2017 Speakers

Dr. Adebayo Adelabu
CBN Deputy Governor

Dr. Adebayo Adekola Adelabu, until his appointment as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was an Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of First Bank of Nigeria Plc. (FBN). Prior to that, he held the positions of General Manager as the West African Regional Head of Finance and Strategy (Consumer Banking Business) for Standard Chartered Bank from where he was head-hunted in 2009. Bayo holds a First Class degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and he is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria.

He had his professional training with PriceWaterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), an international firm of Chartered Accountants and Management Consultants where he worked for seven years. While with the firm, he led and managed various audit and consultancy engagements for large banks and non-bank financial institutions within and outside Nigeria. He was also on secondment to the CBN for one year (in 1999) when he led the Finance team on the CBN re-engineering and corporate renewal project tagged “Project EAGLES”. He left the firm in year 2000 as an Audit Manager and Senior Consultant to join First Atlantic Bank as the Financial Controller and Group Head of Risk Management and Controls. He also held various other positions while in First Atlantic Bank including the Chief Inspector of the Bank (2002) and Group Head of National Public Sector Business (2003).

Mr. Adelabu had attended various local and International trainings, seminars and conferences including the University of London School of Management Development and the United States Institute of Internal Auditors in Orlando, Florida.

He is a member of Ikoyi Club 1938, Jericho Businessmen Club and Ibadan Golf Club. He is married with children

Chidi Umeano | Head -Shared Services CBN

He is a seasoned professional with varied applied and managerial experiences in various sectors; Financial Services, Information Technology, Consulting and Payment Sytems. He is best described as a seasoned banker with over 25 years hands-on experience in Information Technology management and deployment, Operations and Business Process management. His robust career has also led him into various aspects of E-business Marketing, Special Products development and deployment, Risk management, and a diverse compendium of Project Management duties.

A major part of his career has been in ICT (Information and Communication Technology), a passion ignited by a Computer Science degree from the University of Lagos. Chidi also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Management (IESE), Barcelona, Spain.

He has worked as a Consultant and Technical supplier to private and public sector organizations engaged in Change and Transformation projects. He is currently the Head, Shared Services Office of Central Bank of Nigeria.


Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz

Engr. Aziz was a pioneer staff of NIMC and the Director, Information Technology / National Identity Database Department of NIMC before he retired in 2014. With more than thirty years’ of post qualification experience in Engineering & Information Technology, spanning both the private and public sectors, Engr. Aziz holds a B.Eng in Civil Engineering and M.Sc in Structural Engineering with Specialty in Computer Aided Design from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.

Before he joined NIMC at inception, Engr. Aziz was the Information Technology Adviser to the Minister, Federal Capital Territory Administration, where he pioneered the implementation of the first e-government solution that won a Microsoft award in 2006. He served as the Sub-committee Technical Chairman on the Presidential Committee on Harmonisation of ICT which resulted in the formation of Galaxy Backbone. He was also a Deputy Director, Information Technology at the Bureau of Public Enterprises and the Principal Consultant, Management Information System (MIS) Department, Afri-Projects Consortium.


Uzoma Dozie | CEO | Diamond Bank

Mr. Uzoma Dozie is the Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank. Mr. Dozie has about 20 years of banking experience in three different financial institutions in Nigeria.

He joined the Bank in 1998 as an Assistant Manager and Head of Diamond Bank’s Oil and Gas Unit. In 2000, Mr. Dozie became the Bank’s Financial Controller, a position he held until April 2004 when he was appointed as the Head of Personal Banking. In July 2004, Mr. Dozie briefly left the Bank and returned to take up position as the Executive Director, Retail Banking.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Reading, Berkshire, a Master’s of Science degree in Chemical Research from the University College, London and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Imperial College Management School of London 1998. He is on the board of the World Women Banking and the Secretary of Harvard Business School Alunmi Association of Nigeria (HBSAN).

Omokehinde Adebanjo | Vice President West Africa MasterCard

Though based in Nigeria, she i s responsible for advancing acceptance and issuance of MasterCard’s payment products in

Nigeria and other English-speaking countries in West Africa. Prior to her appointment as Area Business Head, she fulfilled the role of Vice President for Business Development in the West African region. She is committed to introducing the benefits of a cashless society to Nigeria and the region, and focuses on building relationships with government, financial institutions and merchants to realize both MasterCard’s vision of a world beyond cash, and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s goals to reduce the circulation of cash in the country’s economy.

Luqman Balogun | Divisional Director, Africa | Daon

Luqman is an astute professional with over twenty five (25) years versatile experience and currently the Divisional Director – Africa for Daon Unlimited (www.daon.com), a global identity assurance company based in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this role, he was General Manager/Head, Glo Business Solutions at Globacom Limited (www.gloworld.com), Deputy Managing Director/Chief Marketing Officer and Project Director – Bank Verification Number Project with Chams Plc(www.chamsplc.com),  Managing Director/CEO of CardCentre Nigeria Limited (an EMV Certified plant) (www.cardcentre.com.ng) and a General Manager with UBA Plc. (www.ubagroup.com), where he led the Electronic Banking and Retail Products Directorate.

