TEF FORUM 2017

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October 13-14
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Founder and CEO, Iroko

Jason Njoku


He has pioneered the African digital content market by bringing Nollywood (Nigerian cinema) to a global audience, and in the process has raised over $40m in investment from international VCs, including Tiger Global, Kinnevik, RISE Capital and Canal+.

Launched in 2010, iROKO has aggregated the world’s largest online Nollywood content catalogue and is one of Africa’s largest internet TV providers, with a dedicated mobile app, IROKOtv, as well as ROK TV channels on Sky in the UK and DStv across Africa.

In 2013, Njoku was crowned as the CNBC Africa West Africa Young Business Leader and in 2014, he was recognised as one of Fast Company’s Top 1000 most Creative People in Business.


Jason’s

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You have to be on the ground in Africa. I personally do not believe you can start a business in Africa if you don’t immerse yourself in the market 100%.



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Founder and CEO, Main One

Funke Opeke


Main One is a telecommunications solutions provider that built West Africa’s first privately owned, submarine cable system interconnecting Lagos, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; and Seixal, Portugal in 2010. Main One has grown to become the leading provider of Wholesale and Enterprise connectivity and data center services across the region and the company has played a major role in changing West Africa’s Internet landscape. The company continues to grow its footprint with investments in regional Points of presence and services covering 8 countries in West Africa and in building out terrestrial fiber networks as the fiber infrastructure company for Lagos, the commercial nerve center of Nigeria where it also built West Africa’s largest commercial Tier III data center, commissioned in January 2015.


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To start a business, you need to learn and listen to other people who are in business.



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CEO, Carre Dsign

Zinat Mittou


A woman of commitment and well known in the field of Marketing. Innovation and creativity are the key words that define her agency. Through the years, word of mouth has enabled her to increase her portfolio of clients in the public and private sector both locally and internationally. Her everyday challenge is to help her clients to position their brand on the market in the most efficient way.


Zinat’s

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Encourage everyone to understand the issues of building a brand as the cornerstone of success.



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CEO, Red Media Africa and StateCraft Inc

Adebola Williams


Recently named by the UN as one of 100 Most Influential People of African Descent and profiled by Forbes as the man who helped three Presidents win elections consecutively in Africa, Adebola Williams is Co-Founder of RED, which is home to several well-known brands including The Future Awards Africa, YNaija.com, amongst others. RED’s impressive client list over the years includes the British Council, Nigeria LNG, Union Bank, Facebook, Uber and Intel.

As CEO of Red Media Africa and nation-building company, StateCraft Inc. he has been named CNBC Young Business Leader of the year, Forbes 30 Under 30, and Businessday 40 Under 40.

Inducted into the Lagos state Gallery of Entrepreneurs and pacesetters in 2014, Adebola crusades on Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Impact Change with a focus on youth across the world.


Adebola’s

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Entrepreneurship in Africa teaches you that life is a mission. Teaches you humility. Teaches you perseverance. Gives you an opportunity to solve problems and become influential across society faster if you are dedicated and focused. It’s the best place to be!



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Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa

Lamin Manneh


Mr. Lamin Momodou Manneh is Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa since July 2017. Before joining the center, he served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Rwanda from 2012-2017.

Prior to his appointment in Rwanda, Lamin Manneh served as the UN Resident Coordinator in Congo Brazzaville for four years from 2008-2012.

Since 1996, Lamin Manneh has served in several Senior Managerial Positions within the United Nations Development Programme, both at Headquarters in New York, as well as in Country Offices. He served in Sierra Leone and Liberia Country Offices as Senior Economic Advisor and Deputy Resident Representative. At the UNDP Headquarters in New York, he served first as Senior Regional Programme Advisor and then as

Head of the UNDP Regional Bureau’s Strategic and Regional Programmes Department for a total of 8 years through 2008.

During this tenure with UNDP, Mr. Manneh engaged widely in development policy, capacity development for policy analysis and sound economic management, poverty reduction and growth programs, post conflict reconstruction and recovery planning and implementation, trade and external sector competitiveness, private sector development as well as MDG-based and SDG planning and policy processes.  He has also done extensive work on operational research for underpinning policy making processes.

Before serving with UNDP, Lamin Manneh worked with the African Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund as well as with the Ministry of Economic Planning and the Central Bank in the Gambia.




