The affairs of ICENT are vested in a Governing Council which is headed by a President and Chairman in Council. The Council is however, empowered to co-opt men of high standing and integrity from several sectors of the economy for the furtherance of her objectives. While the Council is a policy-making body, it executes its policies through its standing committees as well as adhoc committees for specific assignment. .
Prof. Muhammad Sani Bello, Maina of Zazzau was born in Dogarawa Village, Sabon Gari Local Government Area, Kaduna State. He attended the famous Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, at various times, where he obtained B.Sc. (Accounting) in 1988; MSc and Ph.D. (Accounting and Finance) in 2000 and 2006 respectively. Prof. Muhammad Sani Bello - a world renowned expert in Entrepreneurial Finance/New Venture Finance, Development Finance and Investment, Financial Control Management, Accounting Teaching, Practice and Research, Commercial and Merchant Banking, Property and Commodity Trading and Business Finance for MSMEs - is a Fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria among others. He is also an alumnus of the World Bank Institute Washington DC; the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA; London Business School, United Kingdom; Stanford University Graduate School of Business; and the Graduate School of USA having attended their Development/Executive Education Programmes. He is experienced in banking, entrepreneurship, MSMEs development, academics, and governance of public institutions. He worked with three banks namely; the defunct Continental Merchant Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, and United Bank for Africa Plc between 1990 and 1999. He attained the position of Principal Manager at the United Bank for Africa Plc before resigning to pursue some personal development objectives. He then took up an appointment as a Lecturer with Ahmadu Bello University in 2001. He was appointed Head, Department of Accounting in 2005 and remained in the services of the university until 2007 when he was appointed as Commissioner for Science & Technology and Member of the Kaduna State Executive Council. He served in that capacity for about three and a half years before disengaging in December 2010. He returned to academia in 2011 and served as the Dean, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Kaduna State University, Kaduna between 2012 and 2014. In February 2014, he assumed duty as the Financial Controller of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Institutions for a non-renewable term of four years. At the expiration of his tenure with ECOWAS, he has continued to engage in professional and community services, including starting an accounting practice and returning to Kaduna State University for knowledge sharing. His contributions to the people coupled with his desire of making life meaningful to the society had confirmed beyond a reasonable doubt that sound leadership could spread development, love, and care to all and sundry that could move our nation to greater heights. He is now one of the leading philanthropists in northern Nigeria and the country giving back to the needy. Bello is known for his big heart and determination to leave a lasting impact on the lives of less privileged. For years now, he has dedicated his life to giving back to society and his influence has transcended the shores of Nigeria. His position as a prominent council member in Zazzau Emirate as a result of his touch with the grassroot is a pointer in that direction. Among other benefits, this will help ICENT have easy access to other royal fathers should the need arises in the course of its activities. He respects every person that comes across him no matter his social status. He believes in excellent performance and recognises such efforts in individuals who prove their hard work. Apart from the rest of the mind that he is proud to be born with, he is a peace-loving man since his childhood days, though sometimes he looks like a wounded lion that is ready to step on toes in order to bring a solution to problems affecting the society no matter their difficulties. He is the type of man who loves challenges because according to his life it is very challenging. His interest in politics is anchored on his vision for a ‘New Nigeria’ which is based on three main concerns: The critical role he must play towards optimal implementation of good governance and reform agenda in Nigeria in consultation with relevant stakeholders; Citizens empowerment using Education, Environment, and Economy (3Es) as vehicle and restoration of sustainable high civil servant’ morale, security of lives and property and peaceful coexistence among the citizenry.
He is a Professor of Rural Sociology and Extension, College of Agricultural Economics, Rural Sociology and Extension in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. He holds a Ph.D from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (2007). He was Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies (2012-2016). He is, currently, Director, Directorate of Information and Communications Technology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (since 2016). His current research is on youth and women in ICT and Entrepreneurship/Agripreneurship, Agriculture and Rural Development. He is an Innovator, entrepreneur and academic with over 21 years in Teaching, Research, Community Service and business leadership. Experienced in all aspects of Educational, Agricultural, Rural and Community development and business formation, operation, finance, and management. Visionary leader, achiever, planner and product developer with deep education in research and analytics. Effective communicator and motivator who identifies and leverages assets in teammates to reach organizational goals. Relentless optimist who believes there is no failure, only feedback/output. Professor Onuekwusi demonstrates strong command of teaching methodology, entrepreneurship expertise, business and management principles as they pertain to development, resource allocation, production methods, and leading others. He has deep technical background in agribusiness business analytics with experience using project management and user interface software. He is a Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria. He is an associate editor of African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS). .
