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Omobola Johnson           Chima Onyekwere OON            Dr. Eugene Juwah            Prof. Cleopas Angaye

Minister of Communication ,            Chairman of IXPN                              Executive Vice Chairman                      DG, National Information
Technology                                                                                       
Nigerian Communications Commission                  Technology 


  Olusola Teniola

Chief Executive Officer, Internet Solutions Limited

Mr Teniola is a highly experienced telecommunication Engineer with over twenty [20] years hands on exposure in the African, European and American Telco markets. He recently joined IS Internet Solutions Limited, Lagos as their new Chief Executive Officer [CEO]. IS, a major investor in the Telecommunication Sector in Nigeria, provides MPLS VPN, Cloud and Satellite based communication services over the West African region and is a member of the Dimension Data Group, South Africa. Before coming on board with IS, he was the Chief Operating Officer [COO] & Director of Engineering for Phase3 Telecom.

He was responsible for P&L, Corporate Strategy, Engineering and overall running of Operations. Prior to Phase3, Mr. Teniola was General Manager of World Telecom, based in Portugal, where he was instrumental in rolling out Broadband and Mobile Services across the country.

He has held executive leadership roles across marketing and engineering on projects for companies such as: British Telecom Plc., Alcatel-Lucent Technologies and Vodafone Plc.

He contributed as a member to the ETSI Standardization work group committee for Next Generation protocols and IP Distribution Architectures.

Mr. Teniola has a Higher National Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with Honours in Computer & Information Engineering from South Bank University, London. He is also a graduate of the University of Bath School of Management, UK, where he obtained his MBA in 2003 and a member of the Institute of Directors [MIoD], London.

He is currently the first Vice President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria


 

Elizabeth Aina Scott 

Zonal Director, NTA Lagos Network Centre 

Elizabeth Aina Scott is the Zonal Director at NTA Lagos Network Centre TV Broadcasting at        Nigerian Television Authority She was the Zonal Director at NTA Ibadan Network Centre from May 2009 – December 2010.She holds  a  Msc. Mass Communication from University of Lagos, Nigeria.

 She is a member of various Groups like Alliance for Community Media and Telecommunications Africa Network


 Yen Choi

Mr. Yen Choi is a telecommunications entrepreneur and visionary.  He currently is the Group Chief technology officer and executive vice president of Netcom Africa, a pan African IP service provider founded in 2004 here in Nigeria. 

Mr. Choi has a wide global telecommunications experience spanning from Asia to North America, where he was Vice President of Operations at SpeedCast, in Hong Kong, providing satellite based communications and content delivery networks throughout Asia, and Middle East. Prior to that he has successfully started several Internet Technology companies in Canada.

Mr. Choi is passionate about how people use technology to better their lives and actively contributes to the Internet Exchange Point as a member of the Board of and Chair of the technical committee.

In his spare time he has travelled to all corners of Nigeria and Africa and has recently climbed several mountains including the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro and the highest peak in West Africa, Mount Cameroon.


 Tayo Egunjobi        

Senior Manager, Corporate Segment Management, Enterprise

Tayo Egunjobi is a seasoned technology marketing executive and advocate with 15 year ICT experience creating, designing, building and selling innovative B2B and B2B2C ICT solutions in Nigeria. He currently leads MTN Nigeria¹s ICT initiatives within the enterprise business segment driving the adoption and penetration of Internet and ICT services locally.  

He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK specializing in Marketing & Innovation.


 

SUNDAY FOLAYAN

Managing Director/CEO

Sunday graduated from the University of Ilorin, with a Bachelors and later a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a renowned Internet and Networking Consultant with a wealth of experience in the industry.Between 2003, and 2005, Mr Folayan served on the At-Large Advisory Council (ALAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Networks and Numbers (ICANN), the global body responsible for the coordination of Internet Resources.

Between 2004 and 2010, he was a Director of the African Network Information Center (AFRINIC), the IP Address Registry for Africa, an organization that is committed to Internet Protocol Address utilization. 

He is one of the promoters of the Ibadan Internet Exchange Point (IBIX), the first Internet  exchange point in Nigeria. He also serves on the Board of the Nigerian Internet Exchange Point (NIXP), an organization formed for the localization of Internet Traffic in Nigeria. 

