19 APRIL 2023

2023 Definitive List

Africa's Female-Factor

Teresa Clarke

Moderator; Chair and Executive Editor, Africa.com LLC

Dr. (Mrs.) Owen D. Omogiafo is the President and Group CEO of Transnational Corporation Plc (Transcorp), Nigeria’s leading listed diversified conglomerate with investments in power, hospitality, and energy. She is the first female to hold this position. Before her appointment, she served as MD/CEO of Transcorp Hotels Plc where she was responsible for driving positive transformation both in Transcorp Hilton Abuja and Transcorp Hotels Calabar. Owen is a multi-award-winning professional with over two decades of experience in organizational development, human capital management, financial services, change management, hospitality, energy, and strategy. She has held various high-profile roles throughout her career, including Chief Operating Officer at the Tony Elumelu Foundation, where she oversaw the $100 million Entrepreneurship Program aimed at identifying, mentoring, and funding 10,000 entrepreneurs over 10 years. She has also worked as Director of Resources at Heirs Holdings Limited, a family-owned investment company chaired by Tony O. Elumelu CFR. Her experience equally includes working as HR Advisor to the GMD/CEO at United Bank for Africa Plc, and as an Organization and Human Performance Consultant at Accenture, specializing in change management. She holds a B.Sc. (Double Honours) in Sociology & Anthropology from the University of Benin, an M.Sc. in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a Doctorate Degree in Engineering from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun. She is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and IESE Business School in Spain. Owen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK, a certified Change Manager with the Prosci Institute, USA, a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel Management, Nigeria, a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria, and a member of the boards of Afriland Properties Ltd, Transcorp Power Ltd, and TransAfam Power Ltd. She sits on the Advisory Board of Heirs Academy. In recognition of her many contributions to the economic and social development of Nigeria, Owen has won numerous awards. To mention a few, in 2018 she was named in the YNaija! Power List for Corporate Nigeria, in 2019 she was recognized by The Guardian Newspapers as one of Nigeria’s 100 most inspirational women. In 2020, Owen was listed among the 100 Most Influential African Women by the Avance Media Group. She was also recognized as one of 2020’s Top CEOs and received a “Next Bulls” award from Business Day Media and the Nigerian Stock Exchange. This award category recognized CEOs of listed companies who through sound strategy, disciplined execution, world-class governance, and a customer-first ethos have delivered competitive shareholder value on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. In 2021, Owen was recognized as a Top 30 SAWIL Trailblazer for her pioneering work in Transformation, promoting diversity, and Shaping Africa’s future. She was also honored with the Woman of Impact award by VIP Magazine, for her contributions to Nigeria and humanity. In 2022, she was recognized by Avance Media as one of Africa’s 100 Most influential women for the third consecutive year, Leading Ladies Africa as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria, and by Herconomy as Corporate Leader of the Year. In March 2022, Owen was recognized by H.E. Governor Babajide Sanwa-Olu, Governor of Lagos state as one of the Eko 100 Women in 2022. She was also recognised by Africa.com on its 2022 Definitive List of Women CEOs across the 24 Stock Exchanged in Africa. This list identifies women who are leading companies with revenue of $100m or more, or a market capitalisation of $150m or more. She recently received the 2022 President of the Year Award from the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards, highlighting her significant contributions and impact. Owen is happily married with children.

Owen Omogiafo

Owen Omogiafo, President and Group CEO, Transcorp Nigeria

Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe, Senior Fellow, Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution

5 APRIL 2023

Future CEOs Workshop

The Unspoken Rules of Standing Out

+ Making an Impact + Getting Promoted

Gorick Ng

Gorick Ng

Harvard Career Advisor, UC Berkeley Facutly, and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author

Aminata Kane Ndiaye

Aminata Kane Ndiaye

Vice President, Mobile Financial Services, Orange Middle East and Africa

24 MARCH 2023

Feature Documentary & Producer's Talk-Back

"Where I Became"

Tandiwe Lumka Njobe

Tandiwe Lumka Njobe

Executive Producer; Thinta Films; Head Relationship Banking Proposition – BCB SA, Standard Bank

Jane Dawson Shang

Executive Producer and Co-Founding Partner, Thinta Films

Verna Lalbeharie

Verna Lalbeharie

Featured in Where I Became; Executive Director, EdTech Hub

Kholeka Mabuya

Kholeka Mabuya

Featured in Where I Became; Finance Reporting Analyst, HSBC

Thilo Simadari

Thilo Simadari

Featured in Where I Became; Lecturer, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Mora McLean

Mora McLean

Mora McLean, President Emerita, Africa-America Institute (AAI)

17 NOVEMBER 2022

Innovation for Food Security & Climate Change in Africa

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Co-Founder of Microsoft
Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates is a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, with an amazing and supportive family who encouraged his interest in computers at an early age. He dropped out of college to start Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Today, Bill co-chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with Melinda French Gates, where he works to give his wealth back to society.

