National President, Learning & Development Network International
CEO, Vital Solutions Consult
Collins Edebiri is a fellow of many professional bodies and currently the President, Learning & Development Network International.
Rev. Edebiri is a Human Resource Management Professional, Leadership and Talent Management Expert, Executive Coach, Facilitator and Certified Mentor with some 38 years work experience. After a stint in the Manufacturing & Agricultural sectors (1982 – 1991). He served in Shell in different managerial capacities, in addition to leading major transformation efforts across Africa and Europe for 21 years (1991 – 2012), before retiring to set up his HR Consultancy, Vital Solutions Consult (2012 – Date), where he currently sits as CEO.
His coaching and mentoring skills; as well as his passion for bringing out the best in people makes an encounter with him a learner’s delight. He has spent considerable time studying organizational behavior and employee engagement strategies. He is a labor and employee relations expert and also a certified relationship therapist, a team building expert, negotiator and communicator. He is also an engaging speaker at conferences and a very passionate counselor.
Borderless Learning and the Workplace – Are Employees and Employers Embracing the Shift? In-Person / Virtual
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Prof. Femi Peters
Vice Chancellor National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja
Professor Olufemi Peters is presently the Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry; M.Sc and Ph.D in Polymer science and Technology. He worked at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria for over 20 years before joining the National Open University of Nigeria in 2003. He was at one time visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
A Professor in Chemistry, Prof. Peters has held various leadership positions in NOUN such as Dean, School of Science, Director of Examination and Assessment, Director of Academic Planning and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics. From 2014 to 2018, he was also the Chief Executive of the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, Ilorin, Nigeria. Professor Peters has also served as a member of many educational accreditation panels including the Interim Joint Matriculation Board for advanced level programmes; National Commission for Colleges of Education; National Board for Technical Education for Polytechnics, and National Universities Commission. He served as member and chairman of a number of committees for the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, (RMRDC) respectively, in Nigeria.
Professor Peters has served as Lead Consultant to the Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada through which he respectively led-facilitated at four African Universities and ten Nigerian Universities on Policy Formulations; Quality Assurance; and Dual-mode transitioning. He led several study teams from NOUN to ODL Institutions such as, the University of South Africa, International College Group and Western Cape Learning Centre (Parrow), Cape Town, Indira Ghandi National Open University, New Delhi, National Institute for Open Schooling (NIOS), India and the University of London.
Professor Olufemi Peters is a Fellow of the Chemical Society of Nigeria and first Vice President of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE).
Improving Participant’s Experience Through Gaming Technologies
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Managing Consultant/CEO TalentEquip
Victor is a highly experienced Managerial Psychologist, Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Sales expert with more than 24 years’ professional experience spanning Banking, Information Technology and Consulting. More than 16 of those years in senior management and leadership positions. He has significant experience working with and across remote teams in different regions with diverse cultures across Africa and some parts of Europe.
Victor is a member of the National Speakers Association, USA, NITAD and LDNI. He has delivered keynotes and training workshops to small and large audiences in Nigeria, Ghana, Dubai and the UK.
His smooth, humorous and uniquely inspiring style of speaking has endeared him to his audiences everywhere he has led a workshop or delivered a keynote.
Whether online or offline, his sessions are fun, educative and interactive. Over 12,000 individuals have benefited, at some point in their careers, from the immense depth of knowledge and breadth of skill of Victor Diali.
He worked for UBA, NCR, Compaq, HP and Microsoft. Before starting his company, TalentEquip Learning, he was the Sales Distibution Manager at Microsoft in charge of 5 countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. He is also currently the Regional Business Director for West Africa at Clarity4D, UK.
He is an award-winning trainer with a track record of delivering effective, unique, gamified, and effective content with an impressive ability to simplify complex concepts and capture the attention of delegates, ensuring “stickability” of knowledge.
Victor holds a Master Degree in Managerial Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
His current passion is to inspire people to be truly human.
