23RD – 24TH MAY, 2018
Workforce Group, an industry leader in HR solutions: outsourcing, training and development, recruitment and assessment, technology and enterprise innovation; hosted the second edition of the Learning and Development Leaders’ Conference on 23rd-24th of May 2018, in Lagos.
The high-profile event themed, “Learning & Development as a Strategic Lever for Business Growth and Transformation” brought together business leaders and executives from different sectors as well as consummate professionals with several years of experience to engage and deliberate on future trends and insights shaping the business landscape and by extension the L&D function.
The Conference featured keynote addresses, theory presentations, practical debates, team building exercises and interactive sessions from high-profile professionals across diverse Industries.
The event also provided ample opportunities for delegates to collaborate and network with others towards charting new frontiers in critical areas of Learning & Development such as digital technology, leadership development, content curation, learning agility, and strategies to drive a successful learning organisation.
Theodore, Ifeanyi TedLead Partner
Michael OguGroup Head HR
Yomi FawehinmiHR Advisor
Gabriel Nwokeafor has diverse experience leading key people initiatives and transformation in various sectors including Consulting, IT, Telecommunications and Banking. His experience is drawn from extensive implementation of Talent Acquisition, Business Partnering, Compensation & Performance Management, Talent & Career Management, Learning & Development and Merger Integration projects and initiatives.
He is currently the Head, Diamond Academy. His love for modern and interactive learning is exhibited in his discussions and at work. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Human Capital Management, Head, Human Capacity Development and the Head, Performance Evaluation & Talent Management at various periods in Diamond Bank. He also worked in United Bank for Africa (UBA), defunct Oceanic Bank, Skye Bank, Resourcery Plc, Stirling Kirkpatrick & Co., Solix Technologies Limited and Mobile Telecommunications Services Limited.
Gabriel is an Advisor of Harvard Business Review Advisory Council and a member of the Utiva Advisory Board. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Masters in Personnel Psychology degree from the University of Ibadan.
An Alumnus of the Lagos Business School (Senior Management Programme), he is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), a certified Hay Group Job Evaluator and an Associate Member of the Knowledge Management Institute.
Neka Udezue is currently the Program Director of Access Bank School of Banking Excellence.
A certified NLP Practitioner with additional certification from The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Neka has several years of senior management experience in the banking industry and is today the acknowledged leading trainer of aspiring bankers in the industry.
Temitope Azeez is a certified Human Resources professional with over 12 years continuous experience across all facets of human resources within the management consulting and ecommerce industries, whilst haven led various HR projects across various industries.
She is certified by leading national and international Human Resources associations in the US (SHRM, HRCI), Canada (HRMA) and Nigeria (CIPM) as well as being a Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM), Associate Member of IPM, MAP Certified (HRD Press), a B.Sc holder in Political Science from Babcock University and an MBA holder in Human Resource Management from London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Temitope, in her bid to transform and impact the lives of others has functioned as a Coach and Mentor on the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur Programme, consults as a personal career and life coach, holds career talks at renown universities, serves as an Elite Judge for Chief Learning Officer, USA Learning Elite programme and is a girl-child coach for Living for Christ Foundation.
Temitope is a published poet and communicates her workplace productivity experiences through LinkedIn articles tagged #WorkplaceTips.
Temitope is currently the Head, Talent Management at Jumia Nigeria and is a certified international and national facilitator on leadership, strategy, soft skills and human resource related learning programmes.
Habiba Balogun is a Trustee of the International Coach Federation Nigeria Chapter. She is the director and principal consultant of Habiba Balogun Consulting Limited, an Organisation Effectiveness and HR Consultancy firm. She is a certified leadership coach, a CMD-certified trainer, and a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner. Habiba is a fellow of the Aspen Leadership Network, the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa, and the Africa Board Fellowship. She sits on the boards of Accion Microfinance Bank, Fate Foundation, KIND (Kudirat Initiative for Democracy), WISCAR (Women in Successful Careers), and is a founding Director of Lagos Preparatory School, the most highly accredited British International School in Africa.
She is multi-lingual, speaking Ebira plus 5 European languages, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Italian from the University of London, a Masters degree in Organisational Management, including Leadership Coaching and Team Facilitation, from George Washington University, Washington DC. She is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Executive Education in Strategic Leadership.