Luqman holds an Executive Masters in Energy Management (EMEM) from ESCP Europe Business School (London Campus), Master of Science (MSc) in Information Technology from University of East London UK and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Finance from University of Lagos Nigeria. He is an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Collection and Management of Nigeria (ICCM), Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a certified Energy Manager of Association of Energy Engineers (AEE-USA).

He has also attended various management programs on leadership, investment appraisal and risk analysis, competitive strategy, business analysis, credit risk management, and negotiations at Kellogg- Schulich Business School Toronto, Queen’s University Kingston Ontario and Lagos Business School.

He is married with 3 children and belong to the following clubs: Ikoyi Club, Association of Friends and Lagos Jetski Club. He enjoys triathlon, reading and playing/watching football.

Emezino Afiegbe | Senior Business Development Leader & Ag. Country Manager, VISA West Africa
Emezino 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.

Emezino is an alumnus of the University of Lagos.

Bunmi Akinyemiju | CEO, Venture Garden Group

Bunmi is a serial entrepreneur, technological innovator and the CEO of Venture Garden Group – a high growth group of financial technology (fintech) companies that provide innovative, data-driven, end-to-end technology platforms addressing reconciliation and payment processing inefficiencies across multiple sectors of the African economy. As a group, Venture Garden has grown to become one of the largest fintech investment holding companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, with investments in 15 innovative fintech companies across Africa via its venture arm GreenHouse Capital. 

With more than 16 years entrepreneurial experience in high-tech sales, solutions development and management, Bunmi has developed over 20 proprietary technologies in the Aviation, Government, Education, Oil & Gas and Banking sectors globally. His scale of expertise spans the areas of Software Development, Technology Consulting, Revenue Collection Strategies, Software Project Management, Business Startups, Internet Technology, and Business Development.

As part of the leadership at Venture Garden Group, Bunmi and his team have established five proprietary companies in Nigeria since 2011 Bunmi and his team have successfully built five businesses across different sectors in Nigeria and Ghana, employing over 300 people.. Together with public and private institutions partnerships, these five companies have deployed Data and Revenue Collection and Payment technologies in the Aviation, Fueling, Education, Power and Tax industries. The combined efforts of these companies have helped improve efficiencies in the industries they function in and also work to provide technical assistance to foster good governance and support sustained economic growth in Nigeria.

Bunmi is also the Dean and Chief Executive Officer of the Garden Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship (GIBE) – a financial technology business incubator for passionate and talented technology entrepreneurs. Prior to his current appointments, Bunmi served as the vice president of the Lansing-based Artemis Solutions Group; Founder and CEO of Enliven Software, an e-payment and mobile-payment startup; and Principal of Nuwave Technology Partners, a Network integrator and Telephony Company out of Michigan.

Bunmi has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Michigan State University. He completed his primary and secondary school education in Nigeria

Mrs. Adewole Adesua | GM, Sales and Marketing | Total Nigeria Plc.

Adesua Adewole is a seasoned professional with experience in sectors ranging from Human Resources to Sales and Marketing , She joined TOTAL NIG PLC in April 1997 as a Senior Sales Superintendent and became the first female sales person in the history of the company. She then moved to the Head Office in 1998 as a SUN Systems Project Team Member and was involved in the implementation of the ERP system of both Total and Elf. She worked in the Human Resources Department of both Total Nigeria and Total South Africa for a number of years as Career and Human Resources Manager. In 2014 she headed the Sales Division in Ghana and was appointed in 2016 as the first female General Manager, Sales and Marketing Total Nigeria Plc.

With over 20years Pan-African experience working in the Downstream Industry, Adesua has successfully led the execution of a variety of high level projects and headed various departments. In the course of her career with Total Nigeria Plc she has established for herself a proven track record of excellent delivery of performance results.

Adesua holds a degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Benin, Nigeria and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Shola Akinlade | Co-founder and CEO | Paystack

Shola is co-founder and CEO of Paystack, which provides a simple and secure way for Merchants in Africa to accept payments from their websites or mobile apps. Paystack is the first Nigerian startup that got accepted in the Y Combinator’s accelerator program. The company has recently received $1.3 million 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.

He graduated with a BS in computer science from Babcock University

Mayokun Fadeyibi | Head Business Development & Strategy | OLX

Mayokun Fadeyibi is the Head of Business Development & Strategy at OLX where she is responsible for all aspects of Operations Strategy, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships and Business Intelligence. Her work cut across all business units – Marketing, Sales, Finance, and User Operations as she helps to optimize business operations. She currently leads the incubation unit for all experiments and strategic initiatives at OLX. Mayokun holds a PhD in Business Analytics from Bentley University in Massachusetts. 

