Leadership

Keep We all have heard for many years that the continent have a leadership problem and while most part of the continent suffers daily from failed leadership, it does not mean leaders are not in the continent.

Rugiatu Parkinson

Consultant, Mentor and Coach

Rugiatu is the founder and CEO of RKK Empire, which has its subsidiary under the brand name of Akwila soon to be rebrand & relaunch as Aquilinaworld.

She is a member of CMI (Chartered Management of Institute) and for over twenty years have worked in the U.K. civil service as a consultant in the revenues departments at various local government across England. Rugiatu was part of a team that helped improve one of the worst boroughs in London, won the award for a best-improved service department in the local authority, and represent that borough nationwide in the IRRV(Institute of Revenue, Rating & Valuation) Best Performance Award. She is a firm believer in the effect mentorship has on girls and young women and has consistently worked in developing platforms that will enhance mentorship and coaching for girls and young women.

Antonio Belgrave

Global Mentor & Coach

Tony is a UK based senior organization development consultant. For 12 years he worked at the Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where he worked initially as a program manager in R&D but went on to become head of Transformation for GSK’s UK operations. He later became head of Performance Management in GSK’s supply chain transformation a program impacting 27,000 employees across the world. Tony has extensive experience of working with senior leaders and boards establishing, organizational effectiveness, and change capability as critical adjuncts for achieving business goals. He is coming with many years of experience of facilitating change and transition efforts across a variety of sectors including, Civil Service, NGOs, Banking and Healthcare

Tope Popoola

Global Leadership Mentor & Coach

Tope is an alumnus of the Building Capability program of the Harvard University Center for International Development, an alumnus of the Very important personality program of the U.S.I.A. He is also an alumnus of the University of Stellenbosch program on futurism in Business. Tope has years of experience training leaders from different sectors (Business, politics, etc), a global speaker whose voice is one of the most trusted voices in Human Capital and Business Development in Africa. 

Tope was also recently made an honorary citizen of the state of Nebraska in the U.S an award given in recognition of his leadership role in capacity building.

He has been a published author for over a decade with popular titles- Lead As you Go, The 60-second Motivation, Leadership is for the Dead, Leaderpreneur to name a few

Fatou Wurie

Specialist (Innovation)

Fatou is a social justice advocate,  passionate about gender equity and female leadership. She is a Specialist in practical applications of design and technology in delivering services and programs, Fatou has led initiatives to improve human development outcomes in over 15 countries, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Her experience includes working with UNICEF as Emergency Specialist (Innovations) which includes systemizing the use of innovative solutions to improve the quality of humanitarian action in countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jordan, North-East Nigeria, and the DRC. In UNICEF, she served as the Gender & Innovations global coordinator and prior to that, founded the Survivor Dream Project, a feminist non-profit for women and girls’ survivors of Ebola and Sexual Violence. During West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, 

As a writer, Fatou has featured in a host of print and digital publications including the Huffington Post, Amnesty International, Open Society, National Geographic, New Africa Magazine, Forbes, and is a contributing author to the New York Times Bestseller book ‘The Moth: Occasional Magic’. She also regularly speaks across university campuses and conferences on women’s health, ending violence against women and girls, catalyzing social and tech innovation for social change.
She is An Abshire-Inamori International Leadership fellow.

Ing. Alpha Lavalie

Civil Engineer/Consultant

Alpha is a qualified Civil Engineer with over fourteen (14) years of experience in Design, Supervision, and Project Management of Infrastructure Projects from both a Consultant and Contractor’s perspective.

Alpha is a trained and certified Construction Claims Expert and Construction Arbitrator and Mediator. Alpha is Knowledgeable in the following areas: Quantity Surveyor, Contract and Claims Management, Dispute Avoidance and Resolution, Property Valuation, Civil Engineering procedures, approaches, and operation. Alpha is an alumnus of the University of Sierra Leone and the University of Liverpool. He is currently a candidate for International Construction Law and Contracts from the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and Quantity Surveying from the Salford University (United Kingdom). Alpha is a member of various International Professional Bodies such as Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers, International Association for Contract & Commercial Management, Institute of Construction Claims Practitioners, Quantity Surveyors International, Affiliate Member, International Federation of Consulting Engineers to name a few

Tope was also recently made an honorary citizen of the state of Nebraska in the U.S an award given in recognition of his leadership role in capacity building.

He has been a published author for over a decade with popular titles- Lead As you Go, The 60-second Motivation, Leadership is for the Dead, Leaderpreneur to name a few

Pascal .L. Navelle

Public Health Consultant

Pascal is the CEO / Founder of Mind ’N’ Health (UK & Ghana), a mental health social enterprise whose focus is on mental health advocacy, tackling the blights of loneliness and isolation, consultancy services such as policy design and workshops as a way of promoting good wellbeing, reducing absenteeism and improving productivity and profitability in a workplace in the UK and Ghana, West Africa. He is a Certified International Health Consultant from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and graduated with an M. A, Health Management, Planning, and Policy from the University of Leeds and BSc. Public Health from Catholic University, Ghana.