In 2016-2017 she led an international Coaching & Mentoring team for Healthcare Leadership Academy’s LEAPS programme offering Leadership Coaching and Group Mentoring to 35 public sector directors in State Ministries of Health, Budget & Planning, and Primary Healthcare Boards in 7 states of the federation to develop their leadership competencies and work effectively in interagency teams.
Habiba is a social justice activist, a sought-after moderator, trainer, and public speaker. She is also actively involved in several not-for-profit & social entrepreneurship organisations in Nigeria.
Ejemen “J” Okojie
Ejemen is the Managing Partner of Vel Triplum Limited -an HR advisory startup firm focused on optimising business outcomes by positively disrupting the employee experience. As an Organisation & Talent Development professional, she is passionate about developing talent especially for Africa. Ejemen has developed key competencies in Organisation HR Strategic Alignment, Career Development and Succession Planning, Talent Acquisition leveraging assessment and development centers, Leadership Acceleration/Development Programs from graduate to executive level to achieve localization and commercial targets, Coaching, Change & Performance Development. She is a Certified HR Director from the Industrial Labor Relations School (ILR) Cornell, New York and certified with a Professional Assessment of Competence- Chartered Institute of Personnel Development UK- MCIPD.
J, gained rich HR experience after spending 15 years successfully operating in General Electric Africa (GE) – Fortune 20 in a variety of roles and part of the faculty of the widely acclaimed global corporate university – Crotonville, New York and prior to GE worked in a global manufacturing company (British American Tobacco Nigeria -BAT) in generalist and specialist roles as HR Business Partner and Area Head of Talent & Organisational Effectiveness.
Over the last two years, Ejemen has ventured into the field of coaching to build expertise as an executive and career transitions coach and given the nature of the evolving digital world we live and work in has gained exposure into the world of digital marketing leadership to understand what type of leaders will thrive in the future. Her professional affiliations and board of director member positions include the following:
- WeareSquared, Squared Online Digital Marketing Leadership Community
- Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) UK
- Member, Lagos Business School Alumni & Vice President EMBA7
- Member, Lagos Business School Curriculum Management & Learning Committee
- Vice President, Board of Directors International Coach Federation- Nigeria Chapter
Ejemen is married to Henry, a banker and they have three children– Odianosen, Osobase and Ofure Adesua.
Bolajoko is a marketing veteran with 19 years’ experience having worked with some of the world’s biggest multinationals. She started her career at Guinness Nigeria Plc in 1999, and joined Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited leaving an enviable track record at Guinness.
While in Coca-Cola, she drove the turnaround of the flavors portfolio and returned it to growth after many years of steady decline. She launched an innovative consumer below the line engagement platform on Sprite that gained recognition globally within the organisation, leading to replication and adaptation across other markets.
Currently, She manages Purple Pearl Consulting, a Marketing Consulting company providing full-fledged marketing services in strategy development, brand building and execution of innovative ideas that sustainably grow market share; she trains and facilitates workshops. Bolajoko is passionate about building brands – both physical and people brands and believes that the marketing principles can be applied to practically every facet of life.
Bolajoko is a certified Coach from the Coaching Academy UK, qualifying with a distinction in Personal Performance Coaching. She compliments her work as a marketing consultant & trainer with coaching, a combination that delivers a robust output for her clients. Her passion for supporting people also led to the establishment of the EveryGirl Empowered Foundation; a foundation focused on building the confidence of the girl child.
A graduate of Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and an MBA from the University of Lagos, Akoka. She also holds a Diploma in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (U.K.). She is a member of many professional bodies; Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), Chartered member of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN), Advertisers Practitioner Council of Nigeria (APCON) and Women in Management, Business & Public Service (WIMBIZ). She is a board member of International Coach Federation (ICF) Nigeria Chapter.
Theodore, Ifeanyi Ted
Ted is currently the lead partner for ISCHUS, a management consultancy firm and the African Lead for Cripps Sear & Partners – a global executive search firm.
He worked with Shell for two decades in diverse HR and business roles; with his last two roles as Special Projects Manager, leading the people and services aspects of a major divestment ($2bn+) and the post-divestment business integration in Nigeria; and Manager HR Strategy, Shell International, Netherlands supporting Shell Business and Leadership Development in 5 continents. Prior to those roles, he was the pioneer HR Director for SNEPCo – Shell’s Offshore businesses in Nigeria.
