2019 Conference


The Future is Now: Learning & Development as a catalyst for shaping the future of work and organizational performance.

27th – 28th March, 2019

More than ever before, the last decade has witnessed unprecedented disruption in the world of work. The speed of change in the external environment (local and global) compels organisations to explore new thinking, new business models and a new approach to how work gets done. Innovation in technology, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and the likes are reshaping and redefining how we work, where we work, and the competencies needed for work to achieve organizational performance.

As business executives grapple with the imminent change that could make or mar businesses, many are approaching this as reality of a distant future, unknown to them the “future of work” and “new organisation” is already upon us.

The big changes are here and already determining how organisations outcompete their peers — what business model to adopt, how work happens, how humans and machines coexist in the workplace and most importantly how organisations build and develop the critical competencies required to drive high performance on a continuous basis.

There is no doubt that “the future of work” is significantly influenced by “the future of learning”. Organisations must learn their way into the future. Disruption and innovation will require new thinking about jobs, how we train for jobs and how we upskill and reskill the workforce to be able to meet the changing demands of business.

World Economic Forum Report on top ten (10) skills that will be most desired by employers by 2020 reveals that more than 33% of the skill sets listed are currently considered unimportant by employers. These skill may not be on the radar of most companies today, however, therein lies the catalyst for performance of the organisations of the future.

The Learning & Development Leaders Conference is a convergence of leading L&D professionals who are passionate about consistently adding value to their organisations. The 2019 edition will focus on the current issues of utmost concern to L&D professionals with a view to proffering genuine and inspiring solutions for day-to-day and long-term business objectives.

With keynote addresses, presentations, stimulating debates and a wide range of collaborative and networking opportunities, the conference presents an excellent opportunity to engage and interact with leading practitioners in learning.

Delegates will gain practical guidance to navigate the challenges of today, as well as insights into how to catalyse organizational performance in preparation for the new world of work.


Foluso Aribisala - Director, Workforce Group

Foluso Aribisala – Director, Workforce Group

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.

Olasunkanmi Adenuga

A seasoned business and partnerships executive with over 20 years experience, creating strategic alliances with organizations leaders. Builds and supports high performance teams, motivating colleagues to achieve objectives.

Sunkanmi’s contribution to organisations comprises leveraging a combination of business development, team leadership, strategic planning and sales expertise to meet and exceed expectations. He analyses core operational/business functions and implement the most appropriate solutions to drive continual business growth.

He is highly experienced in developing and managing assessments, curriculum, learning and development strategies. Identifies training needs, provides interventions through blended learning, instructor led, consulting, facilitating and measuring training effectiveness.

Sunkanmi’s posses strong, effective communication skills as well as being an able influencer. He has a firm management style coupled with initiative and self motivation .

A widely travelled extrovert with interests in sports, outdoor activity and languages.

Emmanuel Michael - Head, People Experience, Letshego MFB

Emmanuel Michael – Head, People Experience, Letshego MFB

Emmanuel Michael

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 Ogunsanya

Adesoji Ogunsanya, Learning & Development, Heritage Bank

Adesoji Ogunsanya

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, Group Head HR, Cordros Capital

Michael Ogu, Head HR, Medlog Logistics Services Nigeria Limited

Michael Ogu

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.

Bolaji Olagunju - CEO, Workforce Group

Bolaji Olagunju – CEO, Workforce Group

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 - Senior Manager, Talent Development, IHS Towers

Uche Inyang – Head, Talent Development, IHS Towers

Uche Iyang

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.

Monike Charles-Binitie

Monike Charles-Binitie, Learning & Development Manager, FrieslandCampina WAMCO

Omonike Charles-Binitie

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.

Key Highlights of the Conference

  • Focused Panel Discussions
  • Cross-sector Recognised Speakers
  • 300+Senior Learning and Development Executives
  • Keynote Address and C-Suite Panel from top CEOs

Why Attend as a Conference Delegate?

  • Nigeria’s first focused conference for Learning and Development professionals
  • over 50 L&D  foremost speakers, thinkers, visionaries and practitioners
  • Networking opportunity with over 300 conference delegates representing leading private and public sector organisations in Nigeria.

Additional Benefits

  • 10% discount on all 2019 Open Programmes and 10% discount off the use of  The Zone Facility till 30th April, 2019
  • First 50 delegates to register automatically qualify for a raffle draw to win fantastic prizes.
  • Loads of freebies, learning aids and tool kits.
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