In April 2020, a choice group of avant-guardes decided to leverage on the vast opportunities presented by COVID-19 to create The Thrive Consortium. THRIVE is a dais for industry experts to deconstruct Nigeria in ways that will contribute to its growth and development.
Having held two successful events with over two hundred persons in attendance, The THRIVE Consortium has deemed it expedient to organise a third programme. This episode of the THRIVE series features three industry giants drawn from the government, banking and power sectors, who will speak on the theme – Repositioning the Nigerian Economy for the Post-COVID-19 Environment.
The first speaker on THRIVE 3.0 is the Chairman GT Bank, Mrs, Osaretin Afusat Demuren. Mrs Demuren broke the glass ceiling by becoming the first woman to emerge Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), a position attained after 33 years of meritorious service. She is a graduate of Economics and Statistics from the Moscow Institute of Economics and Statistics and a Diploma in Russian Language and Preliminary Studies from the Kiev State University. She has decades of corporate experience and succinctly understands the landscape and dynamism of the business environment. She is a member of several professional associations including the Society for Human Resource Management of America, Nigerian Statistical Association, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. She sits on the boards of Trust Fund Pensions Plc and LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited. Mrs. Demuren is also a wife, mother, and grandmother who prioritises Service to God and Humanity.
Mr. Adeoye Fadeyibi, the MD/CEO of Eko Electricity Distribution Company will be the second speaker at THRIVE 3.0. With two decades of experience in power generation and distribution, Mr. Fadeyibi is the quintessential expert in Nigeria’s power sector. Adeoye previously served as the MD of Transcorp Power Limited where he championed the company’s growth from a 160MW power plant to 634MW capacity within 2 years. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the State University of New York and is a Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers; Fellow, Institute of Credit Administration; Fellow, Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineering; Member, Institute of Directors; and Member, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
The third speaker on THRIVE 3.0 is Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, the Honourable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning. Minister Clem Agba previously served as Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities and Commissioner for Land, Housing and Surveys in Edo State between 2009 and 2016. Prior to holding these political positions, the thoroughbred oil and gas expert, worked at Chevron Nigeria, US and Kazakhstan at different executive levels for a total of 29 years. Clem is a graduate of Economics from Bendel State University (Now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma). He also holds two Master’s Degrees in Business Administration from the University of Benin, and Supply Chain Management from the Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
Participants at THRIVE 3.0 will garner firsthand narratives by these experts on the measured steps taken by the Nigerian government, banking, and power sectors with respect to re-engineering the country for the new normal.
THRIVE 3.0 will be moderated by Sarah Chidiebere Joe. Sarah recently completed her PhD programme at the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom. She is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at Rivers State University, Nigeria. Sarah is a published author with renowned international academic journals including Media, War and Conflict and the Journal of African Media Studies. In early March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah created Elanhub, a news and media website. She serves as the platform’s CEO, while her team is made up of her former students and graduates from the Mass Communication Department of the Rivers State University, Nigeria. Sarah is a Co-Convener of The Thrive Consortium and is passionate about inspiring and giving hope to a world that has become attuned to the opposite. Sarah is wife to Engr. Kenneth Chidiebere Joe.
THRIVE 3.0 holds on Saturday, 4th July 2020.
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