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Dr. Lola Dare FMCPH (Nig). MSc. (Epid), FFPH(UK)  is a community physician, epidemiologist, social development consultant and global health advocate.  Dr. Dare founded the Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research and Development (CHESTRAD), Nigeria in 1993.  CHESTRAD is a non-governmental institution and social enterprise that adopts system focused approaches to enhance the wellbeing and service delivery to women, children, adolescents and young people in poor resource settings in Africa.  A consummate advocate for global equity and sustainable health development systems in Africa, Dr. Dare has been at the forefront of amplifying southern voices in global health development.  Since its establishment, and under her leadership, CHESTRAD has into an independent reputable global non-state African led development agency, hosting country, continental and global initiatives including the African Council for Sustainable Health Development (ACOSHED)  and the global network of non-state organizations in the economic south engaged in global health, Global Health South (GHS).

Dr. Dare’s main strengths are the ability to stay on, remain focused until stated goals and targets are achieved; even when under tension and in difficult environments. Her depth of technical skills and competence, a unique openness to learning and working in diverse organizational and cultural environments in addition to quick intellect and understanding of new opportunities and ideas are also areas of strength. Dr. Dare is a focused team player, able to work effectively in both leadership positions and as an adaptive yet ethical member of winning teams


Mrs. Chioma Madubuko is a Legal Practitioner with 34 years’ post Call to Bar experience spanning legal practice, banking, manufacturing, real estate maintenance, amongst others. She is an alumnus of the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, now known as Obafemi University where she also obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, having attended the Advanced Management Programme.

She has acquired diversified and versatile experience in different roles including litigation, company secretarial, legal advisory, credit risk management, debt recovery, corporate governance, logistics, negotiations, HR Management, general management and administration. She was the pioneer Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of Leadbank Plc and currently the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of Dangote Industries Ltd and Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc.

Chioma Madubuko has passion for interior designing and decoration, and gardening.

Dr. Garba Bala Magaji has a career spanning over 30 years in the Finance, Taxation, Business Consulting and Stakeholder Engagement. Of particular interest is his success in engaging multiple stakeholders, with a particular emphasis in catalysing Private-Public engagements and greatly increasing internally generated tax revenue at the sub-national level. Dr. Magaji has worked private sector, government and bilateral bodies to manage and implement complex development programs, which often involved assembling and training a competent team to deliver on results.

In addition to the above, he is a trustee of the United Bank of Africa Foundation and an Associate Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria.

Mr. Tunji Mayaki holds degrees in the Social Sciences & in Law and started his legal career with the law firm then known as Ajumogobia, Okeke Oyebode & Aluko honing his skills in commercial law, and dispute resolution. He also had a stint in the Banking and Asset management sector, culminating in the role of pioneer Vice President, Legal & Compliance of Nigeria’s leading Asset Management firm, Asset & Resource Management Company Ltd, ARM. He joined Shell’s Nigerian operations in 1996 as Legal Adviser, Contracting & Projects, and was pioneer Legal Adviser & Company Secretary of Shell Exploration & Production Africa Limited, following creation of its African regional office in 2004. He transferred to The Hague, The Netherlands, in 2006 as Senior Legal Counsel supporting Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) Contracts for Shells global Gas & Power Business, with responsibility for the provision of legal support, to the Group’s Engineering Procurement and Construction projects in Western Europe, China and South America. He returned to Nigeria in 2009 to assume the role of Country Head of Legal & Group Company Secretary for Shell Companies in Nigeria. In 2012, he joined Addax Petroleum, as Deputy Managing Director, maintaining responsibility for overseeing its Legal, Supply Chain Management and Regulatory Affairs Business Groups.

Dr. Bimbola Ogunkelu is a Consultant Physician and Cardiologist with a degree in medicine from the University of Bologna, Italy. His postgraduate medical study in Internal Medicine was at St. Vincent’s Medical Centre of Richmond, Staten Island, New York. He was also a Cardiology Fellow at the United States Public Health Services Hospital, Staten Island, New York. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and also Fellow of the American College of Angiology and the West African College of Physicians.

