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In the next decade, the growth of green funding and sustainable investment is expected to continue on an upward trajectory, with developing countries and African nations being a major focus. According to industry forecasts, assets under management (AUM) for EU-based ESG mutual funds are expected to reach an unprecedented €7.6tn by 2025. The incorporation of sustainable practices into all business and investment decisions is no longer optional; it is imperative. The need to run a sustainable business is now paramount, especially for companies operating in developing nations and Africa, as the world moves towards a greener economy.
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Chief Resilience Officer/Director of Business and Commercial Service, Kaduna Capital Territory Authority.
A'aron John serves as the Director of Business and Commercial Services and Chief Resilience Officer at the Kaduna Capital Territory Authority, where he leads sustainable urban planning and development initiatives. In these roles, he pioneers cutting-edge strategies for urban resilience and sustainable economic development, most notably the development of the Kaduna Resilient Strategy—a multi-pronged approach tackling climate change, economic volatility, infrastructure deficits, security challenges, and social fragmentation. His work extends beyond policy formation to create real-world impact and community engagement; he has spearheaded partnerships and supported projects across government, private sector, and civil society, uniting disparate stakeholders in the common pursuit of a resilient and sustainable in Kaduna and beyond.
Professor of Forest Economics and Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan
Labode POPOOLA, a Professor of Forest Economics and Sustainable Development at the University of Ibadan holds a 1990 PhD in Forest Economics from the University of Ibadan. He commenced his academic career as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Ibadan in 1988 and in 1992 he was appointed Lecturer II, a position he occupied until 1994 when he was promoted to the grade of Lecturer I. In 1997, he became a Senior Lecturer. His academic career was finally capped with a Professorship in Forest Economics on 01 October, 2002, ten years after his first academic appointment.
He has won several awards and honours. They include an award for Invaluable Service in
Agroforestry from the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, Nairobi (2001); award for excellent service to the forestry profession by the Council of the Forestry Association of Nigeria. He also received the Osun State Government Merit Award for Excellence in Science, Research and Community Development in 2010, and an Award of Excellence by Osun State Government in 2018 for making Osun State University financially self-sustaining. Prof. Popoola has successfully supervised 28 PhD theses, while three others are on-going. Sixteen of his PhD mentees are already Professors within and outside Nigeria. He has also supervised one MPhil, 55M.Sc dissertations as well as 40 B.Sc student projects. He has edited and/or co-edited over 20 publications. His research activities have generated over 170 publications (including a patent), over 70 percent of which were published after his promotion to the rank of Professor in 2002. Also, a 19- chapter book on “Readings in Tropical Sustainable Forest Management” has been published in his honour by his PhD mentees.
A specialist in Resource Economics and Sustainable Development, his main areas of competences include: Natural Resource Economics and Management; Sustainable Development, Capacity Building, Institutional and programme management, Networking, Institutional linkages/positioning, Research extension, Communication and Organization, Bio-diversification of landscapes and Administration. He has served as consultant to FAO, AfDB, the World Bank, DFID, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, ICRAF, IBRD, AFORNET, NCF, African Forest Forum and several other national and international organizations. In the course of his diverse professional services, he has visited some 120 countries and all the continents across the globe.
President / Lead Consultant International Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (IN-CSR)
Eustace Onuegbu is board level management consultant, a member of the United Nations Major Group on Business and Industry, a member of the Global Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights, a member of the working group on Cross Boarder Cartels at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, as well as an observer member at the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA). He is an expert in sustainability strategies and implementation using both national and international platforms.
Eustace is the foremost ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement Certified Lead Manager in Africa and ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Certified Master Auditor and Implementer in West Africa. He is also an ISO 14001 Environmental Management, ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety, ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 31001 Risk Management, ISO 22301 Business Continuity and ISO 37301 Compliance Management Systems – Senior Lead Implementer, Facilitator and Master Auditor with the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), Canada and a Distinguished Fellow and Vice Chair of the Executive Council of the Sustainability Professionals Institute of Nigeria (SPIN), Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), Nigeria, and Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Switzerland. He is presently serving as the President of International Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (IN-CSR), a registered non-governmental organization and the Head, Supply Chain Sustainability Academy, Africa.
