Folabi Ayoola is a co-founder and Partner at Octave Partners Limited, a business consulting, financial advisory and investment management company. He is also an Executive Director at Greystone Partners, a portfolio company of Octave, which primarily provides value added services to utilities but currently focuses on the power and telecommunications industries. He has gained experience in operations, strategy, engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, and management consulting.
He worked as a consulting associate in the Houston, Texas office of Booz Allen Hamilton, a top management consulting firm and also spent up to 5 years with two of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world, Merck & AstraZeneca. Mr. Ayoola was the assistant programs secretary for the Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria for two years and is the current membership secretary of the organization.
Cobus Claassens is a professional security consultant with 17 years’ experience. He is a former South African army major with 13 years’ service. He served in airborne and specialist units in the African theatre and has acquired a wide range of security, communications, logistic and management skill.
He gained security expertise in hostile environments such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, Iraq and lately in Nigeria. He has worked for top security providers, NGO’s and the media. Cobus is currently a shareholder and managing director of one of the most successful risk management companies in Nigeria and a member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria.
After a successful and extended period of service with the British army, Martin joined BP as an HSSE advisor in Kuwait in the Middle East. He spent 12 years with BP International as a security, crisis and business continuity management specialist; ensuring BP’s compliance with corporate standards and national legislation in support of country managers across the Middle East. This culminated in his appointment as the security team leader for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
In late 2007, he moved into the private risk and crisis management consultancy arena until in 2011 he was head hunted by G4S to be their Business Development Director for oil and gas across their African business. Martin left this post to resume his own business interests in risk and crisis management consulting in June 2013 before joining Pilgrims Group UK as Country Director for Algeria and has recently taken up the appointment as the commercial director for Pilgrims operations in Nigeria.
Dr Ladi Awosika commenced his medical career as a lecturer in Human Anatomy at the College of Medicine but left in 1978 for a new career in private general practice. He had since been involved in health care financing, development and delivery of private health care in Nigeria. He is the proprietor and chairman of Ultima Medicare Hospital, Lagos.
He led Total Health Trust (THT) to become the 1st Nigerian HMO to consolidate acquisition of a 51% by an International investor, Liberty Group of South Africa, in 2011. Ladi has served as a resource person at several international forums for WHO, USAID, GTZ, World Bank and African Union among others. His recent interests include Pro-poor health care financing and medical facility development initiatives.
Femi Olubanwo is the founding partner of the law firm of Banwo & Ighodalo. He has been engaged in many domestic and international financing related transactions. In the last 30 years, he has offered legal advisory services to several multi-national and blue chip companies in various sectors including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and manufacturing in relation to the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights in Nigeria and Africa.
In 2010, he was appointed chairman of a committee set up by the Federal Ministry of Finance to design a code of governance/ethics for capital markets regulators. He sits as a director on the boards of several companies including BlackBerry Technologies Nigeria Limited (the Nigerian subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited), Calyx Securities Limited, and Courage Education Foundation (an NGO committed to sponsoring the education of brilliant but indigent children).