Dr. Ogunkelu is a member of the Nigerian Cardiac Society, a former World Health Organisation’s Cardiology Fellow and visiting Medical Fellow to Harvard Medical School, Boston, United States of America.  He was Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, USA. He has also been Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ife and Consultant Physician, Ikeja General Hospital, Lagos.

Dr. Ogunkelu has held several public positions. He was Federal Commissioner, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission from 1999 to 2001 and was appointed Minister of Cooperation and Integration in Africa of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2001 to 2003. He served as Chair of the Governing Board of the African Council for Sustainable Health Development from 2003 to 2008 and as Chairman of the UNESCO Committee for NEPAD from 2003 to 2006.

Dr. Ogunkelu established Kelu Specialist Hospital and is currently Chairman, Chief Medical Director, Consultant Physician and Cardiologist.

Michael Mobolaji Shenjobi  FCA; HCIB is a  Banking Executive in the Nigerian financial services sector with about 25 years’ experience spanning Accounting, Finance Control, Treasury & Financial Markets and Commercial Banking with over 20 years’ experience in Front Office, Team Leadership and Business Management roles in first and second tier Nigerian Banks.

Mr. Shenjobi trained and qualified with KPMG Peat Marwick in 1992 following which he worked with Express Discount Ltd for 4 years in the Accounting & Finance Control department and the Treasury Dealing desk; trading LCY money market instruments.  Following this, he joined the Treasury team at Lead Merchant Bank Ltd; trading both LCY & FCY instruments.  Thereafter, he was appointed Treasurer of Habib Nigeria Bank Plc and served as Non-Executive Director on the Board of HNB Trustees Limited.  The responsibility for Corporate Finance was added to his portfolio and he coordinated the Bank’s N25 Billion Capitalization Board Committee in 2005.  Sequel to merger of Platinum & Habib Banks (to Bank PHB Plc), was Vice President of International Business and Correspondent Banking.

Mr. Shenjobi was appointed Group Treasurer at First Bank Nigeria Limited (FBNL) in April 2006 where he established FBNL’s Global Custody department; enabling FBNL become the first wholly owned Nigerian bank to offer custody services. He also set up FirstBank Bureau de Change Ltd and served as a Director on its Board.  Additional milestones in FBNL include leadership of Treasury in executing the 1st-$50M and 2nd-$100M African Development Bank (AfDB) Naira Bond issuance, with Standard Bank (London) and UBS Investment Bank (London) respectively. Similarly led the $100M CCIRS transaction with Deutsche Bank (London).  He joined joined GTBank to set up the Alternative Investments desk in 2008 where he subsequently headed and turned around the bank’s North East Division.  Mr. Shenjobi was aappointed Executive Director on the Board of Mainstreet Bank Ltd in August 2011. Sequel to the Bank’s sale to Skye Bank, resigned on 19th December 2014.

Mr. Shenjobi has served the Nigerian Money Market Association in various capacities, culminating in becoming the Association’s President from March 2006 to February 2008. Also led the association’s name & constitutional change to the Financial Markets Dealers Association (FMDA). Served as its Chairman from April 2008 to May 2009.


Mrs. Rosamond Vera-Cruz is a Partner and Principal Consultant in British Education Consultants (BEC Limited), a leading education consultancy firm. Industry specific services in local and expat recruitment, training and consultancy.

BEC Limited was established in 2004 to meet the demand from international schools for training, school improvement consultancy and recruitment.  Following her degree and a year of national service, Rosamond Vera-Cruz established various small and medium scale enterprises, and in 2000 heled to establish a British International School in Lagos, finally appointed as the Head of Administration to set up policies and processes.

Her work in education consultancy has exposed her to the variety of requirements in the education sector, especially for children in their early learning years.  BEC has provided advice and support on governance, school improvement as well as planned and delivered tailored training programmes to improve curriculum development in Nigeria

Her extensive interaction and network in the early learning and child education network in Nigeria is vast, providing both formal and informal mentoring and counselling support to both indigenous and expatriate teachers in Nigeria.

