2017 Speakers



Professor Kingsley Moghalu  is a global leader who has made contributions to the stability, progress and wealth of nations, societies and individuals across such domains as academia, economic policy, banking and finance, entrepreneurship, law, and diplomacy. As Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009-2014 he led the execution of extensive reforms in the Nigerian banking system after the global financial crisis. He was a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee that brought inflation down into single digits.

As Professor of International Business and Public Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA he has taught, trained and inspired graduate students from more than 40 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, men and women who will go on to leadership roles in their countries in careers from business to government service, from non-profits to military intelligence.

Kingsley served as the Chairman of the Boards of Directors of the Nigerian-Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) and the Financial Institutions Training Center. He was also a Member of the Boards of Directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, and the global Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI).

He is the Founder & CEO of Sogato Strategies LLC, a global strategy, risk and macroeconomic advisory firm that has helped multinational corporations, global banks, private equity and asset management corporations make successful investments in emerging market countries.

Kingsley previously worked for the United Nations for 17 years, leading successful work in national reconciliation and nation-building in fractured societies, risk management and management reform in the UN, and raising billions of dollars for social investments in developing countries by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Geneva.

A visionary thinker and thought leader, he is the author of several books, an international keynote speaker at industry conferences, and a frequent commentator in the global media including CNN, BBC World TV, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times.

A philanthropist, Kingsley founded the Isaac Moghalu Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support for literacy, educational institutions, and access to education for underprivileged children in rural communities in Nigeria.

Kingsley was educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Ph.D., M.Phil.), The Fletcher School at Tufts University (M.A.), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (LL.B.), and the Institute of Risk Management in London, UK. He has completed executive leadership programs in economic transformation, macroeconomic management, global leadership, corporate governance, and strategy at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Chicago Booth School of Business, and the International Monetary Fund Institute.



Davis Cook,is the CEO Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability(RIIS),South Africa.Davis has a standard life history on LinkedIn, but that doesn’t say who he is. So instead, this is what matters to him – making choices (and sometimes mistakes) about how to create a better world through innovation,through solving problems that face people, humans, across his home and beyond.What is important is whether or not we choose – every day – to act in away that makes the future just a little better; better for ourselves, our families, our planet. Science is one way to do this; listening to people and understanding what is important to them is just as important.Being part of a group of people that helps to bring a new world to life is what drives Davis every day. Through his colleagues, clients and networks,he has been privileged to work across the world and learn about how dozens of industries work and impact on society – great and small. Africa remains home, however, and although he has lived internationally, he has never, in his heart, emigrated.A passion for life-long learning makes running RIIS easy – in fact, the best part about his job is the ability to interact with different people,and learn about the challenges they are going through. RIIS has grown to an international open innovation firm under his leadership, and through this, helps support the growth and resurgence of Africa into the modern world.”


Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq MD,MPhil Currently the MD/CEO and founding board member of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN); a public private institution that mobilizes Nigeria’s private sector to complement government’s efforts in accelerating improvement in health outcomes by focusing on innovation, impact investments, advocacy and public- private partnerships to save at least one million lives
of women and children in Nigeria. The Private Sector Health Alliance was founded alongside private sector leaders in Nigeria including; Alhaji. Aliko Dangote (President, Dangote group), Mr. Jim Ovia(founder, Zenith bank, Visafone), Mr. Aigboje Aig Imoukhuede (founder, Access bank), Mrs. Sola David Borha (former CEO, Stanbic IBTC), Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate (former Minister of State for Health,Nigeria), Dr. Kelechi Ohiri and others – and promoted and launched by Mr. Bill Gates.
Prior to his appointment at the Alliance, Muntaqa was the Senior Technical Advisor to the former Minister of State for Health in Nigeria. In this position, he oversaw critical policy formulation/reviews and performance management projects in a number of parastatals and
departments in the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), National Health Insurance Scheme, etc.He co-authored the 2012 Drug Distribution Guidelines for the FMOH and led the Ministry’s efforts to streamline supply chain, logistics and drug distribution in Nigeria. He was part of the
team involved in creating an enabling environment for the private health sector and strengthening the regulatory role of government.
Muntaqa commenced his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where he focused on the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical sector – and advised healthcare clients on a wide range of transactions. He is a graduate from the University of Cambridge, England, where he did an
M.Phil. in Bioscience Enterprise. He earned his medical degree at Imperial College School of Medicine, London, and holds a BSc in Management (Finance & Health Economics) from the Tanaka Business School, London.He was also the founder of AfyaZima Africa Limited (Elpida Cambridge Health), a healthcare consulting and medical device company. He is a CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) Charter holder and was named the 2016 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader


Kendall Ananyi is the founder of Tizeti which operates as Wifi.com.ng. He has a Masters In Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Victoria Canada and Bachelors in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from the University of Benin and over 15 years experience in Telecommunication and Information Technology. He has worked with 2 AAA companies (ExxonMobil and Microsoft) as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers. Tizeti is backed by Y Combinator and offers Unlimited Internet Service in Nigeria.


