Guest Speakers

Bidemi Ademola

Bidemi Ademola

General Counsel Ghana Nigeria & Company Secretary

Mrs. Abidemi Tolulope Ademola is a Corporate Counsel and Chartered Secretary with niche experience spanning 23 years of Corporate and Commercial Law and Governance practice in Nigeria and West Africa. Bidemi is listed on the Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Africa. She is currently the General Counsel Ghana-Nigeria & Company Secretary at Unilever Nigeria Plc. Her forte is identifying existing and emerging legal, compliance, transactional and corporate governance risks to business and developing mitigating solutions.

Bidemi holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife., a Master of Laws degree from the University of Lagos, Akoka and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Walden University, USA. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria and an Associate of the United Kingdom equivalent. She is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Society of Corporate Governance and the Institute of Directors, Nigeria. She is an Associate member of Women in Management, Business & Public Services (WIMBIZ) and a Fellow of the WIMBOARD Institute, a WIMBIZ/IE University, Madrid Executive Education Programme for Women on Boards.

Bidemi is driven by passion to always make a positive difference. She actively mentors other young women formally and informally. She enjoys walking, interior decorating and wholesome music.

 

Tim Newbold

Tim Newbold

Director, Africa Practice

Multi-skilled executive with over a decade of Africa focused on the ground experience in senior management, from start up through to market leading consultancy. Passionate about public policy, development and the role of the private sector.

 
Richard Harney

Richard Harney

Managing Partner, Bowmans Kenya

Richard Harney is a member of the partnership board of the pan-African law firm Bowmans and the managing partner of the Kenya office, Coulson Harney LLP. Richard co-founded the office in 2008.

Richard is consistently involved in the most prominent transactions in the region.  Having spent the past 22 years in Kenya, Richard has a wide array of experience advising domestic, regional and international clients on M&A deals, capital markets, finance, restructuring and corporate law.  Prior to moving to Kenya, in the early 1990s, Richard worked as a solicitor at two leading law firms in the City of London.

He is listed in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, a Leading Lawyer in IFLR1000 and a Tier 1 Lawyer in Chambers Global where clients acknowledge “he has a good feel for what is and isn’t practical in Kenya, and for how it will work in the local environment.’”

 

Pattison Boleigha

Pattison Boleigha

Chief Conduct and Compliance Officer, Access Bank

Pattison has over 23 years of banking experience.

Over 12 years of experience in AML/CFT, regulatory compliance, internal controls and audit.

Group Chief Conduct and Compliance Officer of Access Bank Plc

Worked for thirteen years in Citibank Nigeria covering, Internal Control, Internal Audit, Operations and Financial Control.

Bsc Accounting, University of Nigeria; Nsukka, Executive MBA, RSUST, Port Harcourt Nigeria; an Alumnus of INSEAD, Harvard Business School, London Business School and IMD Executive programmes.

He is a member of many professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chartered Institute Of Taxation Of Nigeria, Chartered Institute Of Bankers Of Nigeria, Information Systems Audit And Control Association (ISACA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

He is also a Certified Anti-money Laundering specialist (CAMS) (designation from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists) and he is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology (CGEIT). Pattison is also Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).

He represents Access Bank Plc in the International Banking Security Association (IBSA) based in the U.S.A and the U.N Global Compact on Anti-Corruption Working Group (the only African Bank in both Global bodies)

Currently the Chairman of the Committee of Chief Compliance Officers of Banks in Nigeria (CCCOBIN) and Chairperson of the Working Committee of the Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) Member of the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF)

Awards from ACAMS Nigeria Chapter and ACFE Nigeria Chapter

 

Lola Cardoso

Lola Cardoso

Chief Digital and Innovation Office, Union Bank of Nigeria

Lola is a successful strategist and innovative thinker with close to 20 years of experience leading strategy development, driving execution for tangible results, and creating transformative change in corporate, start-up, and public sector organizations.

Currently the Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at Union Bank, she is responsible for driving and executing Union Bank’s digital strategy in line with Bank’s ambitions to be Nigeria’s most reliable and trusted banking partner. As a member of the Bank’s executive management team, she has been deeply involved in the transformation of Union Bank guiding the Bank’s strategic direction, driving growth priorities including innovation and sustainability as well as managing corporate planning and investor relations.

Prior to joining Union Bank, she served clients globally as a management consultant and investment banker in developed, emerging and frontier markets across a wide array of industries including financial institutions, chemicals, industrial, consumer, pharmaceutical, and power.

