Mr. Fola Adeola
Chief Edith Chidinma
Mr. Fola Adeola is Chairman of Main One Cable Company Limited, owner-managers of the first open access submarine cable in West Africa. He is also the Chairman of FATE Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group. Prior to these, Fola was the founder and first Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.
In the public sector, Fola had served as the first Chairman of the National Pension Commission in Nigeria, member of the National Honours and Awards Committee, member of the Solid Mineral Committee (both federally constituted), member of council, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and member of the Global Advisory Committee on Philanthropy of the World Economic Forum. He had served as a Commissioner on the Commission for Africa, prelude to the 2005 G8 meeting in Gleneagles, UK. Until June 2015, he was the Deputy Chairman of the Victims of Terrorism Support Fund in Nigeria.
Fola was nationally decorated as Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Nigerian president in 2002. He is an alumnus of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Jos, Nigeria.
He is married with six children.
Chief Edith Chidinma Uwajumogu is an experienced entrepreneur, passionate cancer advocate, and philanthropist. She is very active in promoting national values, women development, health, and economic emopment, health, and economic empowerment of the underprivileged and other issues that contribute immensely to the continued development of Nigeria.
Having lost her mother to cancer, Chidinma developed a strong will to help others to defeat cancer. This led to the establishment of the Ego Bekee International Cancer Foundation in 2006. Under her leadership, the foundation has implemented multiple cancer prevention activities through advocacy programmes, counselling and live Radio awareness programme titled “Cancer Today” and has made guest appearances on major television stations educating the populace on how to prevent cancer. She has also conducted community outreaches and free Cancer screening in Primary Healthcare Centres. In recognition of her passion and achievements, she broke a jinx to become the first non-medical practitioner to be elected to the position of Vice-President (West Africa) of the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer, AORTIC; she served from 2007 to 2009.
More so, Chidinma has established and managed many business ventures. She’s presently the CEO, Monwill Projects Limited – an Abuja based manufacturing firm for high quality international standard shoes and bags and Chairman, Kahera Globlity outfit). She also serves as the President of Development Initiative for African Women (DIFAW) – an organization which works to enhance the lives of women and youths in rural communities with training programmes that are focused on Waste to Wealth initiatives.
An alumnus of the University of Lagos where she obtained BA in History, 1984 and MSC political Science, 1990 and the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom where she obtained a Bachelor of Law degree in 2001, Chidinma has received multiple academic and non-academic awards locally and internationally in recognition of her superlative performance. They include but not limited to 2001 Best International Student Award in UK and Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network (GWIIN)’s Women in Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Development (WEISED) 2013 African Award.
She has contributed to national development in various capacities. She was a delegate and Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Citizenship, Immigration and other Related Matters at the 2014 National Conference, Nigeria. Chidinma is committed to sustainable national development and huge value to any initiative she buys into.
Chief Raymond Dokpesi Jr is the Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc. DAAR Communications Plc is amongst Africa’s leading broadcast services conglomerates with interests in national network television and radio broadcasting, international satellite and local terrestrial broadcast distribution, multichannel direct-to-home broadcast services and news content production and aggregation. DAAR Communications Plc is the first and only publicly traded media company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Chief Dokpesi became the youngest Chairman of a publicly traded company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange at the age of 34 when he was appointed as Chairman in November 2014.
A 2006 Master’s Degree holder in Public Relations and Public Communications from the University of Westminster London, Raymond is also member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the United Kingdom. He has multifaceted business experience and is a seasoned media administrator spanning electronic and digital media business administration and incubation. Before his appointment, Raymond entered the world of media shortly after completing his Master’s Degree when he returned to the country and joined DAAR Communications Limited as a News Reporter/Broadcast Journalist between 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he was the pioneer Sports Rights & Content Acquisition Manager with the responsibility of sourcing and acquiring international sporting rights for Africa Independent Television (AIT), RayPower FM and the DTH platform DAARSat. He played a leading role in the acquisition of several sporting rights during the period including the acquisition of the rights for the UEFA Champions League, FIFA 2010 World Cup and the Host Broadcaster rights for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria 2009.
Raymond has held several other positions, Director – Marketing, Executive Director – Special Projects, and Managing Director – DAAR Educational Service (DES). Raymond is a seasoned broadcast Administrator with vast experience in Marketing, Journalism, Content Rights Acquisition & Monetisation, Content Aggregation, Marketing Strategy Development and Project Management. He has attended innumerable professional development programmes, conferences and training and is very passionate about making positive impacts on mankind.
Mrs. Fola Laoye
Professor Francis Abayomi
Professor Ifeoma Okoye,
Mrs. Fola Laoye holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Cambridge, USA. She is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. Fola has had twenty-five years of business experience, both locally and internationally, having trained with Ernst & Young, Lagos and Price WaterHouse Coopers in London.