Pascal has more years of professional experience in broader health systems development in low-middle income countries and the U.K, in the field of Health Consultancy, Health Management, Research, Recruitment, Mental Health Support, and Advocacy, Adult Nursing, Learning Disabilities, Residential Care, Dementia Care, and Domiciliary Care. Pascal has provided a wide range of consultancy services in policy design and mental health strategy, workplace workshops evaluations for high profiled companies like Everton in the community (Charity for Everton Football Club), and several other SME’s in the UK. He is a member of the Royal College of Nursing, UK, Institute of Healthcare Management, SPARK-University of Leeds, and NatWest Accelerator

Leïla Bazzi

Lawyer, Diversity Advocate, Speaker

Leïla is currently the Legal Director for GlaxoSmithKline plc North Africa Cluster (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt) since 2018. Throughout her career, she has worked with international organizations operating in challenging industries (notably; automotive, pharmaceutical) and serving diverse and complex markets. Leïla has led different initiatives in Africa (including Morocco) and Europe aiming at helping girls and women achieve their ambitions and creating a more equal world. She founded a Moroccan Chapter of Lean-In back in 2016, since then the community has grown to more than 300 members impacting women; an organization that is officially recognized by the international Lean-In network, created by Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook). In 2017 she founded Cercle Marocain des Directions Juridiques “CMDJ” a non-profit organization which aims to represent, connect, promote, and support in-house lawyers in Morocco and internationally by providing them with networking and training opportunities, assisting them with the digital transformation of their legal departments, and connecting job seekers and employers in the legal field

Mouloud Boukhachab

Managing Director Pierre Fabre Group

Mouloud is currently head of Africa Middle East & Turkey for Pierre Fabre. He started within SmithKline Beecham as a medical representative 27 Years ago and gained Experiences in several geographic areas & positions in the Healthcare Industry at the country/regional level (Emerging markets, Europe, France, Japan & Benelux).

Mouloud is recognized for being an international professional with a proven track record in achieving demonstrable results starting or enhancing businesses and fostering Growth through leading change & building high performing & engaged teams. His professional & personal characteristics reflect a mix of strong vision, strategic/ problem-solving capabilities, passion, drive, sense of urgency combined with inspirational leadership & emotional intelligence. Mouloud is passionate about people development through mentoring & coaching.

Ing. Trudy Morgan

Chartered Enigineer

Ing Trudy Morgan is a chartered engineer with over 30 years’ experience in project-based assignments, where she has successfully applied her engineering, consulting and project management skills in the construction, education, and transportation sectors to public and private sector clients. Considered as one of the most prolific engineers in Sierra Leone, she is continuously breaking barriers. Trudy is one of the co-founders of the Sierra Leone Women Engineers and the first female Vice President of the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers. She has worked with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities project to providing a unique training structure which involved training a combined group of graduates, skilled professionals, and illiterate construction workers on the basics of structural design. She recently led a successful bid that won funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK)’s Africa Catalyst programme to undertake a pilot project training graduates in necessary cognitive and behavioural skills to improve their employment prospects. The successful implementation of that project led to successful submission for a larger (more complex) grant from the RAE. She has been the ICE Representative in Sierra Leone since 2012. Ing Trudy Morgan serves in different positions ranging from, Programme Director – IDEA (UK), Technical Coordinator – UNOPS Non-Executive Director – VITAFOAM Sierra Leone Limited, President – Sierra Leone Women Engineers, Vice President – Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers, Director – Engineers for Change, Sierra Leone (UK based Engineering Charity) International Representative –Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), Council Member – Professional Engineers Registration Council, Director, to name a few.

Ifeoma Nonyelum Eze

Education, Administration and Planning. Author

Ifeoma Nonyelum Eze has combined years of experience in Leadership, Administration, Publications, Human Resource Management and is an Education Management Professional, with a background in Education Administration and Planning. Ifeoma is passionate about Quality Assurance and Equal access to Education Delivery, Strategy and Leadership, Women Empowerment And Excellence in Organisations. She founded The King’s Rubies And Royal Daughters Organization to assist women to conquer limiting beliefs about themselves in order to maximize destiny while empowering them to discover and fulfil their life’s purpose

Ifeoma is a highly recognized mentor whose books, seminars and experience have helped a lot of young people who are passionate about maximizing their potentials and fulfilling their purpose. She has also helped school owners in school startups to ensure excellence. She has been a published author for over a decade with dozens of popular books such as Preparing for your Season of demand, Making An Indelible Mark, The Heart for Greatness and Treasures in The Trash.

Naima Nasr

General Councillor Certified Public Accountants

Naima has been the first woman Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer in the insurance sector in Morocco in 2000. Contributions to her former Roles within the Zurich Financial Services in Morocco for 17 years revolve around her essential cross-disciplinary management talents. She was a member of the Executive Committee and has developed a strong know-how in strategy, finance, and corporate governance. Graduated from the 1st business school in Morocco and the second in Africa, Groupe ISCAE, she was the 1st woman President of ISCAE ALUMNI Association. From 2014 to 2018, she undertook strategic initiatives to increase the impact of the ALUMNI, in Education, Employment and Economy. Setting up foundations and creating a large platform of knowledge and experiences sharing, mentoring young graduates and sponsoring ALUMNI for job opportunities, careers development and entrepreneurship.

 In 2017, she joined the professional accounting organization (PAO), “ordre des experts comptables du Maroc”, as the 1st CEO since 25 years of the existence of the PAO and as the 1 st woman CEO for the organization. She contributed to achieving a high qualitative leap in corporate communication, better reliability, and capacity Building by 30%-50% of the PAO. She is now acting as General Councillor of REFM, “Réseau Experts-Comptables FranceMaghreb”, the french network of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) native from Maghreb region and working in France, bringing her experience to the board in terms of public relations and corporate communications. The REFM Network gathers almost 500 CPAs. Its main mission is to develop the accounting profession for the 2 shores of the Mediterranean and to serve the economy.

