Our speakers' list include the following distinguished scholars and professionals
Prof Vincent Ado Tenebe
Prof Vincent Ado Tenebe is the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria. Tenebe is a Professor of Agronomy with extensive experience as a lecturer, administrator and a consultant. He has over 50 academic publications and presentations to his name. He is a member of several learned and professional societies including being a Fellow, Institute of Cost Management (FCM) Member, Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN) Member, Association of Applied Biologists of the United Kingdom; Member, Botanical Society of Nigeria; and Member, Nigerian Institute of Management.
Dr Sola Afolabi
Former Deputy Executive Secretary, Integration Programmes, ECOWAS Secretariat , Former Director, ECOWAS Community Computer Centre, currently Director of Business Environment, USAID Trade Hub, Accra, Ghana is also the Chairman of Baobab Media.
Prof Cleopas Angaye
Professor Cleopas O. Angaye is the current Director General (DG) of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). Prof. Angaye holds a Computer Sciences Ph.D degree from Kansas State University (KSU) Manhattan, Kansas, USA and he is a professor with a renowned pedigree in IT. He is the Nigerian Government’s Chief IT Regulator.
Mr. Alfred Braimah
Mr. Alfred Braimah is the Director, Private Sector Development, ECOWAS Commission.
Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe
Former VC, University of Lagos. He became a full professor in 1983 and the Dean of Faculty of Engineering in 1988 becoming becamee Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos in 2000. . He is a visiting Professor to several universities, including in Harare Zimbabwe, Los Angeles USA, and in Toronto Canada.
Mrs Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor
Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor leads Google’s strategy and business growth in Nigeria as the is the Country Manager for Google Nigeria. She had worked as General Manager at Chams Plc in Nigeria and also spent six years at Microsoft UK initially as Programme Manager and then as Business Process Manager for MSN International. In 2005, Juliet left Microsoft to start Strategic Insight Consulting, focused on strategy development and collaborative programmes connecting African Business leaders with their global counterparts. Juliet holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School, a Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK; and a Bachelors Degree (1st Class Honours) in Computer Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a recipient of the London Business School Global Women’s Scholarship, a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth society, and a recipient of the Cambridge Selwyn College Scholar and Malaysian Commonwealth scholar awards. In 2011, she was listed in Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 youngest power women in Africa.
Mr Evelyn Lewis
Evelyn Lewis is the Co-Director of Village Link, bringing with him a breadth of experience and a wealth of information and ties to important resources in Sierra Leone as The Village Link continues to grow. He has served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SBTS Group, an ICT consulting firm for the last 12 years; Evelyn also owns TrainingSol, a training company and jobs portal. An avid tech-preneur, since starting his first business at age 12, developing his passion for expanding ICT into underserved communities, he has been involved in numerous technological initiatives. He was a core functionary in formulating the Sierra Leone Presidential ICT task force, which further wrote Sierra Leone’s ICT policy and lobbied to connect Sierra Leone to the outside world through submarine fiber optics. His primary company, SBTS Group currently has representation in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Washington D.C, USA and Pune, India with an outlook for global expansion, was featured in a Financial Times Publication, “This is Africa,” and was responsible for implementing the first commercial e-learning solution in Sierra Leone and online jobs portal and also the first biometric pension system in West Africa.
Prior to founding SBTS Group, Evelyn earned valuable experiences through proprietorship experiences in many forms of ICT and executive experiences with Companies such as Computer Consultants Corporation in Washington D.C with prior experiences in corporate I.T recruitment such as MacArthur Associates. Evelyn was responsible for team development and client relationship for the training and consulting streams with an overall responsibility stretching thousands of clients including DOD, World Bank, SHRM, and more. Mr. Lewis concluded a B.A. in Integrative Studies with a concentration in International Relations and a focus on Technology & Law from GMU and A.A in International Studies from NVCC, and is currently a member of the National ICT Council and acts as outgoing Chairperson for the Internet Society - Sierra Leone Chapter.
Mr Jim Ovia
Founder Visafone, Former Chairman/CEO Zenith Bank Jim Ovia founded Zenith Bank Group in 1990. It has grown into West Africa's second largest financial services provider by market capitalization and asset base. Ovia devotes the majority of his time to managing Visafone, a telecom outfit he founded in 2007. He also owns Quantum, a private equity fund focused on Africa.
Prof Aize Obayan
Prof Aize Imouokhome Obayan (PhD) is former Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria and is a Professor of Counselling with specialization in Multicultural aspects of Human Behavioural Disposition.
Prof Clement Dzidonu
Professor Clement Dzidonu, the President of Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) is a world renowned Professor of Computer Science, educator and author, received a Meritorious Award for Distinguished Services to the Field of Computer Science in 1998. In 1999 he was awarded the Outstanding People of the 20th Century Medal by the International Biographical Center, Cambridge, U.K for his contribution to university education in general and to the field of computer science in particular.
Engr Ernest Ndukwe
Chairman at Openmedia Communications Ltd, Dr Ernest Ndukwe is a professional Communications Engineer, Corporate and Public Service Executive with over 35 years of international experience in the Telecommunications industry, majority of which have been in senior management positions in private multi-national telecommunications enterprises and in government Telecom Policy & Regulation. He was the immidiate past Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency for 10 years (2000 to 2010). Under his tenure at the NCC, the Commission witnessed tremendous growth and transformation, earning a reputation as a transparent and open agency. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, FAEng. Dr Ndukwe is a past Chairman of the Administrative Council of the African Telecommunications Union and immediate past Chairman of the West African Telecom Regulators Association (WATRA).