Abiola ‘Champ’ Salami is a World-class Performance Coach committed to raising world class leaders and improving the productive capacity and brand perception of organizations and governments. He is an alumnus of Harvard University, Lagos Business School and American Government's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
His commitment to workforce productivity, youth and women empowerment as well as leadership development led him to publishing books, audio and visual content as well as designing and implementing capacity development programs towards achieving the relevant Sustainable Development Goals.
Director People in M&A Transactions & Restructuring Ernst and Young EY UK.
Ibironke Tolu-Ogunpolu is an experienced Executive Coach, Management Consultant and People Leader. Her experience has spanned 27 years of extensive cross-industry experience in leveraging people, strategy, organisational design, communications and business change to drive growth and sustainable performance. She has led complex, strategic, multi-territory programmes for major global brands in EMEA, Asia PAC, USA, and the UK. She is presently a Director in the People Advisory Services M&A and Restructuring Practice at EY UKI, a global Big 4 Professional Services firm.
Previously, Ibironke served as Deputy and later Competency Lead for People and Organisations at PwC in Nigeria. She also initiated and led the creation of PwC’s Advisory Business School, overseeing the creation of a Senior Executive Leadership Programme in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Management.
She’s a strong advocate of professional and national skills development, as part of a pivotal strategic initiative at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) UK.
Ibironke is also a qualified and certified Executive coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management. A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) UK and she holds a Masters in Strategy, Change and Leadership from the University of Bristol. She is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Prince 2 Practitioner.
DEI: Strategies for Employee Engagement, Work Satisfaction and Performance Improvement
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
The idea of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace is not a new one, but it is an initiative that many organisations struggle to understand or implement. Abundant research shows that DEI in the workplace leads to more employee engagement, increased work satisfaction and improved performance but unfortunately, many organisations misconstrue or ignore what abundant research has made clear. Promoting and supporting DEI in the workplace is an important aspect of good people management - it’s about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual and deploying fair, inclusive and transparent HR practices. Today’s employee is concerned with more than just the monetary gains that having a career lends, they want to be seen, heard, developed, engaged—and rewarded accordingly.
Join Adaku on 22nd September as she unpacks the following questions designed to equip participants to recognise and manage non-inclusive behaviours that can undermine individuals and teams, along with inclusive actions that, together with management’s commitment and the right policies, can create a culture in which everyone has opportunities to thrive in the company’s operations and leadership.
What is workplace diversity, equity and inclusion?
What are the benefits of DEI in the workplace?
Why is workforce DEI critical – especially now?
What DEI strategies can individuals & organisations implement to improve employee engagement, work satisfaction and performance?
Founder/CEO PhoenixRize People Development Solutions
Adaku Okafor is the Founder & CEO of PhoenixRize People Development Solutions, a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) company with the mission to help organisations create and sustain diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and turn diversity into a strategic business advantage.
She is an authority and fearless advocate for DEI and has worked passionately in the DEI space for over 10 years. As an award-winning leadership and people development consultant, keynote speaker and executive practitioner for DEI efforts across business, government, non-profit and education, Adaku helps organisations overcome DEI barriers, leverage workplace differences, and embed DEI into their business frameworks on strategic diversity, intentional inclusion, and organisational effectiveness.
Adaku is currently a doctoral student at University College Dublin. She holds a BSc in Accounting from the University of Nigeria, MBA from the University of Lagos; an MA from Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin, and a Post Graduate Certificate from both University College Dublin (Women, Gender and Social Justice) and Trinity College, Dublin (Race & Ethnicity). A servant leader and humanitarian, Adaku believes in meeting people where they are to address bias, racism, and injustice.
Dolapo Agbede is a leading diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) expert >in Africa. As the Founder/Lead consultant & researcher at Will Way Paradigm, she delivers datacentric sustainable solutions at the nexus of social engineering, technology, workforce cohesion and disability Inclusion.
