Inspiring Collaborative Action Towards Sustainability and Net Zero in Africa

Under the Patronage of

Dr. Salisu Dahiru
Director General
National Council on Climate Change

Hosted by
Principal Sponsor
Official Financial Institution Partner
In Association with

Nigeria Climate Change Council Structure

The Council is chaired by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with the Director-General of NCCC serving as its Secretary.

The current members of the NCCC are:

H.E Bola Ahmed Tinubu

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Chairman

Sen. Kashim Shettima

Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Vice Chairman

Balarabe Abbas Lawal

Minister of Environment
Nigeria

Wale Edun

Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy
Nigeria

Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (CON)

Minister Budget And Economic Planning
Nigeria

Chief Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi SAN

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice
Nigeria

Shuaibu Abubakar Audu

Minister Steel Development
Nigeria

Abubakar Kyari

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security
Nigeria

Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye

Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Development
Nigeria

Adebayo Adelabu

Minister of Power
Nigeria

Market Overview

Climate change poses a significant threat to various sectors in Africa, including agriculture, tourism, trade infrastructure, and coastal communities, particularly urban areas. However, there is a growing momentum for climate action on the continent, with a focus on climate finance, carbon markets, and policy changes. 

Nigeria, as Africa’s largest economy and most populous country, faces both challenges and opportunities in addressing climate change. Despite its abundant natural resources, such as oil and natural gas reserves, Nigeria grapples with alarming rates of deforestation and threats to its mangrove forests. To combat these issues, Nigeria enacted the Climate Change Act in November 2021, signaling its commitment to climate objectives and social and economic sustainability.

Collaborative efforts between the government, private sector, and international organizations have led to tangible progress, including the expansion of off-grid power connections, positioning Nigeria as Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest off-grid electricity market by 2022. Moreover, Nigeria is actively working towards emissions reduction, especially in the oil and gas sector, while addressing deforestation drivers like agriculture and urban expansion.

Additionally, Kenya’s president has called for increased climate finance and debt relief for African countries, while South Africa’s stock exchange opened a voluntary carbon market, facilitating increased carbon trading activity. Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan, released in August 2022, serves as the roadmap for achieving the 2060 net-zero target, reflecting the nation’s commitment to a sustainable, low-carbon future.

EVENT OVERVIEW

The Nigeria Climate Change Forum, scheduled for July, 2024, in Abuja, Nigeria, hosted by  National Council on Climate Change is a pivotal event aimed at catalyzing transformative actions to address climate change challenges across the continent. With 17% of the world’s population, Africa emits only 4% of global emissions, standing as the planet’s least emitter and net-positive. Its remarkable status and hosting iconic forests like the Congo basin forest position Africa as a vital force in stabilizing global climate. The Congo Basin, dubbed the “planet lung,” stores over 30 billion metric tons of carbon, surpassing the combined tropical forests of the Amazon and Asia.

Despite its minimal contribution to emissions, Africa faces heightened vulnerability to climate change due to biophysical and socioeconomic factors. Its equatorial position accelerates warming rates, while socioeconomic challenges amplify vulnerability, particularly among disadvantaged communities lacking resources for climate resilience. The Forum is strategically aligned with the objectives outlined in the Paris Climate Accord and the key deliverables set forth at COP-28, emphasizing sustainability and achieving Net Zero emissions targets.

This groundbreaking event seeks to tackle the primary challenges hindering progress towards sustainability by exploring a diverse range of innovative solutions. Discussions will revolve around large-scale deployment of carbon capture (CCUS) and emissions control technologies, energy efficiency measures, process optimization strategies, clean transport, clean energy and nature-based solutions. Additionally, the Forum will delve into the production and scaling of green hydrogen and blue ammonia solutions, envisaging them as integral components of the future energy mix.

The Nigeria Climate Change Forum is set to emerge as a premier annual gathering for the African region, drawing Ministries, Government Authorities, Chief Executives, senior decision-makers, industry leaders, and climate activists from various sectors. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, the Forum aims to spearhead collective efforts towards achieving the region’s sustainability and decarbonization goals, marking a significant step forward in addressing the urgent climate crisis.

MARKET DRIVERS

Supporting Partners

Conference Chairperson

Special Assistant, Development Cooperation and Partnership
Office of the SSA to the President on SDGs
Nigeria

Vice Chair Board of Directors,
Africa Energy Council
UK

ADVISORY BOARD

Deputy Chairman
House Committee on Environment
House of Representatives
Nigeria

Halima Bawa-Bwari

Director, Environment
Agriculture & Water Resources, National Council on Climate Change
Nigeria

Iniobong Abiola-Awe

Ph.D - Director of Climate Change
Ministry of Environment
Nigeria

Special Adviser to the President
National Economic Council (NEC) and Climate Change
Nigeria

Michael Ivenso

Director, Energy, Transport & Infrastructure,
National Council on Climate Change
Nigeria

Nana Maidugu

Head of Sustainability and ESG
Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority
Nigeria

Yasmin Mohammed

Special Assistant to the Nigeria President on Energy Transition
Nigeria

Special Assistant, Development Cooperation and Partnership
Office of the SSA to the President on SDGs
Nigeria

Technical Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology on Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and International Partnerships, and Founder
Bridge Synergy
Nigeria

SPEAKERS

Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa

Honourable Minister
Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
Nigeria

Chief Uche Geoffrey Nnaji

Honourable Minister
Federal Ministry of Innovation
Science and Technology
Nigeria

Bar. Uju Kennedy Ohanenye

Honourable Minister
Federal Ministry of Women Affairs
Nigeria

Deputy Chairman
House Committee on Environment
House of Representatives
Nigeria

Honorable Commissioner
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Taraba state
Nigeria

Prof SAm Ugwu Chijioke,

Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Enugu State
Nigeria

Erelu Tosin Aluko-Ajisafe

Honorable Commissioner,
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Ekiti state

Dr. Mustapha Abdullahi

CEng MIMechE, Diretor
General & Chief Executive Officer, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Nigeria

Inga Stefanowicz

Head of Green and Digital Economy, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS European Union
Nigeria

Mohammed Malick Fall

Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
United Nations
Nigeria

Djifa Ahado

Head of Development Cooperation, High Commission of Canada to Nigeria

Chief of Mission
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Nigeria

Adesoji Eniade MNI

Director General
Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre
Nigeria

President & Chief Executive Officer
Oando Clean Energy Limited
Nigeria

Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke

President
Society for Planet and Prosperity
Nigeria

Ayaan Zeinab Adam

Senior Director and CEO of AFC Capital Partners

Halima Bawa-Bwari

Director, Environment
Agriculture & Water Resources, National Council on Climate Change
Nigeria

