2nd Annual Business Series

Posted on May 07, 2019

We at the Law Firm of Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe (DOA), invite you to our 2019 Annual Business Series.

This year’s Business Series is a breakfast session which will take place at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday, 20th May 2019. Our theme this year is on the developing opportunities and challenges in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) Market in Nigeria aimed at educating and enlightening you whilst providing a unique opportunity for you to interact with prospective investors, notable players and stakeholders in the market.

The Speakers, Panellists & Delegates will cut across Directors, CEOs, Heads of Technology Companies, Media, Financial Technology, Private Equity Investment Companies, Regulators and other stakeholders in the industry.

This event is sponsored by Bluechip Technologies Limited, Cantagali Limited, MUVE Logistics, Assets Microfinance Bank, Lout Capital, VFD Group and PiggyTech Global Limited.

Date: Monday, 20th May 2019
Time: 8:00am
Venue: The Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos

Session One: Investment in Mobile Payment and Financial Inclusion
Session one will provide a bird’s eye view on the use of Technology, particularly Mobile Payments as a vehicle for financial inclusion in Nigeria. The Session’s panellists possess wealth of knowledge and experience in providing Mobile Payment Solutions for use within and outside Nigeria. This session will be beneficial to all stakeholders across market lines.

Session Two: Nigerian TMT Investors-Opportunities and Investments Emerging Across the TMT Space in Nigeria
This session will focus on the growing opportunities for investments across the TMT space in Nigeria from the perspective of both Investors and Investees. The panel will discuss and share a practical investment guide from both perspectives in Nigeria. It will reveal the future opportunities and possible challenges in the TMT space.

Session Three: Technology Investment in Nigeria and the Growing Need for Intellectual Property Protection
The advent of technology itself is founded on the bedrock of intellectual property and each of these (Intellectual Property and Technology) are universally valued. This session will focus on the need for IP protection in the TMT space in Nigeria and the growing need for the market players to harness maximum value from their IP rights. Panellists will share real life experiences of the effects of adequate IP protection on the business of TMT.

Uzoma is one of Nigeria’s leaders in the financial sector and the last Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Nigeria.

An experienced Financial Advisor, Economist, Technologist and Entrepreneur, Dozie has led the way in implementing large-scale technology solutions to drive sustainable economic reform in Africa’s financial services sector, for over twenty years.

During his tenure at Diamond Bank, Uzoma was responsible for overseeing the Corporate and Commercial arms of the bank, grew the Retail Banking arm to 18m customers and oversaw the successful merger with Access Bank in April 2019, resulting in the new institution becoming Africa’s largest bank with 29m customers. Prior to leading Diamond Bank, Uzoma was a Financial Controller and spearheaded different strategic business units within the organisation. He holds a BSc in Chemistry [University of Reading], an MSc in Chemical Research [UCL] and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Uzoma also runs the Lagos-based angel investment and mentorship platform, Black-Knights and has been at the heart of Nigeria’s tech start-up ecosystem, founding the Tech Fest event in 2018, connecting industry giants to new markets and providing access-to-market opportunities for small businesses. He also curated and hosts tech-focussed TV show TechTurks, where he interviews Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurs and digital pioneers.

Uzoma currently serves on the board of Women’s World Banking and is an advocate for financial inclusion, focussing on providing best-of-breed financial and non financial solutions to the millions of un-banked across Africa. He is bullish on the need for widespread mobile adoption in the finance sector and is passionate about leveraging technology to play a definitive role in the social development and transformation of the people and businesses on the continent. He believes that technology along with good governance, as well as support and education for SMEs, has the power to push Africa forward, and continues to work towards this goal.

Adédèjì̀ is the CEO of Trium Networks Limited, a Venture Capital. Prior to this, he was an Executive Director of Products and Services with SystemSpecs Limited (Remita), one of the largest fintechs in Nigeria. He was also the Divisional Head of Electronic Banking at Fidelity Bank Plc., where he was responsible for the turnaround of the bank’s digital business. He was previously responsible for United Bank for Africa Group’s card business across 19 countries.

Alongside other industry veterans, he founded Open Banking Nigeria, the nonprofit driving the development and adoption of a common API standard for the Nigerian financial industry.