He is the Co-convenor of the Nigeria Network Operators Group, an organization formed to advance the development of Internet Protocol Manpower development in Nigeria. He is a long time member of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) and the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS). 

Mr Folayan's passion for the Human Capital development of Nigeria and indeed Africa is responsible for his participation in several initiatives such as the African Network Operators Group (afNOG), African ISPs Association (AfrISPA).


  Muhammed Rudman

 CEO, Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN)

Muhammed Rudman is the chief executive officer, Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN),      Nigeria's first and only neutral IXP. He is a veteran IT professional with over 13 years extensive    experience in network design, implementation and operations. Rudman is an active member of several professional organizations in and outside Nigeria, and has contributed immensely to the development of ICT sector in Nigeria. He also serves on the Board of Nigerian Internet Registration Association (.ng ccTLD custodian) and is their volunteer DNS administrator.


 OPE ODUSAN

 COO, Nigeria Internet Registration Association

Mr. Ope Odusan is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association    (NIRA). He acquired most of his educational and professional experience in the United States of America, after his first Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ibadan in 1987. 

He completed his NYSC service in Sokoto in 1988 before he travel abroad to pursue advanced studies. Other educational qualifications include Master Degree in Biotechnology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA, Master Degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, Maryland, USA, Oracle DBA Certificate from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Mr. Odusan is a performance driven professional with over 20 years experience in the Pharmaceutical and IT Industry. His career experiences include work at Global Pharmaceutical companies like, Abbott LaboratoriesJohnson & JohnsonPfizer  and Software company Accelyrs. He has extensive experience in IT Project Management, Regulatory Policy Development & ICT Program and Project Implementation, Internet and E-Commerce technology. Mr Odusan has extensive hands-on technical and management experience in Internet and communication technology software and hardware systems.

Mr Odusan is a member of several professional bodies including American Society for Quality (ASQ), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Project Management Association, New York Chapter. He also sits on the board of directors of Ghotek Technologies and Advanta Laboratories Ltd.


 KEN UGBECHIE

Ken Ugbechie is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Political Economist magazine and Chairman of  Business & Technology News Publishers Foundation (BTPF), promoters of Nigeria Content Advocacy Initiative (NiCADI). He was at various times the Infotech Editor of the Daily Times, Editor of the defunct Post Express, Editor of the Daily Times and columnist at BusinessDay.

A member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and World Editors Forum, Ugbechie is a widely travelled journalist whose works had been published in several international journals. He is also the Executive Secretary of Africa Telecom Development Initiative (ATDI).

An apostle of deregulation, he was at a time the Media Adviser to the President of the Senate, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim. Ugbechie, a language purist, is a multi-discipline graduate of the University of Lagos (Zoology and Mass Communication).


 Ikechukwu F. Nnamani 

President/Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited

 Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited. Medallion has strived and caved out a niche in the Nigerian telecom industry as an authority in interconnect exchange clearinghouse services. Medallion currently has 35 telecom operators in Nigeria as it customer including all the major GSM, CDMA, Fixed Line, ISPs, and Value Added Service Providers. Medallion is currently the hosting site for the Nigerian Internet Registration Agency domain servers as well as a site for the Nigerian Internet Exchange Point. Several crucial infrastructure providers such as Google, International Gateway Providers, etc are also hosted at Medallion.

Engr. Nnamani worked as an optical systems engineer at Luxcore Networks Inc., in Atlanta Georgia, USA. While at Luxcore, he helped design and manufactured Luxcore’s Semiconductor Waveguide Optical Regenerative Device. It is the world’s first integrated photonic wavelength converter chip. It guarantees non-blocking of traffic flow in telecommunication networks. Engr. Nnamani equally played a key role in the design and manufacture of Luxcore's LambdaXchange. The LambdaXchange is the world first demonstrated All Optical Router. The LambdaXchange won the best system award at the 2001 Optical Fiber Conference at Anaheim, California.

Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering degree from Tennessee State University, Nashville Tennessee, USA as well as a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Nigeria, Nsukka


CHIMEZIE PATRICK UZUEGBU

Mr. Chimezie Patrick Uzuegbu, practices and teaches librarianship in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Library and LIS School respectively. He has a bachelor and master’s degrees in Library and Information Science (BLIS & MLIS) obtained from Abia State University (ABSU) Uturu and a post graduate diploma in Education (PGDE) gained from National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

He is a Chartered Librarian with Librarian's Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) and is an active member of Nigerian Library Association (NLA), specifically the PRO of Abia State Chapter. 

He is also a Chartered Associate of the Chartered Institute of Administration (CIA) attained through rigorous professional qualifying examinations and is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). 

He has to his credit two (2) learned books and twenty-two (22) scholarly publications published in both foreign and indigenous journals and conference proceedings.

His research interest is on the broad theme of scholarly communication: open access to knowledge, institutional repository, local content and digital librarianship


 Michael Ugwu

 CEO | Hustler | Entrepreneur

iROKING is successfully re organising Nigerian music distribution via iROKING.com,   Youtube, iTUNES and Amazon as well as several digital distribution partner platforms. In less than 18 months Michael has grown the business to 150+ managed Youtube channels, delivering on average 20 million video views a month.

In 2011 Michael oversaw the initial iROKING content acquisition effort, signing 50 of Nigeria's biggest artists to landmark digital distribution deals, successfully renegotiating subsequent deals in 2013.

iROKING has successfully partnered with several brands across Africa to further distribute digital content, namely 2go (9 million registered mobile users) Eskimi (5.7 million users) as well as local OEM's such as Tecno Mobile (25% handset market share in Nigeria).

iROKING has no peer in the battle against piracy and renumeration of music artists on the continent, using its global reach and resources to protect content and deliver value.


Seni Williams

Managing Director, Tara Systems Limited

Seni joined Tara in 1984 starting as a software analyst and operating systems specialist.  He led Tara's introduction of Oracle to Nigeria and West Africa in 1985 and simultaneously launched Unix and open systems as challengers to the mainframe dominance at the time.  He personally wrote the world's first Imaging and BLOB storage subroutines and systems for the Oracle database system which had previously been considered impossible.

Seni co-led Tara's software development and evolution into a global supplier of new generation banking software based on Oracle, TCP/IP and networking in general.  Tara's banking and imaging software was exported to over 13 countries in Africa, Europe, South America, Canada and the USA.

Prior to Tara, Seni worked as a consultant at Touche Ross & Co, Boston, USA, International Computers Limited (ICL) in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and the UK.  He began his working career at Price Waterhouse & Co, London.

Seni graduated in Pure Chemistry from London University's Chelsea College of Science and technology (now Kings College, KCL).  He attended Millfield School, Somerset, UK where he began his life with computers writing  software at the age of 13.


Adebiyi Oladipo 

Biyi is an expert with a highly successful record of delivering change and improved performance in the private sector. A Business Start-Up and Turn-Around Specialist, who understands and has demonstrated how positive leadership can impact and reposition an organization. Biyi has led many successful organizations and has delivered superior results over the years.

He currently leads the Consulting business of Acuity Limited a firm of consultants with a focus on Business Transformation and Start-Up, as well as project Advisory Services. Acuity helps her Startup clients through the ranks from business plan to cash, providing advisory and hand holding assistance from the early stages of the firm’s life cycle. Also, they help organizations in the mid cycle to reposition and reinvent themselves and continually deliver superior performance.

Prior to Acuity, he was CEO of SIOtel Nigeria Limited a Licensed Unified Telecommunications Service Provider & a member of the Odogwu Group of Companies, where he was instrumental to the re-engineering and corporate turnaround of the organization.

He had earlier worked with series of IT companies at different levels and in various capacities, including Business Manager, Solutions Development of Resourcery Limited (foremost IT Infrastructure and Systems Integration Company in Nigeria), Head Sales, Soft Solutions Limited (Major Indigenous Software Company in Nigeria and the sole representative of Network Associates owners of MacAfee Anti-Virus Solutions and Magic HelpDesk Solution).

He was also, Sales Manager, Ideal Infosystems Limited, (A member of the Leventis Group, and the first Authorized Distributor of Toshiba IT Solutions and Products in Nigeria), Business Development Manager, Techno-Logic Nigeria Limited (one of the earliest Microsoft Certified Technical Education Centres in Nigeria as well as Microsoft Certified Solutions Providers), and Sales Manager, Logica Solutions Limited (A pioneer Systems Integration and Total IT Solutions Provider in Nigeria).

