Dr. Evelyn Ndali Oputu, an alumnus of the University of Lagos and the Harvard Business School, served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Bank of Industry Limited (BOI) from December, 2005 to April 17, 2014. Prior to the commencement of what would become a legendary odyssey in the banking industry, Oputu was at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York for her internship where she was professionally exposed to the core rudiments of banking.
Oputu began banking career in 1976 with ICON Merchant Bank Ltd. and joined International Merchant Bank (IMB) in 1982 where she operated through Treasury and Financial Division, Corporate Finance Division, the Capital Market, as well as the Project and Financial advisory service areas. By dint of hard-work, she was appointed General Manager IMB Securities in 1989 and Executive Director in 1990.
She served as Executive Director at First Bank of Nigeria Plc between 1991 and 1997, her main assignments spanned all technical aspects of the Bank’s Operations. She subsequently retired into her manufacturing business until she was appointed the MD/CEO of BOI in 2005. Prior to the appointment, Oputu was the chairman and CEO of KES Products Limited which is a medium-sized manufacturing company engaged in polyethylene blown films and polypropylene lines of packaging for industrial and domestic uses, and had also served as a member of several buoyant companies which are engaged in a wide range of financial build-up such as insurance, mining, oil and gas, medical and manufacturing
Dr Nnoli is a co founder of Rising Tide Africa, which seeks to harness women angel networks, investment and mentoring to transform Africa. She is an alumni of the Wharton School and the London School of Economics, a Reinhard Mohn Fellow of Bertelsmann AG, and obtained her doctorate degree from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt in 2006. She published various Books including “Development is about People, Business is about Ethics” and “Ownership & Management Structures: African Traditional Values applied to Modern Issues of Sustainability & the Corporate Governance Function”.
Yemi Keri is one of the foremost Women in Technology in Nigeria.
She is the Chief Executive Officer of Heckerbella Limited, a Technology Business Transformation company, and also a Partner at Holmen Consulting, an Information Technology Consulting firm.
Yemi Keri has over 22 years’ experience in Information and Communications Technology sector at top management levels in both the public and private sectors.
Yemi Keri is the co-founder of Rising Tide Africa, a women’s movement initiated with a vision to increase women’s participation in angel investing as an asset class and promote education, cross-border investing and investor-mentoring across Africa. She is a Director of the Lagos Angel Network and serves as a mentor to various digitally and technology-enabled start-ups.
Ivana Osagie is an executive with significant strategy, corporate development, project development & finance, project management, operations and general management, emerging markets experience with strong execution skills across Petrochemicals, Oil & Gas, Agriculture/Agri-business, Wealth Management and Management Consulting in Africa and the UK An angel investor, board member and mentor to various startups/early-stage companies. A strong advocate for female career/leadership development and empowerment
Venture capitalist focusing on general mobile and consumer internet investments (community, commerce, collaboration, tools, content & media) as well as select enterprise and cloud infrastructure opportunities; specific interest areas include search, smart data, ambient awareness and semantic technology-based platforms and services – domain expertise in semantic web and web 3.0 opportunities. Worked as corporate/VC/m&a/bankruptcy attorney, start-up executive, and entrepreneur. Advisory role to start-ups.
Specialties: Venture Capital; Private Equity; Strategic Investments (Enterprise Software/Server Platform Technologies/Consumer Internet/Mobile); Treasury Transactions; M&A; Insolvencies & Restructurings; IP acquisitions; Corporate & Securities Law; Semantic Technologies (inference, search, machine learning, NLP, recommendation and matching, data mining, etc.)