She possesses over 17 years of work experience in key economic sectors including, ICT, Payment Solutions, Telecommunications, Talent management and business administration. She is a Corporate Human Capital Strategist and versatile business leader leveraging her diverse multinational career across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Dolapo is an Electrical/Electronics graduate from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, holds a Master in International Law and Diplomacy from University of Lagos, certified Strategic Management and Corporate Leadership from GIMPA, CERTIFIED IN Project Leadership from Cornell University and currently researching her thesis in her Master in International Human resource Management program at Rome Business School. She is a certified NEBOSH practitioner, a Yoga Trainer, a Mental Health First Aider, Emotional Intelligence Specialist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
She sits on several boards, actively mentors inclusion champions, is a transitions coach and a tech & Neuro-Science enthusiast.
Using Analytics to Improve Decision Making in the L & D Function
12:05 PM - 01:05 PM
Senior Manager, Capacity Development Central Bank of Nigeria
Peter Shialsuk has garnered over 10 years’ experience in managing learning design and delivery in public and development sector organizations. He holds an MSc degree in Human Resource Management from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. He is an ATD Master Instructional Designer and presently studying people analytics at the University of Hull, United Kingdom.
He is a Senior Learning Strategy and Advisor Manager at the capacity development department of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Prior to joining the CBN, he had previous work experience at the World Bank, British Council, and the DFID Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN). He has been involved in various National and International projects within Nigeria - in the economic, financial and health sectors.
Peter was a participant at the 2022, 9th Steering Committee meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held in Accra Ghana.
His areas of interest include instructional design, business development, performance management and people analytics.
Paul is currently a Senior Partner in Phillips Consulting Limited, Nigeria, with direct responsibility for the Digital Learning Strategic Business Unit (SBU). He also provides custodial oversight for the People Transformation and Classroom Training SBUs, divisions he led successfully for several years. Earlier he worked for 7 years in the Information Technology Assurance division of Phillips Consulting.
Paul has over 24 years of experience in sales, leadership; people management; project management; strategic planning; knowledge management; business performance support, digital learning and, information assurance. He is a multi-industry leader with experience across the Public Sector, Education, Banking, Insurance, Telecommunications, and SMEs sectors.
Paul is a Certified Knowledge Manager and PRINCE2 Project Manager, providing project leadership and direction on numerous projects across the public and private sectors. He is currently a member of Association for Talent Development (ATD) International, Learning and Development Network International, an Executive Facilitator on Leadership & Management, Workplace Productivity, Emotional Intelligence and a frequent speaker at International and local conferences & webinars.
Before joining Phillips Consulting, Paul spent 3 years as head of information technology assurance in two banks. His foray into consulting began at EDP Audit and Security Associates, where he started as trainee consultant and grew to Senior Consultant over a period of 8 years.
He currently oversees the relationship with over 8 global strategic business partners of Phillips Consulting and serves as a non-executive director in two SME firms, that operate in the Education consulting & NGO space.
Engineer Turned Educator I Facilitator I Life Coach I Counselor ICE Consultants, India
Nasrin Ejnar holds an MBA in International Business from C.S.U. Sydney, Australia. Bachelor of Engineering (Petrochemicals) from M.I.T. Pune, India and a Diploma in Experiential Education & Practice also from Pune, India amongst others.
She has several awards, one of which is the “Bharat Gaurav Award’ for Indo –Kuwait Friendship services to NRI in Kuwait.
Nasrin has diverse professional experience in Learning & Development since 1998 in the areas of Training Programs, Workshops & Seminars.
Some of her areas of interest are: Leadership, Women Empowerment, Adventure Based Learning, Public Speaking, Communication, Children Scientific Camps, Conflict Resolution, Change Management, Personal Effectiveness and Talent Acquisition.
Nasrin works with both local and international clients, such as JP Morgon, Mumbai, DuPont India-Delhi, Axis Bank –Pune, Philips India- Mumbai, Global Citizen Year, US, Charles Strut University, Sydney, L&D Network International, Nigeria and Global Workplace Wellness summit–Canada.
Talent Management: The Mindset. Skillsets and Toolsets.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
L & D Manager NLNG
I am Judith Asogwa, Corporate Learning and Knowledge Manager in Nigeria LNG Limited.