Dr. Malle Fofana

Country Rep Global Green Growth Institue

Malle is an expert in strategic and organizational planning and has more than 15 years’ experience working on issues relating to climate change, Green Growth model, industry and private sector development as well as organisation structuring across Africa, Europe and Asia. Mallé Fofana is currently a Country Representative for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and he is currently based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Malle leads and directs the operational day to day activities of Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire country programs. He is responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of the country team to achieve GGGI’s vision of strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Throughout his career, Malle has advised leading regional organizations, NGOs, corporations, multilateral organizations and government in areas of strategic planning and implementations, organizational reviews, resources mobilization, Entrepreneurship, program evaluations, and capacity building. He has been engaged in projects in various sectors such as agriculture/agribusiness, microfinance, health, infrastructure development, energy and environment, ICT, and education.

Mallé holds an MSc in Management, MBA in International Development and a Doctorate in Organizational and Strategy.

Wallacia Scott

Researcher, Economist and Statistician

Wallacia has 20 years of experience in the UK’s Central Government and in international governmental organizations. After working as an economist and a statistician at economic regulators such as the Office for National Statistics (ONS),  Office of Gas and Electricity (OFGEM) and Office of Rail Regulations (ORR), she began consulting with clients such as the World Health Organization, Commonwealth Secretariat, Nursing and Midwifery Council and volunteers as an economist for Pro Bono Economics.

Wallacia has undertaken research and analysis of socio-economic data sets and has performed qualitative mapping analysis and consulting assignments in Great Britain, Denmark, Azerbaijan, and Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic. She has knowledge of policies and processes governing evaluation and performance indicators and has contributed to organizational reviews and statistical publications.

Her area of experience includes economic development, health and migration, governance, gender (economics and political development) and energy.

Ishmane Benmehidi

Director: Category Lead Rare Disease

Ishmane has years of experience in pharmaceuticals, she had the opportunity to develop Leadership in matrix organizations, resilience and change agility through the various sales & marketing roles she had served In. She believes in integrity & ownership to be the key to success; she is also a strong believer of diversity and inclusion as the future of organizations. Ishmane is currently the Director- category lead and Rare Disease for Pfizer Morocco. A company which was ranked 57 by Forbes in 2018 in the fortune 500 largest USA corporation by revenue. she is a marketing, sales, product management expert.

Imane El Mouktarid

Leading the medical affairs department

Imane is currently leading the medical affairs department, North Africa, at Bayer. Her polyvalent background and business experience allowed her to bring a strategic vision to her role in medical affairs. Holding both a medical doctorate degree from the university Med V in Morocco and a master degree in management and pharmaceutical marketing from IMIS Lyon. Her 10 years Journey in pharmaceutical industry started at Sanofi in a marketing position and led her to a leading position in medical affairs at Bayer Today. Imane’s success came out of her natural leadership abilities that were shaped by knowledge and practice, flexibility and resilience to navigate uncertain times and courage to deal with complexities. She is a strong believer in diversity and the impact of adaptive management, her passion is to unlock human potential and to reach that goal she is tirelessly empowering, nurturing and developing human talent among her successive teams.

Ajara Marie Bomah

Business Mogul, Marketing and Communication Ex.

Ajara is a professional, business mogul and marketing and communication executive with over 16 years of experience, specializing in diaspora engagement and business development in Africa with a critical focus on women in business in Africa. She is a humanitarian that works to change the lives of young people especially girls in Africa. With a Masters in Clinical Social work from Smith College School of Social Work and a plethora of career experience in social service delivery, academic and program development.  Her academic and career background has strategically positioned her to gain a wealth of experience in the areas of Community & Youth Development, Events Management, PR and Digital Media Communications, Marketing, Clinical Services and stakeholder engagement in Sierra Leone and abroad. She has curated and delivered corporate & business events for clients for the past 10 years under her first company Rhoyalty Concepts. In 2013 she launched her community platform for bringing African women businesses together; named Women Mean Business (WMB). 

Ajara has appeared in various media outlets including Guardian Nigeria, Afroelle Magazine, Ayiba Magazine, Bella Naija, Women Change Africa, Ariana Diaries, Pivot Path and was a co-star in the award-winning documentary “Am I too African to be American or to African to be American”? a film that looked at the criticality of the identity of returnees and diaspora Americans.

She was recently recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Sierra Leonean Women.

Ajara has a passion for the use of technology to solve societal problems and create jobs for women and youth.

Kodwo Manuel

Managing Consultant Capability Trust

Kodwo is an experienced professional and consultant. His interest is in collaborating with organisations on strategic business and people issues. Kodwo leverages on his personal experience as a Change Agent in multinational settings, Adult educator and corporate trainer for a period spanning nearly 20 years. His interest is in working with leadership teams to craft out best-fit strategies that engender survival of organisations in our ‘New WorldTM, a product of Pentacle, The Virtual Business School founded by Professor Eddie Obeng in the UK. Kodwo has been spending considerable time on projects in Ghana and the UK in a period spanning over 20 years. Prior to his stint in the UK, Kodwo pioneered the implementation of IT Infrastructure and subsequently managed IT Business processes (for 13 years) in Ghacem Limited, a German conglomerate, pioneering and spearheading the implementation of major change initiatives, from an embryonic stage to full automation. During his stay in the UK, Kodwo managed Adult Learners pursuing National Qualifications ranging from programmes facilitated by the Chartered Management Institute (Levels 3/5/7), Institute of Leadership and Management (Levels 5/7) and BTEC Pearsons. Additionally, he taught modules on Greenwich University’s Bachelors in Computer Science for students completing BCS and IMIS qualifications. Some of the clients he managed were managers from both private and public sector organisations, pursuing national qualifications, including Newham Connexions, Surrey County Council and some Connexions services in the East London Burroughs.  In Ghana, Kodwo has supported and facilitated a number of training workshops, generic and New WorldTM model-based, for a number of corporate clients namely; GCB Bank, GRIDCo, GNPC, GIPC, Prefos Ghana Limited, Volta River Authority (VRA), CH Group and Ghacem Limited designing and delivering bespoke training solutions. 

