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Biography: Dr Anino Emuwa- Avandis Consulting, Career and Impact



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.


Personal Life

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.

Dr. Anino Emuwa (Image credit: Avandis Consulting)

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. 

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Rolake Rosiji, ex-Country Manager M-KOPA Solar Appointed As The New CEO Of Jobberman Nigeria



Rolake Rosiji, CEO at Jobberman (Source: ROAM)

Jobberman, the single largest job placement platform in sub-Saharan Africa, has announced the appointment of Rolake Rosiji as the new CEO. Rolake takes over from Hilda Kragha, now Managing Director of ROAM Africa Jobs, and will continue the work of establishing Jobberman as the primary platform for job searching, talent acquisition and transforming workplace productivity across Nigeria.

Jobberman’s technology-driven platform, which uses tools such as application tracking, data science for skills and personality assessment, connects over 1 million job seekers to employers. With over a decade of experience in the recruitment industry, the company has built a reputation of trust and strong partnerships with the country’s most coveted employers; matching talented candidates with jobs according to their skillset.

Rolake joins Jobberman with a decade of global experience in strategic leadership and operational excellence. Most recently, she led the technology and sales operations for credit financed smartphones and solar power sets as Country Manager of M-KOPA Nigeria; a connected asset financing company that makes financing for everyday essentials accessible to everyone. Prior to that, she was Head of Strategy & Business Development for Arla Foods Africa, where she developed distribution and joint venture partnerships across West Africa to rapidly scale up sales and worked in Corporate Strategy roles in Denmark and the USA. Her proven track record of business expansion projects, digital and technical transformation and executing strategic partnerships will be key to her implementation for growth and development of the brand.

Commenting on her new role as CEO, Rolake Rosiji said “This is a very exciting chapter in my career and I am delighted to be joining such a passionate and innovative team. Jobberman has built a brand of excellence by using technology to revolutionise the recruitment sector. I look forward to steering the company vision to build a market of greater technology adoption, democratic access and transparency that will tackle dominant challenges, notably youth unemployment and underemployment.  It is a privilege for me to be at the helm of this dynamic team as we set out to empower job seekers with key skills and improve workplace productivity for employers in Nigeria.”

Hilda Kragha, Managing Director of ROAM Africa Jobs added “I am delighted that Rolake has taken on this position. Rolake’s expertise, understanding of different markets and high performance is what makes her the perfect person to anchor the next phase for Jobberman. I look forward to working with her to take Jobberman to even greater heights.”

Rolake took on her role as CEO on February 1st 2021. Her focus will be to broaden the impact beyond the white-collar space and continue to work closely with Jobberman’s impact partners in tackling youth unemployment in Nigeria.



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AVCA Board appoints Abi Mustapha-Maduakor as CEO



AVCA CEO, Abi Mustapha-Maduakor (Source: AVCA)

AVCA: The Board of Directors of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Abi Mustapha-Maduakor as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Ms Mustapha-Maduakor joins AVCA from MedAccess, a subsidiary of CDC Group, where she was Head of Business Operations and Finance, overseeing financial and risk management, strategy implementation, and organisational development.

During her tenure as AVCA’s Chief Operating Officer from 2016 to 2019, Abi played an integral role in driving the Association’s strategy, prioritising knowledge exchange and digitisation. Under her leadership, the Association strengthened focus on data and pioneering research, professional development support for private equity stakeholders, and strategic regional partnerships, all of which grew the membership to around 150 investors collectively managing US$1.5trn in assets.

The appointment follows an extensive global search led by the Board.

Abi will take up the position on 1 February 2021, and there will be a transition period with interim CEO, Dara Owoyemi, until her departure.

‘Tokunboh Ishmael, Chair of the Board, said: “After a rigorous process, it was clear to the selection committee that Abi is the right leader for this chapter in AVCA’s life. Her knowledge of the African investment landscape, advocacy, business strategy and risk management will be instrumental in her role leading the Association through its next phase and transformation, as investors and portfolio companies navigate various social, economic, political and institutional challenges. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Dara Owoyemi for her immense support and guidance as we searched for a permanent CEO.”

Abi brings several years of finance and banking experience to the role. Previously, she was Special Adviser on private sector development to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment in Nigeria. She also held leadership positions at Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and EY.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Mustapha-Maduakor said: “It is an honour to be appointed as CEO during this time of tremendous change in the global economy. As the Association’s new leader, my priority will be to build on the success of the past 20 years and transform AVCA into a conduit for diverse and varied sources of private investment in Africa. I look forward to working with the Board and team to deliver first-class member services, putting digital transformation, smart data and collaboration at the heart of our work.”A



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talabat, MENA leading food and grocery delivery app appoints Hadeer Shalaby as Managing Director



Hadeer Shalaby, new Managing Director talabat Egypt (Source: talabat)

talabat, the region’s leading food and grocery delivery app, has appointed Hadeer Shalaby as the new Managing Director of talabat Egypt. She will be replacing Sofiène Marzouki, who has been in the role of interim Managing Director since January 2020, who will be returning to talabat’s Dubai headquarters to take on a challenging new role at regional level. 

Shalaby will continue to drive talabat in the Egypt market, placing key emphasis on customer experience, supporting our restaurant partners, q-commerce, as well as working hand-in-hand with the government on many initiatives, including rider safety and the continued digitisation of the food and beverage sector.

Sofiène Marzouki, talabat Egypt’s outgoing MD said, “I’d like to take a moment to appreciate our whole ecosystem; our customers, restaurant partners, riders, our employees, and the Egyptian government. This past year has been challenging for everyone, with the COVID-19 pandemic, and I have been very privileged to steer an organisation which has helped to keep many families safe, who rely on talabat to make a living.” 

Shalaby brings a phenomenal record of leading tech companies in Egypt, founding Taxi El Sa7el, the first ride-hailing startup in Egypt back in 2014. In the same year, she then moved on to join Careem as the Founder & GM of Careem Egypt, when they acquired Taxi El Sa7el. Most recently, she had been leading Careem Bus regionally, leading teams in Egypt, UAE and Pakistan. 

Speaking about her appointment, Shalaby said, “Firstly, I would like to thank Sofiène for successfully steering the organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, rebranding Otlob to talabat as well as collaborations with the government around digitisation of the F&B sector, and creating employment opportunities for Egyptian youth.

These are exciting times for talabat, and moving forward, I want to continue to focus on growth particularly with grocery and pharmacy essentials, as well as continue to create an overall seamless experience for our ecosystem – for our customers, riders, government, restaurant partners as well as the communities in which we operate.’

Toon Gyssels, talabat’s Chief Operating Officer is looking forward to seeing how the organisation will further evolve under Shalaby’s stewardship, and how she will continue to be a role model to aspiring female tech entrepreneurs.

‘We are very excited to continue to attract local top talent to talabat, and we’re proud to say that now, three out of our eight country heads are female. As part of the up-and-coming generation of amazingly talented female entrepreneurs in the private sector in Egypt, we’re looking forward to seeing Hadeer inspire not only our organisation, but continue to provide a guiding light to aspiring young women right throughout the country, and region.’

‘I would also like to thank Sofiène for his great work in Egypt in a year like no other, where he has worked with the team to develop a strong, stable presence for talabat, and we look forward to Hadeer continuing to grow our position in the market.’

Source: talabat


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