A seasoned HR professional with 20+ years experience in Recruitment, Talent and Development, Learning, Workforce management and Leadership development. Qualifications include: BSc, MSc Cranfield and MBA in Business Administration and International HR Management. Has extensive knowledge in the practical implementation of HR through onboarding, induction, retention, engagement and retirement through E and digital platforms in line with new ways of working. She has led and championed several people, change management initiatives to support new and ailing businesses to reengineer the business or bring about a culture shift. She has designed several assessment centers, SME development/implementation and job placement interview to support the people agenda in line with people, systems and processes. An avid reader with a passion for development of young talents until they become individual contributors. She continuously champions activities that promote diversity, gender support and working with young children. She supports business engagement, motivation and aggregation. The career summary spans 5 years in consulting, 17 years in oil and gas and currently in learning and knowledge management with goal to driving life long learning. She is a member of CIPM, CIPD, SHRM and British psychological society.
Attract, Engage and Retain in the New Remote Work Ecosystem
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Group Head HR Development Bank of Nigeria PLC
Uche Ogbonnaya is the pioneer Head, Human Resources Management at the Development Bank of Nigeria Plc. She is a seasoned People and Culture Management expert with over 20 years of HR Leadership experience spanning all aspects of Human Resources Management, Leadership Development, Strategy Development, and Implementation.
Uche has helped leading organizations develop and implement effective people management strategies that entrench winning organizational culture and enhance employer brand. Before joining the Development Bank of Nigeria Plc, she was the Head, HR Business Partnering at Access Bank where she also managed the Group Culture and Internal Communications.
Driven by her personal value of continuous learning she constantly develops herself through participation in leadership programmes at renowned training institutions such as the Wharton University of Pennsylvania, Insead, London Business School and Euromoney.
Uche holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Ado Ekiti and an MBA from Lagos State University. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Nigeria, and an Alumnus of the prestigious Institute of Management Development (IMD), Switzerland.
This session explores the connection between good decision making and EQ, or emotional intelligence. Using Daniel Goleman’s EQ model, we look at the four competencies of EQ and how we can make ourselves stronger in each, which in turn leads to better decision making. Along the way, we look at the role of values, integrity and trust in how we make decisions.
Why Perspective And Actions Are Critical for Effective Coaching.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CEO Insolitus Nigeria Limited
Barbara Lawrence is an Executive and Leadership Coach and the CEO of Insolitus Nigeria Ltd. She is a graduate of University of Kent at Canterbury, UK and the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
She has various coaching qualifications, some of which are from Personnel Decisions International (PDI) now part of Korn Ferry, the Association for Talent Development (ATD), International Coaching Federation (ICF) and GTCI.
She has 21 years’ experience and career with the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) where she held various positions including Issues management Adviser; Head, External Relations Strategy & Planning; Transformation Manager; Communication & Change Manager and also the Regional Organizational Effectiveness, Change & Planning Manager. All these experiences have helped her to become an independent consultant. She has over 15 years coaching experience both in the corporate world and as an Independent coach.
Her area of expertise are C-Suite, Senior Leaders, Emerging Leaders, General Management and High Potentials.
Dr. Abiye Alamina is a qualified Occupational Health Physician, and a Wellness & Resilience Practitioner. He graduated from University of Benin with MBBS, he has a Masters in Occupational Medicine, Health Safety from Edith Cowan University, Australia, as well as a Postgraduate certificate in Project Management from Henley Business School, UK.
Abiye has worked in West Africa and the Middle East, promoting employee wellness and wellbeing, as well as facilitating workplace mental wellness and resilience training. He was involved in launching the BeWell Wellness programme in Shell Nigeria, as well as establishing the employee wellness programme in Shell Iraq, in the Middle East, and was also instrumental to revamping the EAP service in NLNG, Nigeria.
He is currently Occupational Health Manager for OQ8 in Oman, where amongst other things is responsible for driving the culture of health and ensuring a thriving and highly performing workforce.
He is an avid football lover who supports Manchester United and also still actively plays football.