by Rachel Ogbu
These are no ordinary white collar workers; they could easily be referred to as super heroes in suits.
Holding very unique positions, these young corporate men and women are the backbone of well established companies relying on their clock-work brains for results and they deliver.
Juliet Ehimuan is Manager for Google Nigeria. According to Forbes Africa she ranks number 9 on the list of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa.
As head of Google’s operations in Africa’s largest internet-user community, she is charged with the responsibility of representing the company in all its business development projects and partnership opportunities in the region.
She has considerable experience in technology in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and the United States, making her a perfect fit for her latest portfolio.
Prior to joining Google, she worked with Shell Petroleum Development Company, and Microsoft UK, MSN EMEA. Ehimuan also worked as General Manager, Strategic Business Units at Chams Plc.
Ehimuan holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School, and she was a recipient of the London Business School Global Women’s Scholarship, she was also a Selwyn College Scholar and Malaysian commonwealth Scholar – Cambridge University.
Ojoma Ochai, Assistant Director, Nigeria at British Council and a member of the organisation’s Regional Leadership Team in sub-Saharan Africa. As head of British Council’s Arts and Creative Industries programme in Nigeria, she has developed various policy advocacy, capacity development and showcase initiatives for Nigeria’s creative and cultural industries. She contributes to setting the strategy and developing organisational frameworks for country and regional operations.
Ochai has initiated and developed partnerships for the British Council’s Creative Economy work with various public and private organisations in Nigeria and the UK, and leads on the Council’s relationship with Federal and State Governments to advocate creative and cultural policy change.
In 2011, she was nominated as The Future Awards, Young Person of the Year.
Ngozi Nkwoji, senior Brand Manager Maltina at Nigerian Breweries Plc, Nigeria. Winner of the Excellence in corporate service, The Future Awards 2012 and Brand activation awards finalist – Heineken brand building awards, Heineken NV, November 2011.
Nkwoji presently works for the Maltina Brand, with a brief to effectively manage and ensure its equity brand growth. She successfully executed the 5th Season of the Maltina Dance All competition, the successful relaunch of the Maltina brand and the execution of the Maltina Sharing Happiness promo.
Akintunde Oyebode, Head, SME Banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank since 2011. he is responsible for building propositions to serve small and growing businesses. In his current role, he’s also responsible for implementing the introduction of the bank’s SME Quick Loan product, through which N3 billion has been disbursed to 1,500 businesses that hitherto would not have been able to access finance from banks. He is an Economics graduate from the University of Lagos, and has worked with entrepreneurs for almost a decade in various capacities including case writing, business planning, strategy formulation and retail banking.
Before his current position, he was the Segment Manager, Business Banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank, Head Research & Insight, Strategy Departmentat First City Monument Bank Plc and Lead, Customer Research Teamat First City Monument Bank PLC.
Oyebode is a YNaija Frontpage columnist and also supports Manchester United.
Eniola Mafe is the Africa Program Manager at Vital Voices Global Partnership, a Washington, D.C.-based international non-profit that works with women leaders to advance women’s human rights, political participation, and economic empowerment.
Her position as the Program Manager for Africa in Vital Voices Global Partnerships enables her to “bring people together in creative ways to address a pressing international issue or enhance the foreign policy community.”
With a special focus on organizational development, entrepreneurship, and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa, Eniola manages the Africa Businesswomen’s Network (ABWN).
Last year, she was described as a “Convener” in the Diplomatic Courier’s Top 99 under 33 2012 and was named under one of 13 Young African Business/Economic Leaders To Watch in 2013.
Subomi Plumptre is an ideas, strategy & brand consultant with over a decade of experience. She currently heads the Corporate Practice at Alder Consulting, Nigeria’s leading ideas and brand consulting firm.
With an academic background in analytical reasoning, scientific investigation and practical research, Subomi has been a team lead for Alder on a number of diverse Government and Corporate projects including the Educational Sector Transformation Plan of the Federal Ministry of Education; The Reform Programmes of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs & the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Restructuring of the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development.
She spearheaded the development of an External Communication Programme for the British Council; coordinated Acculturation Programmes for First Bank and is tasked with developing ongoing Brand Strategy for Guaranty Trust Bank. She is team lead on Alder Consulting’s SME development programme – Enterprise 500.
She was best Graduating Student in Copywriting & Layout, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria Professional Examination in Advertising
Franklin Ozekhome describes himself as “a creative strategist, a trendspotter, and a student of culture and brands. A storyteller who understands that advertising-as-interruption is over.”
He combines day-to-day trendspotting and consumer behaviour analytics with Head, Marketing at Insight Grey.
Ozekhome previously held senior roles at Insight-Grey and McCann Erickson, and has spent over a decade advising leading companies and brands like British Airways, Samsung, Total Oil, PepsiCo, MTN, GSK, Audi and British American Tobacco.
Babatomiwa Adesida, Social Performance and Corporate Responsibility Manager for Sahara Group. His efforts have aroused a newfound sense of taking Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as serious business within his organization. Adesida singlehandedly developed all the policies, procedures and manuals that are in use as CSR guides in Sahara Group, some of which has been imbibed by other companies. Due to his efforts, Sahara Group has received numerous awards for her involvement in CSR activities in Ghana, Nigeria and Coted’Ivoire.
Oluwaseyi Abiola Ogunro is a Senior Associate in the prestigious law firm of Banwo and Ighodalo handling the areas of Project finance, Corporate Finance, Structured Trade finance and commercial law. Ogunro provides excellent legal opinions and facilitates training sessions for the law firm/ mentors junior associates, thus contributing to the firm’s continued success. She was the team leader for her firm in its role as counsel to a syndicate of Nigerian banks in connection with a two tranche loan facility of N82,600,000,000 and USD$100,000,000 which was advanced to Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Limited. She is a Harvard Alumni and a member of the Nigerian, American and New York Bars.
Adim Isiakpona is the marketing manager and PR manager, West Africa, for Intel Corporation. He has received awards for outstanding service for the experience and professionalism he demonstrates in handling his duties.
Before his move to Intel he has managed all forms of brand communications within HP in Nigeria as its Marketing Manager. He develops a channel to enable a smooth ripple effect within the sales chain. He has engineered the growth of an organized retail business structure within the HP channel in this region, orchestrating the increased revenue of the retail business to $26 million in 2011. He also helped improve the HP brand essence and visibility through conversational marketing methods, like the use of social media where the facebook fan base grew to about 60,000 within 7 months.
Age limit is 18 – 40. The age limit for this category was expanded from 35.