Dr. Kadijatu G. Ahene

Counsellor, Motivator and Empowerment Coach

Kadijatu is a committed counsellor possessing a broad range of experience in delivering comprehensive case management to clients and or in programs. Accomplished at fostering meaningful relationships and developing effective short-term and long-term plans to achieve client goals. Mission-oriented successful in developing robust youth ministry programs and serving as a positive role model. Highly accomplished in helping youth strengthen the relationship with God and providing growth opportunities. With more than 10 years of work experience in mental health, social services and criminal justice fields. Kadikatu is extensively trained in
diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders.

As a professional counsellor, she has more than 8 years of experience helping people through mental challenges and making life-changing decisions

Oscar Bimpong

Founder and CEO Trains2inspire Consultancy UK

Is the founder and CEO of Train2inspire Consultancy UK, an organization he started in 2010 and now operational in Ghana. He is an Author, Transformational Speaker, Lecturer, Corporate Trainer and a Business Consultant. Oscar is a visionary leader. His vision is to impact lives positively across the globe and transform businesses. As a lecturer, he has taught in different colleges and universities in the UK in Business in specialized areas such as Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Business Strategy, Business and Business Environment (BBE), Human Resource Management, Business Management etc. He is the author of Kingdom Clientele – Deploying Corporate Strategy Rooted in Biblical Principles for Church growth and also the author of the two e-books titled Inspirational Wisdom for Today (IWFT), which is a 365- day inspirational nuggets and Seven Strategic Steps to Meeting Your Goals. He is currently working on the manuscript of two books titled, Leadership Lens – A Spectacle that fits everyone and Mindset Revolution – Re-engineering the Mind from Prison to Purpose. Oscar has engaged youths in Europe and Africa in transformational speaking, coached and trained uncountable business executives from CEOs to the shop floor assistant and has consulted for many corporate institutions in the UK and Ghana. He has over a decade experience in the business of coaching, training and development and the business consulting market. He is BBC trained in Radio Operations and Media works and he has won five awards in the last five years in the UK as a result of his contribution to education through his media works, inspirational messages and strategic consulting solutions to small and medium enterprises as well as corporate institutions across the globe. Oscar Bimpong made it to the 2019 top hundred speakers in Ghana compiled by the Speakers Bureau Africa (SBA)

Dr Reine Desiree

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Reine Desiree is a pharmacist. She is a Regulatory Affairs Manager. She started her career journey in Ivory Coast at GlaxoSmithKline.  She has a good understanding of basic Regulatory guidelines in Africa. She is managing 16 countries (French West and Central Africa cluster). She has been relocated from Ivory Coast to Kenya at the end of 2019 at GlaxoSmithKline Kenya

She believes in integrity to be a key to success. Her motto:  be useful for your country, your continent, be useful to help others, never stop learning.

Reine got certifications in project management, risk and Compliance and Ethics.  She is passionate about people development. She is co-founder of an initiative supporting African professional development.

Princess Gloria Ofori

Deputy Director Health, Monitoring and Evaluation

Miss. Princess Gloria Ofori, is a Deputy Director, Health Monitoring and Evaluation & Research at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH), an agency of the Ghana Ministry of Health (MoH). She is a Commonwealth Scholar and obtained a Masters in Health Policy, Planning and Management at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. She is Health Systems oriented with expertise in Health Policy Analysis and Development, Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes/Projects, Health Finance Management, Quality Improvement in Health as well as the conduct of Health Research.  She is a member of the Research Ethical Review Board at CCTH, Ghana. Miss Ofori is actively involved in M&E activities at the National level – MoH and also carried out consultancy work with the National Health Insurance Authority on credentialing of facilities. A Nurse by profession. She is result-oriented and a systems thinker coupled with a proven ability to collaborate on multidisciplinary teams and effectively engage stakeholders in various decision-making processes

Ibrahim Alusine Kebe

Human Resource Management Specialist

Ibrahim is a Human Resource Management specialist and a lecturer at IPAM-University of Sierra Leone. He is also a researcher, business and change management expert and also a public speaking guru. I.B is a household name at IPAM and considers one of the best lecturers (for his generation) at the University of Sierra Leone, he was also a Part-time lecturer at IMATT College an affiliated college of the University of London. IB. Kebe is also a strong youth advocate and have provided mentoring support to youths and participated in the development of an individualized service plan for youths, educated youths to acquired greater communication, system navigation and self-regulation skills. He has in the past conducted public seminars and workshops for young people with over 500+ attendees, ranging from public speaking, ethics and discipline, gender equality, youth leadership, the use of social media, substance abuse to name a few. IB. Kebe was recognized as one of the 50 influential young Sierra Leoneans 2019/20, He possesses excellent oratory skills and has been remarkable as a motivational and keynote speaker at numerous professional conferences and training, youth activities and graduation ceremonies for over 70 events in 2019 alone. He Mentors, counsel and coach many young graduates on critical personal management issues; leadership skills; time management and developing an entrepreneurial mindset. I.B is the founder and CEO of Be Inspired Platform (BIP) a youth-led organization that works to empower young people to participate actively in the society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their communities.