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Nollywood producer/Actress

Omoni Oboli


She is a Nigerian actress, scriptwriter, director and producer and a trained digital filmmaker at the New York Film Academy. She is also a writer, with a number of screenplays to her credit, including Fatal ImaginationBeing Mrs ElliottThe First Lady, and Wives on Strike. In 2010, she won the award for Best Actress Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, and the award for Best Actress at the Harlem International Film Festival. Omoni was nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards.

In 2014, She won Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at the 2014 ELOY Awards, for her movie Being Mrs Elliott. In 2015, Omoni was awarded the Sun Nollywood personality of the year and has also shown her ability as a movie director with movies such as Being Mrs ElliottThe First LadyWives on Strike, and most recently Okafor’s Law.


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if you love what you are doing, you’ll be successful


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Chief Investment Officer, Heirs Holdings

Sam Nwanze


Sam is responsible for the administration and management of the group’s overall financial activities and investment programmes. Prior to joining Heirs Holdings, Sam worked in banking institutions in various roles where he oversaw strategy, financial control, performance management, and Treasury. He also played a key role in the STB-UBA merger. Sam has a Masters degree in Finance and Management from Cranfield School of Management (UK).


Sam’s

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Think hard about the kind of investors you want in you biz. Go for investors that will bring something extra beside money.


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CEO, House of Tara

TaraFela Durotoye


Tara Fela-Durotoye started the trend of bridal make up profession in Nigeria

She has empowered over 5000 young ladies with the Tara beauty representatives’ initiative that makes them economically independent while building their entrepreneurial skills for national transformation

House of Tara has become a national brand with 22 branches and over 150 employees and presence in most major cities across the country with distribution channels in Kenya and Rwanda and with a plan to expand to other cities in Africa, Europe and North America.

She started The Tara Fela Durotoye Series (TFD Series) in 2015 as an initiative to mentor, empower and support women between the ages of 25-35. The TFD series achieves its mission by fostering impactful and life changing dialogue and mentorship between women and dynamic thought leaders across a broad range of areas including business, relationships, home and spirituality.

She was recognized by:

  • The World Economic Forum as a young global leader 2013
  • Forbes list of 20 young power women in Africa 2013
  • Choiseul Institute of France Top 100 young African business leaders under 40 2014

Tara is happily married to Fela Durotoye and is blessed with three sons.


Tara’s

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The future of lies in the hands of entrepreneurship


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Founder & Chairman, Fasmicro

Ndubuisi Ekekwe


Dr Ekekwe holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees including a PhD in electrical & computer engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, USA and MBA from University of Calabar, Nigeria. He obtained BEng from Federal University of Technology, Owerri  where he graduated as his class best student. A US semiconductor industry veteran, his working experiences include Diamond Bank, Analog Devices Corp and NNPC. In Analog Devices, he worked in the team that designed a generation XL for the iPhone and he created the company’s first wafer level chip scale package for inertial sensor. He blogs at Harvard Business Review, and previously served in the United States National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center E&D Committee for four years. Prof Ekekwe is a non-executive member of the Board of Directors, Temple & AegeanDas, a Lagos investment banking firm. He is a Co-Chairman/President of JPL Financial, a California-based financial advisory firm. An inventor, author, he held professorships in  Electrical & Computer Engineering, Babcock University, and Carnegie Mellon University electrical/computer engineering. He is the recipient of IGI Global 2010 “Book of the Year” Award. He is also a TED Fellow, “IBM Global Entrepreneur” and World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader”.

Dr. Ekekwe is a selection Committee member of the $100 Million Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship  Program.


Ndubuisi’s

Idea

As African entrepreneurs, we are the enablers to the future promised, unbounded and unconstrained in hope and aspiration. Our moment is now, following the legacies of legends before us, to unlock opportunities and institutionalize goodness for all citizens of our beautiful land.


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Tax Partner and General Counsel for West Africa Market Area at PwC

Moshood Olajide


Moshood is a Tax Partner with PwC Nigeria with several years working experience as a lawyer and chartered accountant. He leads the General Tax Services and Regulatory Compliance teams that provide specialized tax and regulatory support services to high net worth individuals and companies within the power, oil & gas and mining sector of the Nigerian economy.

He has spent these years advising on a wide range of projects, including structuring inward investment into Nigeria, tax efficient remuneration for top executives, structuring private equity and investment funds deals, pan-African tax structuring and performing due diligence in a number of sectors. He has supported clients on issues such as employee taxation, immigration and other regulatory services.




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Head, Policy and External Relations, Tony Elumelu Foundation

Somachi Chris-Asoluka


She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Mary’s College of California and won the “Adam Smith” award given to the best performing student in economics.

She has a Master’s Degree in International and Development Economics from Yale University.
She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association, San Francisco, the Omicron Delta Epsilon (National Economics Honor Society, USA) and a fellow of the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa – a programme that annually identifies and engages the top 25 most promising young women leaders on the continent.


Somachi’s

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Behind the doors of Africapitalism, lies Africa’s transformation



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Licensed Attorney & an Emotional Intelligence Expert

Chike Onyia


He is certified by the Hay Group, USA & TalentSmart, USA in emotional intelligence and is very passionate about helping his clients build emotionally intelligent organizations. Chike is the Chief Executive of Zolts, a Human Capital Development Firm in Lagos, Nigeria.  His firm has provided services to many organizations, including, but not limited to, MTN, Siemens, GlaxoSmithKline, Heirs Holdings, UBA, Standard Chartered Bank, GTBank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, First Bank, Oando and MainOne. Chike holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of West Los Angeles, School of Law in Los Angeles, California.


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There is a direct relationship between what you think and what you feel. Spend time today monitoring your thoughts


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Regional Head, Africa Venture Capital Investments at IFC

Wale Ayeni


Wale started his finance career with J.P. Morgan’s Technology Investment Banking group in San Francisco where he successfully executed over $12BN worth of closed transactions spanning mergers & acquisitions to IPOs for large-cap technology clients including Facebook, Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Intel Corp., AMD, Shutterfly, etc. Wale started his career as an Engineer, and in his previous technology career Wale was a microprocessor design Engineer with Intel Corp. where he led critical aspects of Intel’s “CSI” chip architecture – the biggest micro-architecture change in Intel’s history. He also led aspects of the very first “Snapdragon” chipsets working at Qualcomm Inc.’s chip design center enabling the initial smartphone designs.

Wale has an MBA from Dartmouth College, and his Bachelor’s degree with distinguished “Red diploma” from Moscow University. He is a Kauffman Venture Capital Fellow and a recipient of the top global 100 Rising Stars award in Corporate Venture.


Wale’s

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Africa is an amazing continent. The world should see it as one!



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Partner & Africa Head of Deal Advisory and Private Equity, KPMG.

Dapo Okubadejo


With over 25 years of professional experience, Dapo leads the Sub-Sahara African network in over 33 countries & provides both buy-side and sell-side financial advisory in the areas of M &A, JV, project finance and corporate restructuring. His Private Equity experience covers market entry strategy, deal origination, structuring and execution as well as post-deal strategic value improvement and exit management. He has led many transactions in key sectors such as Oil & Gas, Power, Infrastructure, FMCG, TMT & FSI.

Dapo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from OAU, Nigeria & as a UK Foreign & Commonwealth Chevening Scholar, holds a Master of Finance degree in the UK, with Distinction. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants & the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School, GIBS SA, INSEAD & London Business School.


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The power of Technology is often downplayed in this part of the world



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MD, United Capital

Bunmi Akinremi


Bunmi brings over 20 years’ investment banking and transaction to United Capital Plc. He trained as an accountant with Grant Thornton in London, before joining the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Specialised Lending Unit, where he acted as lead Transaction Manager on a series of high profile transactions in the UK market. His Nigeria market experience, including time with the United Bank for Africa, has seen him play prominent roles in a number of landmark corporate restructures and fundraising.

Bunmi holds a First ‎Degree in Economics from the University of Essex and is member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He also holds an MBA from Cranfield University, School of Management.


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Capital only moves to where it is most welcomed (and doesn’t get lost)


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Director & Global Head of Human Resources, African Export Import Bank

Stephen Tio Kauma


Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA from Makerere University, Uganda and is a Chartered Fellow of the Certified Institute of Personnel Development, UK (CIPD). He is a Certified Balanced Scorecard champion and an alumni of the INSEAD Leadership Transition programme. As a practicing organisation transformation specialist, he has expertise in the areas of HR, strategy and financial advisory services. He has worked for African Export Import Bank for the last 9 years. Previous to that, he worked for LafargeHolcim, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. Stephen is an avid golfer and amateur photographer.


Stephen’s

Idea

World over, entrepreneurs form the bedrock of any community and nation because they innovate and produce. African entrepreneurs do as much, often in very difficult operating environments. They are resilient, resourceful and continue to play a major role in moving Africa to the next level.