Adédèjì was also with Atlas Mara as the Vice President of Cards and Payments, First City Monument Bank, and Access Bank Plc. He was an Advisory Board Member at Verve International (a member of Interswitch Group). Adédèjì has been blogging at www.dejiolowe.com since 2001.

Adetayo is a citizen of Nigeria, the Cofounder and CEO of MAX, and an International Christian Missionary. Adetayo studied Computer Science at the University of Ibadan, where he built one of Nigeria’s first mobility platforms. He moved on to build a stellar career as a Software Engineer, Product Manager and Management Consultant at leading companies such as the UAC Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, Konga and Dalberg. At NLNG, Adetayo implemented a Process Optimization Project that generated $100M in revenue within one year.

Adetayo left a dream job at NLNG to study business and innovation at the world famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and London Business School from 2013 to 2015. While at MIT, he cofounded MAX alongside Chinedu Azodoh and other MIT classmates. MAX is mobility company that is building technology and financial infrastructure for Africa’s $100B transportation industry. MAX’s mission is to make mobility safe, affordable, and accessible to 1 billion Africans within the next decade.

Adetayo and the MAX Team pioneered motorcycle ride-hailing in West Africa, and they are backed by some of the world’s biggest investors and venture capitalists. Adetayo and MAX’s inspiring journey has been documented by MIT Sloan School of Management in a 16-page Case Study that is now used to teach entrepreneurship at MIT. Adetayo and Chinedu have mobilized over $10m to achieve their mission, and have completed over 800,000 trips.

Adetayo is a recipient of over 20 awards and fellowships. He was awarded the Mastercard Foundation and MIT Legatum Fellowships at MIT. He is an Associate and Gold Award recipient of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance - a community of African innovators described by The Economist Magazine as “Africa’s Secret Weapon”.

Adetayo was awarded a Mastercard Grant in 2015. He won the World Economic Forum's Inclusive Growth Award at Harvard in 2015.
He won the Boston Campus Kudos Pitch Competition in 2015.
He was admitted into Techstars and Plug & Play Startup Accelerator Programs in 2015.
He won 1st Runner Up at Techcrunch Battlefield in London in 2015.
He was a Keynote Speaker at the MIT Accelerating Africa Conference in London in 2016.
He was a Panel Speaker at HBS and MIT Africa Conferences in 2016 and 2017.
He was admitted into the World Bank's XL-Africa Accelerator program in 2017.
He was awarded the Alibaba eFounders Fellowship for Africa’s Tech Entrepreneurs in 2017.
He was a speaker at the first ever Singularity Summit in Africa, held in Johannesburg where he spoke on exponential technologies in 2017.
Adetayo is a TEDx speaker and a Mastercard Start Path alumnus.
Adetayo led MAX to become the first grantee of Shell Foundation's sustainable mobility program in West Africa, and has received over $1.3m in program funding from 2018 to 2019.
In 2018, Adetayo spoke alongside Jack Ma and the President of South Africa at the Netpreneurs Africa Conference in Johannesburg.

Adetayo has worked as a volunteer missionary in Nigeria, Kenya, Liberia, South Africa and the US. Adetayo is happily married to his beloved wife - Gbemisola, a Chemical Engineer and they have 2 amazing daughters - Tolu and Temi.

Akintoye is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Synergy Capital Managers, fund manager for the Synergy Private Equity Fund LP (SPEF). He holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, where he graduated top 5% in his class in 1996. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious London Business School having concluded a Senior Executive Management Program and an advance corporate finance program in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

In addition, He is a graduate of the eminent International School of Management, Paris where he bagged his Doctorate degree in Finance in 2016. Akintoye is a CFA Chartered holder and an associate of the CFA Society of Nigeria having successfully completed the CFA program.

He started his career with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) and proceeded to Lead Bank Plc to work in the Institutional Banking Department. Akintoye worked briefly at Bond Bank Limited as the Head of Corporate Finance before joining African Capital Alliance (ACA), one of the leading private equity firms in Nigeria. While at African Capital Alliance, he gained significant business management and incubation experience because of the need to review, monitor and recommend strategies for successful operation and profitability of the investee companies. He was involved in investment valuation and capital structuring, modelling and financial forecasting, deal sourcing, negotiation and structuring, fund marketing and exit implementation.

