Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi, FCA is the Director General & CEO of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, he talks to Business Africa Online on his mission is to reposition NCF as a sustainable nature conservation NGO and raise people’s awareness of our natural environment. Excerpts:
Tell us about Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF). What do you do exactly?
Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is the foremost, membership-based environmental Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) dedicated to nature conservation and sustainable development issues in Nigeria. It was established in 1980 and has the Lekki Conservation Centre as one of its flagship projects. NCF helps to:
• preserve the full range of Nigeria’s biodiversity in terms of species, ecosystems and genetic biodiversity;
• promote the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of present & future generations;
• advocate actions that minimize pollution and wasteful utilization of renewable resources.
How does your organisation relate with tourism-are you broadly in support of tourism activities? What is your policy about it?
NCF’s operations encourage, promote and enhance nature-based tourism. Ecotourism is a major component of NCF’s intervention models and is given the deserved attention required. This is because, nature conservation is a strong platform for promotion of tourism. NCF’s policy supports and promotes Nigeria’s National Parks as revenue and employment generating nature-based tourism sites. NCF is presently turning the Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) forest reserve into an eco- tourism destination with the provision of recreational facilities, including the longest canopy walkway in Africa.
Where does the funding come from?
Funding for NCF’s operations comes from members’ subscriptions, grants, counterpart funding from donor organisations and partnership with governments, corporate bodies & civil society groups.
Are you cooperating with other NGOs?
NCF forges strong partnership and alliances with credible and notable environmental NGOs that share the vision of NCF. NCF’s view is that the more environmental NGOs emerge, the better for our environment.
Does government actually listen and implement your advice on ground?
NCF offers advice to the Federal, States and Local Governments on key environmental issues that will help promote nature conservation & sustainable environmental management issues in Nigeria. We admonish governments on the need to promote and provide enabling environment to encourage sustainable management of Nigeria’s natural resources. As a watch dog on environmental issues, NCF has been able to forge an understanding with the Federal Ministry of Environment and some states’ Ministries. Due to the vision of its founding fathers, NCF has become a reference point on environmental issues.
What is your message for our readers?
My message to your esteemed readers is that they should support nature conservation and development of nature-based tourism efforts for the benefit of humanity. One of the ways to render support is to become a member of NCF.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACTI) and a full Member of the Chartered Institute of Management (MNIM). He possesses an MBA in Project Management from the University of Ghana Business School and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School (LBS), Advanced Management Programme (AMP). He has attended various foreign courses, including the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (GSB) Executive Program in Leadership and the University of Manchester Business School (MBS) Strategic Leadership Development Programme. Mr. Karunwi has had over 30 years’ experience in audit, taxation, banking operations and marketing, human resources, administration and management, financial strategy and control, budget and planning, performance management and information technology before joining NCF in 2014.
As the Director General & CEO of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, his mission is to reposition NCF as a sustainable nature conservation NGO and raise people’s awareness of our natural environment.
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
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.’
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.
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