His professional experience spans HR Strategy, Shared Services, Business Partnering, Outsourcing, Acquisitions and Divestments, Learning, OE/OD, Business and Individual Performance Management, Talent, Business & Personal Transformation (Change Management), Leadership Development, Process Redesign, Corporate Development and Business Management
Ted is a transformational leader, an ICF-licensed Executive coach and has worked with several senior executives across several organisations A member of the International Coaching Federation and the first Nigeria/Africa Bates ExPi Certified Coach – the first global research-based (3600) leadership assessment for senior leaders and executives designed to measure amongst others, executive presence and influential leadership.
Ted holds a degree in Political Science and an MBA; he is an alumni of IMD Switzerland. He is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD, UK and is GPHR certified. He is a columnist for both the BusinessDay and Business Financial Times newspapers in Nigeria and Ghana respectively and speaks at local and international conferences. His passion is to enable people/organisations achieve personal purpose and business success.
James Agada is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of CWG Plc. James Agada is a highly innovative and versatile technology expert. He holds both a First Class Degree and a Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, with specialization in Digital Systems, from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also holds an MBA from the International Graduate School of Management (IESE), Navara, Spain.
James has vast experience in consulting, software development, implementation and support. He was pro term president, Lagos Chapter of the Nigeria Computer Society, and was conferred with the “Titans of Tech Merit Award” in 2013, by Technology Africa. Prior to his appointment as the Company’s MD/CEO, James Agada was the Chief Technology Officer of the Company and was also in charge of the Company’s Research and Development unit. He was also the Executive Director overseeing the Company’s former software division, ExpertEdge. He is an ardent reader of all forms of literature, always seeking for best methods of applying technology to enable growth.
Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle is an accomplished Consultant, Executive Coach and Organisational Psychologist. She has a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ibadan and a M.Sc. in Organisational Psychology from the University of London. She has over 24 years’ experience in various fields having worked in companies such as Arthur Andersen (now KPMG International) and British American Tobacco.
With a combined experience in Human Capital development of over 14 years, Ajibola has worked extensively with leaders and teams in both private and public sectors with focus in the area of learning and development, leadership and team development, diversity and inclusion and change management.
Ajibola’s passion for learning and development led to the establishment of TeamBuilding Africa ‘TBA’ Consultancy in 2007, the regional representative of Team Building USA where, until her appointment at CIPM she was the Chief Executive Officer. In addition to her vast experience in Accounting and Taxation, She is also a facilitator for the Executive Management Programme at Lagos Business School and the Founder of the Centre for Core Coaching.
She is a full member of the Chartered Institute Personnel Management of Nigeria CIPM NIGERIA and the pioneer Nigeria Chapter President of International Coach Federation ‘ICF’ and the first Nigerian to earn the Professional Certified Coach ‘PCC’ ICF accreditation. In recognition of her contribution to the development of professional coaching in the region, she was selected as one of five founding members of the Executive Coaching Advisory Board for Africa an initiative to stimulate the professional coaching industry in Sub-Saharan Africa.
A visionary, consummate professional, Mrs. Ponnle is fully committed to pursuing the ‘Human Agenda’ in the workplace. She is married with three sons.
Gideon Ataraire is a Certified Management Trainer, a Certified Personality Profile Administrator (PPA), a DDI accredited Facilitator and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (ACIPM). He has a Master’s Degree in Global Human Resources Management from the University of Liverpool, UK. He served as a Director of the World Institute of Action Learning, International, (WIAL) USA (2014 to 2016).
He is a learning and development specialist with many years hands-on Human Resources experience most of which in active HR Learning roles at management/supervisory levels in large organisations ranging from Telecommunication, Insurance to Banking. He has hands-on knowledge and skills implementing Knowledge Management, Action Learning, Performance Management, and Learning Evaluation having implemented these in a tier one bank in Nigeria and having been trained in Canada.
He is the first Certified Action Learning Coach (WIAL) in Nigeria and West Africa. He has successfully instituted and managed learning and development departments of two large corporate organisations – A CDMA Telco and Top Tier Insurance Company – and has taken up roles in other technical Human Capital areas – Succession Planning, Career Management, Knowledge Management, and Business Partnering.