Dr. Akintoye has over 20 years’ quality experience in financial services, including corporate & investment banking, proprietary investments, corporate finance, project finance and management, portfolio and investment management and private equity. He has sourced, managed and exited deals in the IT/Telecoms, business solutions, private equity, midstream oil & gas and real estate sectors. A seasoned strategist, entrepreneur and investor, Akintoye has a demonstrable track record identifying opportunities in high growth sectors and accessing capital for growth, having advised and raised capital for over 30 companies in multiple industries during his career.

He has managed portfolio companies with combined revenue in excess of $1.5 billion and brings to Synergy Capital, this tremendous wealth of experience and competence along with the passion to build and train a retinue of motivated young Nigerians to develop world class finance skills.

Adeniyi is the Executive Director of Institutional Business & Investor Relations, VFD Group Plc.

He holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan. He has certifications in Finance and Business Management from the Tanaka Business School. Niyi has vast experience in the financial sector working in Private equity, Venture Capital, and Financial Advisory.

He has played Financial Advisory roles to numerous firms in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom, most notably with the Royal Bank of Scotland and ATOS Consulting. He is the Chairman of Anchoria Asset Management and also serves on the following Boards as a Non-Executive Director: VFD MFB, Germaine Auto Centre and Everdon Bureau de Change.

He is passionate about Corporate Governance and brings this to bear on all the boards that he serves on. Niyi is a member of The Institute of Directors.

Elo is an Entrepreneur, who has worked in mobile and digital media on the Africa continent for over 15 years. He has gained valuable experience in different countries – Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. He was part of the founding team that grew a mobile technology start up and took it public in Nigeria. Elo has consulted widely for various organizations in the telecommunications and banking sectors, including the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on development of rural telephony initiatives, Mobile Payments in West Africa and the deployment of new products.

Through his passion and drive, he founded Africa’s leading data and marketing technology business - Terragon Group. The business serves various multinational and local brands. With offices in the leading commercial cities across Africa – Nairobi, Accra, Johannesburg and head quartered in Lagos. Terragon also has its research and development team in Bangalore, India.

Elo is passionate about leveraging the unique ways Africans use the mobile device to intelligently connect brands to their customers. He holds a Global Executive MBA from IESE Business School, where he graduated as the best Student of his class and made the IESE Business School 40under40 entrepreneurs list in 2017. He has been in founding and leadership roles with the Mobile Marketing Association, Nigeria and the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) West Africa.

Eric is a Co-founder and Partner of Verod Capital Management Limited, a private equity firm with over $300M under management.

Prior to founding Verod Capital, Eric was the co-founder and managing partner of Fountainhead Media Group, an investment and advisory firm focused on the Technology, Media and Telecoms sector in Nigeria. Eric previously worked at Financial Derivatives Company Limited. He is a Director of African Lifestyle Limited, EMZOR Pharmaceutics Industries Limited, Greensprings Educational Services Limited, Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Limited and on the Board of Regents of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.

He received a B.Sc in Economics from the University of Houston, Texas and an MBA from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, England

Gbenga is the Chief Risk and Legal Officer, Interswitch. Oversees the Risk Management Group which comprises the Legal, Compliance, Risk Management and Control & Assurance functions.

He has 18+ years’ experience across the areas of Legal, Compliance, Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Assurance in sectors including Legal practice, Banking/Financial Services, Financial Technology & ICT.

Jay's business experience spans the technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors. He began his career as a Program Manager at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, where he led a cross-functional team that received patent awards for work in the anti-piracy and data protection arenas.

In 2004, he accepted a fellowship in Global Marketing at Eli Lilly & Co., a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, managing projects for the company’s Neuroscience drugs units in North America and Europe. Jay joined Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York as an MBA intern in 2006 and continued as a full-time Investment Banking Associate the following year.

He returned to Nigeria in 2009 to manage an investment banking team at BGL Plc. in Lagos and shortly thereafter turned focus to building Pagatech.

Jay is an angel investor and advisor to several startups. He received his Bachelor's degree (cum laude) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Kenneth specializes in intellectual property, technology, media, telecommunications and dispute resolution. He has practiced in law for over 8 years. Kenneth holds a master’s degree, LLM (International Commercial Law) from The University of South Wales, Bachelor’s Degree in Law LLB (Hons) from Uganda Christian University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. He is licensed to practice law in Uganda.