A renowned Doctor of Entrepreneurship, UK-trained Management and Entrepreneurship Expert. A world-class Academic Entrepreneur, Small Business Manager and Licensed Management Strategist and of great standing. He is seasoned academics and Senior Lecturer at Department of Management and Accounting Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria, with about two decades of teaching, research, management and academic leadership. His research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on Strategic Management and Social Entrepreneurship. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and an Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Business Studies Small Business Management (AJENTS).
A professor of Entrepreneurship with the Department of Entrepreneurship studies, Faculty of Administration, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria. He holds ND in Business Administration and Management from Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo,(1992,) a B.Sc. in Business Administration from ABU, Zaria(1998) M.B.A. from University of Maiduguri (2006) and PhD from Trinity College, Seychelles now (American Trinity University California (2009) respectively. He has contributed more than forty three research articles in International and National refereed business journals and books. He participated and presented research papers in both National and International conferences. Prof. Jibril also presented keynote papers in conferences. He has industrial exposure and worked in different positions for couple of years, Dogab Aluminum. He worked at Adamawa State University, Mubi where he was Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences for two Terms (2010 to 2015) and Director, Entrepreneurship Development Centre, 2016 to 2018.Presently appointed as a Director, Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria in 2018 to date He was a visiting Lecturer/professor in Kogi State University, Anyigba, Modibbo Adama University of Technolgy,Yola and Taraba State University, Jalingo respectively. He has supervised over twenty Postgraduate students to his credit. His current interest includes Entrepreneurial Marketing Management and skill services. He has taught over 50 courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Prof. Jibril is married with children. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria, Fellow and Continental President of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Fellow of Global President of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as Editor-in-Chief of African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS).
Sunday Ade Bello, popularly called Bello is a multi-talented, analytical and highly qualified Management/Education Specialist with expertise in Consultancy, Education Management, Lecturing/Facilitation, Curriculum Development, Creative Thinking, Research, Examination Management, Human Resources Management, Entrepreneurial Training, Project Management, Office Administration, Corporate Governance, Dispute Resolution, Policy Formulation and Implementation. A Ph.D. Student of Development Finance at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State and, Authoritative Management Trainer and Examiner with research orientation in Poverty Alleviation Strategies, Gender Mainstreaming, Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Financing, Business Management, Entrepreneurial Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Entrepreneurial Economics. A well-organized and a quality-minded individual with excellent interpersonal communication, presentation skills, and leading ability in the development of innovative solutions as well as possess demonstrated ability to learn and savvy new technology, easily adapt to changes and manages tasks and/or projects effectively and efficiently. Bello holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Lagos and, a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking and Finance from Lagos State University in 2007 and 2004 respectively. Bello is the current Chief Executive of WorkLife Training Professionals (owner of PRACTITECH and Retire Well Club). WLTP is a conglomeration of management experts and consultants in Corporate Training, Business Advisory Services, Recruitment, Leadership Development Services, Educational Management, Information and Communication Technology Services, Human Capital Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurship Training. He was the Registrar, International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship College, (IVTEC), Ajase-Ipo, Kwara State, an educational institution initiated by the Kwara State Government as a novel experiment to redefine vocational and technical education through a holistic approach to bridge the skills gap and elevate the individual. Sunday A. Bello before joining IVTEC was the Head, Management Education, and Control at the Nigerian Institute of Management (chartered) responsible for the coordination of the following programmes/examinations; NIM-NYSC Strategic Partnership, Management Professional Examinations (MPE), Professional Diploma in Management (PDM), Student Scheme (a training/examination collaboration programme with more than twenty higher Institutions), Postgraduate Diploma in Management run in collaboration with Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife as well as University of Ibadan. Bello is a Lecturer/Consultant/Facilitator with the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and several other organizations and States such as Lagos State Government Entrepreneurship programme (Ready, Set, Work), State of Osun, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Company (NDIC), Gombe State Local Government Service Commission, NEM Insurance PLC, Confluence Business School, Beldag Management Consultants, to mention but few. Bello has delivered several papers on General Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing and Finance, some of the notable organizations/ programmes he has facilitated include: Training for All Local Government Functionaries organized by the Presidency, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, November, 2019, Annual Lecture and Award Night organized by the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Port Harcourt Chapter, November, 2019, Training for All Area Tax Managers organized by Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, November, 2019, Annual Lecture Christened Success Strategy with Dr. Yemisi Adeyeye, Ilorin, Kwara State, November, 2019, Study Tour to Kwara State of the Participants of Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, hosted by the Kwara State Governor, November, 2018, Senior Staff Training, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Company (NDIC), May, July, and August, 2017, Matriculation Lecture, The Polytechnic Igbo-Owu, Ilorin, Kwara State, 2017, Senior Staff Training, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board,(NCDMB) NECA, Lagos, 2016, Management Retreat, Niger –Delta Development Commission (NDDC) – Benin, 2014 ,Management Retreat, Nigerian Copyright Commission – Abuja, 2013, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission Training – Kwara, 2013, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria – Abuja, 2013, Lagos State Government Senior Staff Training – Alausa, 2013, Products and Pipelines Marketing Company – 2013, AIT Training- Alagbado, 2012, Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority – Benin and Akure, 2012, State of Osun Leadership/Management Training for All Political Appointees, Local Government Executive Officers, Treasurers and Head of Personnel, 2011-2012, NIM Team Leader, Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital Recruitment and Promotion – Sagamu, 2010.
