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Joan Agha
President

Joan Agha is a graduate of the University of Benin and University of Lagos, where she obtained her first degree in Business Administration and an MBA in General Management respectively.

Her work experience includes her meritorious service of over 32 years in different renowned institutions; Federal Ministry of Education, Central Bank of Nigeria, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCO) and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) where she worked until she retired in November 2011. She is currently the MD/CEO, Joan Consulting, Director, Joan Agha Life Coaching Academy (JALCA) and Founder and President of Joan Agha Foundation (JAF). Also, she is President of United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN).

Over the years, she has undergone Professional, Management and Leadership training such as; Certified Life Coach (Inspired Spirit Coaching Academy, Australia), Leadership Development Forum for Women Executives (Leading Edge Academy, Malaysia), General Management for Specialist (Cranfield School of Management, UK), Consulting Skills (Technique for Change, UK), and Professional Development Programs (Harvard Extension School) amongst other national and international courses.

She is an Accredited Management Trainer, a Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow of The Institute of Management Consultants. She has co-authored an international book titled “In the Spirit of Abundance” with world-class motivational speakers and renowned bestselling authors such as Brian Tracy and Jack Canfield.

She has successfully trained top management staff nationally and internationally on numerous occasions.

She is happily married to Dr. Billy Agha, and they are blessed with children and grandchildren.

DR. OMOPEJU AFANU
Vice President
OMOPEJU AFANU is well versed in project management, finance and administration with experience in managing different scales of projects earning her the position of Managing Director and Vice President/COO of several organizations.

She has been involved in conceptualizing and developing economic growth projects for companies and government for national development. She has also been consulting for various companies in the conceptualization, design and execution of turn-key Hotel and Real Estate Development projects in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Benin, Abeokuta, Calabar, Obudu, Afikpo, Ilorin and Monrovia as designer and creative consultant, supervising all Interior Designs, Fittings and Furnishings and Project Management.

She has undergone a few professional courses as follows: Interior Design at the National Design Academy, U.K.; Project Management at the University of Adelaide and; Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), U.K. (in view)

She has successfully completed courses in Developing Future Cities at ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Professional Protocol and Etiquette course at the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, U.S.A.; The World Bank Group course on Financing for Development and was certified as a Development Specialist with Distinction; An Introductory course on Private Equity and Venture Capital at University of Bocconi, Spain; Entrepreneurial Management at Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-Atlantic University sponsored by the World Bank Group (Women-X Programme).

Her overall entrepreneurial experience span over 15 years commencing as a student in the University of Ibadan while her management experience span over a period of ten years thus acquiring a robust experience in Entrepreneurship, Management, Administration, Finance and other related areas in the private sectors of the economy. She has been responsible for sourcing, managing and training staff for various projects. She is also an expert resource for the Cross River State 30-year Growth and Development Strategy under the auspices of Cross River State Government Planning Commission.

She is the Country Director in Nigeria for The Women Empowerment and Development Platform (TWEDP) an NGO dedicated to the growth and empowerment of women at grassroot level as well as supporting children of poor families in public schools by providing them with resources as well as opportunities for qualitative education. She is one of the Directors of the Cromwell International Foundation for the Needy a social enterprise being set up in the U.K. to cater to children with Special Educational Needs. She is the President of her Women-X cohort comprising 35 other women and initiated the Women-X Alumni community project comprising of over 500 women that participated in the Women-X Programme. She was the Director of Government Affairs of the Women in Hospitality Nigeria (WIHN) Initiative.

 

Dr. Afanu also provides mentorship and other support to women in business. She was a mentor for the 2017 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.

 

Dr. Afanu has presented various papers at local and international seminars and conferences as follows:

  • 15th International H.S.E. Biennial Conference on the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria organised by the Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria

Title: Tank Maintenance Protocol, Waste Management and HSE Management Systems and their Relationship to Environment Management, 2012

  • Development Project Proposal to the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria

Title: Lisabi Century City Development (a luxury real estate development comprising of residential, commercial and industrial zones with an 18 hole Golf Course), 2013

  • An application-based paper at the Global Conference on Business and Finance organised by The Institute for Business and Finance Research in Las Vegas, U.S.A.