He has been directly in charge and actively involved in other occasions in implementing human capital projects like competency framework development, curriculum development for an academy, knowledge management framework, learning evaluation framework, consultants’ selection framework, human capital strategy and others.
He currently serves as the Chief People Officer in Ensure Insurance PLC, a subsidiary of GGH, a global financial services company in London.
A 100 Most Influential Global HR Leader 2018, alumnus of Harvard Business School Executive Education, and Cornell University School of Industrial and Labour Relations, and ccurrently the Head of People Experience at Letshego MFB, Emmanuel is a seasoned and highly sought after strategic human resources professional with over 20 years management experience spanning various industries such as multidisciplinary engineering, information technology, hospitality and financial services of which 14 years have been in human resources management. Between March and August 2017, Emmanuel held forth as the Acting CEO & Head of HR of Letshego MFB, a licensed national microfinance bank in Nigeria.
Emmanuel is a globally certified HR practitioner (SPHRi®, HRPL, MCIPM, MITD), HRCI recognised subject matter expert, and a Microfinance Certified Banker (MCIB).
Emmanuel volunteers as a mentor with the following institutions: Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Google Launchpad Start (Lagos), FATE Foundation and The Incubation Africa. Emmanuel has also been selected as a member of the panel of judges for 2018 Lotus Awards (UK based award for recognition of great workplaces).
In addition to being a regular contributor on current HR issues and trends on social media, Emmanuel enjoys public speaking at both local and international fora, blogs at www.enmichael.ng, hosts a weekly #TwitterSession tagged #HRwithEM on Saturdays at 4pm WAT where he reviews burning HR issues, and a monthly #TweetChat at 6pm WAT every third Tuesday of each month tagged @CDNETng #VentureCareer with a focus on career development.
Adesoji is a Talent Management Professional with over twelve (12) years worthwhile working experience which spans across Management Consultancy, Insurance, and Banking. He studied Political Science for his first and second degree at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, and he is currently running his Ph.D. program in Public Policy Analysis in the Walden University, United States.
Adesoji is a member of various notable HR Professional bodies both locally and internationally. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), the Nigeria Institute of Training & Development (NITAD), and a certified PHRi professional from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).
He currently functions as a Learning & Development Professional in Heritage Bank where he has executed several organisational development projects.
Michael Ogu is a HR Professional with over a decade multi–sector work experience cutting across Consulting, Manufacturing, Health Services and Financial Services with core expertise within the HR Value Chain.
At Cordros, he currently leads the People and Culture Team across the group and its asset management and securities subsidiaries where he is responsible for driving the execution of human resources strategy. Prior to joining Cordros Capital Limited, he had previously worked with Healthcare International Nigeria Limited, Seven–Up Bottling Company Plc, Lead Synergy Limited, Oceanic Bank International Plc and Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc.
An alumnus of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and the University of Lagos, Akoka; he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious FATE Foundation having completed the Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme (AEP) in 2009. An Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (ACIPMN), Michael holds a gamut of global credentials namely Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professionals (SHRM-SCP) from the Society of Human Resource Management USA, Professional in Human Resources International (PHRi), Senior Professional in Human Resources International (SPHRi), and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) from the HR Certification Institute USA, Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) from the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Association (CPHR) Canada.
Foluso brings on board over 16 years of rich hands-on training, facilitation and consulting experience. Throughout his career, he has developed strong lasting partnerships with top individuals and organisations by consistently leveraging on his expertise to offer value creating ideas and strategies to achieve sustainable improvements in their personal and business performance. His passion for business consulting was inspired by the valuable experience gained from his time at KPMG.
Foluso has developed and implemented hundreds of targeted learning interventions across various industries including workshops on Business Strategy, Business Acumen, Problem Solving/Decision Making, Personal Effectiveness, Change Management, Customer Management, Corporate Culture Transformation, Leadership Development, Team Building, and Performance Management.
He has been involved with manpower audits and staff recruitment in both public and private organisations and has also developed and conducted market intelligence research for various financial, healthcare and utility service providers.
Over the years, Foluso has mastered the art of facilitating customized retreats for both public and private organisations designed either to solve their most important and challenging problems or to review their business strategies, structures, systems and performance. His work in Public Sector cuts across Federal and State Governments in Nigeria and Multilateral organisations in West Africa.