Temie Giwa-Tubosun is the CEO of Life Bank-a smart blood system.Temie studied International Public Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She has over 10 years of health management experience with Department For International Development (DFID), World Health Organization, UNDP, and the Lagos State Government. In 2014, the BBC listed her as one of the 100 Women changing the world. She was also recognized as an African Innovator by Quartz and the World Economic Forum.


Prof Bongo Adi,a Senior Lecturer at Lagos Business School.Prior to his faculty appointment, Bongo Adi was CIPRA MTN Research Fellow at Lagos Business School where he facilitated classes in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), project finance and development. He led various collaborations on research, case studies and stakeholder engagement with various government agencies including ICRC, NERC and several ministries involved in PPPs.
He has over 15 years experience in teaching, policy research, and consulting. As an assistant professor, he has lectured at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, where he was a JSPS fellow, and at the American University of Nigeria. He has received several international awards including the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) award. He is a UNU Fellow and a World Bank scholar. Adi has consulted for the World Bank, UNCTAD, JIRCAS, JICA and UNU. He is widely published and his current research interests include electricity market design, private public partnerships, and political economy of mega projects. He holds an MA and a PhD in development economics from the prestigious University of Tsukuba, Japan. He undertook post doctoral training at the Data Mining Team of the National Agricultural Research Centre, Tsukuba, Japan where he developed routines for forecasting rice yields from paddies using remote sensing data from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).




Gossy  Ukanwoke is the Founder, BAU R&D and President, EduTech.He is a Higher Education Investor, supporting access to Learning and Education for young people in under-served communities. He has worked with African governments on the development of policies to assist in creating better access, quality and relevance of learning in higher education institutions.Through BAU R&D, he founded Beni American University and BAU Executive Education. His investments in African universities are guided on the principle of transforming learning and institutions that will grow future leaders of the continent. BAU R&D has completed investments in two Nigerian traditional universities and is poised to grow its portfolio of institutions across Africa.

In January 2017, became the President of EduTech, an Education Technology Company focused on helping African traditional universities take their oncampus degree programs online through the implementation of the very best of technology, process management, recruitment, admissions and advisory.EduTech has taken programs from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University and others online through its platform, reaching thousands ofstudents in Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.
In June 2016, Qatar Foundation named Gossy as one of the 50 Global Makers and Shakers of EdTech. He was a winner of the Accelerating Entrepreneurs category – World Entrepreneur of the Year, by the advisory firm Ernst and Young in June 2015, recognizing the work he has done in education and human capital development on the African continent. In March 2016, He was a finalist on the Young CEO of the Year 2016 award by the Africa CEO Forum.
As an advisor to a number of young entrepreneurs, startups and businesses, he has successfully helped to develop businesses that are providing real solutions to problems being faced daily on the continent across a broad range of sectors including: Power, Education, Civil Service, Infrastructure Development and Manufacturing. His work has been profiled by the World Bank and on CNN, Forbes, Harvard Business School, Forum for Growth and Innovation, The Huffington Post and more. His work has been used as a research focus and has been cited in articles, journals and other academic publications.He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the American University of Cyprus with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems.



Bola Lawal is a Social Entrepreneur who Co-founded Scholarx.co (@scholarx Instagram), a social impact startup that developed a mobile and web platform that helps African youths access quality education through scholarships, tuition crowdfunding and training/workshops. The ScholarX app was recently nominated by Apps Africa as Best App in West Africa. Prior to ScholarX, he worked as a Business Analyst with companies such as ConocoPhillips, Accenture and Shell.He’s recently been featured as a Speaker in events in Europe, Africa and the United States and across multiple media platforms . Bola graduated from University of Houston with a degree in accounting where he was the Chapter president of Beta Alpha Psi



Tunde Alawode is a co-founder of dot Learn, an edtech company that packages high-quality educational videos in file sizes as low as 1MB/hr to remove the connectivity and cost barriers associated  with online learning in emerging markets. In 2014, he co-founded ImpactLabs, a social enterprise in Nigeria with the goal of driving the establishment of inventive courses at local universities
along with creation and support of student maker groups.

