Building Resilience: Sustainability & Innovation

Sustainability and Innovation

Recorded on: Saturday 12 June 2021 (Democracy Day in Nigeria) @ 11:00 BST

Co-hosted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chartered Accountants Worldwide and One Young World.

About the event

It has never been more important to empower young finance and business professionals to be part of building a better future.

When examining Nigeria, the country has been reliant on oil revenue for decades, which in turn has made it vulnerable to economic shocks that affect millions of people, from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Over the years, the government and business sector alike have dealt with their fair share of mismanagement and corruption scandals. With one of the largest youth populations in the world, all sectors must prioritise engaging with this demographic to ensure future generations can live in a stable, prosperous and safe country.

This challenge is not unique to Nigeria. Countries around the world are under intense pressure to create improved conditions for citizens, business and organisations to thrive. In order for any nation to fulfill aspirations of becoming economic powerhouses, it is critical for them to invest in innovation and design sustainable ecosystems for everyone to succeed in. This generation of young leaders must be part of the change.

Join as we hear from leaders within Nigeria and beyond, who will provide a local and global perspective on the shared challenges facing us all.

Co-hosts

Chimere’ Hope Ulukwu was the 2019 Youth Champion for the ONE Campaign in Nigeria and is the Founder of WholeLife Initiative for Development in Africa (WID-Africa), an NGO focused on advocating for quality education by implementing projects such as library creation, spelling bees, read-a-thons and a host of other programs.

Chimere works as an auditor at one of the big 4 professional services firms in Nigeria and is the author of ‘The World Changer’, a compendium of 35 people promoting development in their communities.

Olubunmi is a strategy and tech innovator with more than eight years of collective experience in Technology, Innovation, Strategy, Consulting, Financial Market and Social Entrepreneurship.

He is a Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholar and a One Young World Ambassador. Olubunmi is a fellow with the Social Innovation Warehouse. He is currently an Afrika Kommt Fellow with SAP.

Olubunmi is the Founder of LendKash, a digital lending marketplace and investment platform. He is also the Chief Strategist and Operations with IBF Markets. A forex brokerage firm registered in Nigeria and the UK.

Speakers

Kate Robertson

Kate served as Chairman of the Havas group from 2006 to 2015 and as Global President from 2013. Working mainly in global roles, Kate became convinced of the importance of the roles of global institutions and global businesses in the certainty that what unites people is greater than geographical distance and national distinctions.

Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, Kate’s world view is defined by having witnessed the creation of its new way of life. Awed by the leadership of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kate believes in the limitless possibilities a sense of shared humanity can create.

Inspired by her love for the Olympic movement and its values, One Young World should, in Kate’s vision, give young leaders a chance to meet their counterparts from every country in the world and resolve to make the world a better place.

Mrs. Comfort Olu. Eyitayo mni, FCA is a member of the ICAN Governing Council since 2007. She has served on many ICAN Committees either as Chairman, Deputy Chairman or member at various times. As an Entrepreneur of repute, Eyitayo is the CEO of Eden Comfort Place, a high-profile hospitality business in Ikeja, Lagos.

Mrs. Eyitayo is a product of the prestigious University of London School of Economics where she obtained her Advance Diploma in Economics, from 1980 – 1981. She sat for her West Africa School Certificate at Lagos City College, Yaba, Lagos, in 1973

She also attended Hammersmith & West London College where she obtained her HND in Accounting, before entering into further study at Sheffield City Polytechnic for her ACCA Level II, PAA Poly. Assc. in Accountancy. Mrs. Eyitayo worked with KPMG Peat Marwick and KPMG MCLINTOCK – UK at different times. She was also with the United Bank for Africa Plc.

She is a member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos having successfully attended the Senior Executive Course in 2009. Mrs. Eyitayo has attended numerous training courses both in Nigeria and overseas.

Apart from her professional career, Mrs. Eyitayo has served the public in many areas such as Member, National Governing Council of Allover Polytechnic; Financial Secretary, Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro (2003-2010); Chairman, Finance Committee, Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro (2008 – 2013); National Treasurer of Alumni Association of the National Institute (2014 – 2017); General Secretary of Lagos Zone, Alumni Association of the National Institute (2010 – 2014) and many others.

Dr. Ndubuisi Ekekwe is the Founder of African Institution of Technology, a 501(c)3 U.S. charity. He holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees including a PhD in electrical & computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University, USA and MBA from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. He obtained his Bachelors of Engineering from Federal University of Technology, Owerri (Nigeria) where he graduated as his class’ best student.

A US semiconductor industry veteran, his working experiences include Diamond Bank, Analog Devices Corp and NNPC. In Analog Devices, he worked in the team that designed a generation accelerometer for the iPhone, and he created the company’s first wafer level chip scale package for inertial sensors.

He writes regularly in the Harvard Business Review, and previously served in the United States National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center E&D Committee for four years. He was also a PACE Chairman and Gold Chairman of IEEE Boston section. Prof Ekekwe is a Co-Chairman of JPL Financial Group, a California-based financial advisory firm which syndicates capital for projects in Africa.