She is currently Director for West Africa Investments at the Investment Fund for Health in Africa (IFHA). She is also a Board member of Hygeia Group Nigeria, promoters of Hygeia HMO, the largest health insurance platform in Nigeria, Hygeia Community Health Care and the Lagoon Hospitals. She is a member of the following boards – PAL Pensions; Old Mutual Life Insurance Company Nigeria; Results for Development Institute (R4D), Washington DC USA; and Harvard Business School’s Healthcare Initiative. She is a trustee of the Harvard Business School Alumni in Nigeria and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Lagos Chapter.
In 2011, Fola was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2013 she was awarded the Harvard Business School Africa Business Club Leadership Excellence Award.
Professor Francis Abayomi Durosinmi-Etti is one of the most prominent cancer specialists in Africa and currently serves as the President of Cancer Education and Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria (CEAFON).
He is an alumnus of the University Of Lagos College Of Medicine where he obtained his MB.BS degree, Christie Hospital and Radium Holt Institute, University of Manchester, England, where he obtained his postgraduate qualifications in Radiation Therapy and Oncology (Specialist in Cancer Treatment).
In 1988, Francis was appointed as a Radiotherapy (Cancer) Specialist by the United Nations, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. He was responsible for the worldwide activities of the IAEA in Cancer Radiotherapy, a position he held for 7 years during which period he was largely instrumental to the development of the specialty in 45 developing countries of the world spanning Africa, Asia and Pacific, Eastern Europe and Latin America among several others. He has several Academic publications to his credit in peer reviewed local and International journals. He was also involved in the design and development of the AMRA brachytherapy machine in France and the CERVIFIX machine in Italy. These machines are used worldwide, including LUTH, ABUTH and National Hospital Abuja, for the treatment of cancer of the cervix in women. He also played key roles in the establishment of Radiotherapy Departments in many teaching hospitals in Nigeria.
Francis is widely respected for his superlative administrative skills and performance in various leadership positions he held, namely – the Pioneer Chief Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of the prestigious National Hospital, Abuja, Secretary to the Federal Character Commission for 8 years, Chairman National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced persons and later as the Chairman of the Board of Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta, Lagos.
He is a Fellow and Member of several local and International Professional Associations and a recipient of several local and International awards including the highly prestigious Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic. (OFR)
Professor Ifeoma Okoye, popularly known as ‘Pinky Prof’, is a medical doctor with over 35 years of experience. Her incredible passion for cancer prevention and early diagnosis led her to establish the Breast Without Spot in 2008. The organization has mobilized thousands of young advocates in Nigeria who volunteer to create awareness on how to prevent or detect breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancer in hundreds of communities across Nigeria. She initiated the commemoration of October 5 every year as Nationwide Go Pink Day to create awareness on prevention of breast cancer. Her works earned her recognition as an Ashoka Fellow – being one of the global most powerful change makers and social entrepreneurs.Apart from her inspiring roles in cancer advocacy, the Pinky Prof is an accomplished health professional and has been playing multiple leadership roles in various professional organizations and agencies. Ifeoma is a Professor of Radiology at the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Consultant Radiologist at the, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu (UNTH) in Enugu State. She is also the Chairperson, Association for Good Clinical Practice in Nigeria (AGCPN) and Clinical Trial Africa Vision 2020 Initiative/ Clinical Trial Consortium, Secretary Partnership for Eradication of Cancer in Africa and Co-Director Bone Marrow Donor’s Registry, Nigeria (BMRN).At the international level, Ifeoma was a Past Observer to The Board of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), African Coordinator of CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative of Univ. of Miami), Consultant to NAFDAC on Clinical Trials & 1st Chairman Nigerian Clinical Trials Technical Working Group and the Convener of the 1st All Africa Clinical Trial Summit.More so, she is a Marie-Stopes Certified Cryotherapists for Treatment of Pre-Malignant Cervical Cancer Lesions, a Trustee and one of the founders of a Female Fellowship: Blossoms of The Vine, Member of the National Health Research Committee of the National Health Act 2014 and also a Member National Cancer Control Steering Committee.Ifeoma has authored 7 books and has over 80 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals to her credit. She is currently an Examiner at Nigerian Post Graduate School & Editor of the West African Journal of Radiology.
Mr. Runcie Chikeruba
Mr. Uche Orji
Dr. Abubakar Mohammed
Mr. Runcie Chikeruba Wilson Chidebe is a leading cancer advocate in Nigeria, working to ensure that cancer becomes a national health priority. He fanatically believes that Africa can change the pathetic image of rising incidence of cancer, late detection of cancer, and cancer deaths through strategic, logical and rational collaboration of diversified sectors.
He is the Founder and Executive Director of Project PINK BLUE, a strong advocacy organization for cancer patients in Nigeria. He led his team to implement the first cancer patient navigation project in Nigeria and also established the Abuja Cancer Survivors Group. He and his team have mobilized many young people who are raising cancer awareness through effective use of social media.