Bill published his book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, proposing a plan to prevent the worst effects of climate change in 2021.

23 JUNE 2022

Equity & Innovation for Africa's Recovery

28 APRIL 2022

Unspoken Rules for Women

Climbing the Public Service Ladder

Patricia Obozuwa

Patricia Obozuwa

Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability, Africa, The Coca-Cola Company

Chris Stone

Chris Stone

Professor of Practice of Public Integrity, The Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

Teju Abisoye

Tejumola Abisoye

CEO & Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund

Teju Abisoye

Tejumola Abisoye

CEO & Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund

Abena Annobea Asare

Abena Annobea Asare

Head, Human Trafficking Secretariat, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP), Ghana

Elizabeth Obeng-Yeboah

Elizabeth Obeng-Yeboah

Director, Recruitment, Training & Development/Reforms Coordinating Office, Head of Civil Service

Nomtandazo Thandi Moyo

Nomtandazo Thandi Moyo

Deputy Director General, Rural Development, Dept. of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Rose Wachuka

Rose Wachuka Macharia

Chief of Staff to the Chief Justice  and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya

Gloria Zayzay Dole

Gloria Zayzay Dole

Head of Human Resources, Public Procurement & Concessions Commission

Christine Tenneh Dono

Christine Tenneh Dono

Civil Service Agency Assistant Legal Officer, Department of Legal Affairs

Howaida Kamel

Howaida Kamel

Director of Strategic Marketing, Information Technology Industry Development Agency

23 MARCH 2022

Top 6 Opportunities for Africa's Advancement

Her Excellency Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda

President of Malawi, (April 2012 to May 2014)

Kuseni Dlamini

Kuseni Dlamini

Chairman, Aspen Pharmacare, Massmart Holdings Ltd.

Wanjira Mathai

Wanjira Mathai

Vice President & Regional Director, Africa, World Resources Institute

Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe

Executive Secretary, U.N. Economic Commission for Africa

Teresa Clarke

Teresa Clarke

Chair & Executive Editor, Africa.com

8 MARCH 2022

What CEOs in Africa Need to Know About

Artificial Intelligence

Teresa Clarke

Teresa Clarke

Chair & Executive Editor, Africa.com

Jason Crusan

Jason Crusan

VP Technology, Woodside Energy Former Director, NASA Advanced Exploration Systems

Aïdaa Diarra

Aïda Diarra

Senior Vice President and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, VISA

Kay Firth-Butterfield

Kay Firth-Butterfield

Head of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, World Economic Forum

Michael Gomes

Michael Gomes

V.P. - Business Development, Topcon Agriculture

Rana el Kaliouby

Dr. Rana el Kaliouby

AI Thought Leader, Machine Learning Scientist, Deputy CEO, Smart Eye

Wambui Kinya

Wambui Kinya

Regional Managing Director, Elephant Ventures

Brenda Mbathi

Brenda Mbathi

CEO, General Electric (GE) East Africa

Mausi Segun

Mausi Segun

Executive Director, Africa, Human Rights Watch

Meghna Sinha

Meghna Sinha

VP of Artificial Intelligence, Verizon

Charese Smiley

Charese Smiley

Vice President, J.P. Morgan AI Research

13 OCTOBER 2021

The Women Leading Corporate Africa

Anne Aliker

Anne Aliker

Head of Investment Banking, Standard Bank Group

Aïda Diarra

Aïda Diarra

Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, VISA Inc.

Jane Karuku

Jane Karuku

Group Managing Director and CEO, East African Breweries, Ltd.

Susan C. Keating

CEO, Women Corporate Directors Foundation (WCD)

Tony Mayo

Anthony Mayo

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

Nonkululeko (Nku) Nyembezi

Nku Nyembezi

Chair, Johannesburg Stock Exchange