Iniobong Abiola-Awe

Ph.D - Director of Climate Change
Ministry of Environment
Nigeria

Zira Quaghe

Nigeria Country Manager , African Climate Foundation, Nigeria

Executive Vice President
Oando Clean Energy Limited
Nigeria

Michael Ivenso

Director, Energy, Transport & Infrastructure,
National Council on Climate Change
Nigeria

Chief Executive Officer
Kenya Climate Innovation Center
Kenya

Country Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
(GAIN)
Nigeria

Co-Chair East Africa, Institute of Risk Management (IRM)
Kenya

Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting
Nigeria

PhD, Country Director, CARE Nigeria
Nigeria

Nana Maidugu

Head of Sustainability and ESG
Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority
Nigeria

Rukaiya Bashir El-Rufai RBE

Special Adviser to the President
National Economic Council (NEC) and Climate Change
Nigeria

Vice-Chancellor
Bingham University
Nigeria

Director General
Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Nigeria

Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer
Natural Eco Capital
Nigeria

Yasmin Mohammed

Special Assistant to the Nigeria President on Energy Transition
Nigeria

PhD, FIET, FHEA, C.Eng, Professor In Intelligent Infrastructure Systems, Director of Smart Communities and Innovation
Manchester Metropolitan University
UK

Chief Executive Officer
Nigeria Climate Innovation Center
Nigeria

Head, HoldCo Risk, Capital Management and Sustainability
Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc
Nigeria

Sadiq Austine Igomu Okoh

Climate Governance, Net-Zero and Energy Transition, GHG Accounting
CarbonFree Africa Network
Nigeria

Chair Sustainable Finance, School of Transnational Governance
European University Institute
Italy

East Africa Secretariat Member
Institute of Risk Management (IRM), Kenya

Technical Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology on Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and International Partnerships, and Founder
Bridge Synergy
Nigeria

National Programme Coordinator - Energy and Environment, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Nigeria

Public Policy Initiative Director
Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation
Nigeria

Special Assistant on Climate Change to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State,
Nigeria

Teni Majekodunmi

Climate Finance Advisor, National Council on Climate Change,
Nigeria

Dr. Benjamin Mukoro

Co-ordinator
Global Centre for Law, Business and Economy
Nigeria

AGENDA

  • Day One
  • Day Two

08:00 – 09:00

Registration, refreshments, and networking 

Opening Ceremony

09:00 – 09:05

Opening remarks by Great Minds Group

Speaker:

09:05 – 09:10

Welcome address by Conference Chairperson

09:10 – 09:20

Goodwill Messages Speakers:

09:20 – 09:30

Keynote address: Developing Africa’s climate resilience - opportunities and challenges

09:30 – 09:40

Keynote address: Exploring strategies for advancing climate action, environmental sustainability, and achieving net-zero emissions in Africa—an urgent imperative

09:40 – 09:45

Keynote address: Overview of Nigeria's commitment to climate action and achieving Net Zero emissions targets

Policy and Regulatory Framework for Renewable Energy and Carbon Capture

09:45 – 10:20

Panel Discussion: Overview of policy measures to drive investment in renewable energy and Carbon Capture Storage (CCS)

Panelists:

10:20 – 10:35

Keynote Presentation

10:35 – 10:50

Presentation: Decarbonizing Nigeria's energy sector - Challenges and opportunities

Innovation and Technology Showcase

10:50 – 11:50

Networking break and VIP exhibition tour

11:50 – 12:05

Presentation: A look into high potential and low-cost renewable solutions for Nigeria

Speaker:

12:05 – 12:20

Presentation: Inspiring collaborative action towards sustainability and net zero in Africa

Speaker:

12:20 – 12:35

Innovation session

*Reserved for industry partner

This session will highlight latest technologies in driving climate change and net zero transition. The session consists of back-to-back 10-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of technologies.

To book your industry insight slot, contact partnership team at partnerships@gmevents.ae

12:35 – 12:50

Case Study: Exploring the multifaceted role of innovation in addressing the challenges posed by climate change

Speaker:

Financing Renewable Energy and CCS Projects

12:50 – 13:05

Presentation: Financing mechanisms for renewable energy and CCS projects: public funding, private investment, and international support

13:05 – 13:50

Panel discussion: Discussing the role of financing in supporting renewable energy and sustainable projects in emerging economies, considering challenges, opportunities, and best practices

Panelists:
Moderator:

Nature-Based Solutions for Carbon Sequestration

13:50 – 14:05

Presentation: Analyzing nature-based solutions for carbon sequestration: afforestation, reforestation, and soil carbon management

Speaker:

14:05 – 14:40

Panel Discussion: Ensuring sustainable food and nutrition security amidst climate change

Panelists:

14:40 – 14:45

Closing remarks by the conference chairman

14:45

Networking lunch, and end of day one

08:30 – 09:00

Registration, refreshments, and networking 

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome address and opening remarks by the conference chairman

09:00 – 09:10

Goodwill Messages

Speakers:

Climate Change Intervention at the State Level

09:10 – 09:45

Panel discussion: Subnational (state-level) interventions on climate change in Nigeria

*Reserved for African Climate Foundation & Society for Planet and Prosperity 

Topic Introduction:

Speaker:
Panelists:
Moderator:

Capitalizing on Emissions Control Solutions

09:45 – 10:20

Panel discussion: Overview of emissions control technologies for industries and transportation

Panelists:
Moderator:

10:20 – 10:35

Keynote Presentation

*Reserved for industry partner

10:35 – 11:10

Panel Discussion: Exploring the role of technologies in mitigating emissions from traditional energy sources like coal, oil and gas

Panelists:
Moderator:

11:10 – 11:55

Networking and coffee break

Driving Energy Efficiency Measures and Process Optimization

11:55 – 12:10

Case study: Analyzing energy efficiency and oil and gas process optimization role in reducing carbon footprint

12:10 – 12:25

Presentation: Climate mitigation and adaptation risks and opportunities - an imperative for Africa

Speaker:

12:25 – 12:40

Innovation session

*Reserved for industry partner

This session will highlight latest technologies in climate change. The session consists of 10-minute back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of technologies.

To book your industry insight slot, contact partnership team at partnerships@gmevents.ae

The Road Ahead

12:40 – 12:55

Presentation: Understanding the Impact of EU's CBAM and Border Tax on Africa Trade

Speaker:

12:55 – 13:30

Panel Discussion: Abuja to Azerbaijan, the road to COP 29

Panelists:

Circular Economy and Waste Management

13:30 – 13:45

Presentation: Transitioning to a circular economy model - Recycling, upcycling, and waste-to-energy solutions

Speaker:

13:45 – 14:00

Presentation: Discussing strategies to minimize waste generation and promote sustainable consumption

Speaker:

14:00 – 14:35

Closing panel discussion: Call to action for continued collaboration and implementation of climate solutions

Panelists:
Moderator:

14:40 – 14:45

Closing remarks by the conference chairman

14:45

Networking lunch and end of conference

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WHO WILL ATTEND?