Rosamond Vera-Cruz is a seasoned entrepreneur and an avid gardener

Mrs. Anne Githuku-Shongwe is the Founder and CEO of Afroes Transformational Multi-Media & Consulting, a South African based social enterprise that uses digital platforms to provide solutions by way of Africa’s rich heritage. Afroes provides strategic consulting services to high-value development agencies working in Africa with a strong social transformation agenda. Among these are the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the WHO and the Prior to establishing Afroes, Anne was an international development professional with over 20 years of social and economic development experience working with the United Nations and management consulting firms across Africa, Asia and the United States. Anne is committed to Africa’s agenda for transformation in partnership with Africa’s citizens and global partners and has a proven track record in providing innovative strategy and policy solutions to countries, including high-level advisory services to governments and their cabinets.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University, New York, a Master’s degree in International Development from The American University, Washington DC and a post-graduate Certificate in Management Development from Jones International University in conjunction with the UNDP.

Remi Olajoyegbe holds a master’s degree in Social Research and Anthropology from LSE.  She was recruited by Goldman Sachs where she rose to lead the Equity Capital Markets Syndicate Group.  Capitalizing on her mixed race Indian and African background, she then went on to specialize in emerging markets, as a Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Syndicate for Renaissance Capital at the tender age of 33.  In her ten plus year career she raised over £200bn for hundreds of companies globally.

In late 2008 she was voted one of the Top 100 influential women in European Finance and named one of Financial New’s 100 rising stars, a survey that chooses men and women under 40 who are on the path to reaching the very top of their professions.

Despite an all-encompassing financial career, Remi still found time to nurture a few of her many passions. Firstly, food and interior design: in 2004 together with two friends she bought and renovated two pubs in South East London. The Palmerston is now a multi award winning gastro pub.

And People: Remi also joined a local charity, Peckham Shed which is an inclusive theatre company, working with children aged 7-17 with mixed learning and physical abilities. She fulfilled duties as a long standing board member and also a workshop mentor to children aged 7-11.  This allowed her to combine her ongoing love for the performing arts, personal development and people in a hands-on and practical way.

In recent years she has devoted more time to her entrepreneurial endeavors and focuses most of her time working as a business, executive and life coach using her wealth of experience to help others set and achieve a variety of goals.

Dr Olatokunbo  Sangowawa is a registered medical practitioner with international experience. He has primary medical and higher specialist training and qualifications in public health from the UK, USA and West Africa. He currently holds a fellowship of the UK Faculty of Public Health and West African College of Physicians. He is a strategic and innovative medical specialist, with a proven record of implementing change through partnership working with external agencies and key stakeholders. He has good communication and leadership skills with proven ability in critical appraisal and evidence-based practice. His international experience makes him comfortable and effective in dealing with cross-cultural health issues and with other colleagues from different parts of the world. Dr Sangowawa has worked in various capacities in different parts of the world. He has worked as a Port Health medical officer-in-charge of Kano International Airport, Nigeria and coordinated the establishment of, and managed, the National Vaccine Cold Store in Kano, Nigeria and supervised immunization activities in collaboration with UNICEF. He has experience of managing HIV/AIDS/STDs programs at a national level, including experience of advising governments and international agencies. He has also served as a WHO temporary adviser to review planning and management of multisectoral AIDS programs in Africa. Prior to his current duties, he served as Clinical Director of Public Health; Director of Infection Prevention and Control; and the Director of Public Health, Stockton-on-Tees Teaching Primary Care Trust, England. Dr Sangowawa is currently based in the UK and is an NHS Director of Public Health (Specialised Commissioning) with the North East Specialised Commissioning Group (SCG) and Deputy Faculty Adviser/CPD Coordinator and Specialty Training Programme Director for the North East. He is also a Prescribing Consultant for Specialist Substance Misuse Services; Journal Reviewer for Public Health and previously, a Public Health Reviewer for the UK Healthcare Commission.