Dr. Onyekachi Onubogu is a Fellow and Council Member of National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIM). He is an alumnus of both the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A and Gordons Institute of Business Sciences, University of Pretoria South Africa. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of Jos Nigeria and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Swiss Business School Zurich Switzerland.
Onyekachi has over two decades of leadership experience in broad multi-functional roles spanning manufacturing, investment capital as well as consumer goods. He is currently the Executive Director Commercial at TGI Group where he is responsible for the Commercial management of all TGI group companies.
He started out in Procter & Gamble, West Africa and South Africa where he had business development, brand manager and marketing manager roles between 1995 to 2005. Afterwards, he joined Guinness Nigeria Plc, where he was responsible for strategic marketing in Nigeria. He led the marketing manager for the Family Care Division of Kimberly-Clark, South Africa in 2008. Between 2008 and 2010, he was appointed Associate Director Investment at Prosperity Capital Management, Nairobi, Kenya and was responsible for investment portfolios in East Africa and Anglo-West Africa. Onyekachi had the role of Executive Director Commercial at Promasidor Nigeria from 2013 to 2017. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director he was Marketing Director leading commercial strategy and brand asset management.
Ini (Onuk) Abimbola, Panelist
Ini Abimbola is a business leader with over 22 years’ experience working in the international development space with broad consulting experience & expertise on Corporate Governance, Management Consulting, Sustainability, Development Communications, and Strategy.
Ini is the Founder and was the first Lead Consultant/CEO of ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited (TPC), a management consulting, sustainability, strategy, and business advisory firm she founded in 2010, which provides strategy development, Sustainability management, process improvement, organizational transformation, risk governance, performance management, programme management, and advisory services.
Ini also serves as Country & Regional Lead (Sub Saharan Africa) for The CSR Company, a global CSR Network of organizations spanning four continents – South East Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Africa. She is a Lecturer/Member of Faculty, MBA Program on International Corporate Social Responsibility Management at the Ferdinand Porsche FernFH – University of Applied Sciences, Austria.
Before setting up ThistlePraxis Consulting, Ini served as Executive Director of Women in Management & Business (WIMBIZ) as Executive Secretary, where she not only helped revitalise the organization but also moved membership from about 100 members to over 350 members. Ini also created the mentoring program, the corporate governance program for SMEs as well as ensuring the organization joined global platforms such as the Vital Voices and the African Women Business Network, receiving over $200,000 in grants to further enhance its operations in Nigeria.
Ini also served as the pioneer Executive Director, Defence for Children International – Nigeria Section; as a Consultant with the Women, Gender and Development Directorate of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as the African Centre for Gender & Development within the UN Economic Commission, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
She guides boards, executives, governance, risk and sustainability practitioners toward social, environmental, and economic innovations that also create shareholder and business value. She has facilitated high-level board retreats and trained C-suite executives both within the private and public sectors.
A 2008 Draper Hills Fellow on Democracy, Development & Rule of Law at Stanford University California and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, Ini also earned a Diploma & Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Calabar. She is currently completing a Business degree at Nexford University.
Ken Egbas, Panelist
He has enjoyed a career spanning the last sixteen years in the marketing communications, PR and sustainability industry. A period within which he founded WhiteHousePR (Formerly TruContact), and TruCSR Nigeria- A CSR and Sustainability focused consultancy in 2006. He has worked as consultant to several A-list organisations, as well as SME’s within Nigeria, and Africa . He is considered one of Nigeria’s thought leaders in CSR/ Sustainability.
He is the founder of The SERAS CSR Awards Africa-, which is the prime recognition in Africa for recognising the impacts of organisations through their CSR and sustainability interventions. This has become a key driver for CSR and sustainability in Africa. The Awards entered its 14 cycle in 2020.
He was recognised and listed in Assent Global’ 2018 Top 100 Influence Leaders in CSR and Sustainability. He is a highly sought speaker, trainer and a respected voice on issues bothering on sustainability, marketing, communications, economy and politics.
In 2014, we was appointed as Special Adviser, on Strategic Planning by the government of Cross River State, Nigeria, under the leadership of Senator Liyel Imoke, who was then the governor of Cross River State.
In September 2019, he was speaker at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where he was invited to showcase best practices from the CSR/Sustainability space in Africa to global political and industry leaders. He was also presiding judge at the UNGA SDG Pioneers Awards organised by Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF), featuring participation from 110 countries from around the world.
He is publisher of The Social Enterprise Report (TSER), and The Good Magazine (TGM), both dedicated to highlighting and promoting CSR and Sustainability in Nigeria.
He holds a degree in public relations, and post graduate degree in marketing from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and also master’s degree in marketing communications from School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.