Bello is a Project Supervisor for the NIM-OAU Postgraduate Diploma in Management, NIM-UI Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Professional Diploma in Management. He lectures; Business Ethics, and Social Responsibility, Management Case Analysis, Comparative Management, Managerial Finance and Principles of Economics at NIM-NYSC strategic partnership programme as well as Management Professional Examination programme. Also, he lectures Management at NIM-OAU postgraduate Diploma in Management, Research Methodology and Management Practice/Seminar at NIM-University of Ibadan PGDM programme, Economics at Ladoke Akintola University, Lagos Study Centre. He is a Trainer with New Creation University of Science and Technology, The Gambia. He sets and moderates examination questions and Marking schemes for some notable professional bodies also act as external examiner/moderator with some Polytechnics. Sunday Ade Bello has held the following leadership position and Board membership; Governing Council Member, International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), 2017-2019, Governing Council Member, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurs, 2017 to date, Director of Publicity, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT) – 2017 – Date, Chairman, NIM-Bowen University Project Team, 2014, Member, Management Education and Development Committee – 2014- 2017, Pioneer HOD (Visiting), Banking and Finance, New Creation University, The Gambia-2013-2015, Chairman, Curriculum Review Committee – 2010-2017, Member, Board of Examiners – 2009 – 2017, Team Leader, NIM-PGDM/PDM Project defense team – 2009 –2017, Team Member, NIM Annual Conference project Team, 2010-2017, Member, Board of Trustees – 2004 –2017, Pioneer Chairman, NIM –Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) – 2004-2011. Sunday Ade Bello is a Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria; Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Training and Development. Bello has a pet project of organizing work life training for young graduates to prepare them for the world of work and/or entrepreneurship. He is a Board Member of Journal of Global Economic and Business and Eurasian Journal of Business and Economics.
He is a cerebral multiple academic award-winner professor of operations research and business management at Department of Business Administration,, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria. Prof. Akeem Salami is a born entrepreneurship teacher, consultant and mentor, educational administrator and academic leader of international repute. He is a renowned operations researcher, management scientist and strategist, quantitative analyst, entrepreneurial mentor and consultant of great repute, with research focus on Operations Research, Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Akeem Salami has many journal publications both at home and abroad and presented papers at conferences both at home and abroad. A professional par excellence, he has participated in a number of consultancy researches that involved field works, large data handling and reporting. He is a Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria, Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Fellow of Global President of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the institute’s African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS). He was the Dean, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
A well-rounded civil engineer and manager, Kabir Olaoye is a Peace Ambassador, social and technology entrepreneur of great repute. A consummate manager, gifted communicator and author, leveraging solid business acumen with natural leadership skills in coaching, mentoring and motivating team performance above expectations. Prince Kabir is a seasoned and top performing professional with unique blend of skills and experience. He is a highly motivated team-player and motivator. Tenaciously focused on the achievement of corporate objectives and always willing to up the ante. He is innovative minded, highly experienced professional with proven track record for improving productivity on any assigned role. He is a Founding member and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria.
Prof. Happiness Oselebe is a multiple academic award winner and internationally acclaimed Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Crop Production & Landscape Management, Faculty of Agriculture & Natural Resources Management, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.She is the current Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.An academic entrepreneur, agropreneur and female entrepreneur par excellence, she is a rare-breed teacher, researcher and mentor. .
Prof Happiness Oselebe graduated from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1993 for her B.Sc degree with First Class honors. She received her MSc. degree in 1998 and PhD degree in 2003, also with honors from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her PhD thesis was adjudged the best for the session, hence she received the Faculty Postgraduate prize, as well as Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate prize as the best graduating doctoral (PhD) student in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2003/2004 session. .