He is a FATE and LEAP foundation volunteer, a life skills coach, a pioneer startup consultant to the SERVICOM office (Under the Presidency) and the Institute for Service Delivery in Nigeria. His multi-disciplinary experience makes him a valued external faculty member of MTN Nigeria, The SERVICOM Institute, Abuja, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) and AWLTT (African Women Leadership Think Tank)
Foluso holds a first degree in Management & Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University (Ile-Ife) and is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is also a licensed ThinkBuzan Creative Thinking and Mind Mapping instructor.
Bolaji is a Business Coach, Digital Economy Advocate, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Value Innovator, Mentor, Strategist, Teacher and One of Nigeria’s foremost Management Consultants.
He is most sought after for his ability to infuse, activate and cultivate an Entrepreneurial Spirit and Drive amongst Business and HR Leaders. Over the last decade his industry thought leadership has played a pivotal role in the Digital Transformation of Human Resource Management in Nigeria and refocusing People Management towards a Strategic Business Paradigm..
He is an alumni of London Business Schools and Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government where he attended the highly acclaimed programme – “The Art and Practices of Effective Leadership Development Programme”.
Uche Inyang holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Ibadan and an MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Wales, UK. She is an HR generalist with a unique depth in employee performance management and talent management. She is passionate about human resource effectiveness, and has been involved in various human capital management functions and business process improvement, throughout the course of her career.
Her key career strengths include organisation capability development, performance and talent management, culture change and HR-strategy alignment. In her over 15 years in the corporate space, she has been a change agent for remodeling the human resource function and business processes for organisations in the financial and telecommunications sectors in Nigeria.
Uche is presently the Head of Talent Development in IHS Towers Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s foremost towers company.
Olabisi Duduyemi, is a Human Resource Professional with over 10 years’ varied experience at management level. She has a demonstrable history of HR value creation in the manufacturing industry and a stint in consulting. Skilled in Talent management, Learning and development, Organizational Development, Recruitment, Policy formulation and execution, HR procedure and work flow, and has a strong business partnership prowess.
Olabisi has attended well over 20 management trainings and conferences in Human Resource and strategic management from notable Institutes. She is currently pursuing a postgraduate studies in Business Administration from the Business School Netherlands.
As a certified Balanced Scorecard Professional from George Washington University and Balanced Scorecard Institute, West Africa, Olabisi has contributed in no small way to HR Strategy and execution at Honeywell Flour Mills Plc where she currently leads the Talent Acquisition and Development Team.
Olabisi Duduyemi is an Associate Member (ACIPM) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources- international (SPHR-i).
Monike is the Learning and Development Manager for FrieslandCampina WAMCO. She is responsible for the full implementation of development plans and initiatives for about 1,500 employees. Monike is equally responsible for recruitment, and management of the “Young Professionals” – a two-year programme of FrieslandCampina WAMCO, designed to fill the leadership pipeline for the company.
Before joining FrieslandCampina WAMCO, she worked as a consultant from 2001 to 2016 in some of the top consulting firms in Nigeria, including PwC, and FITC. In her consulting years, she was involved in and led teams that conducted different consulting projects for both private and public sectors.
Monike is an associate of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN) and holds the Human Resources Practitioners Licence (HRPL). She is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD), and International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). She is a Certified Thomas International Personality Profile Analysis Practitioner, a personality profile analysis tool, and a Certified Persona GLOBAL Consultant.
Monike holds a Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, and she is studying for a doctorate programme from Walden University in the USA. Monike is a mother of a very active and affectionate son, and when she is not working or caring for her son, she uses her God-given talent of acting as a member of Freegift International, a drama evangelism ministry based in Lagos.
Nkechi Runsewe is the Head, Talent and Organisational Development at FBNQuest Merchant Bank. She joined the firm in 2017 with the responsibility of Talent Management, Learning & Development, Culture & Engagement for the Group.
Prior to joining FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Nkechi worked with M-Net (a member of the Naspers Group) as the Human Resources Lead for West Africa. She started her career in the Lagos office of Accenture and later became the Manager, Resourcing and Partnering at Etisalat Nigeria responsible for recruitment and business partnering for the Commercial Department.
Nkechi holds a B.Sc. in Banking and Finance from University of Benin and is an Associate Member (ACIPM) of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. She is also a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM – CP) and a Professional in Human Resources – International (PHRi) credential holder.