A holder of an MBA from the Lagos Business School of the Pan African University, Masters in Information Science from the Africa Regional Centre for Information Science, as well as a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has also attended courses at the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain and is a Miller Hieman Certified Sales Professional and Certified Miller Heiman Sales Consultant. Also, he is currently a doctoral student of the Université Gaston Berger, St. Louis, Senegal.

Biyi is a thorough bred professional with a passion for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, especially Business Startup and Turnaround. He brings a unique insight into providing guidance for organizations no matter what fields they play with a strong insight into Visioning and Leadership Communication.

He sits on the board of various organizations within and outside Nigeria.


 Adewole Ajao

Dewole who holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from University of Ibadan in Nigeria has several years’ experience in Internet Service Provision and integration of WiMax/CDMA networks with IP-based value added services.

In the Nigerian Internet community, he was one of the early volunteers that managed the .ng Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD). He also serves as a resource person along with several others from the higher education and private sectors at the annual ngNOG workshops and meetings forum. ngNOG is the Nigerian Network Operators’ Group anchored by the Nigeria ICT Forum of Partnership Institutions.

As a consultant, he has worked for Internet Service Providers, government agencies, institutions of higher education and multinationals in the areas of network design, bandwidth management, web hosting, virtualization, telephony, billing, and training.

In his present capacity as the operations Manager of the Bandwidth Consortium (http://bandwidthconsortium.org), he manages business and technical operations of the Bandwidth Consortium which is a collaborative bandwidth purchasing vehicle that provides research and education institutions reliable Internet bandwidth at wholesale prices. The Forum is also in the process of deploying local wireless clusters that will enhance the ability of members to exchange traffic locally in collaboration with the IXPN. 


Yusuf Z. Kazaure

Group Head Corporate Services, Galaxy Backbone PLC.

Yusuf Z. Kazaure possesses both Bsc and Msc degrees in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University,  Zaria in 1984 and 1986 respectively. He also holds a Post Diploma in Management (PGDM), and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Bayero University Kano in 1990 and 1994, as well as a Diploma in Computing from Oxford University, England 2004

 1n 2002, he became the pioneer Managing Director/CEO, Galaxy Information Technology and Telecommunication Ltd - a Jigawa State owned ICT company. He was responsible for the planning, setting up and running the award winning Jigawa Broadband Network.

Based on his desire for deepening the role of ICT for national development, Yusuf played a pioneering role in the establishment of Galaxy Backbone Plc in 2006.


Oshone Emmanuel Ikazoboh

Co Founder and CEO of Naij.com

Emmanuel Ikazoboh Oshone is Co Founder and CEO of Naij.com with a vast entrepreneurial experience from different industries. He is the Director of Hedonmark Group. Hedonmark comprises of several subsidiaries; Butterfly Media Managers; Munich Advisors Nigeria Ltd; Westhouse IT West Africa and Hedonmark Management Services.

His business foresight is the driving force that has pushed Naij.com’s rapid success over the last  year making the online portal a formidable force in the digital content management business. His wealth of information technology experience spanning ten years has been pivotal to Naij.com’s direct advertising revenues stream.

Oshone holds a BSc in Software Engineering and a MSc in Engineering Networking and Telecommunications from Liverpool John Moore’s University, UK.


Opeyemi Awoyemi

co-founder of Jobberman.com

Opeyemi is a co-founder of Jobberman.com, Nigeria's No. 1 jobs website with over 700,000 users and 6,000 companies.

Having started out early in technology business at age 16, Opeyemi had previously founded ennovateNIGERIA, a digital design and web development company. He also founded WhoGoHost.com, a web hosting company and was responsible for its initial company formation, technical functions, planning and marketing from a college dorm room. Today, Whogohost.com is an accredited .ng domain registrar and has more than 4000 clients ranging from Government to SMEs.


