and insightful analysis of business, policy and the economy in West Africa. A critical decision making tool for investors and managers. Its reputation is anchored on its history of providing unbiased news and informed commentary and insight on politics, governance, social and economic trends.

Businessday is the publisher of the most reputable and influential business daily available across multiple channels. It has earned the trust of its audience around the world as a provider of business and financial news, insight, analysis and intelligence.

Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa is Business Insider's 15th international edition. It delivers high-impact, smart business stories with a focus on key verticals: tech, finance, markets, geopolitical affairs, and management strategy — for a new generation of leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Business Year (TBY) is a global media group specializing in economic news, research on national economies, and business intelligence across emerging markets. With operations in over 35 countries, we bring first-hand insights to investors, businesses, and governments worldwide.

Independent online newspaper delivering knowledge-driven journalism in the pursuit of Nigeria's progress

As Nigeria's most trusted newspaper, The Guardian has pioneered high-quality journalism with thoughtful editorial content for 34 years. And as media consumption shifts from traditional to digital platforms, we are committed to building the go-to destination for audiences on digital looking for quality content, both editorial and video. 

Combining our first-rate digital platforms with our strengths in print and conferences and masterclasses, The Guardian has established itself into the single most authoritative and important cross-platform publisher in Nigeria.

The Guardian won Best Print Media website and Supporting Media Partner at the NIRA Awards 2017. We also won the Best Media Website category at the NIRA Awards a year earlier.

The Nerve is an Africa focused growth information and digital news service that produces multi-perspective,  engaging and high quality coverage of the new economy in Africa for smart African professionals and a global community interested in Africa.


Niamh Meehan
Media Partner Inquiries
Financial Times
Philip Church
Head of Commercial - Growth Markets
Marianne Haddad-Mazou
Chief Strategic Advisor, Africa and Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times
Jasmine Okure
Content Manager
Financial Times Live | Global Conferences & Events