He has worked with leading organizations such as Dangote Group, Zenith Bank PLC, Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI) Canada; Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Voices4Change/UKAID, University of Lagos; The Federal House of Representatives, Abuja; Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Green Energy International, the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria (NHRC), the Government of Tanzania, among others on Sustainable Development frameworks including Sustainable Banking, Consumer Protection and Financial Inclusion, Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, and Corporate Governance. He has also worked on key developmental projects and made several representations to the international community including the United Nations, African Union, ECOWAS, and The Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria on a wide range of environmental and social impact issues such as Access to Quality Education, Renewable Energy as a solution to the Country’s Energy Challenges, Sustainable Agriculture – Implementation and Impact Assessment, Deforestation and its Effects on Global Warning (NASS Committee member), Sustainable Finance, Sustainable Insurance, Pollution and Waste Disposal Challenges – Case of Oresumbare Community in Apapa, Lagos State, Sustainability Implementation and Reporting – Best Global Practices, Business and Human Rights Due Diligence as an Investment, etc.
Eustace was in 2019 appointed by the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria to lead the review of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights working in partnership key stakeholders from the Organized Private Sector and justices from the National Industrial Court of Nigeria. He is an avid advocate of instituting global best practices in the conduct of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) in Africa. Eustace holds a degree in Marketing from Abia State University in Nigeria, another in International Business and Management from Amsterdam School of Business, The Netherlands, and a post graduate degree in International Human Rights Law from Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom. He is also a Doctor of Business candidate at the Monarch Business School, Switzerland.
Director-Sustainability & Development Sector, Nangia Andersen LLP
Manisha, a Ph.D. in Environmental Science., is a climate change, environment, and sustainability expert with more than 22 years of experience. She is now working as a Director with the Sustainability and Development Sector Practice of Nangia Andersen LLP (a member firm of Andersen Global in India). She started her career with the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), a prestigious research institute under CSIR, Govt. of India and thereafter was associated with the Sustainability and Climate Change group of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for about a decade. For the past 10 years, she has been working with different multilateral and bilateral funding agencies and advising governments at both state, national and regional levels.
Her area of expertise includes Climate Change; Climate Finance, Cleantech innovation ecosystem, Environmental stewardship specifically environmental policies, and strategies, Environmental Impact Assessment, Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), Sustainability Strategy, policy, and reporting.
She has worked extensively for clients in different states of India and in countries like Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Eswatini, Sudan, South Africa, etc. Her client list includes MLBs and bilateral funding agencies such as UN agencies; the World Bank Group; DFID, ADB, GIZ, CDKN, etc., other than some of the top global corporates. She has been part of the core group in developing the “First Sustainability Report” of various multi-national corporates and global conglomerates apart from devising the sustainability strategies.
Manager, Environment and Social, Lagos Free Zone
Mate is a seasoned ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) professional with 15 years of
experience in the management of environmental and social issues. His commitment to sustainability and
responsible business practices has made him a respected leader in the industry.
He has led and contributed to numerous organizations' efforts to integrate ESG principles into their core
strategies and manage ESG risks. His expertise covers developing and implementing ESG frameworks that
align with global sustainability goals and create value.
His degrees and certifications in environmental science, renewable energy, sustainable finance, and
impact management provide the requisite foundation. He has held key roles in consultancy services and
the private sector with a proven track record of advising and guiding companies towards more
responsible and sustainable business practices.
Kolawole Mate continues to inspire organizations to embrace sustainability while also mentoring
budding ESG professionals. His commitment to creating positive ESG impacts has earned him recognition
beyond his professional achievements.
District Chief Executive and Managing Director Bureau Veritas Nigeria Ltd
Jean-Michel PERRET is the District Chief Executive for Nigeria and the Managing Director of Bureau
Veritas Nigeria Limited. He is based in Lagos. He has been working for Bureau Veritas since 2011. Before
arriving in Nigeria, he was in charge of the management of Government Services’ activities in Southern Africa and in DRC as well as Bureau Veritas Namibia.
He has 26 years of professional experience amongst
which 23 on General Management in multicultural African environment gained across various countries
in the Transport & Logistics Industry (General Cargo, Industrial and O&G Projects), International Trade,
Testing, Inspection and Certification Industry ; including Business to Business & Business to Government skills.
Jean-Michel holds a Master’s degree in Business Management & Marketing specialized in International
Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in
1828, the Group has around 84,000 employees located in more than 1,600 offices and laboratories in
Managing Partner Catalyst Realty Solution
Ms. Chinwe Ajene-Sagna is a trusted Advisor and Board Executive with over 20 years of experience in the real assets/property management industry operating at C-suite levels across the public and private sectors within the US, France, Francophone and Anglophone Africa. She is the Founder & Managing Partner of a full-service real estate firm Catalyst Realty Solutions (CRS), and an adjunct-faculty in the Strategy Department of the Lagos Business School.
