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Business leaders to convene for LBS CEO Roundtable on Sustainability


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The First Bank Sustainability Centre will hold roundtable discussions for Chief Executive Officers at the Lagos Business School.

The forum, titled Leading by Empowering: Youth, Unemployment and Skills Training in aChanging Economy, is scheduled to take place in Lagos on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Oriental Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The forum will bring together forty C-Level Executives from the business, public and civic sectors, directors of multilateral agencies and sustainability advocates to discuss about an all too familiar problem facing business and society, which is the absence of skilled talent to fill open jobs – coupled with high rates of unemployment among young people in the environments businesses operate.

The forum will also discuss the strengths and limitations of skills training for work in Africa and, critically look at how corporate citizenship/sustainability initiatives can more effectively support youth empowerment and employment on the continent.

As stakeholders in the Nigerian business sector, the various CEOs attending the roundtable will be expected to bring high level of insight to the discussions.


Keynote Speaker MTN Nigeria MD/CEO – Michael Ikpoki


Mr. Michael Ikpoki, LLB, BL has been the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited since July 2013. Mr. Ikpoki served as the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana Ltd, a subsidiary of MTN Group Ltd. from April 2011 to July 24, 2013. He served as Sales and Distribution Executive for MTN Nigeria. He joined MTN Nigeria as Advisor in 2001 and was promoted to General Manager: Regulatory Affairs in 2004. Mr. Ikpoki serves as a Director at MTN Ghana Ltd. Mr. Ikpoki has attended several Executive progrmmes at Harvard Business School, INSEAD, London Business School and Lagos Business School among others.


Unilever Nigeria, CEO – Yaw Nsarkoh


Mr. Nsarkoh holds an Honors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Henley Management College, UK. His career spans over 21 years in Unilever businesses across Africa, Asia, and Europe. At various times, he worked as Managing Director, Unilever East and Sothern Africa, based in Kenya, as Strategic Assistant to Unilever Executive Member and President of Unilever Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe based in the UK. He is a member of Ghana Institution of Engineers, a Director of Changing Lives Endowment Fund (CLEF) in Ghana and a member of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria.

General Electric, MD/CEO – Lazarus Angbazo


Dr. Lazarus Angbazo is the President & CEO of GE’s Business operations in Nigeria, he has held senior positions at JP Morgan Chase in Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, and Credit Portfolio Management. Since becoming GE Nigeria’s CEO in 2012, Lazarus GE’s revenues in Nigeria have doubled to exceed $1B dollars annually. He kicked-off GE’s $1B direct investment in Nigeria anchored by a multi-modal Manufacturing & Service hub for Africa in Calabar. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D in Corporate Finance from the University of New York.

Diamond Bank, CEO – Mr. Uzoma Dozie


Mr. Uzoma Dozie has served as Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank PLC since October 2014. He served as Executive Director – Corporate Banking & Regional Business Lagos/West of the Company between 2008 and 2014. Uzoma’s banking career started in the Commercial Banking unit of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. He obtained a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Research from University College, London in 1992 and a MBA from Imperial College Management School, London in 1998.

Tony Elumelu Foundation, MD/CEO – Parminder Vir Obe 5

Ms Vir is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). As CEO, she manages the overall day-to-day operations and strategic development of TEF, as well as the implementation of the Foundation’s key initiatives. Under Vir’s leadership, the Foundation will continue its mission of empowering African entrepreneurs, and ensuring that entrepreneurship becomes the primary driver of Africa’s economic growth and social transformation. Previously she was CEO of PVL Media, a specialist consultancy, facilitating cross border business development with emerging markets. The implementation of her international business strategies has led to meaningful trade deals between the UK, India/Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Institute of Education, University of Ibadan – Prof Pai Obanya


Pai Obanya is Emeritus Professor in the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan and former Chairman of the Board, West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria. He sits on the Committee of Experts of Education International (EI), as well on the Board of Directors of HEBN (formerly Heinemann) Publishers PLC. He has served as Technical Adviser to the Reform Implementation Committee of the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria, following his earlier work as Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Education. A core academic, known as the Grand Sage of Education in Africa, Pai Obanya has authored over 270 publications on different aspects of Education. He is a well-sought-after keynote speaker on Education world-wide.


About the First Bank Sustainability Centre

The First Bank Sustainability Centre of Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University was launched in 2010 to refocus the relationship between business and its stakeholders by ensuring a consistent development of ethical business leaders, working with organisations on becoming positive change agents that incorporate responsible practices in their operations, develop innovative products and services that transform their communities; while at the same time generating economic value.

This focus enables businesses sustain livelihoods, reduce poverty and contribute to socio-economic development. In addition, the Centre provides platforms for businesses to discuss and collaborate on implementing the sustainability initiatives in their organisations, drawing from cutting-edge knowledge generated by the centre. The Centre is supported by a generous grant from First Bank Nigeria Limited, one of Africa’s leading financial services operators.



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