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Change Management Consultant

Dr. Maxwell Ubah


Dr. Maxwell Ubah is a graduate of the prestigious Sloan Fellowship Programme in Leadership and Strategy of the London Business School, UK. He is a leadership, strategy, change management, and cultural transformation consultant. His goal is to help individuals and organisations achieve their goals faster using simple, practical, and powerful life principles. He has consulted for many reputable institutions in Nigeria and Africa and has achieved stellar ratings for his training programmes.


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Successful people are not different from ordinary people; they only do things differently


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Economist and Consultant for Accelerate Prosperity

David Rice


David is the former Director of the Africapitalism Institute at the Tony Elumelu Foundation and was previously an Associate Professor at New York University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Nairobi.  He is currently based in Tajikistan where he is working with a start-up business accelerator and writing a book about entrepreneurship in Central Asia.  Prior to his role with TEF, David worked for a variety of organizations including the World Economic Forum in Geneva, World Markets Research Center in London, and the Milken Institute in Los Angeles.  For 10 years, he was also Managing Director of his own consulting in Boston.  David has a Master’s Degree in International Development from Harvard University.


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When compared to entrepreneurs anywhere else in the world, Africa’s entrepreneurs typically accomplish much more and with far with less.


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CEO, Paystack

Shola Akinlade


Shola is the co-founder and CEO of Paystack, an online payments company facilitating commerce in Africa by enabling frictionless payments and the first Nigerian company to be accepted into Silicon Valley Based Accelerator, Y Combinator. Paystack has raised over $1.3 m in seed funding.

Prior to Paystack, Shola co-founded Precurio, an open-source collaboration software for businesses in emerging markets which was downloaded over 150,000 times and made available in 6 languages


Shola’s

Idea

The new wave of entrepreneurship excites me. Across all industries, young people are using technology to solve big and painful problems. Young Africans are best positioned to bring lasting change to our continent.



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UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Nigeria

Edward Kallon


Prior to this assignments, Mr. Kallon was the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Representative and Country Director in India from 2013 to January 2014. He was WFP’s Regional Refugee Emergency Coordinator for Syria for the latter six months of 2012 and UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. in Iraq from February-May 2012. Since 1992, Mr. Kallon has had numerous assignments with WFP such as: Representative and Country Director, Iraq (2008-2012); Deputy Country Director, Bangladesh (2005-2008); Deputy Country Director, Uganda (2002-2005); Programme Coordinator, Uganda (2001-2002);Programme Coordinator, Somalia (1998-2001); Programme Officer for Afghanistan, (based in Islamabad) (1995-1998); Head of Sub-Office in Herat, Afghanistan (1992-1994).From 1990-1992 Mr. Kallon was a UN Volunteer, assigned to WFP in Kabul.

Before his career began with the UN, he worked in his home country as a Socio-Economist and Community Development Coordinator for GTZMANR (1988-1990) and with Plan International during 1986 as Income Generation Project Coordinator. He holds an M.A. in Development Studies with a specialization in Agriculture and Rural Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands and a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education from Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone.


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The power of Technology is often downplayed in this part of the world



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Group Managing Director/CEO of Shoreline Energy International

Kola Karim


Mr. Karim has built shoreline over the past 20 years into a leading integrated energy company with operating assets in the upstream, midstream and downstream business.
Mr. Karim’s vision has led Shoreline to grow aggressively through acquisition, he has built a portfolio of international quality operating assets which sit at the core of the platform on which the company is able to deliver on its strategic objectives to be present in key energy sectors on the continent.


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Dare to build your dream



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Founder and Principal Consultant at Anqhore Consulting

Kathleen Ndongmo


Kathleen is a multipotentialite: an entrepreneur, consultant and a social justice advocate who stands at the forefront of industry trends that shape the economy and the future of governance in Africa. A strategy and communications expert with deep industry knowledge, she is Founder and Principal Consultant at Anqhore Consulting, a Management Strategy, Marketing and Digital Media Agency creating impact for African businesses through innovative marketing and communications. She is also the co-founder and CEO of voKKall; the authorized dealers of Daviva African-print fabrics and textiles in Cameroon.


Kathleen’s

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The story of how African entrepreneurs win is a lesson for the world. We go against the odds that are constantly stacked against us to create great things out of absolutely nothing.



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