Lola has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Economics, Ohio University, and an MBA in Strategy and General Management from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan. She is also currently a THNKer at the THNK School of Creative Leadership, Amsterdam.

 

Bola Otubu

Bola Otubu

Director, Human Resources, Guinness Nigeria

Senior Human Resources professional with in-depth knowledge of Human Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Experienced business manager with experience that cuts across the financial, aviation, FMCG and consulting industries. Capable of developing and implementing strategies to achieve diverse organisational goals as well as build, develop and lead teams that will deliver a strategy that attracts and retain employees of choice in both unionised and non-unionised environments.

 

Bamidele Sanya

Bamidele Sanya

Chief Counsel, World Bank Ethics Office

Bamidele Sanya (“Bami”) joined the World Bank in 2010. He currently serves as Chief Counsel, World Bank Ethics Office. In this role, he is responsible for leading the internal processes for promoting and ensuring the World Bank Africa region’s compliance with regulations, policies and standards.  Bami’s responsibilities include advising the country management teams on compliance risk management and internal complaint reporting programs.  He is also responsible for implementing and World Bank’s policies and procedures, including its code of conduct, and making sure they are communicated and trained upon across the organization.

Prior to his current role, Bami was the World Bank Ethics Office Investigations Manager.  He was responsible for an investigations program covering over 25,000 employees located in over 100 countries. He managed a team of twenty legal, ethics and compliance professionals and supervised over 1000 reported allegations of infractions/misconduct.

Before joining the World Bank, Bami served an associate in the corporate department of Linklaters Solicitors, London, where he handled pension fund matters and compliance. He is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Ethics Network of Multilateral Organizations and Conference of International Investigators.

Bami is a Solicitor of England and Wales. He received a BSc.in sociology from the University of Lagos, an LLB. from Lagos State University and an LLM from the University of Nottingham. Bami is married with 2 children and resides in Nairobi, Kenya. He is avid sports fan and remains a proud supporter of Arsenal football club.

 

Alexander Booth

Alexander Booth

Associate Managing Director, Business Intelligence and Investigations, Kroll

Alexander Booth is an Associate Managing Director in Kroll’s Business Intelligence and Investigations practice, coordinating Kroll’s work in Africa. His team advise government agencies, financial institutions, and multinational corporations on regional challenges and opportunities across Africa. Alexander supports African and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, regional market strategies, reputational issues, management of disputes, asset recoveries, and internal fraud reviews.  He works frequently on Nigerian issues and has a wide range of clients from across the Nigerian business community.

 

Adesua Dozie

Adesua Dozie

General Counsel, GE Africa

Adesua joined GE in September 2013 as the West Africa Counsel, where she had the  responsibility  for supporting  GE businesses and driving the  compliance program, with a special focus on Power & Water in Nigeria. She is  a member of the GE Nigeria leadership team supporting  the  implementation of  GE’s ambitious growth strategy for the country.  In May 2016, Adesua was promoted to the role of  General Counsel, SSA for the Gas Power System and Services  Business, a role she holds along with her co- leadership of the SSA Women’s Network.

Adesua joined GE from  the Coca-Cola Company, where she spent close to  nine years in various senior legal roles across Africa. Adesua has had experiences working in West, North , East and Southern Africa. She left the Coca-Cola Company as Corporate and Commercial Counsel covering Eurasia and Africa.  Adesua was also  Secretary to the Board of the Coca-Cola AFRICA Foundation. Prior to the Coca- Cola Company, she worked as a lawyer with Elf Petroleum for 4years and prior to that she worked  in private practice in Nigeria with Ajumogobia and Okeke law firm. A graduate of the University of Buckingham (UK), Cornell University (USA) and the Nigerian Law School in Abuja, Adesua is admitted as a lawyer in Nigeria and in New York State.

 

Adedayo Gbadebo

Adedayo Gbadebo

Investigations Lead Africa, GlaxoSmithKline

Adedayo is a highly skilled professional with over seven years work experience as a Litigator, Forensic Auditor and Corporate Investigator. Adedayo has significant first-hand experience in leading complex cross-border FCPA Compliance reviews, fraud and ABAC investigations and investigations into other non-compliance related allegations, having led over 100 investigations within Africa and Europe.

Adedayo has regularly been commended for quality delivery and strong work ethic. She believes in setting the right tone.

Currently, Adedayo is applying her skills and experience to the GSK Europe and Africa Corporate Investigations Team with key responsibility for sub-Saharan Africa markets.