Having spent over 14 years with JLL, a Fortune 500, NYSE listed global real estate market leader, Chinwe was Head for West Africa and was previously the Group Head of Business Development Africa for Rendeavour – Africa’s largest private city developers with over 12,000 hectares in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, DRC, and Zambia.
Chinwe sits on the Global Advisory board of the Harvard Business School (Africa), the Alpha Mead Group/ Facilities & Management services board, Amandla Capital/Sunu Real Estate board, and the Advisory boards of AfricaWorks and Seso Global.
An IFC EDGE Expert (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency) for sustainable green buildings, MRICS, UK and Nigeria IOD amongst other qualifications, Chinwe holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA (High Honors) from Dartmouth College. She speaks French fluently, is learning Arabic and enjoys traveling and golf.
Technical Director, AML
William Asim-Ita is a trained Chemical Engineer from the prestigious Federal University of Technology, Owerri and currently an MBA Student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. A professional with over 2 decades cumulative practical experience in brand communications, CSR, HSE, Engineering and Environmental Sustainability having executed and gone through series of projects, training, and courses.
He has applied his skillset working with blue chip companies and multinationals like GSK, Unilever, NBC- Coca Cola, TotalEnergies, Shell, IHS, Dangote Refinery, P&G, Heineken, Access Bank, GAC Motors but to mention a few.
A rare mix of corporate, business and agency service delivery positions has positioned him with a balanced perspective of processes and innovative system management.
William is a seasoned consultant and team player with great attention to detail. His burning passion for excellent service delivery makes him a resourceful problem solver, trusted implementer and auditor for your organization's Business, Brand, ESG, Sustainability and Technical projects.
He plays Tennis, loves football, likes traveling, and enjoys gospel music. William is happily married and blessed with 3 Children.
Ambassador Dr Ikechi Agbugba is a food and agricultural economist with wide experiences in virtually every aspect of agriculture especially in marketing, agribusiness management, entrepreneurship development, food security, technology in agriculture, crop and livestock sciences, among other areas. He has twice consulted for the United Nations under the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Connecting Diaspora for Development Project focused on train-the-trainers programme spearheaded by the Hague Office in the Netherlands. He successfully delivered his assignments at the Food Crop Production Technology Transfer Station in Nigeria; and a Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), also in Nigeria. He has wide experiences as Honorary Associate Professor in the Food Safety Food Chain Security Programme, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (UOB), England; Casual Academic at York St John University England; Mentor on New Faces for Farming at Writtle University College Chelmsford Essex England; Visiting Professor at Rome Business School; Senior Lecturer at Rivers State University (RSU); Formerly Researcher and Development Officer with the Reform Corporation International (RCI) London, Adjunct Professor, Agribusiness Management Programme, Cavalla International University (CIU), among others. Since 2003, he has been carrying-out research on food and agricultural economics, agribusiness, food systems studies and development studies. He earned PhD in Agribusiness, Food and agricultural marketing; and gained Postdoctoral Research Experience on a Smallholder Development on a collaborative study between Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and University of Fort Hare, as well as a NUFFIC Project which three South African Universities (Limpopo, Venda and Fort Hare Universities) benefitted. He is also an external examiner with Development Studies Department, University of Fort Hare and has been examining PhD students since 2018. Interestingly, he recently received awards as Global Mentor of Change and Global Emerging Leaders’ Award 2022 from the Global Council for the Promotion of International Trade (GCPIT), which was featured in the State News from the Prime Minister of the State of the African Diaspora (SOAD). Dr Ikechi is a licensed roving ambassador and member of the royal chamber under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister of the SOAD. He also reports to the Honourable Ambassador to the African Diaspora Collective (ADC-USA) as Director, Innovation/Research and Development. He engages with international networking volunteer organizations across Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and other regions of the world as either senior advisor or director. As an active advocate member of the European Technology Chamber (EUTECH), he participates in different workstreams as either expert, consultant or speaker. He was nominated as Board Member of the Food, Farming and Fisheries Alliance Committee by EUTECH focusing on possible and easy solutions how to deploy business ideas, as well as relevant technology solutions to targeted African communities, developing interregional technology cooperation between Europe and Africa. According