Dr Anino Emuwa, Founder of Avandis Consulting (Image credit: Avandis Consulting)
About Dr. Anino Emuwa
Dr Anino Emuwa, an international management consultant is the founder of Avandis Consulting, a strategy and financial advisory firm based in France. Anino is a firm believer in entrepreneurship as a driver of economic development. Her work in the domain of entrepreneurial ecosystems lies at the intersection of innovation, finance and human capital development.
Dr Emuwa is an advocate for gender balance in leadership and convenes global and regional communities of women CEOs and founders including Women@Davos and the African Women CEOs Network. A highly sought-after international speaker on entrepreneurship, fintech and women’s leadership, she has been invited to speak at prestigious institutions and global business events including University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, French National Assembly, TechPark Summit Davos and WebSummit. She hosted the first inclusive International Women’s Business Leadership event in Davos alongside the World Economic Forum in January 2020
She regularly contributes to thought leadership on development for Africa, and in March was invited by IE Africa Centre/MIT Legatum to participate in round table discussions and to speak on African Solutions to Global Challenges: The Role of the Diaspora at the African Royal Society and School of Oriental Studies, University of London.
Early Life and Education
Born in Lagos, Anino was awarded a scholarship to attend Queen’s College,the premier selective public school for girls of its time in Nigeria, and completed her secondary education in the UK where she went on to obtain a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. She received her MBA from Cranfield School of Management and was awarded a Doctorate in Business Administration from Nottingham Business School, where she is an alumni fellow, for her research on financing entrepreneurship in Africa. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Anino started out her career in corporate banking with Citibank becoming a member of the bank’s credit committee and was responsible for a portfolio of multinational corporations. She held other functional management positions at the bank and went on to Citizens Bank, becoming the pioneer branch manager for Port Harcourt, in the oil producing region of Nigeria. An experienced non-executive director, she is a member of the Grant Advisory Committee of the Sustainable and Inclusive Digital Financial Services initiative supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a non-executive director of several organisations including DCSL Corporate Services Limited.
She was previously on the board of the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company Plc, where she served as the Chair of the Audit Committee, and was a board member of EFInA, a financial inclusion organisation supported by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID)
Anino is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and member of the Institute of Directors, London. She is a goodwill ambassador for European Women in Payments Network (EWPN) and a founding board member of African Women in Fintech and Payments Network (AWFP) Nigeria.
Her articles on entrepreneurship and leadership have appeared in international publications including Forbes, Entrepreneur, Business Chief and Global Banking and Finance Review.
Impact and Philanthropy
As an advocate for gender balance in business leadership, Dr Emuwa has impacted thousands of women entrepreneurs and leaders through her seminars, programmes and speaking engagements. She gives her time mentoring and developing entrepreneurs globally from Cartier Women’s Initiative, Cherie Blair Foundation, and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School’s EnterpriseWOMENprogramme. She is a member of the 2020 Judges Community for Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative which aims to identify, support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs making a difference. Dr Emuwa also supports several causes targeted to the underprivileged in society.
A global citizen, Anino has lived and worked in six countries and resides in France. She is bilingual in English and French and is married with two grown up children.
Awards and Honours
Dr Emuwa is the recipient of several international and national awards. She was recognised as an inspirational global leader by Nottingham Trent University in December 2019 receiving the Outstanding Alumna Award. In January, 2020 she was presented with a “Women in Fintech” Award at TechPark Davos held alongside the World Economic Forum. She was also listed as one of 100 African Women Pacesetters in Development by Donors for Africa. She was honoured as one of Nigeria’s 100 most inspiring women advancing equality by Leading Ladies Africa, and recognised as an inspiring Woman in Business by Business Day.
Website: Avandis Consulting
Christa Sanders Bobtoya: The Woman Advancing International Education in Africa
Christa Sanders Bobtoya has been involved in the field of international education for the last two decades. She has lived in Accra, Ghana since 2004 and is currently the Director/Head of Webster University’s Ghana Campus, the only American university in the sub-region offering US-accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees. Sanders Bobtoya spent her first decade in Ghana as the Associate Director of New York University’s (NYU) 6th global site and the university’s first study abroad program on the African continent. As the head of Webster Ghana, she works daily to fulfill the University’s mission of providing high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.