In the area of intellectual property & technology, Kenneth is a renowned award winning author and trainer and this has cemented his credentials as a specialist in the aforementioned practice areas. He has conducted specialized trainings in areas of ICT such as, block chain technology, digital banking & data protection among others. Kenneth represents and has conducted trainings for government entities and some of the largest national/multi-national entities in the region such as DFCU Bank, Stanbic Bank, Housing Finance bank, Jade E Services t/a Jumia, Jumia Food, Jumia Travel, Civil Aviation Authority, Min of ICT among others. Kenneth is also a visiting lecturer of intellectual property & Cyber Law at Uganda Christian University and has also conducted lectures on Cyber Law at Makerere University, Law School. He heads the ICT Cluster of the Uganda Law Society & is a member the Intellectual Property Cluster, Uganda Law Society. Kenneth is also a member of The Africa List, an exclusive community of next generation CEOs building Africa’s top 100 companies, supported by the CDC Group.

Kenneth has also advised the Government of Uganda on the integration of ICT into the adjudication processes for Courts of Judicature and advises the Ministry of ICT on innovation and ICT policy development. He has also advised on changes to the Industrial Properties Act and is an ardent advocate for the passing of the Data Protection and Privacy Bill.

Kenneth is a serial innovation specialist that focuses on creating disruptive agribusiness models in both the private sector and development space in Africa. Kenneth is currently the Co-Founder & Managing Director of Farmgate Africa, an agri-tech start-up focused on providing major processors & international buyers the opportunity to purchase commodities directly from farming clusters in Africa through the use of technology. Farmgate Africa has formed several relationships with major multinational companies who have placed over 60,000MT of orders for agricultural commodities. The business is currently making a major move to increase its business relationship with businesses in the UAE.

Prior to Farmgate Africa, Kenneth was Innovation Consultant with the World Bank Group on the NFW Project, where he was responsible for mapping innovations that cuts across agricultural productivity, livestock, market information, financial services, etc. Kenneth has also worked and consulted for several developmental projects funded by Rockefeller Foundation/Sustainable Food Lab (Food Loss and Waste Pilot), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/TechnoServe (State Partnership for Agriculture), Accenture Nigeria, just to mention a few.

Kenneth is a First-Class Graduate of Economics and Business Studies (Marketing Specialization) from Redeemer’s University (Nigeria), Postgraduate Diploma Holder from the Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, an Associate Member of the same Institute and a PhD scholarship recipient from the Delta State Government.

Maya is a venture capital investor and entrepreneur. She founded Ingressive Capital, a $5 Million venture fund focused on early stage African tech, and Ingressive, a tech integration company that provides market entry services and tech research for corporates and investors, and operates their Africa strategy over time.

Ingressive past clients include top Silicon Valley investors and corporates Y Combinator, 500 Startups, New Relic, USAID, GitHub, and Techstars--to name a few. Clients have made over 20 investments into Africa-based tech, and started numerous joint ventures through Ingressive market entry services.

Their annual conference, High Growth Africa Summit, convened 750 investors, developers, and African technology companies for two days on how to launch, scale, and fund a high growth African business.

Maya attended Pomona College after completing the Cornell University Prelaw Program, and worked within the banking sector for JPMorgan Chase. Before starting Ingressive, Maya conducted extensive emerging market economic research in Southern Africa and LatAm, taking students with her to explore keys to sustainable economic development. She also worked in private equity research, consulting with businesses looking to enter the West African market.

Ms. Horgan-Famodu is committed to ensuring brilliant people, wherever they are located, have access to the resources they need to build wildly scalable businesses.

In her spare time, Maya loves to exercise, ride her motorcycle, and travel. She also dances, choreographs, and contributes to the Huffington Post.

Odunayo is the co-founder & Chief Operations Officer, PiggyVest. She previously co-founded pushcv.com, one of the largest job sites in Africa with the largest database of pre-screened candidates. She has 5 years’ experience in Business Analysis and Operations and is a First-Class graduate of Computer Engineering, Covenant University, Nigeria.

She was one of Business Day’s Spark 2019 Women to Watch and made the World Women in Fintech Power List for 2017; the YNaija Most Influential People in Technology 2017 and 2018 and she is a 2018 Westerwelle Young Entrepreneurs fellow.