Happiness currently teaches and supervises B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD students. Her research interest is in the development of improved crop varieties that are economically efficient and sustainable, both in quality and yield, especially under limiting environments. She is also exploring the development of drought tolerant rice varieties for water stressed environments; the generation of rice hybrids with resistance/tolerance to African Rice Gall Midge, as well as purifying identified farmers’ landrace genotype prior to release as new variety. She also focuses on the sustainable use of African neglected and underutilized species (NUS), also known as orphan crops such as fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants. She specifically explores the improvement and generation of new varieties of the orphan crops to enhance food security and income in African communities. She is the present Dean, Faculty of Agriculture & Natural Resources Management, Ebonyi State university Abakaliki-Nigeria.
Happiness attracted several research grants to her university. She is collaborating with International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on a funded breeding project for increased yam productivity and quality in West Africa’. From 2016 to 2020 she is co-coordinator of the European Union funded program on ‘’Enhancing training and research mobility for novel crops breeding in Africa’’ referred to as ‘’MoBreed’’. From 2017 to 2021 she is also the African Coordinator of another European Union project on ‘’Mobility for plant genomics scholars to accelerate climate-smart adaptation options and food security in Africa’’ referred to as ‘’GENES’’. These two grants from the Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme of the European Union helps train young Nigerians and Africans to become high profile Plant Breeders and Genomic Scholars working on African orphan crops and food security crops at the Masters and PhD level. She is a gender grantee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in 2017 and had attracted a special TETFund equipment grant worth fifty million naira only, to her university for upgrading of the University’s Biotechnology Laboratory.
Happiness is a 2009 Fellow of Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program for Women in Science; a 2010 AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research & Development) Fellow; and a Fellow of the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy, 2015. She pioneered the incorporation of an agribusiness outfit engaged in seed production (EBSU Agribusiness Enterprises Limited) for her university. She also floated her own seed company (Strategic Seeds Nigeria Limited) and both companies are doing well. She has a passion for working with smallholder farmers, building their capacities and enhancing their production and income level and in effect their livelihood.She is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria.
Happiness has published more than 50 scientific publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals. She is happily married with children and her hobbies include sports, reading novels and travelling.
Prof. P. O. Oviasuyi is a seasoned academic, banker, chartered manager, researcher, and Community Leader. He holds Diploma in Theology and Ministry from All Nations for Christ Bible Institute International, Benin City, Diploma in Sales Management from Burleigh College of Concise Studies, England, Diploma in Sales Marketing from National School of Salesmanship, England and Diploma in Salesmanship from Managing and Marketing Sales Association, England. In the quest for additional knowledge, Prof. P. O. Oviasuyi attended the University of Benin, Benin City where he obtained the Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA Hons) Second Class (Upper Division) degree, and the Master of Science (M. Sc.) degree in Public Administration. He bagged the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) degree in Public Administration from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State. He successfully obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto. He is a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria – (FCAI), Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) – (FNIM) and also a fellow of the Public Administration and Management Development Institute - FPAM Prof. Oviasuyi is a prolific author of 109 publications made up of published books, chapters in published books, articles in learned international, national and local journals, and papers presented at various international, national and local conferences/workshops/seminars to his credit so far. His Ph.D research work has been internationally published as Research Book by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. Germany and the book is internationally distributed by www.amazon.com global wholesalers worldwide. Prof. Oviasuyi is a former Banker, Sales/Marketing Director, Successful Entrepreneur, Acting Head of Department, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Management Sciences, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Acting Director, Directorate of Part –Time Degree and Diploma Programmes, Director, Academic Planning Division, and currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria. Prof. Oviasuyi has held various professional, administrative, academic, community positions and has been a member of several Ad-Hoc Accreditation Panels and Resource Person/Consultant to the National Universities Commission on national assignment to various Universities. He is a Foreign External Examiner/Assessor to two Universities in India, and an External Examiner to various Universities in Nigeria. He is Chief Editor, Editor and member of Editorial Boards of various international and local journals. He is very actively involved in community services and has received various honours and awards. Prof. Oviasuyi is happily married to Mrs. Maria Edamwen Oviasuyi and they are blessed with children and grandchildren. His hobbies are: Reading, Teaching, Researching and Being Busy Always.