Profiles

Chief Executive Officers, Chiefs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Heads, Managers from  

INDUSTRIES

Ministries, Regulatory & Government Authorities and Environment agencies  

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND?

Empower

yourself with knowledge and tools to advocate for climate-friendly policies and practices, driving positive change at local, national, and international levels

Gain insights

into Nigeria and key African countries’ climate change challenges and opportunities, essential for understanding the impact on various sectors and communities

Connect

with key stakeholders, including government officials, industry leaders, and climate activists, fostering collaborations and partnerships for effective climate action

Explore

innovative solutions such as carbon capture, energy efficiency, and nature-based solutions, crucial for addressing climate change challenges and achieving sustainability goals

Engage

in global climate change dialogues, aligning Nigeria's efforts with international commitments like the Paris Climate Accord and COP-28 deliverables, ensuring a coordinated approach to climate action

WHO SHOULD SPONSOR?

Oil and gas and petrochemical companies
Manufacturing and industrial companies
Banks and Financial Services Institutions
Clean Energy Transformation Solutions
Sustainable Transportation Solutions
Knowledge Management Solutions
Water Resources Management Solutions
Environmental Governance Solutions
Waste Management Solutions
Land Resources Management Solutions
Sustainable Growth & Cities Solutions

Sponsor

Principal Sponsor
Official Financial Institution Partner
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OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE

At Great Minds Conferences, we collaborate exclusively with top-notch industry professionals to provide the highest quality service to our customers. Our conferences offer an excellent opportunity to effectively communicate your message to your desired audience. Whether your aim is to educate your target market, introduce a new product, or enhance your brand and presence, our team will work closely with you to tailor a package that aligns with your needs and highlights you as a distinguished intellect in this field.

WHY GET INVOLVED?

Visibility and Brand Exposure

Multiple significant visibility for your brand among key stakeholders, including government officials, industry leaders, and environment protection leaders.

Promote Sustainable Practices

Stakeholders will have the opportunity to advocate for and promote sustainable practices across industries, fostering a culture of environmental consciousness and resilience.

Contribute to Decarbonization

Engaging in the forum provides a platform to contribute ideas and initiatives to support Nigeria's efforts in decarbonizing various sectors, such as transportation and energy

Showcase Innovative Solutions

Showcase your innovative solutions and technologies aimed at addressing climate change challenges, positioning your brand as a leader in the field

Access to Resources and Expertise

Participation offers access to valuable resources, expertise, and partnerships that can enhance capacity-building initiatives and implementation of climate-resilient solutions

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    Rose Keffas

    Special Assistant, Development Cooperation and Partnership, Office of the SSA to the President on SDGs

    Rose Keffas is a development specialist, results-oriented and strategic leader with 15 years of extensive experience in accomplishing remarkable outcomes in economic, social and community development and presently serving as the Special Assistant Development cooperation and Partnership to the Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on sustainable development goals (SDGs) from March 2016 till date. In this capacity she provides technical leadership and strategic guidance on the implementation and domestication at National and Sub-National Government of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Rose is Highly skilled in planning, organizing and implementing economic and social development functions from conception to completion. Adept at coordinating with various political subdivisions and facilitating change in a community to support sub-national and Local Government. Fostering partnership with Government, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Sub National and Local Government, CSOs, Youth Organization, Women Organization, Development Partners and Private sector.

    Dr. Chinnan Dikwal (PhD)

    Vice Chairman, Africa Energy Council

    Dr. Chinnan Dikwal, a distinguished leader in the global energy sector, boasts an 18-year career spanning oil & gas, clean energy, renewables, technology, and power systems. Currently, as Vice Chairman of the African Energy Council, he champions the continent's energy issues and supports strategic initiatives for sustainable development. Widely recognized as an authoritative voice on energy transition, Dr. Dikwal is a sought-after keynote speaker at global energy conferences. In his previous role at Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), he led the Energy Transition Advisory Service for EMEA, offering technical consulting and deal origination. His impactful career also includes instrumental roles at IHS Markit, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Alstom Power. Holding a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, Dr. Dikwal's research focused on fuel cells and hydrogen technology, solidifying his position as a thought leader in the energy transition discourse. His expertise encompasses oil & gas, energy strategy, policy, hydrogen technology, renewable energy, fuel cells, and power systems, influencing critical discussions on energy sustainability worldwide.

    Hon. Terseer Ugbor

    Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Environment, House of Representatives, Nigeria

    Hon. Terseer Ugbor is a Member of the House of Representatives for Kwande/Ushongo Federal Constituency, he is currently the Deputy Chairman House Committee on Environment. He is an environmentalist, a public policy expert and waste recycling consultant with 17 years’ experience before joining the National Assembly.

    As a Member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ugbor is an advocate for improved funding to support Climate Change mitigation and adaptation efforts in his constituency and Nigeria at large. He seeks to implement environmentally impactful projects in clean technologies that help in energy transition for rural communities and protects our environment from pollution and degradation.

    He is also a Member of House Standing committees on Aviation, Petroleum, Ecological Funds, Public Procurement, Steel Development and Poverty Alleviation.

    Hon. Terseer Ugbor has participated in several recycling projects including, Plastic Recycling, Tyre Recycling, Battery Recycling, E-Waste Recycling, Scrap Metals and Waste Oil Recycling.

    As Deputy Chair of the Environmental Committee of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ugbor intends to advocate for improved funding to the environmental sector, including better climate and environmental policies that guarantee a sustainable and healthy environment to mitigate against the effects of climate change.

    Rukaiya Bashir El-Rufai RBE

    Special Adviser to the President, National Economic Council (NEC) and Climate Change, Nigeria

    Her experience covers development of comprehensive strategies and roadmaps for sustainable development covering the sustainability pillars of people, planet, principles of governance and prosperity. With a practical top-level experience at the Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning where she served as a Special Advisor to the Minister on national revenue matters including Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) and on a broader note, fiscal sustainability.

    Rukaiya currently serves as the Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on National Economic Council (NEC) and Climate Change, and she brings to bear, her understanding of the of public policy and sustainability & climate change, including fiscal policy, ESG transformation, sustainable finance, ESG reporting & assurance, responsible sourcing, net zero strategies, value creation, and circular economy among others. She advised clients from private and public sector in not only identifying the material areas that helps them adequately respond to ESG risks & opportunities for value creation but also to identify impact areas that align with global best practices towards achieving their sustainability aspirations and the UNSDGs. Rukaiya is well acquainted with sustainability frameworks and standards such as the TCFD, SASB, GRI, GreenHouse Gas (GHG) protocols, IFRS S1 & S2, ESG ratings and other thematic & industry-based standards. She is a regular speaker at conferences and training dedicated to sustainable development and sustainability.