In honour of her work, she was named one of 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria 2019 by Leading Ladies Africa, one of 50 most visible women in Tech by Tech Cabal in 2019 and the youngest Nigerian on Forbes Africa list of 20 New Wealth Creators in Africa. She works to support the inclusion of women in technology by working with hubs and female-focused networks like For Creative Girls, GreenHouse Labs, She Leads Africa, Itanna etc.

Olumide holds a BSc in Systems Engineering from University of Lagos, Nigeria and an MSc in Business and Information Technology from the Aston Business School, Birmingham, England; earning membership into the Beta Gamma Sigma Society for his high scholastic achievement.

Olumide co–founded Bluechip Technologies Ltd in 2008 and has grown the organisation from an organization with two employees to an organization with over 100 consultants spread across Lagos, Accra, Nairobi and Lusaka, Zambia.

In 2014, Olumide setup Leadpath as a seed fund investing in local tech startups. He has invested in startups like Pushcv.com, Paystack, Piggybank.ng, Fashpa, Heels.com.ng , Delivery Science, Gloo.ng, Thrive Agric, Accounteer, Trove, and Cosign.co.

Sanyade is the Chief Executive Officer of Alpha African Advisory Limited ("Alpha African", formerly Travant Capital), based in Lagos, Nigeria. She has over 24 years of financial advisory; private equity; corporate, commercial and management finance; and auditing experience. Sanyade has led numerous advisory transactions in areas such as mergers & acquisitions, capital restructuring and strategic advisory. Sanyade joined Travant Capital as one of the founding Directors in 2007 and was a key member of the team that raised and partially deployed a US$107m private equity fund. She sits on the boards of Dorman Long Engineering Limited and Misa Nigeria Limited.

Prior to Alpha African, Sanyade was Head of Finance & Strategy at Ocean and Oil Holdings, a Nigerian investment holding company. Before moving to Nigeria in 2006, Sanyade spent six years at British Telecom in the UK where she held various management and commercial finance positions.

Sanyade holds an MA in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University, UK and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen (UK). She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales and is currently the Contact Member of the Institute in Nigeria. Sanyade is also a Fellow of the fifth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is currently a regular Analyst on Arise TV’s Global Business Report show. Sanyade is married with four children.

Tosin is the founder and CEO of TeamApt Limited a financial technology company focused on building and deployment of Digital banking, Digital Business solutions and running Payment Infrastructure for Africa. TeamApt built and deployed back-office processes for Alat by Wema Africa’s first and best Digital Bank.

Tosin Eniolorunda graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Obafemi Awolowo University in 2007. He interned at Schlumberger and following graduation, he completed his NYSC with AppZone group, a financial software solutions provider. Upon completion of his youth service in 2009, he joined Interswitch - a payment processing company, as an enterprise architect and rose to the rank of a product manager.

During his 6-year career journey with Interswitch, Mr. Eniolorunda designed, architected and built payment solutions for the transportation and retail industries. He also managed the Verve card brand for the same industries. Designed and implemented a virtual machine for programming point of sale (PoS) devices which is still in use today. He left Interswitch in 2015 and founded the company TeamApt with a team of five members with a mission to create financial happiness for Africans by making easier, faster and cheaper the way banks, businesses and individuals grow, manage, pay and collect money.

In over 3 years of existence, TeamApt has become is the leading provider of Digital Banking solutions in Nigeria, and has grown to a 90-man company, with a 7-figure in dollar revenue while providing services to over 26 banks across Africa, managing over one hundred thousand businesses, supporting over 3 million customers and processing over $160m in monthly transactions. His company recently announced that it closed a $5.5m series A round in and has been awarded a switching license by the Central Bank of Nigeria to power the payments infrastructure in Nigeria and beyond.

TeamApt has won awards from the Committee of E-Business Heads in Nigeria (CeBIH), Digital Pay Expo and Business Day.

Usoro is the General Manager for Mobile Financial Services in MTN Nigeria, where he provides leadership for the development, co-ordination and execution of strategies in the Mobile Financial Services.

His experience spans both Financial and Telecommunication services where he held various leadership/managerial roles in a number of local and international banks, including, Standard Chartered Nigeria Limited, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc (a member of the Standard Bank Group) and Diamond Bank Plc. Usoro is a graduate of Computer Science and holds an MBA from the Lagos Business School.


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