Ajibola Yewande Olufunke Ponnle, until her appointment as Honourable Commissioner in the Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, was the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, the industry regulator of the profession of Human Resource Management in Nigeria. She has 28 years uniquely diverse professional experience.
Building on her B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ibadan and a M.Sc. in Organisational Psychology from the University of London, she gained key skills in the fields of finance, strategy, organizational development and human resource management, with a specialisation in executive/leadership and team coaching.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and an International Coach Federation Accredited Professional Coach.
Mrs. Ponnle started her career in 1994 with Arthur Andersen (now KPMG), thereafter, joined British American Tobacco as one of the founding pre-merger staff and left as a member of both the Finance and Marketing Senior Management teams.
She is the first Nigerian to earn the ICF Professional Certified Coach accreditation, Mrs. Ponnle is the founding President of International Coaching Federation (ICF), Nigeria. She is also the first Core Energy Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner in the country. In recognition of her contributions to the development of professional coaching in the continent, she was selected as one of five founding members of the Africa Executive Coaching Council.
Ajibola, a member of the Lagos State Executive Council, is a seasoned learning facilitator and an international speaker. A visionary, change champion and consummate professional who is fully committed to pursuing the ‘Human Agenda’ in the nation.