Babatunde Adefioye

Director of Geomatrix Projects Limited

Babatunde holds a Diploma in Architectural Technology, also a Bachelor’s Degree and MSc. Architecture from the recognisable Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.  Babatunde is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and Architects’ Registration Council of Nigeria and also an Executive Director with robust leadership experience having over 30 years of experience as a registered professional Architect (Public and Private Sectors) around the world working within architectural, interiors and multidisciplinary projects as well as urban planning and design besides conducting in Architectural Design, Building Construction, Infrastructural Engineering, Value Engineering, Design Optimisation, Project Management, Strategic Innovation where he covers projects globally across Private, Public and Commercial Developments, Mass Housing Strategic Design and Delivery,  and Innovative Project Financial Structuring to name a few. Babatunde is the Director of Geomatrix Projects Limited (UK), Geomatrix LLC (US), Geomatrix Nigeria Limited and Geomatrix Sierra Leone. Geomatrix has carried out numerous residential, religious, commercial leisure, and other types of projects, from Lagos to London, Atlanta to Freetown, and beyond. Please see www.geomatrixprojects.com In the UK, Babatunde was instrumental in setting up Newham Foodbank in 2010. This is part of Trussell Trust, a network of Foodbanks nationwide, which is a poverty alleviation charity. To date, Newham Foodbank has fed over 12,000 people. Please see www.newham.foodbank.org.uk In 2018, Babatunde set up ADEFIOYE FOUNDATION, a registered charitable organisation, in the western part of Nigeria, and the central focus of this charity is poverty alleviation by empowering the youths through vocational training and job creation, empowering elderly women through cottage industry set up, and the provision of infrastructural services, among others. In 2018, Babatunde, in his zeal to serve his country of birth Nigeria, entered the political arena, by taking part in the senatorial elections in Nigeria, under the Accord Party. He came third in the overall rankings.

Godha Bapuji

Cyber-Security Expert

Godha Bapuji has over 2 decades of experience in various technical roles in Information Technology, Security and Risk Management, having started as a computer programmer after gaining her vocational diploma in Computer Science and Engineering, 25 years ago. She has several professional certifications in the field and is a license Cloud security professional by ISC2. Originally hailing from India, she has worked and lived in the corporate sector in India, the US, and the UK and has a broad experience working across industries for the EMEIA regions. She is an alumna of Harvard University and has worked for one of the top 4 consulting firms in the world, EY at their Global headquarters in London, and later in the US. She serves as a volunteer Citizen Diplomat at WorldBoston, Boston, MA focussing on the UNSCR1325 Women, Peace, and Security Agenda and Cybersecurity. She is currently growing her own organisation aligned with WPS1325 and UN SDGs – Women in Crisis Response (WiCR) and volunteers with a students-led pandemic taskforce in Cambridge, MA USA, and The Internet of Things Security Institute, Australia, helping out with Industrial Security and Resilience building through their security framework.

Onyeka K Akpaida

Founder Rendra Foundation

Onyeka is an experienced financial service professional with years of experience in financial inclusion, client sales, and relationship management, consumer-centric digital banking, and public sector engagement. 

Onyeka is passionate about female financial inclusion, she founded Rendra Foundation where she works to improve the lives of low-income and migrant women in rural and peri-urban communities in Northern Nigeria by empowering women through financial inclusion, financial literacy, access to markets and microcredits to enable them to earn money and create sustainable change for themselves, their families and communities. 

Onyeka has brought in over 2,000 women into the formal financial services sector and believes that empowered women birth stronger communities and ultimately stronger nations. Her passion extends beyond the women she serves as she loves to mentor young Africans in the early stages of their careers to gain clarity and pursue their goals with tunnel vision and encouragement.

Malak Bellout

Consultant in Change Management

Malak is a consultant in Management of Change and Business Trainer. International Expert in Economic Intelligence and Market Entry, I am also a Certified Business Coach for Leaders and Executives I have just been certified as an NLP Coach in NLP LIFE TRAINING. USA. DR R. BANDLER. Mallak is skilled to enhance companies’ team as well as leaders to find to develop and strengthen your potential to achieve your professional and personal objectives. 

Bria Okonkwo

CEO & Managing Partner Avante Capitale LLC.

Bria Okonkwo CEO and Managing Partner Avante Avenue & Avante Capitale LLC. A Kaizen-Spirited Executive with hybrid management skills and strategic understanding of technology-driven business change. Bria brings to the table a wealth of knowledge across borders and industries. She is a successful Entrepreneur and a prolific IT/Business consultant with an in-depth foundation in innovation and technology. With over 16 years of consulting experience for major international companies across various industries. She has expertise in large-scale software development (operating systems and programming environments). Bria holds a BSc in Electrical/Computer Engineering, MSc Communications Engineering from the University of Plymouth and an EMBA from the prestigious London Business School. In addition to professional qualifications such as Prince 2, Business Analysis and ITIL amongst others. Bria possesses a strong business and leadership record with a deep
passion for women empowerment. A strong innovator abreast with new technology solutions and ideas which she has championed and helped various start-ups. She currently sits on the board of various companies as CTO and COO.

Edleen B. Elba

Managing Director JobSearch (SL) LTD

Edleen B. Elba, is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and Human Resources practitioner, owns and manages JobSearch (SL) Ltd, an HR management firm; and is co-founder of DataPool, a data management and financial services company and Business CONNECT, an organisation formed to facilitate trade and connect SMEs to investors. 

Before committing to managing JobSearch full-time, she worked in several senior management roles in the private and public sectors and acquired skills in Business Process Management, Financial Management, Software implementation, Strategic Human Resource Management, Strategic Risk Management, Presentation, Leadership, Effective Communication, Assertiveness, Negotiation and Analytics.

Edleen is a Certified Trainer of International Finance Corporation (IFC)/ The Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) and provides training in productivity courses, corporate governance and WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.  She is a Founding Director of Institute of Human Resources Sierra Leone, Chair of MEPS Trust Well Woman Clinic fundraising committee and represents the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture on the Board of Sierra Leone Local Content Agency.  She is passionate about improving the health and education sectors and supporting female entrepreneurs to help develop Sierra Leone’s private sector.