 Gbenga Sesan

 Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria

Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise that connects underserved people-groups with ICT-enabled opportunities. PIN¹s projects include  Ajegunle.org (a capacity development initiative that connects the community¹s youth with training, internship and mentorship opportunities)and MISSPIN (the social campaign that is tackling cybercrime issues in Nigeria). Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, Gbenga completed Executive Education programs at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Freedom House, Res Publica, Computer Aid International, Heinrich Boll Foundation, the International Telecommunications Union and British Council. Gbenga has consulted and presented papers in over 30 countries. A member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT, he is a Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Our Common Future Fellow and Cordes Fellow. Gbenga was Nigeria's first Information Technology Youth Ambassador and served as the Vice Chair of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa¹s African Technical Advisory Committee. In 2006, he was appointed as the youngest member of the Nigerian Presidential Task Force on the Restructuring of the Nigerian Information Technology and Telecommunications Sectors. He was appointed a member of the Presidential

Committee on Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision in August 2012. His book, In My Own Words, an annotated autobiographical collection of essays, was published by Imprimata in September 2009.

In 2012, 'Gbenga was listed by CNN as one of the Top 10 Leading African Tech Voices, and by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40. He has been honoured with the 2013 Munk Centre for Global Affairs/University of Toronto Cyber Stewards Fellowship, 2012 Global Network for Africa¹s Prosperity (GNAP) Fellowship, 2011 Cordes Fellowship, 2010 Santa Clara University GSBI Fellowship, 2010 Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders for Tomorrow Fellowship award, 2010 Our Common Future Fellowship award, 2009 OAU Distinguished Alumni award, 2009 National Youth Merit award, 2008 OAU Ife EEESS Distinguished Alumni award, 2008 FGC Idoani Alumni award, 2007 Nigerian Youth Leadership award, 2007 The Future Youth Advocacy award, 2006 International Telecommunications Union YES Scholarship award, 2006 Ondo State Sunshine award, 2006 The Future Best Use of Technology award, 2005 Stockholm Challenge Champion honour, 2004 NiPRO Excellence in Information Technology award, 2003 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in Nigeria award, 2002 JCI Ten Outstanding Great Ife Alumni (TOGA) award, 2002 Journalists¹ Frontier of Technology in Nigeria award, and the 2001 International Telecommunications Union¹s African Youth Fellowship award. He has been profiled as an Icon of ICT in Nigeria and he keeps a personal website at  gbengasesan.com. Gbenga is married to Temilade Sesan, PhD, an expert on Energy Poverty and Development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.


 Owen Iyoha

COO and co-founder of Datasphir Solutions Limited

Owen Iyoha is the COO and co-founder of Datasphir Solutions Limited. He holds a BSc. Joint   Honours degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Salford University, UK. Mr Iyoha has over 25 years of experience in the ICT industry working in the UK, US and Nigeria.

He has core skills in middleware integration, database technologies, metadata management and open source software. Mr Iyoha manages Datasphir’s software development projects that include EduERP, a school management software system recently released as open source software, payment gateways and smartcard applications development.

Due to his high involvement in developing solutions and capacity in ICT for the education sector, Mr Iyoha also works as a volunteer consultant for Eko-Konnect Research & Education Initiative; a research and education network cluster of higher education and research institutions in the Lagos area as part of the on going effort to build the Nigerian Research and Education Network - NgREN.

Mr Iyoha is driving the development and use of backend database systems, repositories, library and e-learning systems, mobile applications and other kinds of content that will enrich research and education network


Shina Badaru

Founder/Editor, Technology Times

Award-winning Nigerian technology journalist, Mr Shina Badaru, is Founder/Editor, Technology Times, a web portal unveiled July 2004 to provide free access to news, views and debate on ICTs in Nigeria.

Badaru is a multiple award-winning Nigerian technology journalist covering the Nigerian ICT industry for leading local and international media organisations.

 He graduated from Nigeria's prestigious journalism school, the Department of Mass Communications, University of Lagos in 1993 and started his journalism career in THISDAY Newspapers in 1996.He was the pioneer IT Reporter, pioneer IT Editor and pioneer Electronic News Editor for THISDAY.

Badaru has since written on technology issues for various print and online media organisations including National Interest, Computer Network News in Africa (CNNiA), PC World West Africa, BusinessDAY, Daily Independent, Balancing Act News Update, The Sun, Nigeria Monthly, among others.

