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Chairman, Etisalat Nigeria
For over four decades, Hakeem Belo-Osagie has been a key player in the Nigerian economy through his participation in several businesses in the private sector particularly in the energy, finance and telecommunications sectors.
Upon graduating with an MBA from Harvard University, Hakeem Belo-Osagie served as a special advisor to the presidential adviser on petroleum and energy. After this, he established petroleum consultancy CTIC which became a leading energy consulting firm. In 1998 he bought 51% of United Bank for Africa from the Nigerian government and sold it for a reported $120 million in 2004. He is one of the largest donors to the African Leadership Academy, a residential secondary institution in Johannesburg that works to turn out Africa’s brightest students.
Currently, Hakeem Belo-Osagie chairs the Nigerian arm of UAE telecom provider Etisalat. Through his holding company, Premium Telecommunications Holdings, he controls a 12% stake in Etisalat Nigeria. In addition, he is currently the Chairman of Chocolate City Music Group, a leading entertainment company in Nigeria.
Founder, EbonyLife TV
Mo Abudu has made her mark across the corporate world in various fields including roles such as an Executive at ExxonMobil for nearly a decade; the promoter behind the Protea Hotel Oakwood Park, of which she remains a shareholder and director; and as the Founder of Vic Lawrence & Associates, now, one of Nigeria’s leading Outsourcing firms. At present, she is the Creator, Executive Producer and Hostess of “Moments with Mo,” the first television show to be syndicated across Africa. The show has been running for over 8 years and boasts an impressive guest list that includes the likes of Hillary Rodham-Clinton and Christine Lagarde.
An accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist with a predilection for television, Mo embarked on her greatest business endeavor yet with the launch of EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black entertainment and lifestyle network. The network celebrated its 2nd year on air on July 01, 2015. As Africa’s ‘first lady of chat’ and media mogul, Mo is highly sought after for her in-depth knowledge of the African and Global creative industry. She has spoken at Cambridge University Judge School of Business, Harvard University, New York University Stern School of Business, amongst others, and has received international recognition, including a Forbes’ award for being the First African Woman to launch a Pan-African TV Channel and CNN’s report on her as ‘Africa’s Queen of Media who conquered the continent’.
What Mo calls her most significant achievement is her role as the proud mother of two amazing children, Temidayo aged 24, and Adekoyejo aged 19.
Managing Partner, Goldman Sachs, Sub-Saharan Africa
Colin is head of the Investment Banking Division for Sub-Saharan Africa, a role assumed in 2008, and head of the South African office, a role he has held since he joined Goldman Sachs in 2000. In 2015, Colin was named member of the Investment Banking Services EMEA Captains Group. He is also a member of the Growth Markets Franchise Group. Colin was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2010.
In 2013, Colin authored “Two Decades of Freedom,” a report by Goldman Sachs on South Africa’s progress since 1994. In the 1980s, Colin was involved in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and later in its constitutional transition. From 1989 until South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, he was an executive director for the Consultative Business Movement (CBM). Colin served in working groups of the multi-party talks, facilitated the International Mediation Forum and helped to negotiate the agreement to facilitate all parties’ participation in South Africa’s 1994 elections. In 1994, Colin became a senior consultant for public affairs at Standard Bank Investment Corporation (SBIC), where he was an advisor to the SBIC chairman. He was subsequently appointed director of public finance for SBIC’s Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank. In 1997, Colin relocated to London, where he became a vice president of energy, power and oil for J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking Advisory Department.
In 1996, Colin was nominated as one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders for Tomorrow. He was also a recipient on behalf of the CBM of Harvard Business School’s “Business Statesman Award” in 1994 and was named one of Euromoney’s World Top Ten “Financing leaders for the 21st Century.” Colin earned a BA in Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand in 1988.
Director - Integrity and Anti-Corruption Division, African Development Bank Group
Ms. Anna Bossman is the Director of Integrity and Anti-Corruption (IACD) at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). IACD carries out investigations into allegations of fraud and corruption and other malpractices in operations financed by the AfDB. The office also develops preventive measures to proactively reduce the potential for misconduct, fraud or corruption in AfDB financed operations. In March and May 2014, as a result of IACD’s investigations, the AfDB announced negotiated settlements with a number of international firms after these had acknowledged involvement in sanctionable practices. The is the second largest settlement to date by any multilateral development bank.
Prior to the African Development Bank Group, Ms. Bossman headed Ghana’s Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice as Acting Chair and Deputy Commissioner in charge of Legal and Investigations. Ms. Bossman began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Ghana’s Ministry of Justice and later practiced law with the firm Okai Anderson & Co , specialising in company and tax law before a twenty-five year career at the Houston-based Tenneco Oil Exploration and Production Company’s operations in Gabon, Central Africa . In 1997, she founded Bossman Consultancy Limited, a management consulting firm on legal and business advisory assistance to the public and private sector.
Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Ghana
Lucy is an international business leader and a trail blazer in the telecommunications industry who has received local and international recognition. She is the first Ghanaian woman to lead a multinational telecommunications company and the first female Chief Marketing Officer of a telecom company in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lucy started her career in automotive engineering with Ford Motor Company working her way through design engineering, manufacturing and project management functions in the UK, Germany and Portugal. She later became a Change Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London as part of the RBS-ABN AMRO Operations merger team. She is a Chartered Electrical and Electronic Engineer (UK) who holds a first class degree and an MBA from INSEAD.
In 2008, Lucy stepped into telecommunications holding various senior executive roles from Business Development for Africa to Chief Marketing Officer. Her experience saw her serve businesses and consumers across both Francophone and Anglophone Africa.
Her passionate drive and enthusiasm has combined to boost business at Airtel Ghana, leading it to achieve significant growth and milestones within a year since she took the reins of leadership. Lucy ensured that by creating top of mind awareness through strategic marketing and sustainable Corporate Social responsibility, Airtel Ghana increased its bonding scores from 9% to 29% making it the most loved brand in the country. The company has also increased its data network speed from 21.6mbps to 42mbps, making it the fastest and the first to provide this service in the industry. She has overseen a substantial investment in the network making it the 2nd largest active network in the country. Her leadership also saw the business continue on its winning journey when it received four awards, an increase over last year’s tally of three at the 2015 Ghana Telecom Awards
A true leader in the telecommunications industry, Lucy Quist was recently celebrated at the Ghana Telecoms Awards with a Special Recognition by the Telecom Industry for her mercurial rise to become the first Ghanaian woman to lead a multinational telecoms company and for leading transformational change that is shaping industry thinking. Lucy’s transformational leadership also led her to be crowned the CIMG Marketing Woman, 2014 in recognition of her excellent strategic marketing in the areas of market insights, marketing strategy development, managing Airtel Ghana’s corporate reputation right down to managing marketing teams and Airtel Ghana’s CSR programmes for the year 2014.
Lucy is married with three children. The family loves to travel together to explore the world.