Keynote Speakers

Welcome speech by LSE Director Julia Black.

H.E. Akinwunmi Ambode

His Excellency Akinwunmi is the 14th Executive Governor of Lagos State and the 5th democratically elected Governor of the State. Born in 1963, he is the first civil servant to govern this very important state in Nigeria, having retired as the State Accountant General in 2012, after 27 years of meritorious service. Ambode is an accountant, an administrator and a scholar. He started his education at St. Jude’s Primary School, Ebutte Meta and proceeded to Federal Government College Warri. Ambode is an alumnus of the Wharton Business School, INSEAD Singapore and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

isabel dos santos

Isabel dos Santos is an Angolan businesswoman and entrepreneur. She holds a Degree in Engineering Science and Management from the University of London (King's College). Previously, she attended St. Paul's Girls School in London, a top academic private school studying A-levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics Physics and Languages. Isabel speaks six languages fluently: Russian, Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Italian.

During the 1990s, upon completing her university degree, Isabel dos Santos worked in Europe for Cooppers & Lybrand, a leading consulting & financial advisory firm (currently PwC). Following her return to Angola Isabel dos Santos worked as an engineer and project manager in recycling projects, for a company part of the Jembas group. In 1995 she started her own business by creating a F&B company, and a beverage distribution and logistics company.

She is a the Chairman of UNITEL, one of Angola’s two mobile phone networks, where she started working in 1998 as an engineer and project manager.

Since 2005 she has had relevant interests in telecommunications, media, retail, finance and the energy industry, both in Angola and in Portugal. She is also member of the board of Angola’s Banco BIC and majority shareholder in BFA.

In Portugal, she was a former member of the Board of Directors of NOS, a listed telecom & cable TV company. With more than 15 years experience in business and senior management , currently, Isabel dos Santos has been appointed chairwoman of Angola's national oil company Sonangol.

ibukun awosika

Mrs. IbukunOluwa Awosika is the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group.

With high interest in social issues including women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management, and Public Service (WIMBIZ).

As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors, and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Ibukun, through her projects aspires to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NCJC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain.

A multiple award-winning entrepreneur, and the First Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award (IWEC) as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008.