Mr Shina Badaru, has presented an article  "What Do The Top 100 Most Visited Websites by Nigerians Tell Us?" to reflect on the critical mass of Nigerian users that have continued to migrate to various Internet sites offering free web-based email services, social networking sites and a host of other Nigerian and foreign brands competing for maximum exposure and visibility to the Nigerian audience.


 Chidi Ibisi

Chief Marketing Officer of BroadBased Communications Ltd

Mr. Chidi Ibisi is the Chief Marketing Officer of BroadBased Communications Ltd, an Open Access Metropolitan Fiber Network Operator in Lagos. Mr. Ibisi has over 26 years experience in the Telecom industry.  Trained in the U.K. and U.S.A, in Marketing and Telecommunications he worked in the U.S.A in various Marketing positions for U.S. based

Telecom Operators including:  MCI Telecom Corp, ISI Telecom, Manager International Relations Africa for Startec Global Communications Corp, U.S.A, Vice President Marketing for Warsun International Communications Corp, U.S.A, Vice President Sales, Africa Region for Eagle Telephonics Inc, USA Telecom Equipment Manufacturer.

As pioneer Vice President of Marketing for Warsun International Communications Corp, Mr. Ibisi was responsible for securing Agreements in over 22 African countries and handled all aspects of the Start up of Warsun¹s subsidiary in Nigeria. As Vice President Sales, Africa Region for Eagle Telephonics Inc, a U.S.A Telecom Switching Equipment, Prepaid Billing, Interconnect Billing and Customer Care Platform Manufacturer, he secured Network Equipment Purchase Agreements with several Fixed line and Wireless Telecom Operators in Nigeria.

Mr. Ibisi has Consulted for many firms including the Final bidder in 2010 for the acquisition of Nitel Plc bringing to the bidding Consortium a Global Telecom Operator, Global Network Equipment Partners and Financial Partners and bringing Technical Partners for shortlisted and successful bidders for PHCN successor companies. He has Consulted for several Start Up Nigerian based Telecom Operators in the following areas:

Development of Business Plans, Licensing, Network Design, Network Planning, Project Financing/Equity Financing, Network Operations, Start up Marketing, Recruiting, Training and Network Launch.


Segun Akano

Segun Akano is a young entrepreneur with both engineering and marketing background. An award winner of the 2004 Young Managers¹ Competition by the virtue of his research work on the growth of SMEs in Nigeria using the Internet Medium.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Building from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (1984 ­ 1989). He also obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos, (1996 ­ 1999).

He has attended several courses in varying disciplines like; Marketing, Management, Engineering and Auditing. He served in the NYSC capacity at the Building and Engineering Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (1989 ­ 19990).

He was a Sales Executive at General Metal Products Ltd. Amuwo Odofin, Apapa (1990-1993). He joined the dynamic Marketing Team of Nigerite Limited, Oba Akran Avenue Ikeja (1993 ­ 2003) where he handled a range of Portfolios as Sales Administrator, Projects Engineer, TQM Facilitator and ISO 9002 Internal Auditor. In April 2003, he joined a team of other talented Nigerians to form Upperlink Limited. He is a member of Nigerian Institute of Management.


 Salvation Alibo

CEO of Syscomptech Communications Ltd

Salvation Alibor is the CEO of Syscomptech Communications Ltd - an Internet & Web Service providing corporation based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a Business Developer & Strategist who has spent the last 8 years building and growing ICT businesses. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 2003 and attended several business management and development courses, including the Certificate in Enterprise Management (CEM) from the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of Pan-African University.

He worked with SignOnAfrica Communications Ltd as General Manager till December 2006 and has served on the Board of Trustees of The Sowers – a faith-based organization reaching out to the rural and city-slump communities with hope since 2007. In 2004, he planned and promoted the “Mass Education in Information Technology Campaign” for Kano State and co-hosted the “Kano Can Do IT” – in collaboration with Centre for Information Technology Development (CITAD) with the support of the Kano State Government, resulting in amazing growths in IT acceptability, usage and policies in Kano state from 2004/2005 till date.

He enjoys planning, participating in strategy & brainstorming sessions, product development, teaching, traveling and time out with friends & family. He is married to Onyekachi Salvation with a 2 sons.