Zouera Youssoufou is the CEO of the Dangote Foundation, based in Lagos. She reports to the Board of the Dangote Foundation, and provides overall management oversight for the $1.24 billion USD foundation. In this capacity, Zouera crafts the short, medium and long-terms strategic plans of the Foundation and executes them with guidance from the Board. Prior to joining the Dangote Foundation, Zouera was the World Bank Country Manager for Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe.


Stefaan Van Velthoven serves as the General Manager of the Dredging International Services Nigeria Ltd. (DISN) – DEME Group. DEME is a world leader in the highly specialized fields of dredging, marine engineering and environmental remediation. The group can build on more than 140 years of know-how and experience and has fostered a pioneering approach throughout its history, being a front runner in innovation and new technologies


Sadiq Usman is the Head, Corporate Business Development, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc. He has also served as a Special Assistant to the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, as a Vice-President with JPMorgan Plc and an analyst with both JPMorgan Plc and Zenith Bank Plc.


Hajiya Rabi Aliyu holds a Master degree in Business Administration from Nasarawa State University, Kebbi.


Ugo Nwabuisi is the Managing Director at the 151 PRODUCTS LTD, focused mainly on international trade events and business support services with an aim to work with companies to identify and explore opportunities within the West African regional market.


Toke Alex Ibru is the Executive Director of The Guardian, a role he has played for 10 years. In this time he has overseen its transformation from a traditional newspaper to an all-encompassing integrated multimedia group.

With the last 15 years doing business in Nigeria with unrivaled contacts across all sectors, Toke sits on the boards of the Guardian, Ikeja Hotels, Capital Hotels, Charles Hampton, Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce and Warif. Toke is a History Graduate from Exeter University, UK.


Marc Eeckhout is an experienced Manager who has worked in large and medium sized companies spanning Africa and South America. Previously, he was the Consortium’s appointed General Manager for the PHCN Projects (ICC, NPPMP and RCM).

Mr. Eeckhout is also involved in Business Development within Nigeria’s Utility Sector (electricity and water). With more than 25 years international experience, he has worked in many countries including two years in Morocco; 16 years in various African countries as well as Suriname and South America.


Pieter De Koninck is the General Manager of the Brenntag Chemicals Nigeria Limited with professional experience in Nigeria, Gabon, and throughout West and Sub Saharan Africa. He previously worked for Nigeria’s leading logistics specialist (GMT) and for the world leading courier company, DHL. His other achievements included reducing GMT’s sea freight lead times and building consulting for many of the country’s top logistics companies.


Mrs. Kelechi Ugbeva is the Managing Partner at the Blackwood & Stone LP. Mrs. Ugbeva provides specialist Tax and transactional advisory services to multinational companies, family owned businesses and Nigerian companies doing business in Nigeria. She has worked as in house and external counsel both locally and internationally.

She contributes to the World Bank’s Annual Survey “Doing Business” and has authored several articles and publications on national and international taxation as well as on doing business in Nigeria.


Olabode Makanjuola is the Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caverton Offshore Support Group. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leicester and a Master’s Degree in Trade, Shipping and Finance from City University Business School. His educational qualifications and exposure have enabled him broker several commercial trading contracts with the Nigerian LNG LPG Off-takers. He has also contracted several Ship Management and Agency contracts with both indigenous and foreign companies.