    Ure Utah

    Founder, Bridge Synergy

    Ure is a visionary leader with an unwavering passion for fostering transformative connections, driving innovation, and making a meaningful impact on a global scale. As the founder of Bridge Synergy, Ure brings over a decade of experience in investments, strategic partnerships, government relations, and international business development.

    A trailblazing force with a strategic mindset, Ure expertly navigates high profile partnerships. She has held prominent roles in powerhouse companies such as JP Morgan Private Bank, Palantir, Google, and most recently YouTube where she managed strategic partnerships with international organizations such

    as the United Nations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Economic Forum, and Global Citizen. A proud Nigerian, Ure is a board member of one of Nigeria’s largest security organizations Prudential Guards and Human Resources outsourcing firm Servtrust Limited. She brings with her deep-rooted connections to the Nigerian government and business community, fostering a profound understanding and appreciation of its rich culture and diverse landscape.

    Her passion for transcending boundaries has led her to establish Bridge Synergy, championing cultural intelligence, inspiring narratives,integrated marketing, and stakeholder engagement. Ure’s unique approach places Bridge Synergy at the forefront of global collaboration and innovation, inspiring a new generation of dreamers, doers, and trailblazers.

    Aishat Barde

    Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Taraba state, Nigeria

    I am Aishat Abdul Azeez Barde . Started my primary education at Staff School Jalingo, then to Model Primary School, where i obtained my primary school certificate. Proceeded to Federal Government Girls College Jalingo,as part of the Pioneer set,was the pioneer Social Prefect.

    Studied B.Sc Geology at the prestigious University of Maiduguri in 2008 Had M.Sc in Environmental Resource Management at the Nasarawa State University,Keffi in 2021. Started my career at the Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment in 2011.

    Deployed recently to the National Council on Climate Change,a Council directly under the presidency, vested with the highest authority to mainstream Climate Change affairs in Nigeria. Started my primary education at Staff School Jalingo, then to Model Primary School, where i obtained my primary school certificate.

    Proceeded to Federal Government Girls College Jalingo,as part of the Pioneer set,was the pioneer Social Prefect. Studied B.Sc Geology at the prestigious University of Maiduguri in 2008 Had M.Sc in Environmental Resource Management at the Nasarawa State University,Keffi in 2021.

    Started my career at the Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment in 2011. Deployed recently to the National Council on Climate Change,a Council directly under the presidency, vested with the highest authority to mainstream Climate Change affairs in Nigeria. Now appointed as Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Climate change. I am a geologist, environmentalist,climate, and gender activists as well as a growing politician.

    Now appointed as Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Climate change. I am a geologist, environmentalist,climate, and gender activists as well as a growing politician. Attended Workshops,Meetings, summits, conferences, and trainings on climate change worldwide.

    Prof. Sam Ugwu Chijioke

    Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Enugu State, Nigeria

    Professor Sam Ugwu Chijioke, born on April 12, 1963, hails from Ikem Isi Uzo LGA, Nigeria. He holds a B.A. in Education/Government from UNN (1982-1986), an MSc in Political Science from UNN (1989-1993), and a PhD in Political Science from ESuth (1998-2004). He has held various roles, including HOD of the Political Science Dept at ESuth (2005-2007), Chairman of Isi-Uzo LGA (2008-2012), and Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at ESUT (2013-2017). Currently, he serves as the Commissioner of the Ministry of Environment and Climate in Enugu State under Peter Mbah’s administration.

    As a Member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ugbor is an advocate for improved funding to support Climate Change mitigation and adaptation efforts in his constituency and Nigeria at large. He seeks to implement environmentally impactful projects in clean technologies that help in energy transition for rural communities and protects our environment from pollution and degradation.

    He is also a Member of House Standing committees on Aviation, Petroleum, Ecological Funds, Public Procurement, Steel Development and Poverty Alleviation.

    Hon. Terseer Ugbor has participated in several recycling projects including, Plastic Recycling, Tyre Recycling, Battery Recycling, E-Waste Recycling, Scrap Metals and Waste Oil Recycling.

    As Deputy Chair of the Environmental Committee of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ugbor intends to advocate for improved funding to the environmental sector, including better climate and environmental policies that guarantee a sustainable and healthy environment to mitigate against the effects of climate change.

    Erelu Tosin Aluko-Ajisafe

    Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Ekiti state

    Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Ekiti state Erelu Oluwatosin Funmi Aluko-Ajisafe is a politician of repute and currently She is the current Commissioner of Environment & Natural Resources, Ekiti State; she is also Chairman, Conference of Commissioners of Environment on NEWMAP Project. Her career began at Jabato Agency in Ikeja, Lagos State. She later worked as a Maintenance Officer at the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria before serving as the CEO of Tosfad Global Resources LTD. Erelu Aluko-Ajisafe has a rich political career. She has held various leadership roles including Director General of Ekiti Central for Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, her past roles include Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Engagement & Enlightenment, Commissioner 1 of the Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission, S.A to the President on S.U.R.E-P, Ekiti Central Senatorial District, S.A to the Governor on Public Interaction and first female Executive Chairman of Ado Ekiti L.G.A among others. She holds a Ph.D. (Honoris Causa) from Atlas University, Philadelphia, USA, and she is a member of the International Society of Poets. Erelu Aluko-Ajisafe has received numerous awards including Best Local Government Grassroots Mobilizer and Most Outstanding Woman in Local Government Council Administration by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Erelu Aluko-Ajisafe holds several chieftaincy titles, including Yeye Oge of Akure Land, Yeye Atuase of Iye Ekiti, and Erelu Olootu of Ayepe, Olode Ife, Osun State. Erelu Aluko-Ajisafe holds a National Diploma in Building Technology and a Higher National Diploma in Quantity Survey, both from Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti. She furthered her education at the University of Ado Ekiti, now known as Ekiti State University.

