Our Advisory Board

Mr. Foluso Philips

Executive Chairman: Philips Consulting (Nigeria)

The Executive Chairman and Founder of Phillips Consulting Limited (PCL),  a firm engaged in business and management consulting, with offices in Nigeria and South Africa, graduated as an Industrial Economist from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1974. He joined the British Gas Corporation as a graduate Trainee Accountant where he qualified as a Cost and Management Accountant in 1976.

In 1977, he joined the Lucas Electrical Company before leaving the UK for Nigeria in 1979 to work with the Pfizer Group. Mr. Phillips later took on a role as Management Consultant at Coopers & Lybrand International, a UK based company in 1985. During his tenure, he undertook and managed financial management, costing, computer systems and organization development assignments in the UK, Northern Ireland, parts of Europe and West African countries. In 1990, he returned to Nigeria after being appointed the General Manager, Finance for the SCOA Group in Nigeria. He held the position for two years before setting up Phillips Consulting Limited. He is a certified Management and Chartered Accountant.

Mrs. Iquo Ukoh

CEO at ENTOD Marketing and Founder/Curator, IQ Food Platter

She had her secondary education at Methodist Girls High School in Lagos and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Iquo has attended a lot of training programmes including the Leadership programme at London Business School.

Ukoh’s working career spans University of Lagos Teaching Hospital, National Institute of Medical Research, Lagos and Nestle Nigeria where by dint of hard work and high level of professionalism, she became the first and only female Marketing Manager at an executive management level.

Under her management, Iquo helped to build lasting brand relationships with Nigerian women through her innovative programmes like the MAGGI Women Forum (A home management programme targeted at women in semi urban areas).

Iquo Ukoh, is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Marketing Management, Food & Beverage, Market Planning, Business Planning, and Sales Management, she is a fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) and a member of the American Marketing Association. She is also a member of Nutrition society of Nigeria, Dietetics association of Nigeria, African Refugee Foundation and Advertisers Association of Nigeria where she has served in Official capacities.

Under the auspices of Nestle Nigeria, Mrs Iquo Ukoh was personally invited by President Bill Clinton the former president of the United States of America to attend the first Bill Clinton initiative in New York, an initiative aimed at addressing various social global issues. As a keen advocate of youth empowerment, she is also committed to ensuring that the youth realize their dreams, take on effective leadership roles and are well positioned to resolving societal conflicts.

Ms Osayi Oruene

Chairperson/CEO Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation (ACT FOUNDATION)

Osayi Alile Oruene is the Executive Director of FATE Foundation, a leading nonprofit entrepreneurial initiative in Nigeria, West Africa, which has successfully provided entrepreneurial education and services for the past nine years to young enterprising Nigerians, and equipped them with skills, tools, networks and financing to create successful businesses.

Osayi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration Pi Alpha from Rutgers University, New Jersey, United States of America. A seasoned manager with a track record of outstanding performance in community, economic and social development achieved through collaboration with socially responsible businesses and individuals. Prior to joining FATE, she worked at Junior Achievement of Nigeria, where she rose to become the vice-president. Her interest in working with non-profit organizations stems from a personal commitment to the socio-economic development of the country through private sector-led interventions.

Ms. Oruene is a member of several professional organisations including the International Women Society, the American Society of Public Administration, Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ). Her expertise has placed her on the board of several organizations including the Network for Executives of Non-Profits in Nigeria, which she founded.


Olubayo (Bayo) Adekanmbi

Chief Transformation Officer: MTN Nigeria/ Founder Data Science Nigeria

He is a data scientist and also the founder of Data Science Nigeria, which is a network designed to fast-track Nigeria’s development through the application of machine learning in solving social/business problems. In his capacity as the Chief Transformation Officer of MTN, he is exploring new frontiers in advanced data analytics for telcos and related non-telcos, having worked in MTN for 13 years, previously serving as GM Business Intelligence and Chief Marketing/Strategy Officer.

Bayo graduated with Distinction from the University of Reading postgraduate school, United Kingdom, and has also completed both full-time and executive education in many other leading institutions, including Columbia Business School, New York; The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago; INSEAD Business School, France; Telecoms Training Institute, London; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; and Gatton College of Business at the University of Kentucky, Kentucky. He has an MBA from Henley Business School, University of Reading, and a PhD through City University Cass Business School, London, and TIAS Business School.

Bayo is an award-winning business executive that has combined 18 years of cognate industry experience in Strategy, Marketing and Analytics from two largest economies in Africa (Nigeria &South Africa) and a track record to show for a superior performance in conceptualizing and implementing business/commercial/analytical strategy with commendable managerial ability.