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. 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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.