He is also a co-founder of the non-profit, The Bridge Initiative, a network of graduate students at top Universities in the US who collaboratively
mentor aspiring graduate students from Africa. He was once a teacher of robotics in Israel and of Mathematics in Nigeria.

Tunde has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He obtained this in 2017 after conducting fundamental research on the materials for clean energy. He has masters degrees in Material Science and in Mechanical Engineering, both from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lagos where he graduated as the Best Graduating Student of 2010 with a GPA of  4.93.

He has worked in Schlumberger, an oilfield servicing company, EY, a consultancy and McKinsey, another consultancy. His work focused on delivering sustainable energy to communities and developing operational strategies for companies in the African energy sector. He is a member of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance.


Bankole Oloruntoba is a social and business tactics engagement specialist with a deep background in corporate communication, entrepreneurship development, business development and idea/innovation management. He has a first degree (BSc. Economics) from ABU Zaria, a certificate on building brands from Lagos Business School and running an executive MBA from Businesschool Netherlands in Nigeria.

He is, amongst other things, the Founder of Network of Incubators and Innovators in Nigeria (NINe) and currently managing Enspire Business Incubator, a technology focused business incubation centre under the Abuja Technology Village. He developed and manages the Abuja Tech Ecosystem to create a structured community for technopreneurs to get the much needed support as required by tech startups and also serve as an example of how an ecosystem should be built including serving as a resource pool for the enspire Incubator.

An expert on the Business Model development and deployment (Business Model Canvas & Lean Management Strategy) for Products, Ideas and Startups, Incubation Management and Advisory, Bankole has shown strength in the identification and Building of strategic work/business partnership. He is the creator of Abuja Techies Meet-ups (Periodic), a thought leader in the area of Start-ups and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Nigeria/West Africa.

Before enspire, Bankole co-managed the set up process of the Osun State Tourism Industrial Programme (OTOURS) and the built a Media/PR strategy for the effective public communication of the programme. And was also involved with the soft re-positioning of the Osun State Youth Employment Scheme (OYES) which include Developing quick win strategies, building of capacity development modules and Training of OYES Cadets and management staff.

A social and startups trend observer having started his work-life from SLEEK Magazine, proceeded to FATE Foundation as a communication coordinator before joining Premium Pension Limited as Brand Manager and later on National Film and Video Censors Board as a consultant on its Digital Distribution Platform before joining Questech Media Consulting as Head Business Development, he has set up and advises quite a number of incubators and innovation hub businesses and sits on a number of boards/advisory groups. Bankole brings a wealth of experience in Entrepreneurship Development, SME Business Development, Business Strategy /Tactics, Brand/Corporate Communication and Media (Traditional & Digital) Management.

He has facilitated trainings for National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), iCENTRA, Enterprise Development Center (EDC/PAU), Ministry of Communications, Abuja Entreprise Agency (AEA), Osun State Government, Several NGOs/Intl Development Agencies, Ministry of Health, US Government in Nigeria and Swedish Government in Nigeria to mention a few.Bankole is an engaging Speaker, Convergence Coordinator and a fantastic listener.


Kaosiso Anaekwe is currently the Country Champion of Google Business Group (GBG), Nigeria: A position he uses to help local businesses discover the value of web technologies for business success.

He is the Managing Partner, Edubridge Consultants LTD. Lagos, a web technology and digital marketing service agency. A pioneer a digital training with over 100,000 young people in 22 states in Nigeria trained, on digital skills in partnership with Google.

He is an OMCP (Online Marketing Certified Professional) with Masters in Digital (Web) Analytics with over 10 years unceasing professional experience in web technology and online marketing. He holds several industry related certifications including Google Adwords and Analytics certifications. He is a member of the world acclaimed Digital Analytics Associations (DAA).

He is a highly experienced digital expert, a trainer and a serial entrepreneur helping brands achieve goals online. A man of many parts, a motivational speaker, a trainer, a software programmer, internet marketing analyst and online behavior expert.


Adenike Akinsemolu is the founder of the Green Institute and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. She is a former intern at the Clinton Foundation, a passionate environmental researcher, educator, and female child advocate. When she is not raising the next generation of green leaders or women scientists, she can be found working on her Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology, spending time in nature, and doing sporting activities.


Shola Akinlade is the Co-founder and CEO of Paystack. Before Paystack, Shola co-founded Precurio, an open-source collaboration software for businesses in emerging markets which was downloaded over 150,000 times and made available in 6 languages. He graduated with a BS in computer science from Babcock University.