    Djifa Ahado,

    Head of Development Cooperation, High Commission of Canada to Nigeria, Nigeria

    Djifa Ahado is a seasoned development professional with over 15 years of dedicated service to the Government of Canada. After her role at the Canada School of Public Service, Djifa's career has been marked by her contributions to natural resource management, gender equality, and governance. Her international experience includes assignments in Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, France, Kenya, Germany, New York, Sweden and Togo, and a posting in Ghana prior to her current position as the Head of Cooperation at the Canadian Embassy in Nigeria. Prior to her government service, Djifa worked for Chaire de recherche C.A. Poissant sur la gouvernance et l’aide au développement, as a research coordinator on natural resource governance in Africa. She also contributed significantly to non-profit organizations, particularly focusing on biodiversity conservation.
    Throughout her time with the Government of Canada, Djifa has been instrumental in coordinating interdepartmental groups on various critical topics, including the inclusion of people living with disabilities, indigenous communities, and corporate social responsibility. Her expertise extends to developing specific positions on United Nations resolutions during negotiations, particularly in the areas of human rights, inclusion, and state governance.
    Before her assignment in Nigeria, Djifa played a pivotal role in the Development Innovation team, where she represented Canada in discussions with various external and international stakeholders.
    Beyond her professional achievements, Djifa is involved with support organizations for women victims of domestic violence in her personal life, reflecting her commitment to making a positive impact beyond the confines of her career.
    Djifa has a graduate degree in political science from the University of Quebec in Montreal and a bachelor's degree in management and international management from HEC Montreal. She is currently completing a graduate degree diploma at University Laval.

    Laurent M.J. De Boeck

    Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Nigeria

    Mr. Laurent M.J. DE BOECK, the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Nigeria, brings a wealth of experience to his role. Prior to leading IOM Nigeria, he served as the Chief of Mission in Cairo, Egypt, and represented IOM in Sana'a, Yemen. His career includes leadership roles in Geneva, Switzerland, where he headed the Labour Mobility & Human Development Division at IOM Headquarters, and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as Chief of Mission. Mr. De Boeck also served as the Director of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Observatory on Migration, advising the Secretary General of the ACP Group of States. With a career spanning over two decades at IOM, he has held positions in Belgium, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Haiti, and Rwanda, showcasing his dedication to international migration and humanitarian efforts.

    Mr. Laurent M.J. DE BOECK holds a degree in Public and International Affairs, Diplomacy and International Economy from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and a degree in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Tilburg, Netherlands.

    Dr. Ainojie “Alex” Irune

    President & Chief Executive Officer, Oando Clean Energy Limited, Nigeria

    Dr. Ainojie ‘Alex’ Irune is a seasoned leader with 20+ years of expertise spanning Energy, Business/IT Consultancy, and Research & Development. Currently serving as Executive Director at Oando PLC and COO of Oando Energy Resources (OER), he champions sustainable business success through technical innovation. His vision includes transitioning towards a future-oriented, eco-friendly energy mix, leading to the establishment of Oando Clean Energy (OCEL), where he serves as President and CEO, focusing on climate-friendly and bankable projects. Dr. Irune's commitment to a carbon-neutral Africa is evident in OCEL's diverse portfolio, pioneering EV solutions and sustainable energy initiatives.

    As OER COO, Dr. Irune revamped business strategies, achieving a 17% production increase and substantial cost savings. He secured over $1.5 billion in international financing and advocated for workforce diversity, building a positive internal culture. His prior roles within the Oando Group involved transformative initiatives, reducing debt and implementing strategic acquisitions. With a background in Computer Science, he initiated his career in the UK, driving innovation for automotive companies. Dr. Irune's advocacy extends to promoting gender diversity and creating a more equitable society, focusing on youth development and empowerment. His multifaceted leadership and strategic acumen contribute significantly to sustainable energy solutions and business innovation in Africa.

    Ayaan Zeinab Adam

    Senior Director & Chief Executive Officer of AFC Capital Partners

    Ayaan Adam brings 27 years of visionary leadership and a strong track record in emerging markets investment, asset management, private equity, infrastructure, and climate change related financing products. Prior to her recent appointment, Ms. Adam headed the private sector arm of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Based in South Korea, she played a key role rapidly scaling its portfolio to US$ 2.1 billion in three years across Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. She previously was CDC Group’s Managing Director of Africa Funds and had a 17-year career with the International Finance Corporation, serving as a Chief Investment Officer among other roles. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Summa cum laude from Clark University.

    Zira Quaghe

    Nigeria Country Manager, African Climate Foundation, Nigeria

    Zira Quaghe is an economic researcher with expertise in energy and climate policy. He is the Nigeria Country Manager for the African Climate Foundation.

    Ademola Ogunbanjo

    Executive Vice President, Oando Clean Energy Limited, Nigeria

    Ademola is currently the Executive Vice President of Oando Clean Energy Ltd., a subsidiary of Oando Plc. Prior to this, he was an Executive Council Member and GM of the Business Support Group at Oando Energy Resources where he provides leadership for the Human Capital Management, Supply Chain Management and Admin Services, IT, Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility, Governance, and Legal departments

    He has a Certificate in Business, International Relations, and the Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a scholar of the Said Business School, University of Oxford, and HEC Business School, Paris where he studied Consulting and Coaching for Change. He has a B.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

    He trained as an Internal Consultant and Coach at Oxford Management Consulting, UK, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, and a member of the Institute of Directors. A SEC-certified Market Analyst, Ademola holds an Executive Masters Certificate in Project Management from the PM College, London.

    Ademola is also the CEO of Proviant Integrated Services Limited, a social engineering company with a focus on the Niger Delta region towards the protection of E&P assets. His earlier career included a 4-year stint at the National Bank of Nigeria Limited where he became the pioneer Regional Retail Manager, South-West Region.

    He worked briefly with MTN's Sales and Distribution division, and later moved to Vmobile Nigeria (now known as Airtel Nigeria Limited) to assume the role of Strategy Executive, Corporate & SME Segments.

    Ademola joined Ocean and Oil Holdings (OOH) as Manager, Energy Investments; his role was to deliver on the MSA/TSA between OOH and Oando Plc., covering such functions as Human Resources, Energy Services and Sales & Marketing. He later co-pioneered the startup of an OOH subsidiary, Avaizon Consulting Limited, a Strategy, Execution Management and Business Performance Coaching firm he headed as Chief Executive Officer having previously served as VP, Strategy and Performance Coaching for two years. With core expertise in strategy, execution management, organizational design and development, transaction management, business opportunity assessment, performance management, leadership coaching, etc., Ademola has worked with diverse clients such as the Oando Group, Imo, Kaduna, Lagos, Cross River, Ondo, Ogun and Kano States of Nigeria, the World Bank, DfID, Airtel Nigeria, Interswitch, BankPHB, The Liberian Government, Triton Aviation, First Bank Plc., and a number of HNIs.

