Dr. Oba Otudeko, CFR is Founder and Chairman of Honeywell Group and also Group Chairman, FBN Holdings Plc. He is a foremost Nigerian entrepreneur and visionary reputed for his highly successful domestic and foreign investments that cut across diverse sectors of the economy. He served on the board of Firstbank between May, 1997 and December, 2010 when he retired as Chairman. He was also the Chairman of FBN Bank (UK) Limited, Fan Milk of Nigeria Plc, and Airtel Nigeria.
He has, at various times, served on the Boards of Central Bank of Nigeria (1990 – 1997), Guinness Nigeria Plc (1999 – 2003), British American Tobacco Ltd (2001 – 2004) and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, headquartered in Lome, Togo (2002 – 2010).
Between September 2006 and August 2009, he was the 16th President and Chairman of Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Dr. Oba Otudeko holds the Nigerian National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), awarded in 2011. Professionally, he is a chartered banker, chartered accountant and chartered corporate secretary. Dr. Oba Otudeko has also attended executive management training programmes at International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland; Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A; and then Arthur D. Little School of Management, U.S.A.
He was Chancellor of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State from 2001 to 2010 and currently serves as a member of the Office of Distinguished Friends of the London Business School (UK). Dr. Oba Otudeko is the founder of Oba Otudeko Foundation (OOF), a not-for-profit organization, and he is married with children.
Isabel dos Santos is an Angolan businesswoman and entrepreneur. She holds a Degree in Engineering Science and Management from the University of London (King’s College). Previously, she attended St. Paul’s Girls School in London, a top academic private school studying A-levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics Physics and Languages. Isabel speaks six languages fluently: Russian, Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Italian.
During the 1990s, upon completing her university degree, Isabel dos Santos worked in Europe for Cooppers & Lybrand, a leading consulting & financial advisory firm (currently PwC). Following her return to Angola Isabel dos Santos worked as an engineer and project manager in recycling projects, for a company part of the Jembas group. In 1995 she started her own business by creating a F&B company, and a beverage distribution and logistics company.
She is a the Chairman of UNITEL, one of Angola’s two mobile phone networks, where she started working in 1998 as an engineer and project manager.
Since 2005 she has had relevant interests in telecommunications, media, retail, finance and the energy industry, both in Angola and in Portugal. She is also member of the board of Angola’s Banco BIC and majority shareholder in BFA.
In Portugal, she was a former member of the Board of Directors of NOS, a listed telecom & cable TV company. With more than 15 years experience in business and senior management, currently, Isabel dos Santos has been appointed chairwoman of Angola’s national oil company Sonangol.
Robert (Bob) Collymore is the CEO of Safaricom Limited, a leading communications company in Africa and pioneer of M-PESA, the world’s most developed mobile payment system.
His work experience spans across diverse countries such as Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom where he has held progressively senior roles in marketing, purchasing, retail and corporate affairs. Bob has more than 30 years of commercial experience working in the telecommunications sector and he has used the technology as a tool to enable unprecedented access to essential services such as healthcare, education and financial inclusion.
Mr. Collymore believes that the global business community is a key catalyst to fast-track inclusive economic growth, with the Global Goals being the most effective lens that can drive businesses to see inequalities as business opportunities.
As a commissioner for the Global Commission for Business & Sustainable Development and member of the B-Team, Mr. Collymore drives a progressive agenda that brings together high-level business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet.
As part of his work on the board of Acumen, Mr. Collymore has driven a progressive agenda that aims to leverage the power of private-public partnerships to improve the lives of the poor.
In April 2015, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon re-appointed Mr. Collymore to the United Nations Global Compact Board. This was in recognition of Safaricom’s commitment to environmental, sustainability and anti-corruption issues, as well as the work it is undertaking to address maternal health and child mortality. Mr. Collymore has also served as a Commissioner on the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for women and children.
Mr. Segun Agbaje is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc (GTBank), a foremost African banking group with a client base of over 9 million customers and business outlays in Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Agbaje joined GTBank as a pioneer staff in 1991 and rose through the ranks to become Executive Director in 2000, and Deputy Managing Director in 2002. In June 2011, he was appointed Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc and has consistently led the Bank to impressive year on year growth in market share and profitability ever since.
An alumnus of the Harvard Business School and holder of Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration degrees from the University of San Francisco, USA, Mr. Agbaje has over 20 years of experience in investment and international banking. He is widely regarded as one of Africa’s leading CEOs with a reputation for identifying capital opportunities and executing business deals.
Under Mr. Agbaje’s leadership GTBank has become one of Nigeria’s most profitable banks. His deep understanding of complex businesses and markets has enabled the Bank undertake large ticket transactions in financial advisory, structured and project finance in the real sectors as well as take advantage of opportunities in selected high growth African markets where the Bank has a competitive advantage.
Passionate about innovation and embracing disruptive technologies, Mr. Agbaje has pioneered several innovative and pacesetting products such as the Bank 737, a mobile banking platform that enables customers use their mobile phones to perform basic banking services such as account opening and funds transfer as well as access diverse financial services like airtime purchase, bills payment amongst others. Within a year of its introduction, the Bank 737 service has seen an uptake of over 3 million customers, recorded more than N1 trillion in transactions and gained global recognition for Product of the Year in Africa from Asian Banker Magazine and Best Digital Bank in Africa by Euro Money.
Mr Agbaje has also radically repositioned the bank as the apt financial institution for Small and Medium Enterprises. Understanding the crucial role of small businesses in the sustenance of economic growth and development, he has led the bank to create the GTBank SME MarketHub, an e-commerce platform aimed at boosting the presence and profitability of small businesses through business development support to entrepreneurs.
In recognition of his sterling leadership and consistent outstanding performance, Mr. Agbaje has been the recipient of several awards within and outside Nigeria some of which are; 2016 CEO of the Year by Finance Monthly Magazine, African Banker of the Year Award 2016 and 2012 by the African Banker Magazine, Pan Africa- CEO of the Year Award 2013 from the EMEA Finance.
Mr. Agbaje serves on the boards of several other notable companies including GTBank Ghana, GTBank Gambia, GTBank UK and is also a Director on MasterCard Advisory Board for Middle East and Africa.
Jay Ireland is the President and CEO of GE Africa. He is a GE Officer and a member of GE’s Corporate Executive Council.
Prior to his GE Africa appointment, Ireland has held leadership positions at GE Asset Management (GEAM), NBC Universal Television Stations and Network Operations and GE Plastics.
Ireland started his career at GE in 1980 in its Financial Management Program after 3 years as a US Army Officer.
Jay is the Chair of US Presidents Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. He is also Co-Chair of the US Africa Business Centre. He is a Board member of the Corporate Council on Africa.
Jay is a member of the African Development Bank’s special panel on accelerating the implementation of its ten-year strategy. He is also a member of the board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and a Trustee of St. Lawrence University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977.
Jay Ireland won the Africa investor Magazine’s ‘International Business Leader of the Year’ award in 2012 and 2013.