to Prof Ikechi, “moves to industrialize the agriculture sector must be vastly encouraged especially in this era of advent of technology and the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). More so, we work with a good number of universities to see how to encourage farmers in building their capacity in the knowledge of technology and agriculture; and of course, robotics is one of them.” To mention a few, he is a co-founder and Senior Advisor of the Africa Organisation of Technology in Agriculture (AOTA) and Africa Agriculture Agenda (AAA). Together with the AOTA and University of Rwanda, they delivered their first annual event 2 captioned International Conference on Business Models in Agriculture (IBMA) at the Kigali Convention Center in March 2023 with focus on new and recent business trends and opportunities for smallholder farmers and food and agriculture/agribusiness value-chain enablers. He is also an AGRIVI Consultant. Dr Ikechi features as Board Member at African Council for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship (ACOSBE) and Uganda National Entrepreneurship Development Institute (UNEDI). He is also an Advisory Board Member with the African Continental Chamber for Commerce and Industry (ACCCI); Director, Research & Development/International Coordinator for Africa Agriculture Agenda (AAA); Senior Advisor with Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) programme for Capacity Development (GODAN-P4CD), Nairobi Kenya; Senior Advisor, African Youth Diaspora Organization (AYDO); Senior Advisor, AgriEn (an agribusiness and agri energy initiative focused on accelerating development and delivery of innovative and sustainable interventions in food security, among other initiatives. Also, Dr. Ikechi is the Technical Adviser to NutriCare, Malawi (an initiative developing strong farmers’ links and networks with the agriculture sector in specific regions thereby identifying farmer/farming needs, as well as building networks, partnerships and relevant opportunities in line with the vision of actualizing food and nutrition secure communities through empowering women to increase availability of affordable nutritious foods. He has also gained experienced as Professor of Agribusiness Management at Cavalla International University of America. It is important to note that Dr. Ikechi is the originator and advocator of the ‘’Brain Re-Engineering Concept and Reimagination: Strategy for Entrepreneurship Development and Youth Engagement in Agriculture.’’ Currently, he is working assiduously on developing some strategic notes for conflict resolution, disaster management, climate change mitigation, health care management, early career academics, among other issues. He is a selected academia/researcher stakeholder in the Feed-the Future initiative of the USAID Global Food Security Strategy Whole-System Workshop and has led plenary sessions on Food Security and Agribusiness especially at International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Congress which held at St Paul Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Dr Ikechi facilitated the Rivers State Nigeria Chapter of the Michigan State University Research Workshop with World Bank, USAID, FAO and Worldfish on the impact of COVID-19 on farmers’ incomes and food systems in urban and rural communities of Nigeria. Moreover, Dr Ikechi is the recipient of the excellence award ‘Agro-Economist of the Year’ in the 2017 Conference of the Pan African Agricultural Journalists (PAAJ).
Managing Consultant ImpactCrest Consulting
Abbas Agbaje is an ESG and Impact professional with over 10 years of experience supporting the
integration of environmental and social (climate, gender and impact) lens in investment advisory and
operations for multimillion-dollar projects in sub-Saharan Africa. He is the Managing Consultant at
ImpactCrest Consulting and an Environmental and Social Safeguards and Compliance Consultant with
the African Development Bank. Previously, he worked as Vice-President, ESG and Social Impact at
Kuramo Capital Limited, ESG and Social Impact Manager at InfraCredit, and Director/Senior ESG
Consultant at EBS Advisory Services (now EY-Parthenon).
Abbas has led various ESG engagements working with development partners such as AfDB, World Bank
Group, BII, DEG, KfW, GuarantCo, InfraCo Africa, AFC, and other reputable local and international
institutions. Key areas of experience expertise include Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
(ESIA), Environmental Audit, Environmental and Social Management Systems, Environmental and
Sustainability Training, Climate Strategy, Sustainability Reporting (UN PRI and GRI), GHG inventory and reporting, Biodiversity Assessments, Green Finance (Bonds and loans), Impact Framework Design and Development, Impact Measurement, Monitoring, and Reporting.
Abbas has professional membership and affiliation with the Institute of Environmental Management and
Assessment (IEMA), United Kingdom, the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Association of Nigeria (COSFAN), and the Nigeria Environmental Society (NES).
A volunteer member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) Sustainability Policy
Commission since 2019, he recently got nominated as the Adjunct Technical Anchor for the Policy
Commission, contributing policy dialogue, advocacy, and research.
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