    JOSEPH MURABULA

    Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC)

    Joseph has more than 20 years of project finance, corporate finance, investment advisory, and fundraising experience, much of which has been within climate change and innovation contexts. Prior to joining KCIC, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Innovative Finance Facility for Water (KIFFWA). He has also previously worked with the Equity Investment Bank, East African Development Bank (EADB), Trade and Development Bank (formerly PTA Bank), and the consulting division of Deloitte. He holds a master’s degree in finance and financial Law from the University of London in the UK and holds certifications as a Certified Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance, Certified Public Secretary (CPS), and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

    Hussaini Abdu

    PhD, Country Director, CARE Nigeria, Nigeria

    Hussaini Abdu is an international development specialist and scholar. In the last 25 years, he’s been extensively involved in democracy, governance and development study and practice in Africa. In the last thirteen years, he’s been Country Director of ActionAid, Plan International and currently CARE Nigeria. He has served in the Boards of many development and research institutions in Africa. He is the Board Chair of YIAGA Africa, a leading Democracy and Governance organisation in Africa and the Chair of Partner West Africa Nigeria (PWAN) a women led and women focused rule of law and citizen’s security organisation.
    Dr Abdu has held different other responsibilities in some other international development organisations in Africa. As the Head of ActionAid International Democracy and Governance Programme in Africa, he coordinated and supported democracy, governance, and development programme in 23 different African countries, working closely with state institutions, International and regional organisations, like African Union, Southern African Development Corporation (SADC), Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) and the UN system amongst others.
    Dr Abdu has also taught Political Economy and Defence Studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna. He’s conducted extensive institutional and independent reviews, strategic planning and international technical support to people and governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He’s made substantial contribution to books and learned journals and has been a principal resource person on Nigeria and African civil society, security, democracy governance and development.
    He is the author of researched reference books; Clash of Identity: State, Society and Ethno-Religious Conflicts in Northern Nigeria, published in 2010 and Partitioned Borgu: State, Politics and Society in a West African Border Region, published in 2019.

    Catherine Nyaga-Mbithi,

    Co-Chair East Africa, Institute of Risk Management (IRM

    Ayaan Adam brings 27 years of visionary leadership and a strong track record in emerging markets investment, asset management, private equity, infrastructure, and climate change related financing products. Prior to her recent appointment, Ms. Adam headed the private sector arm of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Based in South Korea, she played a key role rapidly scaling its portfolio to US$ 2.1 billion in three years across Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. She previously was CDC Group’s Managing Director of Africa Funds and had a 17-year career with the International Finance Corporation, serving as a Chief Investment Officer among other roles. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Summa cum laude from Clark University. a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya and a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Sustainability Professional. Her experience spans across Financial Services, Manufacturing, Investments and Humanitarian Sectors in Africa and Europe. She mentors through her involvement with Global Give Back Circle and Youth Mentors and VCs.

    Temitope Adegoroye

    Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting, Nigeria

    Temitope is the Managing Partner at Sahel Consulting responsible for client engagement, project management and implementation. He is passionate about agribusiness and has worked extensively across a broad range of value chains, with specific expertise on roots and tubers. He is proficient in market analysis, business strategy development, business sustainability, and project management.
    Temitope has led several studies on agricultural policies and market entry strategies and implemented consulting projects in a range of priority areas including innovations in seed systems, mechanization, on-farm productivity enhancement and improved market access for agribusiness stakeholders.
    Temitope holds an MBA from Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, Nigeria. He also holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Agronomy from the University of Ibadan and received his undergraduate degree in Plant Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife.

    Dr. Michael Ojo

    Country Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Nigeria

    Michael is a very experienced professional with extensive senior management and leadership expertise gained from a variety of assignments across London over nearly twenty years, and more recently within the international development and international trade and development sector in West Africa. Michael joined GAIN from WaterAid, where he was the Country Director of the Nigeria programme. Michael started life as a Veterinary Surgeon before pursuing a career in public health, moving to sustainability and environment policy, transport, and back to public health (WASH) and nutrition. This eclectic pathway has produced a versatile and adaptable manager and leader with a focus on improvement.
    Michael leads GAIN’s work in Nigeria focused on transforming our food systems to make healthier and sustainable food choices more affordable, available and desirable including work to scale up business investments in nutritious food value chains, reduce post harvest losses, secure better diets for children, and progress food fortification at scale.
    Over the years, Michael has developed a keen interest in business-led and market-based solutions to development challenges which was part of the attraction for joining GAIN.

    Prof. Haruna Kuje Ayuba

    Vice-Chancellor, Bingham University, Nigeria

    Haruna Kuje Ayuba is a Professor of Environmental Science. He has over 25 years of teaching and research experience in biogeography, climate change, forest management, rangeland studies, drought and desertification, and, environmental management. He taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the University of Maiduguri, Borno State; and the Nasarawa State University Keffii. He has assisted the Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment in the development and delivery of key documents such as Biennal Update Reports (BUR), National Communications, Climate Change Policy, Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions; Promoting climate finance to Support Agriculture in Nigeria; MRV of Nigeria’s GHGs; Ecosystem-based Adaptation, vulnerability assessment of rural communities, among others). He has represented Nigeria as one of the Negotiators at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) at Lima, Peru; Paris, France; Glasgow, UK and Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt. He has consulted for GIZ-GFG Project, NEWMAP, ACReSAL, UNDP, and ESPA, United Kingdom. He was former Head of Department, Geography; Director Academic Planning, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). He is currently the Vice-Chancellor, Bingham University, Karu, Nasarawa State.

    Moses Umoru

    Director General , Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Nigeria

    Moses UMORU, MBA, is the Director General of the Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI FRANCE-NIGERIA), a prominent bilateral chamber established in 1985. With a strong focus on promoting bilateral relations between France and Nigeria, he collaborates closely with key stakeholders such as Business France, the French embassy's Economic section in Nigeria, and the Nigerian Embassy in Paris. Moses is highly regarded for his in-depth knowledge and insights into the Nigerian business environment, particularly in areas such as ease of doing business, government fiscal and monetary policies, trade policies, and diversification. He chairs discussions on macro-economic issues in Nigeria and abroad, and frequently appears as a guest analyst on major media platforms.
    With a diverse skill set, Moses UMORU is a trusted chartered management consultant, startup board advisor in the tech industry, government relations professional, and an ESG specialist focused on sustainable finance. He excels in fostering mutually beneficial partnerships at both the business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) levels, consistently delivering tangible results.
    His impressive achievements have been acknowledged through numerous awards and recognition, including being named one of the Most Influential People of African Descent in 2019, the Most Influential Young Nigerian in 2020, and receiving the Business Leader Award in 2022. Throughout his career, he has also been commended by the United Nations and other organizations for his social impact initiatives and innovative contributions.
    By leveraging his expertise and accomplishments, Moses UMORU continues to make significant contributions to the Franco-Nigerian business landscape, playing a crucial role in fostering economic growth and development between the two countries

