Everywhere we work—our businesses, our churches, our not for profits—give each one of us choices every day. They put before us difficult situations in which we must decide how to move forward.
In this talk, Ibukun Awosika uses her own experiences as a leader in a very challenging ethical environment, to explore how understanding who you are, your purpose and value system is the only way to walk steady in the shifting sand of culture.
Walk away with insights on how you might gain this kind of integrity and strength as you lead into an uncertain future to create a world where everyone can thrive. Only you can choose who you want to be.
Chairman, First Bank Nigeria Limited; Founder & CEO, The Chair Centre Group
Ibukun Awosika’s has vast combined entrepreneurial and high-level corporate and not-for-profit board experience across various sectors and geographies spanning over three decades.
Globally recognised, she has received multiple awards, including the 2020 Forbes “Woman Africa Chairperson” award, and was also the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious “International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge” award in 2008. Today, Awosika leads as chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, the country’s premier and most valuable banking brand. Additionally, as founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group, she leads manufacturing, retail and bank-way security system services.
Over the course of her career, her leadership has given her the honour of influencing Nigeria’s economic growth by chairing a number of corporate and nonprofit boards including, d.light Design Inc., Convention on Business Integrity, Digital Jewels Limited, and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre, a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria.
She also sits on the boards of Cadbury Nigeria Plc and the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. She was Chairman of GEMS Africa Limited, FBN Life Insurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited. She also served on the pioneer board of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, as well as the National Job Creation Committee.
Awosika is a graduate of Chemistry from The University of Ife, Nigeria; an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School (Barcelona); and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School.
With high interest in social issues, including the plight of women in society, Awosika is co-founder and former chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service, as well as the president of International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation.
An ordained pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund, her faith-based organisation works with hundreds of missionaries across Nigeria to change lives with the provision of medical and educational supplies and resources. As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Awosika aspires to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs.
She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, served on National Job Creation Committee, and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain, and the Governing Council of Pan-Atlantic University.
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