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BAO ENGAGE 2023 Unveils Keynote Speakers

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BAO ENGAGE 2023 Keynote Speakers; Prof. Chris Ogbechie and Mrs. Yimikah Bolo

The Business Africa Online (BAO) a media and business consulting company today announced the keynote speakers for its annual exclusive in-person conference tagged BAO ENGAGE 2023. The selected keynote speakers are Prof. Chris Ogbechie, Dean Lagos Business School and Mrs. Olayimikah Bolo, Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer at Chapel Hill Denham. The event will gather 500+ Entrepreneurs, Startup Enthusiasts, Corporate Executives, Venture Capital & Angel Investors, Policymakers, Venture Studio Operators, Students and the Media.

Prof. Ogbechie, a strategy and sustainability leader in efforts to deliver “Positioning for sustainability growth amidst uncertainties” and Mrs. Bolo on “Funding & Mentorship for African Entrepreneurs”, will headline the Keynote Sessions at 10:00am West African Time(WAT) on March 30, at the Lagos Oriental Hotel V.I Lagos, Nigeria.

Prof. Chris Ogbechie is Dean and Professor of Strategic Management at Lagos Business School and Visiting Professor at Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya and the University of Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda. Professor Ogbechie holds a first-class honours degree in mechanical engineering from Manchester University, an MBA from Manchester Business School, and a PhD in Business Administration from Brunel Business School in the UK.

Professor Ogbechie teaches strategy, sustainability and corporate governance at the Lagos Business School and Strathmore Business School. He is also the founding Director of Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre. With over 30 years’ experience in corporate board matters and has been involved with several start-ups in Nigeria. He was Chairman, Board of Directors, Diamond Bank Plc and currently sits on the board of several private and public companies.

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Mrs. Yimikah Bolo is currently a Managing Director & Chief Risk Officer at Chapel Hill Denham. Yimikah has over 27years of experience working in financial services, consulting, and regulatory. She began her career at Nigeria International Bank (now Citibank Nigeria). Over the years, she also held various positions at Kakawa Discount House Limited and Access Bank PLC. 

Yimikah was the Head of Risk for Stanbic and Head of Risk Governance for Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC with Regional oversight covering Ghana, DRC and Angola; and the Acting Managing Director/Chief Operations Officer of FMDQ Clear Limited (subsidiary of FMDQ/OTC Securities Exchange).

She holds a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the Lagos Business School (now Pan-Atlantic University). She is on the Board of NASD PLC, and is a member of the Risk Management Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) where she occupied the position of the 2nd Vice President in 2015/2016. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors (loD).

“We are excited to hear from Prof. Chris Ogbechi and Mrs. Olayimikah Bolo, who understands just how vital our ecosystem is,” said Alaba Ayinuola, Business Africa Online CEO.

“We’re especially eager for their thoughts on what the future holds for our ecosystem amidst uncertainties and how our ecosystem stakeholders can better engage with policymakers, two topics at the top of our minds.” Alaba added.

The BAO ENGAGE 2023 is a signature event of the African entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem organised by Business Africa Online (BAO). The Conference Highlights includes Keynotes, Panel Sessions, Fireside Chat, Demo/Pitch Competition, Investor Room, Exhibition, Networking, etc. 

Full details and registration information can be found at https://coupleofevents.com/

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The Gender Mainstreaming for Climate Entrepreneurship

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The Gender Mainstreaming Programme 2024 organized by the Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre aimed to close the gender gap in climate entrepreneurship. NCIC achieves this objective by collaborating with industry players, and stakeholders to drive and gain support for women in the industry, across Nigeria and the world at large. WeClimeEquallyWorkshop and the G-FIVE Business Accelerator by NCIC are the two instruments the organization uses to foster gender equality and climate-focused entrepreneurship. 

The Gender and Climate Workshop Event 

This Year’s WeClimeEquallyWorkshop 2024 with the theme: Equity and Sustainability Towards a Prosperous Future was held on Thursday 21, March 2024 at Four Points by Sheraton. The welcome address was led by Mr. Adamu, the Chief Operating Officer who represented Bankole Oloruntoba, the Chief Executive Officer, of NCIC. He emphasized the work of NCIC in championing projects that drive gender equality and entrepreneurship.

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 Mrs. Titi Oshodi, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Climate Change and Circular Economy rendered the Goodwill Message and raised the need for effective communication to spur the needed change as there are many communication nuances in the Nigerian landscape. Rendering the speech of His Excellency Babajide Sanwolu, Governor of Lagos state, Mrs. Oshodi plauded that the WeClimEqualityWorkshop provides a pivotal platform to exchange knowledge and amplify women’s voices and ensure their meaningful participation in climate and circular economy because there is a link between gender, women, and marginalization is essential.

The workshop also featured 4 expert paper presentations delivered by industry experts from KPMG, FC4SLagos, Fate Foundation, and academia. In addition, attendees were treated to an intriguing panel session on applying a gender lens to the triple Es of Employment, Environment, and Entrepreneurship. Following hours of interactions, attendees were allowed an opportunity to co-create practical strategies to infuse gender lens in organizational programming, policies, and framework. 