    Dr. Eugene O. Itua

    Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Natural Eco Capital

    Prof. Bamidele Adebisi

    PhD, FIET, FHEA, C.Eng, Professor In Intelligent Infrastructure Systems, Director of Smart Communities and Innovation, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

    Professor Bamidele Adebisi is a Director/ Board Member at the African Hydrogen Partnership Trade Association (AHP), Mauritius,  and a member of the leadership team of the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, UK.  Bamidele is a Professor in Intelligent Infrastructure Systems, and Director of Smart Communities and Innovations, at the Department of Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.   He received a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Engineering both from Lancaster University, UK. Before that, he had a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
    He has published widely and given talks/panel discussions in the research areas of clean energy, smart cities/communities,  industry 4.0, the Internet of things, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems. He has been part of multi-partner, multi-country, multi-million-pound projects funded by the government, international agencies, and corporate bodies. He has a strong record of accomplishment in attracting industrial-related grants through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP). One such project received the UK Best of the best  KTP Project of the Year Awards in September 2020. Bamidele is a Fellow of IET, a Senior member of IEEE, a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Engineer.

    Bankole Oloruntoba

    Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Climate Innovation Center, Nigeria

    Bankole Oloruntoba is the CEO of the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center, a Climate Technology Partnership program of the World Bank with the help of the Government of Nigeria focusing on the growth of a viable green economy in Nigeria. The NCIC has, since its inception, incubated over 60 green ventures and seed funded 24 ventures in total of $240,000 USD and developed knowledge on the emerging Nigeria Green Economy, the center has worked with several partners to create growth structures in Nigeria including solving scale challenges including Coca-Cola Foundation, AllOn, EDC/PAU, FC4S Lagos and GIZ etc implementing Green Economy startups and SME economic scale projects worth over $3million USD
    Bankole is currently the Honorary Consul to Finland in Lagos, Nigeria and has a first degree (BSc. Economics) from ABU Zaria, an executive certificate in Building Brands from the Lagos Business School (LBS) and an MBA from Businesschool Netherlands (BSN).
    He is a social and business tactics engagement specialist with a deep background in entrepreneurship development, business development and innovation management. Bankole started the Abuja startup Ecosystem and has supported the setup of over 15 innovation hubs in Nigeria. Bankole has shown strength in the identification and building of strategic work/business partnership in Innovation ecosystem development.
    As a thought leader in Digital and Climate focused Start-ups and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development in Nigeria/West Africa, Bankole sits on the board and advises several organizations, governments, dozens of Hubs and Businesses in Nigeria and West Africa. He brings a wealth of experience in Green Innovation Programmes Design, financing and Sustainability Management, Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship (IDE) Development, Startup Business Development and Ecosystem Advisory.
    Bankole is an engaging Speaker, Convergence Coordinator and a fantastic listener.

    Tosin Leye-Odeyemi

    Head, HoldCo Risk, Capital Management and Sustainability, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Nigeria

    Tosin Leye-Odeyemi is the Head, HoldCo Risk, Capital Management and Sustainability at Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Stanbic IBTC Trustees Limited. She joined the Stanbic IBTC Group in December 2002, over the last 21 years, she has held various leadership roles in the Internal Control Unit, Compliance Unit, Investment Management Division and Finance Department. Prior to taking on her current role, in April 2019, she was appointed as Head, Reward, Analytics and Reporting in the People & Culture Department of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc. In each of the roles, she provided transformational leadership and direction, evidenced through value addition to business decision making, operational efficiency and positive stakeholder feedback. Tosin served as a volunteer in the Logistics Sub-Committee of the WimBiz annual conference in 2022. In 2023, she served as a member of WimBiz Conference Planning Group. She is currently enrolled to be a WimBoard Fellow by August 2024. Tosin holds an Executive MBA from the prestigious Lagos Business School and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

    Prof. Kenneth Amaeshi

    Chair Sustainable Finance, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute

    Kenneth Amaeshi is a Professor of Sustainable Finance and Governance at the School of Transnational Governance. He is currently on leave from the University of Edinburgh, where he is the Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director Scaling Business in Africa. He is also a Visiting Professor of Leadership and Financial Markets in Africa at the London School of Economics and an Honorary Professor of Business in Africa at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

    Kenneth is a leading scholar on sustainable business and finance in the global south. His research interest currently focuses on financial market reforms and governance, as well as on sector-level policies for sustainability and sustainability strategy in organisations. He has an expert level knowledge of developing and emerging economies. His research has a very strong interface between business and society, particularly national governments in Africa, where he has an extensive network. Since 2015, he has significantly contributed to developing the intellectual foundations of Africapitalism – an economic philosophy for the development of Africa – and championed its mainstreaming in the global academia.

    Besides teaching and researching, Kenneth works closely with businesses and governments in Africa, Europe, and Asia. He leads executive capacity building engagements and consultancy projects in the broad areas of sustainable finance, sustainability strategy, leadership, ethics, and governance for multinational corporations and institutions. Between 2016 and 2017, he was a Scholar in Residence at the National Pension Commission, Nigeria.

    Audrey Kemuma

    East Africa Secretariat Member, Institute of Risk Management (IRM), Kenya

    Audrey is a Business Resilience Leader that helps organizations achieve their full potential through effective Risk & Resilience strategies. She possesses solid Business Administration knowledge gained through practical experience in consulting, volunteering and working with organizations across Africa, the United States and Europe. She is a member of the Institute of Risk Management, East Africa secretariat. She holds other positions in Executive and Non-Executive capacity, most notably, she is the Vice Chair of an international NGO that prepositions financing for climatic risks that happen with a pattern of recurrence and predictability through Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance. Audrey holds an MBA from Washington State University, USA, and a 1st Class undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is Certified in Risk Management in Financial Services by the Institute of Risk Management in London, UK and is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist by the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists, USA. Audrey is also a trained Certified Public Accountant of Kenya and is a member of the National Quality Institute in Kenya. She is a Rotarian who contributes to various causes in society, she is passionate about Climate Change and has studied and undergone various trainings on the same. She is currently looking into Climate action, specifically, Solutions for a changing Planet.

    Oluyomi Banjo

    National Programme Coordinator - Energy and Environment, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Nigeria

    Yomi is a dedicated and enthusiastic Expert who specializes in Environmental and Energy programme management. Yomi holds two Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Nigeria and England respectively and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a focus on Environmental Management and Technology from the University of Manchester, UK. He worked at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) where he headed several specialized units and also has job experiences consulting for UK Government Departments and not forgetting working at Manchester United at the prestigious Old Trafford. An effective adviser with vast experience of international and national governments and private sector relations. He currently sits on many national and regional committees, advisory boards and has been instrumental and led negotiations, development and implementation of national and international projects and initiatives for Nigeria and some other countries. He has knowledge and specializes in many Environment Multilateral Conventions, Protocols and Agreements. He is presently the National Programme Coordinator - Environment and Energy, for United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Regional Office for Nigeria and ECOWAS. Yomi has received several awards both within and outside Nigeria.