An inventor and author, he is the recipient of IGI Global 2010 “Book of the Year” Award. He is also a TED Fellow, IBM Global Entrepreneur and World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader”. Dr. Ekekwe is a selection board member of the $100 Million Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program. He has written many books, authored many technical papers, and invented technologies. The African Leadership Network has honored him as a “New Generation Leader for Africa”.

Abideen Olasupo conducts socio-economic, business, political and communication research with the adoption of quantitative and qualitative designs. He crafts plans, develops strategies and tactics that help in communicating company and products or services’ unique propositions to the relevant stakeholders. Abideen grows new businesses and accelerates the growth of start-ups in Africa and North America regions through the development of varied strategic tools ranging from business, growth plans to the investment pitch deck. He has demonstrated the ability to meet or exceed all performance targets in highly competitive environments, proven strength in analyzing emerging challenges and developing efficient solutions, Solid track record of driving complex investigations in line with a diverse client requirement, Exceptional time management, problem-solving, and communication skills.

He has over eight years of experience working with Project Everyone, UK, Restless Development, UK, Action For Sustainable Development, UK, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UK, CIVICUS, South Africa, YIAGA Africa, Nigeria on research, policy formulation mentorship and project planning. He is the only Nigerian member of the Global Goals Youth Power Panel. He is a One Young World Ambassador, one.org Champion alumnus, Fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative, Alumnus of the Africa Presidential Leadership Programme and Bridge For Billions.

Abideen is the Founder of Know Covid-19, an initiative countering fake news, tracking Covid-19 palliatives and publishing research on Economy, Education and Gender-Based Violence post-covid-19. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of dHub Innovation Centre- a Co-working space and innovation hub where they find, support and fund innovative, problem solving businesses in Africa.

Abideen is one of the 100 Most Influential Young African, an alumnus of Harvard Business School(Entrepreneurship Essential Course), Lagos Business School(Executive Programme)., Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration(Leadership Course) and the University of Ilorin(Bsc Chemistry).

Marc Alain is an ecosystem builder. He is the founder of Banj, the first and biggest entrepreneurship hub of Port-au-Prince. He brought Facebook and Google to Haiti to work with developers and to support entrepreneurship in a nation still seen as a destination mostly for humanitarian work. He is also co-founder of Groupe ECHO Haiti, a grassroots organization valorizing the potential of young adults in development in Haiti through which he created and lead several innovative projects including ELAN Haiti, the biggest international platform that brings together a community of students, young leaders and entrepreneurs from Haiti, its diaspora and the world focused on taking joint actions in Haiti.

He worked 7 years in international development between Washington, DC and Port-au-Prince at the World Bank and with the Inter-American Development Bank before he decided to create his own business. Marc Alain is a Fulbright scholar. He holds a M.A in Financial Economic Policy from American University and a B.A in Applied Quantitative Economics from CTPEA. He believes that entrepreneurship is the only way out of poverty for Haiti and, through his various initiatives, he is offering all those willing to go in that direction a seat at the table.

Author, Entrepreneur and Young Global Leader with over 10 years of management and leadership experience working in the fashion, marketing and manufacturing Industries. She holds a first degree in Biochemistry and an MBA in Global Business. Prior to moving back to Nigeria in 2012, she worked with Arcadia Group Plc, a British multinational retailing company headquartered in London and Aspire Acquisitions. She later joined Nigerian Breweries (Heineken Operating Company in Nigeria) as a Young African Talent (YAT) and transitioned to their Corporate Communications Department as Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Support Manager where she successfully managed various corporate social responsibility and sustainability projects. Ifedayo is also an associate member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON).

Ifedayo is the Managing Partner for AGS Tribe, a social enterprise created to democratize opportunities for entrepreneurs and non profits in Africa. It is also a platform that brings female entrepreneurs together to form cross boarder relationships with the aim of transforming Africa. She is very passionate about women and youth contributing to national development and has been able to empower female entrepreneurs through the AGS Enterprise Challenge, a program that empowers female entrepreneurs through funding, mentorship and training amongst other projects. Recently, she launched a $1,000,000 women empowerment fund to fund female businesses in Nigeria.

She was selected as a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, she is also the Project Lead for Startup Dome. In March 2018, she was invited to Harvard University to serve as a panellist during their African Development Conference to discuss the role of women in democracy and how it impacts on business in Africa. She was also named a Peace Scholar by the Dutch Ministry of foreign affairs and was recently selected to receive mentorship from world renowned artist and business man, Akon as a result of her contributions to the entrepreneurship sector in Africa. Ifedayo is a One Young World Ambassador and was recently appointed as a Youth Advisory Group Member for Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE). In December 2019, she was listed as one of the 52 women who made impact in 2019.

Kaveto is the CEO and founder of Flushh, a social enterprise that is building innovative waterless toilets for underserved communities in Namibia.

He is also a One Young World Ambassador, a Global Good Fund alumnus and a Mandela Washington Fellow who is passionate about using business as a force for good in society.

Prior to starting his own company, he worked for PKF auditors, which provides multi-disciplinary auditing and business services. Including a Professional Development Experience with Deloitte consulting in Arlington, Virginia.  

Kaveto has won numerous awards such as the SEEDSPOT Accelerator’s most Impactful startup and the prestigious Total Startupper of the Year in Namibia. He is devoted to using his entrepreneurial and analytical skills to help achieve SDG 6 by 2030.