Mr. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji | Co-founder | Flutterwave

Iyinoluwa is an impact entrepreneur with a passion for building the future of Africa. He’s spent the past 7 years building ventures in technology. In 2014, He co-founded Andela to find the brightest young people in Africa and prepare them to become Africa’s next generation of technology leader through deep immersive remote-work experience with global technology companies like Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and Google amongst others. Andela was named by CNN as one of top 10 African Startups of 2014, and has raised investments from to Silicon Valley VC’s and Angel Investors like Spark, Google Ventures and Mark Zuckerberg. In May 2016, Iyinoluwa left Andela to co-found Flutterwave, a payments technology company connecting Africa to the global economy with one API for processing any payment across Africa. Flutterwave is a Y Combinator company backed by several notable angels and VC’s around the world.

Iyinoluwa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He’s received several awards and honors including the John C Holland Award for Youth Leadership, Nigeria’s top 20 under 20, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and Forbes 30 under 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa.

Kola Aina | CEO – Emerging Platforms Ltd

Kola Aina, is an entrepreneur, creative, and angel investor. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Emerging Platforms Ltd, a multi-sector technology solutions provider. 

More recently, he co-founded Ventures Platform, Ventures Platform Foundation and Ventures Park. 

Ventures Platform is an Africa focused and Abuja based startup accelerator, which offers a 16-week program, providing advisory, mentorship, back office support, seed-funding and need based residency to selected startups.

Other tech ecosystem interventions, research and social impact initiatives are deployed and sponsored through the Ventures Platform Foundation in conjunction with her local and international partners.

Whereas, Ventures Park is focused on providing an ideal community and infrastructure for entrepreneurs, professionals and freelancers through co-working / co-living campuses. 

Prior to focusing on venture building, Kola worked in corporate finance, administration, corporate turn-around and strategy, having started off as a financial analyst with Fifth-Third Bank, after his MBA and initial training as an Electrical Engineer in the United States.

Kola enjoys mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, loves collaboration and is passionate about driving innovation, and supporting new business models.

Kola currently sits on the Presidential Committee on Job Creation, and speaks publicly as time permits.

Tunji Andrews | Lead Economist | TTAC Africa

Tunji Andrews is the Lead economist at TTAC Africa, Media Adviser to the statistician general of the federation. He’s also the anchor of award winning, business radio shows like The Everyday Money show on Lagos Talks 91.3fm and MTN Business Half hour on Classic 97.3fm, amongst several others. He is an European Union consultant, under the EU SUFEGOR project

Femi Akin-Laguda | Team Lead, Supply Operations | Taxify Nigeria.

Femi Akin-Laguda is an accomplished Business Analyst and Strategist; with a particular interest in developing solutions to strategic, operational and product/service value challenges. In a relatively short career, he has had the opportunity to work in various sectors, gleaning knowledge on how strategies are formulated and implemented across various industries. He is a widely respected researcher with his works most recently leading to an invitation to speak at the International Conference on Advanced Trends in ICT and Management 2016 in Accra, Ghana. He is currently Team Lead, Supply Operations at Taxify Nigeria.

Cheta Nwanze | Head of Research | SBM Intel

Cheta is the Lead Partner at SBM Intel and heads the research desk.

He has worked in numerous Information Technology and Media organisations. Key among them African Times Network (2010 – 2013) – Chief Information Officer/ Managing Editor, 234NEXT (2009 – 2010) – Online Editor/Creative Technologist.

Cheta is passionate about writing and has published numerous articles in Financial Nigeria, the Guardian, Premium Times, YNaija, The Trent, Sunday Telegraph and 234Next.com (all in Nigeria). His opinion pieces have been published in Africa Is A Country, Al-Jazeera, The Guardian (UK) and SuperSport (South Africa).

Cheta is also an expert in Network design, management and security with a Masters in Computer Networks and Internet Security from Middlesex University in London.

CHUDE JIDEONWO  | Co-Founder | Red Media

Named by Forbes as one of Africa’s 30 best entrepreneurs under 30, Chude Jideonwo is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of RED – which owns West Africa’s largest portfolio of youth media brands.

RED has successfully managed campaign communication for two successful African presidential campaigns. Through Statecraft Inc, its governance communication company, they led on the communication for Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and then Ghana’s Nana Akufo Addo in 2016.

RED’s brands include The Future Awards Africa, Y! TV and YNaija.com, and it has consulted for global brands including Facebook, Uber, the British Council and the United States Government. 

Jideonwo’s work deploys the media to build people, communities and nations. His immediate interests lie in shaking up political, cultural and economic establishments to return power to the hands and will of citizens.

A lawyer, teacher and award-winning journalist, he has a Master’s Degree in Media and Communication from the Pan-African University and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and the Strathmore Business School, Kenya. He has been a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, and sits on the boards of the Oando Foundation and Microsoft 4Afrika.

In 2014, he was announced winner of the CNBC All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year. In 2015, RED was shortlisted for the African Business of the Year prize alongside Dangote Group and Chandaria Industries.

A Research Fellow with the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy, in 2016, he joined the faculty of the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University where he teaches journalism and corporate communication to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

His latest book is titled ‘Are We The Turning Point Generation.