Green Females in Venture Enterprise Business Accelerator 

Building on some key outcomes of the #WeClimeEqually Workshop, 50 climate-focused women entrepreneurs entered a 4-day hybrid business accelerator program delivered in partnership with the Lagos Business School Sustainability Center. Core modules of the accelerator centered around sustainability, innovation, legal regulatory frameworks, business management, and grant writing amongst others. 

Additional program support included a nursery for mothers, accommodation, a virtual learning platform for long-distance learners, and bonding activities. Participants were also certified at the end of the program. The Gender Mainstreaming for Climate Entrepreneurship is sponsored by Climate KIC; Europe’s leading Climate Innovation and Irish Aid. To learn more about the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center Visit the website here https://nigeriacic.org/about-us/

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AFEX Ranks 5th on FT Africa’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2024

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AFEX, Africa’s leading commodities market player, announced that it has secured a place in the Financial Times (FT) ranking of Africa’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2024. Coming in at Number 5 this year, this marks the organization’s 3rd consecutive entry on the list, after ranking as the fastest growing company in Africa in 2023. 

The Financial Times, in partnership with Statista, recognizes Africa’s most exciting businesses through the Fastest Growing Companies ranking, celebrating thriving businesses with exceptional revenue growth. The list ranks African companies by their compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in revenue for 2019 and 2022. In that period, AFEX grew by 287.82% in the 4-year period, despite still felt effects of COVID-19, macroeconomic headwinds and market upheavals caused by uncertain policy environments and increasing natural disasters/ climate change effects witnessed in its existing markets of Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda.

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Since 2019, AFEX has been working across Africa, creating an efficient market for commodities trading and solving food insecurity by driving financing from the Nigerian Capital markets and retail investors. In 2020, the launch of their digital trading platform, ComX, lowered barriers for commodity trading and alternative investments, while providing transparent financing options for the currently fragmented agriculture value chain. Through innovative financial instruments like the FETC and Asset Backed Commercial Papers which have historically performed well, AFEX is creating the infrastructure to boost agriculture production across Africa. 

Akinyinka Akintunde, President/CEO, AFEX Nigeria said “We are proud to once again be featured on the Fastest growing companies list for the third time in a row. This year’s entry is perhaps more significant for us considering the harsh market environment that a lot of businesses are undoubtedly contending with. This is a testament to all the work we have put in over the past few years to ensure Africa’s food self-sufficiency. Our expansion into Cote d’Ivoire this year also mirrors our commitment to our strategic expansion plan, Project Black Panther, which sees us replicating our business model in 9 African countries in the next decade to improve cross border trade on the continent”.

Today, AFEX has impacted the lives of over 500,000 farmers across 4 countries, while prioritizing creating a positive and lasting difference in their communities. Ultimately, AFEX is empowering local farming communities, fostering economic opportunities, and contributing to Africa’s sustainable self-sufficiency as the company prioritizes its impact goals.

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LCH Consultancy & Associates Strengthens African Strategic Communications Services

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LCH Consultancy & Associates, an integrated advisory and strategic corporate communications agency focused on African development, is delighted to announce the appointment of Evelyn Wangui as the newest addition to its growing team to support the agency’s expanding global client portfolio. With over ten years of experience in strategic public relations, Evelyne brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to LCH Consultancy & Associates. As Director of Content and Media Relations, she will be pivotal in strengthening strategic services across the African region. 

During her career, Evelyne has represented many multinational organisations from various industries, operating in both corporate and developmental spheres. She was educated in Kenya, studying journalism and political science at Nairobi University.

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Commenting on her appointment, Evelyne said, “I am delighted to join this talented team of inspirational and highly motivated peers. This marks an exciting milestone in my profession. I look forward to innovating and executing new forms of corporate communications blended with business advisory.”

Lydia-Claire Halliday, Founder and Executive Director of LCH Consultancy & Associates, welcomed Evelyne. She noted that her entry aligns with the agency’s ongoing commitment to attract unique talent for continued world-class client support. “With this growing talent pool, I am confident that our clients will benefit from unparalleled communications and stakeholder relations support. We encourage both collaboration and intrapreneurship, which paves the way for our team’s development and success.”

LCH Consultancy was launched in 2012 to bridge the global knowledge gap by representing Africa and the corporations, organisations and people vested in its empowerment and equitable development. In 2023, the company officially rebranded as LCH Consultancy & Associates, representing the vital contribution of colleagues.

The agency specialises in three core areas: 

  • Investor Relations – supporting capital and debt raising while maintaining the perception of value across the global investment community. In this role, LCH Consultancy & Associates advises on price-sensitive commercial developments and business strategies to local and global audiences.
  • Corporate Communications – developing and executing communications plans that strengthen relationships with the media, public, industry, regulatory, and government stakeholders.
  • Strategic Business Advisory –  providing unique intelligence, analysis, and insights to clients distinguished by a deep understanding of the opportunities present in Africa. This service has been instrumental in enabling clients to make informed decisions regarding their business development and identify partnerships and strategic alliances.

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