“I have always been passionate about education, international travel and intercultural experiences. In my role of Director of Webster University Ghana Campus, I am able to fuse together all of my passions where I work daily to fulfill the University’s mission of providing high quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence,” says Sanders Bobtoya who is committed to promoting international educational opportunities to students worldwide and has worked and studied in Spain, Germany, Ethiopia, Ghana, Brazil and the United States.
Sanders Bobtoya has traveled extensively across 5 continents, spanning 85 countries dedicating much of her career to the field of higher education and managing study abroad programs as well as international branch campuses of US institutions both in Europe and Africa.
Previous experiences have included a role as a Program Officer for the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York where she managed a range of scholarship programs for both Latin American and African students through the Institute’s Scholarship and Training Programs (STP) division and as the Chief Counselor of Students for Syracuse University in Madrid, Spain where she also co-founded a support organization, Voices of Change, to help students of color cope with discrimination outside of the United States. Additionally, Sanders Bobtoya has provided cross-cultural counseling services in Berlin, Germany and developed short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs to both Eastern and Western Africa for Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, and has consulted a number of educational institutions focused on international educational initiatives such as Stanford University, Dartmouth College and the Council of International Education (CIEE), the world’s largest international educational exchange organizations.
Currently, in the role of Director/Head of Webster University’s Ghana Campus; the only American university in the sub-region offering US-accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees, Sanders Bobtoya works daily to fulfill the University’s mission of providing high quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.
“Under my leadership at Webster University Ghana, students are exposed to new ways of thinking and benefit from the cultural diversity and enriching academic environment that strengthens their critical-thinking skills. Since opening our doors in 2014, we have enrolled both undergraduate and graduate students from over 25 different countries, spanning four continents including many from Africa and its Diaspora who later join Webster’s elite network of over 157,000 alumni worldwide,” adds Christa Sanders-Bobtoya who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she graduated summa cum laude before completing her Ed.M and M.A. degrees in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in cross-cultural studies/multiculturalism from Columbia University in New York.
Learn More about Webster University Ghana at the Online Open House
Hussein Fakhry, MD of Key Architectural Group Nominated for The 2020 Ghana Industry CEO Awards
Hussein Fakhry, the Co-Founder, Managing Director and Lead Architect at KEY
Architectural Group has been identified as one of the most outstanding chief executives in
corporate Ghana by Ghana Industry CEO Awards.
Hussein’s astute leadership at Key Architectural Group led to the nomination of Top CEO in the
Construction (Building) category. KEY Architectural Group has offices in Accra, Ghana, Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Beirut, Lebanon.
The 2020 Ghana Industry CEOs Awards is an annual awards scheme aimed at identifying and
publicly recognizing the most outstanding Chief Executives in corporate Ghana across a wide
range of sectors.
Backed with a Master’s in Business Administration and over 24 years of experience in the Design and Construction Field, the architect by profession and passion has been behind landmark residential, commercial, touristic, and industrial projects in West Africa and Lebanon.
Hussein Fakhry designs are inspired by nature, sustainability and contextual architecture.
To vote, kindly visit: Ghana Industry CEO Awards
aYo Holdings appoints Marius Botha as Group CEO
African micro-insurance fintech business aYo Holdings, a joint venture between telecommunication giant MTN and traditional insurer Momentum Metropolitan Holdings (MMH), has appointed Marius Botha as its new group chief executive officer (CEO).
Botha was formerly CEO of life insurer Stangen for nearly seven years, having previously held executive positions at African Bank and Munich Re.
aYo Holdings offers accidental hospital cover and life cover in Zambia, Uganda and Ghana with additional African countries launching in the very near future.
Botha holds an honours degree in actuarial science and an M.Phil in Futures Studies.
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