Nduneche Ezurike, Panelist
I currently serve as Group Head – Brand and Marketing Communications at Polaris Bank Nigeria, where I lead the bank’s on-going brand transformation aspiration of becoming a future-determining bank focused on enabling enterprise.
As a Marketing Communications Specialist, I have acquired over 15 years of experience working with teams in emerging and mature brands. Consequently, I have honed my skills in the banking and communications consulting sectors, enabling me to deliver on results critical to the enterprise business strategy.
Some of my projects include mergers and acquisition communications – Skye Bank/Mainstreet Bank in 2015; Brand transformation initiatives – Bank PHB in 2007 & Polaris in 2019; Leadership change management – Polaris Bank in 2015; Crisis management Communication – Polaris Bank in 2015; Digi-Fest (project volunteer in 2018); as well as Employee Innovation and Millennial Integration – Polaris Bank in 2019.
As a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, I belong to a designated global network of business professionals making research contributions to the Harvard Business Review.
Through my affiliations with the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the Nigerian Institute of Marketing (NIM), Chartered Institute of Bankers, Nigeria; the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (CIArb) London; I can leverage on invaluable resources to advance best practices in my field.
I have published over 100 articles and served on several panels and volunteer boards to share ideas on the business-enabling role of Integrated Marketing Communication and Business Sustainability in the 4th industrial revolution.
My on-going res
earch and knowledge sharing initiatives on the role of corporate leadership in mobilizing millennial employees to achieve workplace collaboration and innovation have impacted over 400 individuals since 2018.
I am passionate about digital transformation, gender inclusion and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.
I am a fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (fnimn) and also serve as a fellow of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation. I am always seeking opportunities to impact my workplace, community, and society.
Director, Corporate Affairs & Sustainable Business, Ghana and Nigeria at Unilever, Panelist
Oluwasoromidayo George is a top-performing Director of Corporate Affairs & Sustainable Business with extensive experience in sustainable business and development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate communications, external relations, policy advocacy, campaign planning and implementation. She has proven track record of spearheading innovative initiatives within the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Sector (FMCG) and non-profit organizations, developing strategies to help reposition companies to maintain growth within a sustainable development framework.
Highly skilled in communicating with executive teams to outline overarching strategies, policies, procedures, and best practices. She is adept in evaluating operations within corporate and sustainable business to identify inefficiencies and redundancies, implementing strategic process improvements for optimized workflow, cost savings and successful external facing initiatives.
She is currently the Director, Corporate Affairs & Sustainable Business for Unilever, Ghana and Nigeria and has prior working experience in sectors cutting across banking and non-profit organisations.
‘Soromidayo was the first female Executive Director of the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATN Foundation) and the Head of Corporate Affairs, British American Tobacco (BAT) in West & Central Africa. She is the co-founder of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance Institute.
‘Soromidayo is a member of AIESEC Nigeria, Board of Advisors, a member of the Advisory Board of the Common Wealth Women Business Network, a Fellow of the WIMBOARD Institute, a WIMBIZ/IE University, Madrid Executive Education Programme for Women on Boards, and a Member of the Forum For Inclusive Nigerian Development. She was also recently appointed as the Chairperson of the UN Global Compact Local Committee in Nigeria.
Corporate Communications Executive | Dedicated to leading Multi-Country teams in brand development & social impact- Panelist
My skills include leading diverse teams across countries in achieving corporate communications goals. With 20+ years of corporate reputation building and management; I am talented in the full spectrum of communications proficiencies; corporate story telling, internal and external stakeholder communications, crisis communication , marketing communications, digital marketing and experiential marketing management.
I have a range of branding and rebranding experience from various sectors and various african markets to enable organisations achieve their goals.
An expert reputation Manager, I bring additional pure marketing experience that helps stimulate demands for brands. I have a passion for and experience in leading social impact efforts, including having managed projects with international impact organisations such as the United nations world food programme, Global Fund across various African countries.
Having sat on two boards, I am adept at building positive, productive relationships with a variety of stakeholders a certified coach and published author
Founded the Lighthouse Women’s Network, a social impact group focused on workplace readiness, employability, structured mentorship, and advocacy
Executive Head Corporate Affairs at MultiChoice Nigeria- Panelist
Caroline is communication specialist as well as community relationship professional. She has worked at Stanbic IBTC, MTN, and Multichoice. She started her career as journalist.
Public Affairs Consultant
Specialties: Public Affairs, Strategy, Government Relations, Stakeholder Management, Advocacy, Training & Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Communications, Governance
Tito Uduak J. Peters
Founder/CIO G2M Creatives Limited & Grindiin Records
Tito is a media entrepreneur, creative advertising practitioner and a sound engineer. He ignites Flames of Ideas that build brands