Bala Ado Kofar Mata is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at the Department of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, Bayero University, Kano. He is a consultant and very passionate, especially in the area of entrepreneurship and venture creation. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria, Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Fellow of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
An Associate Professor and, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Taraba State University, Jalingo
Oyedunni Sola ARULOGUN is a committed Professor of Health Promotion and Education with over 15 years of experience at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria the leading Nigerian academic institution teaching students from various social and cultural backgrounds. She holds an adjunct lectureship position at the University of Ibadan Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She possesses excellent administrative, verbal communication and written skills along with constructive and effective teaching methods that promote a stimulating learning environment. She is able to work in a managerial role or as part of team and having the proven ability to successfully work to tight schedules and deadlines. Professor Arulogun is the current Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Ibadan. She is an internationally-acclaimed healthcare and women entrepreneur and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and an Associate Editor to African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AFRIJESB).
Prof. S.B. Isiaka is a distinguished Professor at Department of Business Administration, University of Ilorin. A two-time HOD, Department of Business Administration, and the Pioneer HOD, Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management. A thoroughbred Academic Entrepreneur, with outstanding expertise in Human Resource Management, General Management, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, coupled with over two decades of teaching, research, and academic leadership. His research interests include: Human Resource Management; General Management; and Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Prof. Sulu Isiaka is well-versed entrepreneurship teacher, consultant and mentor who has attended many training programmes both home and abroad. Some of which are: • Nigerian Entrepreneurship Programme Training, Organized by National Universities Commission (NUC) in the Collaboration with Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen, U.K. • National Training of Trainers (ToT) program on Entrepreneurship Development organized National Universities Commission (NUC) in the Collaboration with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), and International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development, India. University of Ibadan. Prof. S.B. Isiaka has over 50 publications – in local, national, and international outlets while he has presented papers at Conferences both at home and abroad. He has been External Examiner to : Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Management Sciences, Al_Hikmah University, Ilorin, Nigeria and External Examiner, School of Graduate Studies and Research (for the Department of Management Studies), University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana He has supervised many Undergraduate Projects, MSc Dissertation, and four PhD Theses. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria, Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Fellow of Global President of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
He is a renowned entrepreneurship educator with outstanding expertise in strategic management and entrepreneurship. Prof. Akewushola is an amazing entrepreneurship teacher, consultant and mentor, educational administrator and manager of great repute. A management strategist and Africa’s trailblazer in Strategic Entrepreneurship, he is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Management Sciences, Lagos State University, Nigeria with over two decades of academic leadership. His research interests lies in Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, MSMEs Development, among others. Raheem Akewushola has many journal publications both at home and abroad and presented papers at Conferences both at home and abroad. A professional par excellence, he is a Member, Nigerian Institute of Management, Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria as well as Associate Editor, African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.
Dr. (Mrs) Hauwa Lamino Abubakar, was born in Lafia, to the family of Ambassador Muhammad Lamino Abubakar and Hajiya Amina Umar Suleiman. She had her Pre- School at Hiskell International School, Atlanta Georgia, USA. She later was moved to Project Primary School, Lafia in 1989 and finished up at Netley Primary School, London, England. She proceeded to Quintin Kynaston Secondary School, London – England and later finished her secondary education at the prestigious Federal Government Girls College, Bwari, Abuja – Nigeria in 1999. Dr. Hauwa a Senior Lecturer at Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, graduated from Bayero University Kano with a Degree in Business Administration and went on to obtain an MBA at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She later obtained a PhD in Business Administration from the Nasarawa State University, Kefﬁ. Dr. Hauwa has participated in numerous domestic and foreign capacity building programs. Prior to joining Nile University, Dr. Hauwa had stints at the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) and Nasarawa State University Kefﬁ, where she served as Deputy Director at the Entrepreneurship Development Center. She joined the academic profession after ﬁve years of training experience at Peugeot Automobile Nigeria as a Facilitator in Management & Marketing. She is a certiﬁed trainer of Centre for Management and Development. A lady of intellect, determination, and creativity. Hauwa specializes in vast areas of Management including - Corporate Governance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. She is well-travelled and has fond memories of time in Zambia, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Dr Hauwa is the Initiator, Co-founder and Chairperson of Emerging Young Entrepreneur Initiative (EYE Africa) an NGO aimed to change the perception of undergraduates when it comes to agribusiness startups. She is married to esteemed Prof. Muhammad Akaro Mainoma with a lovely son; Abdullahi Mubin Mainoma.
Doctor of Accounting and Finance, Chartered Accountant, Public Sector Accounting and Finance Specialist and Taxation Expert, and HOD, Department of Accountancy, Federal Poly Ede, Osun State. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS).
Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo is a Professor par excellence, a Distinguished Economist, an Astute Vice-Chancellor, an accomplished Banker, a Pastor, a loving Husband and Father. Professor Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo was born on the 30th of April 1970 at Toru-Angiama in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State into the humble family of Mr and Mrs Edoumiekumo Bileke. He started his search for the Golden Fleece in 1982 at Akedenowei Primary school, Toru Angiama and proceeded to Toru-Angiama Secondary School where he excelled however he relocated to Lagos State where he completed his secondary education at Ajeromi Ifelodun High School, Apapa obtaining the West African Certificate (WASC) in 1988. Young Samuel Gowon’s understanding of the importance of education and hunger for more knowledge propelled him to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1995 and a Master of Science Degree in Economics from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt in 2001. He holds two Doctorate Degrees in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Port Harcourt. His pursuit of education transverses the four regions of the country. One does not become an academic general in the Ivory Tower without conscious efforts and handwork. Several factors interweave to make this possible. These factors include determination, sound morals, strength, fidelity, reliability, accountability, cerebral profundity, expertise and the fear and love of God. Between 2002 and 2014, Samuel Edoumiekumo progressed through the rank and file of the institution from the position of Assistant Lecturer, to a Professor of Economics at The Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island Bayelsa State. From 2011 to 2016, he served in various Boards within and outside the university such as the Center for Education Services, Basic and Pre-Degree Programmes, Directorate of Consultancy, Entrepreneurship Research and Development and Linkage Assurance Plc. Professor Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo has served in various administrative capacities. He was the Acting Head of Department of Economics, Deputy Director, Entrepreneurship and Training, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chairman of Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, Vendors Monitoring Committee, Niger Delta University Housing Committee, Member, Niger Delta University Governing Council, Senate Business Committee, Assessment and Graduation Requirements Committee, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and in May 2017 he was appointed the acting Vice-Chancellor of the Niger Delta University and later became substantive Vice-Chancellor in May 2018. Good leaders have vision and inspire others to help them turn their vision into reality while great leaders have vision, share vision, and inspire others to create their own and when the vision is clear, the results will appear. Professor Edoumiekumo has always tried not to just be a man of success but be a man of value. Upon assumption of office as Vice-Chancellor of the Niger Delta University, he transformed the landscape of the university with several achievements to his credit including one hundred percent full accreditation status of all programmes presented in the 2018 NUC/Professional Accreditation Exercise, steady power and and water supply on campus, introduction of online fees payment, course registration and result platforms, Infrastructural Development with world class structures and state of the art facilities, Improved internet connectivity, Introduction of CCTV and other devices to aid security on campus and an increase in student intake.
Due to his Entrepreneurial drive, he established a fleet of businesses spanning from potable bottled and satchet water, detergent, disinfectant, bread, confectionaries, paint and other products to the university's own radio station, NDU Radio 98.1Wilberfoce Island FM which is fast growing to its reputation as the Pride of the Region. Also under his watch, there has been an unprecedented increase in the internally generated revenue (IGR) base of the University. Prof. Edoumiekumo belongs to numerous professional bodies. He is a Fellow of the Historians of Education Development Society of Nigeria (HOEDSON), Fellow, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (FIEN), Fellow, Chartered Forensic Investigation Professional (FCFIP), Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Management, Member, Nigerian Economic Society and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria. A gold fish has no hiding place and Prof. Edoumiekumo is certainly a gold fish who has earned several academic and professional awards as result of his ingenuity and innovations. In 2017 he was awarded the Distinguished Economist Award alongside Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Others include, the Pan African Servant Leadership Award by the African Student Union Parliament, Award of Honour as the Most Innovative Vice-Chancellor in Niger Delta University, Award for Exceptional Leadership in University, Trail Blazer Award by the Bayelsa Media Award 2019, Ambassador of Youths Award 2017, Special award of recognition for Humanitarian Service Award by National Youths Service Corps Members Batch C 2013/2014, Comrade Vice Chancellor Award 2017 by Students Union of the Niger Delta University, Humanitarian Service Award by South South Media Group, Award for Outstanding performance by NYSC, Southern Ijaw Zone, Distinguished Mentorship Award by the University of Port Harcourt. Prof. Edoumiekumo was presented with a letter of Commendation and a Plaque by the University Governing Council in recognition of his administrative excellence. Prestigious Administration Excellence Award in Education at the 8th African Leadership Magazine’s Person of the Year Award Ceremony 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa and just recently he bagged the African Leadership Educational Icon Award from the African Leadership Magazine Africa Summit 2020 amongst others. Prof Edoumiekumo’s highest intellectual passion is the search for consumption and production of knowledge. This outright scholar has written and published widely, locally, nationally and internationally, journals, books, book chapters, research reports and monographs. He has also attended and presented seminar papers at several national and international conferences. His web of knowledge has produced scholarly works in economics and has earned him several awards. Professor Edoumiekumo presented the 17th Inaugural Lecture in 2015 titled GOD, MAN AND THE WORLD: THE NIGERIAN TRIPODIC ‘EXCHANGEOLOGICAL’ DILEMMA at the Niger Delta University. Professor Edoumiekumo has taught several courses as lecturer in the University and they include Principles of Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics, Business Mathematics/Mathematical economics, Econometrics, Business Statistics, Operations Research, Business Decision Analysis and Financial Institutions and Markets and have supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate students. Edoumiekumo is a Pastor, Teacher, Tutor, University Don, Marketer, accomplished Banker and member of Boards in several reputable organisations. While in the Banking Industry with First Bank of Nigeria he served in various capacities. He rose from senior staff to Head, Banking Operations, Operations Support, Customer Service, Technical Support, Cashier and Credit Officer.