Khaoula El Kharouf

Co-Founder of Gaya Research CRO, Coach & Mentor

Khaoula is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Gaya Research the Moroccan Affiliate of Poseidon CRO Group. And, leading the group quality department covering 3 countries (Morocco, Tunisia & Serbia). She is an Experienced Clinical Research Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in national, regional and international projects within Contract Research Organizations & Pharma’s. Highly skilled in Clinical trials & epidemiology and developed strong knowledge in business management and professional coaching. Also, a CBT certified practitioner. She has a polyvalent background in dental sciences, clinical research and holding a master degree in pharmacoepidemiology . She has 10 years’ experience of perseverance in Contract Research Organization, held several positions in project coordination in MENA region led her to managerial levels and entrepreneurship. Khaoula believes in knowledge and skills transfer, she was always involved in training programs in the company group as a trainer and mentor. Being also a professional coach for private high schools she is empowering, reorienting and developing young skills.

Saibatu Mansaray

Decorated retired United States Army officer

Saibatu Mansaray is a women’s empowerment devotee, medical practitioner and decorated retired United States Army officer. Her 26 year span of experience ranges from executive and organizational leadership both within the military and at the White House, developing and implementing health policy and humanitarian efforts, executive medical planning, international diplomacy and protocol in support of United States presidential and vice presidential foreign visits in 45 countries, strategy development, operations planning and execution, briefing high level United States government officials and public speaking. As the former senior executive and Assistant Director for Public Health at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) she also served as the United States Demand Reduction Coordinator. She was responsible for establishing ONDCP’s public health response to America’s addiction crisis, and provided strategic guidance to lead the interagency efforts on the public health responsibilities in the President’s National Drug Control Strategy. Under her leadership, the public health team developed the very first National Treatment Plan to address the treatment gap in the substance use disorder population. Prior to joining ONDCP, she served as the Director of Advance for Vice President Mike Pence where she was the linchpin of the vice president’s operations team and developed the strategy and execution for all foreign and domestic visits. Ms. Mansaray served 23 years in the United States Army and did two tours to Iraq. She was the first woman to be assigned to the White House by the Army to serve as a White House Physician Assistant and Tactical Medical Officer to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. After 3 years of executive medical planning and execution, she was subsequently appointed as the Director of Medical Advance and Operations for the White House Medical Unit. Her final military assignment was as the senior military aide to the Vice President of the United States. She is the first and only medical officer to serve as a military aide in the White House. Ms. Mansaray has a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center and is currently a candidate for a Master’s in International Service with American University. She is a recipient of numerous military awards including two Bronze Star Medals and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals. Her long-standing passion is to address and combat Sierra Leone’s maternal mortality crisis, work tirelessly on African women’s empowerment efforts and spearhead development and investment opportunities for Mother Africa.

Dona Bellow

Responsible Innovation Manager at Facebook

Dona Bellow is a Responsible Innovation Manager at Facebook, where she builds programs to support product teams in anticipating, surfacing and addressing potential unintended consequences of the technology they build, early in their development lifecycle. 

Prior to this, Dona focused her career on developing trust & safety policies and optimizing organizational processes. After joining Google in 2014, she worked on creating & operationalizing industry-leading policies to tackle complex legal and regulatory challenges (including EU data protection, counter-terrorism, child safety, etc.). She went on to co-develop a program supporting product teams across Google in mitigating abuse-related risks and integrating with proper anti-abuse fighting systems ahead of launch. In subsequent years, she joined Airbnb, collaborating closely with public policy teams on regulatory risks in the home-sharing space; and then worked on creating processes to better plan for and evaluate the impact of platform policies at Twitter.

Beyond her day-to-day professional responsibilities, Dona serves as an advisor for the Trust & Safety Professional Association – which supports the global community of professionals in the content policy space – and is also very passionate about career development and mentoring the next generation of technologists. Although she has now lived in the U.S. for over 15 years, Dona is a proud native of Togo (West Africa) and grew up in France where she completed a Masters in International and Humanitarian Law.

Wilfred Asuquo

Business Analysts and founder zeed worldwide

Wilfred Asuquo is a career professional and a Certified John Maxwell Coach, Public Speaker and Trainer.

For over 12 years, Wilfred has been coaching people to live their life to a full potential using all their God-given resources within them. He has an underlying love to impact career-minded, goal-driven, oriented professionals on a daily basis. He has hundreds of professionals he has been coaching and mentoring over the years, which makes reaching out and impacting future generations his unrelenting primary mission on earth.

He is the founder of Zeed Worldwide, a virtual coaching academy with diverse resources to empower career-minded individuals.

Kohol Shadrach Iornem, PhD

senior lecturer at the International Foundation Group

Kohol Shadrach Iornem, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the International Foundation Group, where he teaches Business Management, Research Methods and Study Skills to students enrolled on the Pre- PhD Preparation Programme. He is also the Director of Programmes at the London Graduate School.

In this position, he provides guidance, advice, and facilitation in all aspects of organizational development, from strategy formulation to change management. Kohol is the author of ‘A Social Science Student’s Guide to Surviving your PhD’ and ‘Job satisfaction and turnover intentions among university lecturers in Nigeria’ (PhD thesis). He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented papers at academic conferences, and also chaired conference sessions for the Human Resource Management track and Organizational Transformation, Change and Development track at the British Academy of Management.

Kohol holds a PhD in Management from Cardiff Metropolitan University, an MBA from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering from the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.

In his tenure as President of the Mutual Union of Tiv in the United Kingdom (MUTUK) – a UK registered charitable organisation, Kohol has gained proven leadership experience.

