FUNMI OLADEINDE-OGBUE – FOUNDER AND TRUSTEE
Funmi Ogbue was born at the Military Hospital Yaba in Lagos State, Nigeria to Colonel Musiliu Olusegun Oladeinde (RTD) and Alhaja Ajibade Oladeinde. She attended Army Children’s School and Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Navy Town, Lagos. As daughter in a military family, Funmi’s childhood home moved with her father’s postings.
Funmi Ogbue in her role as Managing Director of Jake Riley Limited engages directly with CEOs, leaders in the public service and private sector, entrepreneurs, celebrities and philanthropists, to help them solve their business problems and shape their world.
Previously Funmi has worked for Royal Dutch Shell, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Ltd, British American Tobacco, Ancorapoint, Abacan, Canadian Occidental Petroleum in Calgary, Canada and Mercer Mergers and Acquisition in the United Kingdom. In total, Funmi has over 24 years’ experience largely in the consulting, oil & gas and power industries. She holds an M.Sc. in Organisational Change and Development from the University of Manchester and a B.Sc. in sociology from the University of Lagos.
Christian Udechukwu is an entrepreneur and international business development and strategic management consultant.
He is the founder of numerous companies including BIAE (Business in Africa Events) UK Ltd (he also chairs its Nigerian affiliate, BINEL (Business in Nigeria Events) Ltd); Osike Synergy Nigeria Limited; and African Market Development Partners.
Christian has a BA combined honours degree in history and English language from the University of Nigeria (UNN), and a series of master’s-level honours degrees in the UK. He holds an MA in advanced international studies from the University of Leeds, an MBA in business administration from the Middlesex University Business School, London and studied corporate finance at London Business School.
Femi Adefila’s career has been spent on both sides of the political media, first as a newscaster and reporter for the Broadcasting Corporation of Osun State, then as executive media assistant and spokesperson for the Osun State government.
He was also the Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Defence, and a public relations expert specialising in government and political communications, with roles including press relations, political marketing and international relations.
His academic qualifications include an MSc in peace and humanitarian studies and an MCA in media and public relations from the University of Ibadan.
Born in Hammersmith London, Toks is an Engineer and Director businessman; a Risk management/Security expert and Consultant in Nigeria, West Africa. Toks was a U.S Army Officer, and former enlisted U.S Marine. Bronze Star Medal recipient from Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. Began military career in the enlisted ranks of the Marines; followed by a commission as an Officer into the U.S Army. Toks was a commander, commanding combat ground troops into the most forward enemy terrain of Afghanistan and other overseas theaters across Germany, Europe and the Middle East; a decorated combat veteran; Air-assault, combat action Soldier.
Toks’ corporate work spans both the Oil and gas, automotive and Defence sectors. Experience includes BMW and Mercedes-Benz Engineering. In oil and gas, Toks was part of the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) engineering team responsible for the Bonga deep-water offshore oilfield. He holds an Engineering degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey, and postgraduate studies at Harvard University.