Title: Nigeria as an Emerging Market: Investment Hub for Venture Capitalist and Private Equity Funds, 2015

  • Published a paper on a global platform (slide share) as her final project for the World Bank Course on Financing for Development

Title: The Path to Agricultural Development and Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa: Case Study Nigeria, 2015 

  • An application-based paper presented at the Prelaunch Event for The Women Empowerment and Development Platform (TWEDP), London, United Kingdom

Title: Women Empowerment: Charting the way forward for Financial Inclusion and Economic Growth, July 2016

 An application-based paper approved for presentation at the 37th International Business Research Conference in Las Vegas, U.S.A

Title: The challenges of accessing funds by Female Entrepreneurs in Sub Saharan Africa: Shattering the Glass Ceiling, August 2016

 A policy driven paper presented to the Edo State Governor at the Edo State Agribusiness Workshop, Benin City – Edo State, Nigeria

Title:  Harnessing Resources and Opportunities to Optimise Agribusiness in Edo State, Nigeria; Case Study: Fruit and Vegetables Critical Success Factors, January 2017

  • A policy driven paper presented at the Cross River State Growth and Development Strategy Visioning Workshop, Calabar – Cross River State, Nigeria

Title: Cross River State Economic Development Roadmap/Strategy: Sustainable Development Breakout Session Report, May 2017

  • An application-based poster presentation at the United Nations International Conference for Sustainable Development, New York. U.S.A.

Title: Achieving a Greener Environment: Implication on the Economy of OPEC – Case Study of Nigeria, September 2017

 

 

Engr. Oluremi Olutimo
Secretary General
Boboye Adeniji
Financial Secretary

Boboye Adeniji, is an international development and business advisory consultant and the Managing Partner of PELSE Consulting, offering management consulting services specifically for SMEs to foster their sustainability, profitability, and scalability.

He is passionate about Youth Development and Transitioning and has a wide experience supporting Youth Employment and Business Development, in cooperation with international development partners such as USAID, the US consulate, UNICEF, ILO, Ford Foundation, etc.

With over 15 years of working experience, he supports both non-profit development organizations and SMEs with Business Intelligence (BI), Data Analysis, Financial Plan development, Process Development, Strategy Design, Business Optimization, Innovation Management, Monitoring & Evaluation (Policy and Plan), Project Design, and the development of a symbiotic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) model for organizations.

Engr. OWOLABI A. Ganiyu
Ex-Officio member

Engr. Owolabi Ganiyu was born in Igboho, Orelope Local Government Area of Oyo State in November, 1953.

He started his primary education from the Baptist School, Modeke, Igboho before proceeding to Walewale in the Northern part of Ghana where he completed the primary school and secondary education. He obtained the West African School Certificate in June, 1970 from Ghana College, Tamale before returning to Nigeria at the end of that year.

Engineer Owolabi started with a teaching position from 1971 to 1972 after which he went to do HSC at the Ogbomoso Grammar School (1973-1974). As a stop gap, he once again went into teaching Sciences at the Okeho-Iganna Grammar School (Oyo State) in 1974 from where he gained admission to read Chemistry at the University of Ibadan in 1975. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Second Class Upper Degree) in Mechanical Engineering from the University in June, 1979. He did the mandatory NYSC in Ondo State in 1979/1980.

His started his working career with the Thermocool Engineering Company (Division of PZ), Ilupeju, Lagos as a Trainee Manager from where he moved in February, 1981 to join the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as Engineer II. He worked in the Corporation at various capacities and positions. He worked specifically in

  1. Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) – Mosimi, Lagos, and Enugu – 1981 to1992
  2. Engineering and Technology Division (ETD)- 1992 to 1999
  • National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS)- 1999 to June, 2007
  1. Nigerian Gas Company Ltd from 2007 to November, 2013

His working period in NNPC took him to all parts of Nigeria where PPMC Depots, Pumpstations and pipelines are located. He also travelled to many parts of the World – Argentina (South America), USA, UK, Italy, Singapore, South Korea, UAE (Dubai). He worked as Maintenance Engineer, Project Engineer and Project Leader at various times.

While in NAPIMS, he was in charge of the Mechanical Unit of JV Oil Facilities and also became Chairman of the Cash Call Committee. Before retiring in November 2013 at the attainment of mandatory sixty (60) years of age, Engr. Owolabi was the Manager in charge of the Eastern Operations of the Nigerian Gas Company Ltd, Port Harcourt overseeing operations in Rivers, Abia, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States supplying gas to various Companies and Power Stations. Engr. Owolabi during his working life attended several Technical and Management Courses in Nigeria and Overseas.

Engr. Ganiyu Owolabi has been a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) since 1988, member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and got COREN Registration in 1992 allowing him to practice engineering in Nigeria.

Engr. Owolabi was elected at the Secretary General (S.G.) of the United Nations Association of Nigeria in 2002 when Late Mr. Tunji Oseni was elected the President. He worked in the position of S.G. until a new election was held in 2020 when he became an Ex-Officio member. He singlehandedly steered the ship of the Association during the years and made sure it was formally registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria in 2018.

 

Hobbies include travelling, socials and football. He is happily married and blessed with Children (three of who are Engineers).