He enjoys promoting and enhancing the socio-economic and cultural development of Tiv people in the UK and supporting similar advancements in Tivland, Nigeria.

Kevin Korgba

certified John Maxwell speaker, trainer and coach

Kevin is a John Maxwell Certified Speaker, Trainer & Coach. He is the CEO of L.E.A.D Global, a UK based training and consulting organisation specialising in leadership, personal and organisational growth, communication, and conflict management. He started his first business at the age of 19 in the Oil & Gas market in Nigeria and has since gone on to gain over 20 years of business and corporate experience across three continents. He is a Module Leader and Business Lecturer at University of Roehampton (London) QA Pathway, and a Visiting Lecturer for several Colleges in the UK delivering on HND and Executive Education programmes. In addition to working in multiple sector organisations including telecoms, legal, property management, healthcare and finance, Kevin’s entrepreneurial spirit has seen him set up and run two business in the UK in the higher education and consultancy spaces. He is also an avid writer and is the Editor-at-Large (UK) for MODE MEN Magazine, Nigeria’s premier men’s lifestyle magazine. He holds a Level 3 Award in Education and Training, BA (Hons) Business Administration, MSc Global Banking and Finance, and an MBA, and was the recipient of the 2017 Honorary Award for Business from by the Global African Awards (formerly Africa Diaspora Awards).

Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah

Managing Partner Marrah & Associates

Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah is a leading lawyer, constitutional expert and good governance enthusiast. He graduated top of class from the Sierra Leone Law School in 2009 and has been in legal practice for over ten years. Augustine is the immediate past chairman of the Renaissance Movement (Sierra Leone), a growing social movement in the country. Augustine has extensively written on ranging issues of good governance, the rule of law, democracy and often blogs about political, social and economic injustices in Sierra Leone.

He sits on the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone and was recently appointed by the President of Sierra Leone, one of a seven-member team, to craft the national anti-corruption strategy for 2019-2023.

Augustine served as secretary of the regulatory body for lawyers in Sierra Leone (General Legal Council) and its disciplinary committee for two consecutive years. He is a member of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. He currently runs his own law firm in Sierra Leone—Marrah & Associates.    

Dr Mohamed Kamara

specialist physician trainee

Dr Kamara is a Specialist Physician Trainee, public health expert and clinical tutor with 8 years’ experience working in the medical practice industry. Dr Kamara is a fully registered practitioner with the General Medical Council (UK), a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Royal College of Physician, Royal Society of Public Health (UK), the British Medical Association and the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association.

He has an insatiable appetite for academic and clinical excellence as exemplified by his active participation in the recruitment, randomization, management and data collection in the ongoing RECOVERY trial for Covid-19 therapeutics in the UK. He worked briefly as a Clinical Research scholar at the Jamaica Hospital Medical centre in Queens, New York.

Dr Kamara demonstrated an early commitment in moulding the future of health care provision in Sierra Leone by volunteering his service as a Tutorial Facilitator for 3 years while he was a medical student. Upon graduation from medical school, he was recruited by the University of Sierra Leone as a Demonstrator in the department of physiology for 3 years. He became a Lecturer with the department of Public health (University of Sierra Leone) upon completion of his Masters training at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  During these periods, he provided tutelage for hundreds of medical, pharmacy and nursing students and also supervised the summer projects (dissertation) of a few. He also served as a Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone providing clinical care for underserved communities in the Koinadugu District.

Dr Kamara is experienced in managing infectious disease outbreak as demonstrated by his previous role (Surveillance Programme Officer) with the World Health Organization’s Ebola Response in Sierra Leone and currently as a Specialist Physician Trainee working in a Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit at the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom. In 2019, he co-authored and presented a case report on Idiopathic Hypercalcaemia at the Intensive Care Society conference held in Birmingham, UK.

Kristian Lempa

International Development Manager

Kristian is a manager in international development with more than 10 years’ experience. His past work includes the management of complex projects in challenging environments, including the responsibility for staff and budget. He is currently working at GIZ headquarters in Germany and heads the Transitional Development Assistance Program with global operations, i.e. in Iraq, Yemen and Niger

Dr Hindolo George-Williams

Lecturer in Energy Engineering

Dr Hindolo George-Williams is a Lecturer in Energy Engineering at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development of De Montfort University in the United Kingdom. He is a former Commonwealth scholar and holds a dual PhD in Risk & Uncertainty Engineering from the University of Liverpool and Nuclear Engineering from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Energy Systems at the University of Oxford, where he was recognised as 1 of 100 black researchers, for academic excellence in the history of the university – as part of the university’s 2020 Black History Month celebrations.

Dr George-Williams is a founding member of the Sierra Leone Association of Young Engineers and he has mentored many young engineers. He looks forward to mentoring students and early career professionals from a STEM background who are willing to put in the extra work.

Sharron Kelliher

Experienced Private Sector Director

Sharron Kelliher is a leader with twenty years’ experience in the private sector and over a decade in fieldwork, research and private sector development for positive peace. Based on her proven track record in marketing, strategy, programme design and evaluation across public, private and the nonprofit sectors, Sharron collaborated for many years’ with the private sector in West Africa. 

While working with SMEs across a wide range of sectors along both supply and value chains, Sharron developed a strong understanding of the potential and challenges for West Africa’s private sector. Sharron is also a trained mediator and negotiator and intends to integrate these skills and her awareness of wider conflict and development issues with her grounded experience in supporting entrepreneurship. Her research focus on private sector development for peace is intended to help impact changes in levels of understanding, knowledge and attitudes as well as instrumentalising her research to change practice and policymaking.

