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Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze is the current Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation. A distinguished banker, accountant, economist and administrator, he holds a first class B.Sc. degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an Advanced Management Programme Certificate from the Lagos Business School.READ MORE
Ugochukwu George Igbokwe is the MD/CEO of Make Me Beauty Salons, situated on Bode Thomas Street, Surulere, Lagos. He started out as a barber, but today he operates from his own property; housing an ultra- modern beauty palace.READ MORE
Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, MFR, is the co-founder of an agribusiness advisory and private equity firm, Sahel Capital, and serves as the Director, consulting and advisory servicesREAD MORE
Dr Wale Akinyande, is the President of Ahavah International, a global ministry dedicated to strategic training and development, marketplace ministry and consulting based in Liverpool, United Kingdom.READ MORE
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Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze is the current Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation. A distinguished banker, accountant, economist and administrator, he holds a first class B.Sc. degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an Advanced Management Programme Certificate from the Lagos Business School. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators (FICA), he has over 25 years’ experience in Accounting, Consulting and Banking.
He started his career in auditing and consulting at Price Waterhouse and then switched over to banking, starting with Nigerian International Bank and Citi Bank.
He rose to the apex of the profession as Managing Director/Chief Executive of NAL Bank PLC (2000-2005), a post he retained till its merger in 2005 to become Sterling Bank Plc. During the consolidation period, he became the Executive Director of Sterling Bank from the beginning of 2007 to August of that year when he left for private consulting practice. In January 2007, he was invited to join the Cabinet of the Lagos State Government.
He has served as Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget since January 2007 having first been appointed by the then Executive Governor of Lagos, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and then re-appointed for two terms by the immediate past Executive Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, a position he held till 2015. In February, 2016, he was appointed Special Adviser to the President on National Planning and was made the Director General of the Budget Office in June, 2016.
Before joining the Federal Government of Nigeria, he was the Chief Executive Officer of BIA Consulting Ltd, a Financial and Strategic Management Consulting firm, with a strong focus on public financial management (PFM).
He is very passionate about societal transformation and actively participates in programmes designed to bring the desired change in the country and community. In this respect, he serves on the Boards of the Apostles in the Marketplace, Society for National Transformation, Africa Missions Global, etc. He is the recipient of several academic, professional and community service awards.
Ugochukwu George Igbokwe is the MD/CEO of Make Me Beauty Salons, situated on Bode Thomas Street, Surulere, Lagos. He started out as a barber, but today he operates from his own property; housing an ultra- modern beauty palace. Make Me Salon is popular in Lagos for its high class professionalism, picturesque facilities and charming ambience.
Ugochukwu started dreaming about his own beauty shop fourteen years ago when he moved to a small shop. It was from the proceeds of the tiny shop that he moved to his own property that now has an ultra-modern beauty shop. Today, Make Me employs about 87 persons and has clients from far and wide. Currently, Make Me is partnering with L’Oreal professional from Paris.
Ugochukwu was born in Aba, Abia State. He grew up in Aba, a city known for its numerous SMEs and home grown entrepreneurs. He attended Clifford Road Primary School and Mercy Commercial College.
Ugochukwu has received several awards for his innovative hair styles and entrepreneurship. He is married to Bukky and they are blessed with children.
His advice to young people: “You must hear from your God. It is very important. Then ask Him for guidance. After that, you need to stay put in what you hear from God. It is important you don’t let friends or relations interfere and distract you. Stick to your vision. I didn’t get here in one day, a lot of people want to get there overnight, and it doesn’t come like that. Plan and follow your plan to the letter. Do your feasibility very well. Understand where you are going. Understand when the storm will come and how you will overcome it. This business is not one of those things that I do. It requires full attention. You cannot combine it with other businesses if you want to make a success of it”.
Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, MFR, is the co-founder of an agribusiness advisory and private equity firm, Sahel Capital, and serves as the Director, consulting and advisory services. She has 21 years of experience in International Development and Business Management working with multinational firms, the public sector, and international organizations. Through her work with Sahel Capital, she has shaped agriculture strategy and policy in West Africa for a range of private sector, public sector, and development agency clients in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo.
Ndidi holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. She received her undergraduate degree with honours in Multinational and Strategic Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices. She has worked with several International organisations. Ndidi was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honour – Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) from the Nigerian Government. She has been listed as one of the 20 Youngest Powerful African Women by Forbes.
Ndidi serves on numerous international and local Boards including Nestle Nigeria Plc., Nigerian Breweries Plc., Globethics.net, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India and Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands. Ndidi is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact,” published by Routledge in 2016.
Dr Wale Akinyande, is the President of Ahavah International, a global ministry dedicated to strategic training and development, marketplace ministry and consulting based in Liverpool, United Kingdom. His interest includes wealth education, wealth creation projects, relationship education, spiritual and personal development and transformational leadership programme. He is a recognised Apostolic / Prophetic voice in this generation.
Dr Wale has a degree in Geography from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and proceeded to United Kingdom where he trained as a Chartered Procurement specialist and a member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. He also went on to obtain Doctorate in Divinity from Cambridge Theological Seminary.
He has encouraged thousands of men and women to seek God’s calling on their own lives in relation to their vocation and to view their work as ministry to transform culture for Kingdom purpose and through his training programme many has discovered their true calling in the marketplace.
Dr Wale has written 7 books and spoken in UK, Europe, USA and Africa encouraging, equipping and educating people to live out God’s calling in their lives and helping churches build “Economic Communities” for end time harvest.One of His passion is to help the church become major influence in the marketplace.
He speaks at conferences, churches, luncheons, retreats, and other events and teaches workshops and seminars. With his over 28years background of consulting in business and the non-profit sector, Dr Wale inspires visions of tomorrow with the clarity of today—connecting ideas to action and profit. As an investor, he encourages others as well to build multiple-streams of income and establish a credible investment portfolio fulfilling God instruction in Ecclesiastes 11:2 New International Version (NIV) says, “2 Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.”
His clientrepresents a rich diversity and background, cutting across nations and spheres: from politicians, to CEO’s, and entrepreneurs.