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Before assuming the leadership of Project PINK BLUE, Runcie had an exceptional experience working as Script Supervisor for the BBC World Service Trust (now, BBC Media Action) on a health project known as “Wetin Dey” which had over 50 million direct impact. In 2012, he produced the Global People Project (GPP) Nigeria for Brockwell Pictures UK, an internet map project on happiness and people. As the Creative Director of Kemistry Business Solutions Ltd, he managed the United Nations Information and Development Organization (UNIDO) Entrepreneurship & Career Fair 2013, Abuja, which engaged over 1,000 unemployed Nigerian youths. As a volunteer, he was on AIESEC Global Community Development Programme (GCDP) internship in 2011 at Cape Coast, Ghana.
An alumnus of the U.S. Government to attend the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) programme, he has received multiple awards in recognition of his cancer advocacy works; including but not limited to Community Service award by Rotaract Club District 9140; Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Young Leader Award 2015 at World Cancer Leaders’ Summit, Istanbul, Turkey; Recognition for contribution to National Development in Health Sector 2015; Green October Humanitarian Award; Global Shapers Abuja I Am Bold Award, Shape Africa 2014; Alumni of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) 2015; Top 50 entrepreneurs of the Etisalat Easy Millionaire Hunt II 2015; Fellow, LEAP Africa Social Innovators Programme & Awards (SIPA) 2015/2016; and Fellow, Youngsters -UNDP Young Aspirants Leadership Fellowship (YALF) 2014.
Runcie believes that saving lives is the greatest gift after procreation, and dedicates most of his time fighting to save lives from cancer.
Mr. Uche Orji is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). A consummate professional, he brings a wealth of global experience spanning nearly three decades in investment banking and financial services to his role as MD & CEO.
He joined the NSIA as the pioneer MD & CEO on October 2nd 2012 from UBS Securities, where he was Managing Director in the New York branch of its Equities Division.
Before then, Uche had spent 6 years at JP Morgan Securities, London, from 2001-2006, rising from the post of Vice President to Managing Director within the Equities Division.
He had also worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, London from 1998-2001. First joining as an Associate, he rose to become an Executive Director before resigning in 2001. Hitherto, he was the Financial Controller at Diamond Bank Plc., Lagos, Nigeria and previously worked at Arthur Andersen & Co.
Until he assumed the role at NSIA, Uche was a regular commentator for leading research and asset management publications. In this capacity, he provided strategic advice to the Management of Semiconductor companies such as Intel Electronics, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments. He also co-authored more than 200 research pieces in the Semiconductor sector as well as the broader technology investment sectors.
He advised several global portfolio management firms and Sovereign Wealth Funds in his role as global coordinator in the Equities Division.
Today, the organisation he leads is a trusted advisor to the Federal Government of Nigeria and has been instrumental to the actualization of a number of economic transformation initiatives within the remit of its mandate.
His visionary leadership has inspired the significant strides recorded by NSIA despite its short existence and nurtured it into one of Africa’s most respected sovereign wealth funds attracting over $350 million in foreign direct investments over the last three years.
He currently serves on the Boards of the Infrastructure Credit Guarantee Company Ltd (InfraCredit), Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) and Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC).
Uche studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in 1990, and subsequently obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998.
Dr. Abubakar Mohammed Bello is a versatile and astute clinical oncologist of international repute with over 15 years’ experience of treating patients with a variety of medical conditions especially cancer. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical University Varna, Bulgaria, with distinctions in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and General Surgery.
He was board certified in Clinical Oncology by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria with special interest in breast, prostate and colorectal cancer. Other interests include HIV/AIDS malignancies, genomic sequencing technologies, immunotherapy and cyber knife. His quest for additional specialist skills in Oncology led him to undergo multiple trainings in some of the world’s best universities including Oxford University, University of Cape Town South Africa, and University of Chicago USA among others.
Abubakar has extensive work experience in public and private hospitals in Abuja, Nigeria. He started the Centre for Democratic Studies Clinic in Bwari which has now transformed to the hospital of the Nigerian Law School. Before becoming a clinical oncologist, he had worked as a Medical Officer in the Department of Health and Human Services of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA). He provided clinical services in Specialist Hospital Gwagwalada, General Hospital in Wuse and Garki. He had also worked as a Visiting Consultant to the Uthman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital Sokoto, State House Clinic, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Clinic and Nizamiye Nigerian-Turkish Hospital, Abuja.
Despite his busy schedule, Abubakar makes out time to serve on the board of many non-governmental organizations and development initiatives especially those involved in cancer advocacy. He is well known and respected for being a strong voice for more investment in cancer care because he believes no Nigerian should be allowed to suffer and die from cancer especially those that are preventable and curable.
Dr Bello is a seasoned medical expert who maintains composure and focus even in the most difficult and stressful circumstances. He currently works with the National Hospital Abuja as a Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Head of the Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy.