Technical Committee

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We have a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) comprising 7 members.

Dr. Gbenga Arokoyo, MPDS, MBA, MPH – Rural Engagement, Capacity Building & Technical Field Operations Advisory

Dr. Arokoyo has over two decades of broad ranging experience working in the Agric sector and the food processing industry. He is a seasoned Community and Social Services Professional with demonstrated skills in nonprofit organizations’ management, veterinary medicine, business planning, government relations, and volunteers’ management.

Dr. Arokoyo is currently working with the National Fadama Coordination Office as a Rural Institution Development Specialist. He provides capacity building for rural farmers to make more informed decisions in terms of input requirements, extensions services, engagement with off-takers, financial management, market information services, among other requisite technical skills. He also provides support to the Fadama III on additional project financing for agri-business development, group formation, conflict management, social capital development and establishment of socially inclusive project implementation, especially in gender mainstreaming, youth involvement (Agropreneurship) and participation of the vulnerable groups.

Dr. Arokoyo has worked for Leventis Foundation Agric School to lecture on agriculture, animal production, on-farm demonstration of various agricultural production techniques and technology, to mention few of the deliverables of his role. He was also Management Consultant at Garvent Consult leading a team of Rural Credit Management & Agricultural Project Consultants. In this role, he spearheaded the successful implementation of various agricultural projects consultancy services for the Federal, State and Local Governments in Nigeria. The company also provided services such as: receiver-managership for banks on agricultural credit facilities; advisory for individual and corporate agri-businesses; and, design and development of various components of agricultural and rural credit management interphase between government and development partners on some micro-credit and rural development projects.
Ekong Godfrey Etim
Ekong Godfrey Etim, BSc, LLB, BL – Legal & Regulatory Advisory

Ekong Etim is an attorney with extensive experience in the practice areas of Company and Investment Laws, Corporate Finance, Securities and Capital Market Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions, Privatization and Infrastructure, Information Technology and Telecommunications Law, Litigation and Commercial Arbitration.

Ekong has broad reform and privatization experience, having previously worked on infrastructure and public sector enterprises reform; advising on privatization in the telecommunications and infrastructure sectors. He has advised governments, public enterprise managers and investors on diverse legal issues, including structuring transactions, facilitating joint ventures and acquisitions.

Grace Oreofe
Oreofe A. Akinkugbe (Grace), BSc, MBA – Founder, Clothing360

Oreofe Akinkugbe is an innovative strategist, an effective project coordinator and a brand experience professional. For over 16 years, Oreofe has nurtured a career in these three roles.

Oreofe has broad ranging experience covering privatization, transaction monitoring and evaluation, market and industry research, project development, planning and implementation, business planning, marketing strategy formulation and marketing planning, customer experience management, brand experience building, and multi-media content production.

She has worked for the Bureau of Public Enterprises, CPCS Transcom and the Royal Bank of Scotland. She has served as an independent consultant with the Niger State Government, Vlisco Netherlands and a number of other organizations in the private sector. For the last 9 years, she has acquired valuable experience in the areas of company startups, corporate restructuring and rebranding, capacity building and empowerment initiatives, as well as specialized organizational change management programs.

Oreofe’s interest and involvement in Nigeria’s Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) value chain began over decade ago in 2006. And for the past 12 years, she has been studying the country’s CTG value chain, with a focus on the RMG industry. She has researched the trends and practices in the RMG industry vis-a-vis the experiences of successfully industrialized textile and RMG exporting nations with similar economies. She continues to advocate for Nigeria to adopt the global RMG industry best practices.

In collaboration with a training institute in the country, Oreofe created an innovative initiative in 2012 to build a resource base of skilled manpower in Nigeria’s RMG industry.

Drawing from her in-depth understanding of the structure of and setbacks in Nigeria’s CTG value chain, Oreofe founded Clothing 360 in 2016. Through the organization, she conceptualized a strategy to fast-track and achieve Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) of the nation’s CTG value chain. The strategy will drive large-scale production of cotton, textile and especially RMG in Nigeria for domestic and export markets. The overarching objective of the strategy is to build Nigeria’s comparative and competitive advantage in the CTG value chain; and to contribute to reducing poverty and creating shared prosperity in Nigeria.

Other achievements of Oreofe include developing tailored training contents on customer-centric service and experience delivery. She has coordinated and facilitated several training programs on customer-centric service and experience delivery that appeal to today’s empowered customers. She created an innovative brand experience building program designed to help organizations and entrepreneurs MAKE and KEEP today’s empowered customers and target markets RAVING FANS!

Oreofe holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from University of Abuja. She also holds an MBA with a focus on strategy and marketing from Dundee Business School, Dundee, Scotland.

Jacob Olobayo
Jacob Olobayo, BTech, PGD, MBA – Field Operations Advisory

For the past 23 years, both as a non-graduate and post-graduation, Jacob Olobayo has been actively involved in various field operations management for products and services of diverse companies.

Following his university graduation, Jacob was engaged as a Field Sales Representative at Promasidor Nigeria Ltd., (distributors of Cowbell Milk) and Nestle Nigeria Plc. His main job function was rural trade engagement and to stimulate demand from the bottom of the pyramid. Jacob’s successful execution of his job paved the way to become a District Sales Representative in the same organization in supervisory capacity. In this capacity, he was responsible for engaging the distributors’ field salesmen, as well as coaching and mentoring them. The overall impact of his role was a tremendous growth of the distributors’ businesses.

Later in his career, Jacob also secured a field engagement job with Topline Creations to sensitize key sectors of the economy e.g. health, education etc., and high net worth individuals on the company’s products.

Beginning in 2008, Jacob worked in different senior managerial roles for Celtel Nigeria, now Airtel Nigeria, to oversee field operations in metro and rural areas. His deliverables included activation of fallow areas and turning these into telco’s colony, while growing the coverage area revenue simultaneously. His impressive performance led to being promoted to an Area Business Manager.

After a successful career at Airtel Nigeria, Jacob moved on to become the Regional Manager at the Candel Company Ltd., (an Agrochemical Company). In his current role, Jacob is responsible for managing the company’s business in 5 States within Nigeria’s Middlebelt region.

Jacob holds an MBA in General Management from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi. He has a second-class upper degree, B.Tech. (Hons) in Industrial Chemistry from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. From the same university, he also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Prior to his university degree, Jacob earned an A ‘Level IJMB certificate from the prestigious college of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies, Kano
Ekhato Oziebge Osagie, LLB, BL – Legal Advisory

Ekhato Oziebge Osagie is a seasoned legal practitioner with a wealth of experience in the areas of corporate and commercial law.

Osagie offers a full range of advice on intellectual property matters. He proffers advice and handles pre/post incorporation documentation and resolves regulatory issues on behalf of clients and the relevant Government agencies. Osagie also regularly interfaces with key Government institutions on behalf of clients and advises in current trends, rules and administrative requirements as it relates to regulatory and compliance issues.

Osagie was called to Bar in 1999 and is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.
seun apara
Seun Apara, PGD – Communication and Media Advisory

Seun Apara is an avid entrepreneur who is very passionate about the development of Nigeria. He is the founder and CEO of MME Africa (Media and Marketing Experts Africa), a full blown integrated marketing communications (IMC) agency that strategically combines varieties of communication disciplines to drive business success. Seun is also the founder of Modesun Furniture, an indigenous furniture manufacturing company.

A very versatile entertainment business consultant, Seun has served as a judge on the boards of several musical awards including the Awards for Musical Excellence in Nigeria (AMEN) and Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA). He’s also the initiator and coordinator of the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Scheme (NEIHIS), a scheme founded to provide customized health insurance for the practitioners of the Nigerian entertainment industry and approved by National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Seun holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communications from Onabisi Onabanjo University. He is a member of reputable professional bodies including the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Chioma Okoli
Chioma Okoli, BSc, MBA – Corporate Financel Advisory

Chioma Okoli is a relationship manager and the branch business head of Ecobank Wuse 2 branch, Abuja.

In December 2004, Chioma joined Ecobank Nigeria Plc as a relationship officer. She worked with a team of other seasoned bankers in the Wuse 2 branch of the bank to move the database of the branch from eight thousand to eighteen thousand within a space of one year. Chioma worked in the Wuse 2 branch for seven years and rose to the position of banking officer. She was then transferred to Area 3 branch of the bank to manage the branch in an acting capacity.

Following a six months stint at the Area 3 branch, Chioma was transferred to the Le Meridien branch of Ecobank in March 2011 as the manager of the branch. She worked with the team to grow the branch balance sheet by three hundred per cent within a space of three years.

An astute relationship manager, seasoned banker and caring mother, Chioma is still the business head of Le Meridien branch. She assists in training new entrants in the marketing unit of the bank, and mentors young colleagues in the industry. She has participated in several training programmes including the International Retail Banking Academy training and received an award as the best relationship manager in Wuse 2 branch for the period she worked there.