    Amara Nwankpa

    Public Policy Initiative Director, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, Nigeria

    Amara Nwankpa serves as Director of the Public Policy Initiative at the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation. With over a decade of experience in public policy, strategic communication, and community engagement, Amara's expertise spans critical areas, including climate change, elections, energy, security, governance, and accountability. He is adept at bridging multi-level policy objectives and engaging stakeholders at both national and sub-national levels. His efforts have been instrumental in shaping impactful policy initiatives and fostering strategic collaborations with key stakeholders. Amara holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He is currently pursuing an MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy at SOAS University of London.

    Yusuf Idris Amoke

    Special Assistant on Climate Change to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria

    Yusuf is a highly accomplished and results-driven professional with 14 years of extensive experience in environmental management, sustainability, stakeholder relations, and climate change advocacy and a proven track record of developing and maintaining partnerships with government agencies, international organizations, and other stakeholders in the development space. Yusuf who is presently the Special Assistant on Climate Change to the Governor of Kaduna State, recently served as a Member of the Governing Council, Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa where he influenced the polytechnic’s guidelines and policies. As the founder and Programme Director for Green Climate Africa, Yusuf oversaw the development and implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation programs, securing funding from national and international donors to expand the organization's programs into five new states in northern Nigeria. As Project Director for Minds and Blocks Nig. Ltd, he successfully led a team of experts in developing and implementing a bio-waste recycling project and introduced the use of GIS technology to map methane gas emission from dumpsites as well as mapping out all security outposts in Kano metropolis to combat security threat. As Chief Marshall and Team Lead for Technology and Innovations and Zonal Head of Operations at the Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency, Yusuf spearheaded technology-driven solutions to improve traffic management and environmental protection, achieving a significant reduction in road accidents and illegal dumping of waste. Yusuf also worked as a Program Officer at the Greater Nigeria Initiative, leading initiatives that promoted peace building, good governance, climate change advocacy, civic responsibility, and engagement.

    Dr. Benjamin Mukoro

    Co-ordinator, Global Centre for Law, Business and Economy, Nigeria

    Dr. Benjamin Mukoro holds a doctoral degree in Commercial and Corporate Law. He works as Co-ordinator at the Global Centre for Law, Business and Economy (GCLBE). In this role, he leads the organising team for the Africa Climate Forum. Dr Mukoro has considerable experience in engaging climate change and sustainability issues.

    Dear partner, 

    We hope this message finds you well.

    As climate change remains one of the top priorities in Nigeria, the President, H.E. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has appointed Chief Ajuri Ngelale as a special presidential envoy on climate change, who will oversee the country’s transition and commitment to climate targets alongside the recently appointed Director General & CEO of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), Dr. Nkiruka Maduekwe.

    In light of these developments, we have been requested to move the Nigeria Climate Change Forum from its original dates of June 27-28, 2024, to mid-July 2024. We will notify you with the actual date of the forum shortly.

    This decision has been made to accommodate the president’s active involvement and ensure the engagement of key stakeholders. We believe that rescheduling the event is in everyone’s best interests and will ensure a higher level of participation and an enhanced experience for all attendees.

    We sincerely appreciate your flexibility and understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. Your continued support and active participation are crucial to the success of the forum, and we are committed to delivering an event that brings together key local and international players in the industry.

    Thank you for your understanding and support. We look forward to seeing you in July for an even more successful and impactful forum.

    Warm regards,

    Team Nigeria Climate Change Forum

    Dr. Richard Munang

    (PhD), Head, Global Environmental Monitoring Systems, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya

    Richard Munang is the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Head of Global Environment Monitoring Systems.

    Before his appointment, Richard was the Deputy Regional Director of UNEP Africa Office where he led and guided the seamless execution of UNEP's programmes in Africa. Specifically, he led the implementation of the UNEP delivery model at both strategic and operational levels using a unified approach to involve the entire UN development System. He also innovatively devised thought solutions in key cross-cutting areas like food systems and One-Health, highlighting the role of the environment in practical solutions, leveraging a data-driven approach to inform policy and investments.

    Richard was also the Climate Change Coordinator of the same office, where he guided the implementation of UNEP’s climate-resilient development strategy at national and regional levels, leading programs on climate change, innovative financing, food security, and clean energy in over 50 countries, providing technical support, and capacity building to ensure climate action policies and investments are informed by the latest science and empirical data of what works. He fostered alliances with key regional organisations, stakeholders, and governments. He has extensive programming, policy implementation experience, strategic influencing, thought leadership, coordination, program management, partnerships, communications, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and policy guidance.

    Richard’s first assignment at UNEP was as a Project Manager with its Ecosystems Division in 2009. He managed the first UNEP Adaptation Project called the Climate Change Adaptation and Development Programme (CCDare), implemented jointly with UNDP. He later worked on Ecosystems Based Adaptation (EBA) for mountains, Food security, Coastal ecosystems, low emissions development and Climate action projects.

    When he joined the Africa office, he pioneered the first UNEP Africa Adaptation Gap report series, which helped to galvanise a coherent continental strategic climate policy position, elevating adaptation to be at par with mitigation, an AMCEN priority. He spearheaded the conceptualisation and creation of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), a continental policy framework and implementation platform for adaptation and food security in Africa. He has enhanced youth skills retooling to leverage their passion for turning climate change challenges into climate opportunities.

    Before joining the United Nations, Richard worked as a Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Dublin, and as a Lecturer at Nottingham University. He has participated in various research projects and published over 500 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and magazines. He is the author of the book– Making Africa Work through the Power of Innovative Volunteerism and has co-written chapters in publications on environment, climate, and development policy. Committed to empowering future leaders and change-makers, Dr. Munang founded the Innovative Volunteerism mentorship programme, guiding young people to transform their passion into profit by tapping environmental action as a source of enterprise.

    He is the 2016 winner of UNEP’s Baobab staff awards for Programme Innovation for enhancing efficiency and efficacy, with UNEP's work on EBA policy integration being up-scaled nationally and regionally and the prestigious " 2023 Your Nottingham Alumni Award" from the University of Nottingham for exceptional excellence. He was recognised in 2023 as one of the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders in Sustainability.

    Richard is a Cameroonian Citizen who holds a PhD in Environmental Change and Policy from the University of Nottingham and completed the pioneering Executive Certificate in ‘Climate Change and Energy: Policy Making for the Long Term at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.