Memuna Forna

Writer, Publisher, Speaker and Consultant

Memuna Forna is a Sierra Leonean writer, publisher, campaigner, public speaker and communications consultant. In 2015, she launched the Invest Sierra Leone series of investment forums, which brought international investors together with Sierra Leonean businesses; and founded Insight, Sierra Leone’s first business and investment publication.

She started her career as a journalist in the UK, before moving into communications. Her career includes leading communications for a number of high-profile organisations, among them – Management Today, the National Portrait Gallery and the Work Foundation – which was described by the Guardian newspaper as the UK’s best-known think tank.  She has worked with private and public sector leaders at the highest level, in both the UK and in Sierra Leone.

During the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, a collaboration with the Irish Ambassador to boost the local private sector by linking humanitarian agencies with local suppliers resulted in a successful private sector/humanitarian agency matchmaking scheme. This culminated in a national business expo, which was launched by Chief Executive Officer of the National Ebola Response Centre, Rtd. Major Alfred Palo Conteh.

Memuna has written numerous articles on a range of issues for publications within Sierra Leone and internationally, and speaks on subjects including women’s empowerment, the creative industries and emerging market communications. As the mother of a child with severe learning difficulties, she is passionate about inclusion and worked with special needs children for several years. 

Bianca Bonetti

Continuous improvement lead seedstars

Bianca is an outdoor sports enthusiasm, solo traveller and Innovation believer. 

She is part of the Italian National Speed Ski Team, and vice world champion in the world in 2017, with a record speed of 167kph.
After graduating from university with a degree in Mathematics, she was Head of Innovation at BHeroes, the most important Italian Accelerator and Entrepreneurship TV show.


She joined Seedstars two years ago, producing the first documentary about Emerging Market Entrepreneurs. She moved to Africa where she was heading Incubation programs with local governments. She is now Continuous Improvement Lead, always looking to improve processes and find better solutions, to better help the entrepreneurs in the network to grow and access fundings.

Sangeeta Rabadia

SENIOR CONSULTANT SOLICITOR – PRIVATE WEALTH

Sangeeta is a business owner and a Senior Consultant Solicitor for Allard Bailey Family Law. She is based in the UK and advises clients in all areas of their wealth management needs. She has been in the legal industry for over 10 years and has taken up a variety of roles including the management of a busy private practice and the training and mentoring of young aspiring lawyers. In her role, Sangeeta also spends time in working to educate people on the importance of succession planning and pays particular attention to the empowerment and financial independence of women. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and sits on their membership panel.

 In additions to her daily practice, she volunteers as in house Counsel for an international faith-based charity advising them across all remits of their legal needs and is a school governor at a local high school

Jovin Hurry

senior strategist

As a Senior Strategist (Sustainability) to companies, institutions and networks globally, and having worked in different countries, Jovin has a front-row seat to the problems faced inside companies and an iterative playbook for ways to solve them. He likes probing young growth companies at how they negotiate around core sustainability and business strategy issues, in their world of turbulent markets, limited resources, social disparities and structural faults. Jovin is a Director at Solved (Finland); in the Leadership Team of the Centre for Sustainability & Innovation (Japan); and a Core Team Member & Board Member, NELIS Global (Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability) (Japan). He is a Counsellor for the International Board of Business Owners and Entrepreneurs (Entreps) for Leadership (Belgium), and he has been listed in the ‘Business Leaders Who’s Who’ 2020 in Mauritius, his country of origin. He speaks English and French. During his free time, he helps to organise Olympic Games.

Zenobia Maddy, MCIPS

senior strategist

Procurement Professional with over 14 years of experiences working in the field of Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain management. Work experience spans the Private and Public Sectors, as well as with International Development Organisations such as The World Bank, IFC, DFID and MCC.

Alpesh H. Patel

Veteran Telcoms Executive and Co-Founder Zmbizi

Alpesh H. Patel is an award-winning Global Entrepreneur and has been featured in more than 50 media outlets including CNN, CNBC, BBC, Forbes, GQ and Huffington Post He is an expert in business go to market strategies with a particular focus on EMERGING MARKETS. a veteran in the telecoms industry he generated $500m for Motorola and went on to create the first African TECH HARDWARE STARTUP and the world’s first Afro Emoticon character brand. The business was successfully sold to a  $5B SOUTH AFRICAN CONGLOMERATE.

Alpesh specialises in Go-to-Market Strategies, Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, Results orientated Sales solutions AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE. He has been dubbed as one of the first Tech Innovators to come out of emerging markets and has worked with industry giants such as Visa, Vodafone, Western Union and Uber Alpesh is a Public speaker and has appeared on several panels such as The Titan Academy, The GSMA, The African Leadership Network and The Wharton Conference. He is also the author of “TESTED “ a published narration on the TRIALS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP. The book was nominated for  “THE BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR UK, 2018 “ and has received critical acclaim, wide press and multiple five (5) stars reviews on Amazon. 

Ajiffa Labor

Lead Pharmacist and Director Shelf Life

Ajiffa is a healthcare practitioner with years of experience working on health supply chains and logistics across Africa. As a registered Pharmacist in both Sierra Leone and Kenya, he has developed interests over the years in the role health start-ups play in creating access to healthcare for Africa’s 1.2 billion people. Currently, he is the Kenya Pharmacy Director for Shelf Life- a vendor managed inventory service for community Pharmacies across Africa provided by Field Intelligence- a healthcare start-up operating in Kenya and Nigeria. Prior to this, Ajiffa worked with Imperial Logistics as the Responsible Pharmacist in charge of the regional distribution centre in Kenya. In addition to his Pharmacy training, Ajiffa holds an MBA from the United States International University Africa and is also at the moment a PhD scholar at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom with a research interest in healthcare innovations across Africa