Managing Director, Future Software Resources Nigeria
Power Nuggets From a Leading Woman in the IT Industry
A seasoned professional and change catalyst in the IT industry, Nkemdilim Begho (Nee Uwaje) has served as the Managing Director of Future Software Resources Nigeria Ltd (Futuresoft) since 2008. Driven by her passion for delivering quality education to African children, she birthed the award winning i-Connect Project an ICT4D initiative focused on education and ICT. The project won the 2012 Etisalat Prize for innovation and the 2013 AR-CSR Sustainable Solutions Showcase.
Nkemdilim has been featured on Forbes Africa as one of the Top 10 Female Tech Founders to watch in Africa, Top 40 African Leading Women’s list by African Women Power Network, and named one of the top 100 most innovative in the Nigerian Tech Space by YTech 3 years in a row. She is also featured as one of 100 Lionesses of Africa and was recently featured on the Ventures Africa 42 most innovative Africans list.
Nkemdilim is a firm believer in mentorship and is part of the pan-African Mara Mentor Network and SME Boutique Women’s Exclusive Club (SWEC) Mentors. Furthermore she is currently taking part in the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Coach the Coaches Entrepreneurship program, which commits her to mentoring the next generation of top performing startups. More recently she has stretched her wings beyond core technology and co-founded 3 thriving tech driven startups - Anne Li Unique Ideas (www.alwaysme.ng - Manufacturing & Fashion), Compare Insurance Nigeria (www.compareinsurance.com.ng - Insurance) and Fucaire Lifestyle Ltd, publishers of ASPIRE Luxury Magazine (www.aspireluxurymag.com - Luxury Brand Consultancy). She also served as an advisory board member for Social Media Week Lagos in 2017 and 2018. She is a TEDx speaker and has spoken in numerous international platforms across Africa and the United States.
Nkemdilim embarked on her professional career in Germany at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psychiatric Research in the department for Statistical Genetics and Proteomics and later worked at Affectis Pharmaceuticals AG, Germany before returning to Nigeria. She is a graduate of Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) & Technical University Munich (TUM), Germany, where she received a BSc. Hons in Bioinformatics.
IVIE MARTINS OGBONMWAN
Human Resource & Business Development Consultant
Practical Insight from a Seasoned Career Advisor that Could Land You Your Next Job
Ivie Ogbonmwan serves as the Human Resources Manager, responsible for strategies to attract, develop, and retain talent for Udo Udoma and Belo-Osagie.
In the course of her HR career, she has successfully managed the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs and has helped various organizations boost overall performance through effective HR, strategy building, fair and coherent compensation & benefits, and employee engagement.
With a plethora of experience across oil and energy, automobile, consulting, media and communications sectors, Ivie is known for ensuring top notch organization culture through the constant presence of high-performing motivated staff, talent management & personal development.
She has been instrumental in the recruitment of talents from junior to senior management level positions and currently through her private practice, Elite Hunters she has been able to prepare Nigeria’s talents for the labour market through effective career advisory initiatives bordering on CV writing, interview coaching and mentorship scheme.
Ivie’s educational background includes an LLB in Law from the University of Benin and a B.L from the Nigerian Law School. She is passionate about people development and humanitarian endeavours and she spends her spare time volunteering with various initiatives
Founder & CEO, Mamamoni Nigeria
Lessons & Practical Knowledge from a Real-life Superhero
Nkem Okocha is the Founder and CEO of Mamamoni, a Fintech social enterprise that empowers rural and urban slum women with vocational and financial skills and mobile loans. She is very passionate about uplifting economically disadvantaged and marginalized women out of poverty through platforms of financial inclusion, which birthed Mamamoni.
Since 2013 Nkem has impacted and empowered over 6000 poor women in several rural communities in Nigeria. She currently serves as a member of the Lagos Innovates Advisory Council. She is a benefactor and alumna of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) program for African entrepreneurs. Nkem was selected as a fellow of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a flagship program of the United States, inaugurated by former President Barack Obama.
Nkem has won several prestigious awards for her work in empowering Nigerian women, including the 2016 EbonyLifeTV Sisterhood Award for Advocate of the Year and the LEAP Africa Award for Outstanding Social Innovator. She was also one of Genevieve Magazine's GWomen of 2018, and a nominee for the Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY) Award for Empowerment.
Nkem is an alumnus of Kellog's School of Management, Northwestern University. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Lagos, with several years of professional experience in the banking and finance industry.
TOBORE ORO EDEMA
Founder, The Gladies Africa
This Thing Called Self-Discovery
Tobore Oro Edema is a social innovator, writer, singer and STEM advocate. She is the Founder and Director of The Gladies Africa, a nonprofit that creates platforms for intellectual empowerment and capacity building in women and youths in Nigeria.
In 2016, she launched The Butterfly Brunch as a dynamic interactive platform to foster conversations between industry role models and young Nigerians seeking opportunities, as a means to inspire action towards self-development and growth, as well as encourage collaborations among women, shunning female rivalry and competition.
Tobore believes that self-discovery in itself is not a destination but a journey, and as such, human beings are "multipotentialites" by nature, having a spectrum of multiple abilities which we find in layers, when we look inwards.
She is a recipient of notable awards and nominations including The Queen’s Young Leader Award, The Future Awards Africa, and LEAP Africa Social Innovators Program. Among other things, Tobore has a background in bioengineering and cancer research which she hopes to contribute to the healthcare sector in Nigeria through medical innovation.
HUMANS OF THE BUTTERFLY BRUNCH
Communications & Volunteer Management
Jennifer Ifeoma Ugboh is a creative media and communications professional with over three years of experience, and a keen interest and indelible love for storytelling, social media and broadcast media. She is the host of "Lets Just Talk", a weekly podcast that highlights, tackles and offers tips on the various issues relating to being young and upcoming in Nigeria.
Jennifer is currently a member of the editorial team at Today’s Woman Magazine, and was a benefactor of Mo Abudu's mentorship series, Dream Moments.
She is passionate about seeing women and youths empowered and is an unrepentant content junkie, movie lover and bibliophile open to creative collaborations. Her life goal is to make an impact while making a living.
Planning & Logistics
Vwede Odiete is a fun-loving, multi-talented individual with a keen interest in the creative industry. A Theatre Arts, BA degree holder, Vwede has an eye for art and design, and currently works as a costumier and fashion stylist in the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, as well as a unit production manager in movie shoots.
He's a big believer of women and youth empowerment and has volunteered on various platforms towards this cause.
You can catch Vwede hosting his talk show W.E.E.D. (Wired Eccentric Evolving Differently).
TOBY VAN JOHNSON
Planning & Logistics
Tobi, aka tobyvanjohnson, is a writer, designer and member of the sole Nigerian Pop-Rock Band RepJ360.
When he's not struggling with ways to describe himself in short bios he is helping others with their media needs as a freelancer and volunteer.
Publicity & Social Media
Remi Yakubu is a former Account Manager at Kirusa Nigeria Limited, a telecommunications company that provides voice messaging and social media mobile app services across emerging markets in several continents.
She is currently the Founder and CEO of The Monteremy Company, a tech startup company focused on helping parents and guardians find creches close to their home from the comfort of their mobile phones or computers.
Remi is very passionate about entrepreneurship in young people and is a strong advocate for women and children's education. She is constantly looking for opportunities to contribute immensely to the growth of the Nigerian educational system.