He also attended several courses some of which include: Computer Literacy, Basic Foreign Operations, Exceptional Customer Service, Cashiering, Banking Foundation Pool, Graduate Induction, Professionalism and Ethics in Banking, Mentoring and Counselling Skills, Public Relations, Effective Delegation, Advances and Securities, Motivation, Clearing System, Local Remittances, Transfers and Payments, Export, Marketing of Financial Services, Bills for Collection, Human Relations, Banker and Customer Relationship, Double Entry Book-Keeping, Current Account/Cash Control, Savings Bank Account Control, Mandate, Documentary Letter of Credit, Foreign Exchange, Negotiable Instruments, Effective Communication, etc. Also, while working for OM Limited as a marketer, he was in charge of Itinerary Planning, Conducting Market Survey, Conducting Field Work, Staff Training, Product Pricing, Weight Calculation, Report Writing, Spot lightening of products at exhibitions, etc. Prof. Edoumiekumo is a devout Christian and a Pastor who has touched several lives while leading them to Christ and has planted numerous branches of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry. As a Teacher, he taught subjects like Commerce, Economics and Business Studies at Oshodi Secondary School, Tolu in Lagos state, had a brief stint with OM ltd a PVC Pipe Manufacturing Company and also contributed at the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) as a Part-Time Lecturer.He is the first Nigerian winner of African Educationist of the Year in 2020 and current Chairman of Committee of Vice Chancellors, Nigeria.
Prof. Hakeem Ajonbadi AKA Ajons is a committed, energetic, passionate and proactive lecturer with over 20 years experiences in leading United Kingdom, Belgium, and Nigerian academic institutions; teaching students from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. He is also a seasoned entrepreneur both in theory and practice, which makes his personality one which accords him a variety of attributes which include but is not limited to being an excellent administrator, a motivational speaker with alluring verbal communication and written skills along with constructive and effective teaching methods that promote stimulating environments. Prof. Ajonbadi holds a bachelor degree in Economics (B.Sc. (Hons.) with a second-class upper division from Lagos State University in 1994 and another bachelor degree in Law (LL.B (Hons.)) from the same university in 2003. He was at the University of Lagos where he had his Master degrees in Business Administration (MBA with specialisation in Finance) in 1998/1999, Master of Science in Management (M.Sc.) in 1999/2000 and another in Master of Science in Marketing (M.Sc.) in 2000/2001. He proceeded to Belgium where he also had his Master in Business Information Management (MIB) at Vrije University, Brussel in 2003/2004 and later to Vlekho Business School where he had his Master in International Business in 2004/2005. Upon completion, he proceeded to the United Kingdom where he bagged his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Management with specialisation in Human Resource Management and Organisation Development at the prestigious University of Wales in 2012. Hakeem Ajonbadi is also a fellow and member of various professional bodies some of which are the Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship of Nigeria (FCEnt), Corporate Institute of Administration, Nigeria (FCIA), Institute of Commercial Management, United Kingdom (FInstCM), African Center for Resource Studies (FAcrs), British Academy of Management, Institute of Leadership Management, United Kingdom (MIsntLM), Nigeria Institute of Management (MNIM), and the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria. Prof. Ajonbadi started his academic career with the Lagos State University where he was retained upon successful completion of his first degree. He started as a Graduate assistant in Economics department of the university, and later appointed as the Academic Facilitator to the MBA coordinator. He moved to the faculty of Management Sciences in the same university and continued as a lecturer in Business Administration. He was appointed as the pioneer Coordinator of Business Administration degree (part-time programme) in the year 2000. He left the country to further his studies abroad as the youngest Senate Member in the university. His academic career exposed him to lecture MBA courses at the Interuniversity Institute for Training and Development (IITD) in Belgium, University of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom, Schiller University in London, London City College, CECOS London College, London School of Management & Technology, London Academy for Higher Education, London Academic Business School (LABS), and Kwara State University, Nigeria. He served in various capacities while at these schools as a lecturer, course advisor, head of department and even became a Registrar. He currently lectures as an ‘Assistant Professor’ at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Ruwais Campus, Abu Dhabi, UAE where within a year of joining the university, he was appointed a programme coordinator for Quality Management in Business Division for four campuses asides being the system course team leader for three courses - Microeconomics, Business Ethics, and Business & Commercial law. Prof. Ajonbadi is not only a seasoned lecturer but also a professional Management Consultant of international repute. He is a Senior Management Consultant for a number of European Organisations on corporate training in Business, Management, Marketing, Law and related courses. The organisations he consults for include TAPS (Taking a Positive Step) Management Academy, London Academy Business School, Zenith Consults, Difiglands International, among others. He is well travelled as his career had taken him to over twenty-five countries around the globe. Given his entrepreneurial prowess and business acumen being an astute business analyst, he was appointed as the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Kwara State University, (KWASU) Malete, Kwara State, Nigeria; a position he held until he left Nigeria again in 2017 for the United Arab Emirate. He is the Executive Director of the London Corporate Advantage Consulting, a management-training institute that is registered and operated in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Given his entrepreneurial hunger and urge to awaken and gravitate the youths towards the unending benefits of entrepreneurship, he contributed immensely to the growth of the Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Kwara State University, Malete, where entrepreneurship is made a compulsory course for all the students in the university. His achievement could be said to be the reason behind why he is extremely popular as his name echoed and continues to echo within the four walls of the university. To gear-up the entrepreneurial spirit in his student, Prof. Ajonbadi and his team ensured that his students participated in an annual programme that is always eagerly anticipated by the students known as the ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’ that runs for about 6 days comprising a variety of entrepreneurial activities and exhibition performed by all levels of student in the university and is keenly supported and witnessed by local and international entrepreneurs within a variety of industries and a wide range of age bracket particularly the youths. Given his zeal for entrepreneurship, he ensured the publication of the Centre’s first academic journal – International Journal of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management. He also secured the establishment of KWASU (University) Microfinance Bank, being the first of its kind in the northern part of Kwara state. In addition, not only were the students made compulsory to register a business name with the Corporate Affairs Commission in their second year, but he also master-minded an Incubation Centre to assist graduate students from the university in ensuring stability at their ‘start-up’ stages. As a result of his unwavering expertise, he led the Centre for Entrepreneurship to successfully train two hundred and fifty-six unemployed graduates as part of the Kwara State Youth Empowerment programme – QuickWin, which generated over #5 million to the university. Also, he mentored and ensured that his students represented the university at the ENACTUS National Competition and emerging as one of the top winners. Due to his doggedness, the university was pronounced the ‘Most Entrepreneurial University’ in Nigeria by two different international organizations in two consecutive years – 2014 and 2015 by a United Kingdom organization called ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ and the other one is Saville Foundation (MIT), United States of America respectively. Prior to his departing the university to the UAE, he was planning to start table water production factory, block making, bakery, soap, detergent and air freshener production, salon, restaurant, bookbinding, campus shuttle, among others. He aimed to ease the students' suffering, create employment for the students, add to the university’s value creation and above all, increase the university's revenue streams. On a final note, Prof. Ajonbadi has written books and published over thirty articles mostly in internationally recognised journals many of which are entrepreneurially inclined. Many of his manuscripts are also undergoing reviews while some are undergoing research. He currently lectures as a Professor at the Department of Strategy, Management and Marketing, Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University, Birmingham.
Professor Helen Afang Andow is a Professor of Entrepreneurship Management and the Director, Entrepreneurship Research & Development Centre, Kaduna State University. A celebrated educationist, scholar of international repute and an epitome of selfless service. The passion and zeal with which she contributes to the growth and development of Nigerian education sector especially at Kaduna State University, commands respect and accolade. With track record of dedication to duty and patriotism, she is a household name in the entire institution. Born on November 19th 1974 in Mubi, Adamawa State, she attended Yelwa Primary School, Mubi from 1981 to 1986 for her First School Leaving Certificate. For her West African School Certificate, she attended Government Technical Secondary School, Mubi from 1986 to 1992. She obtained her B.Sc. (Business Administration) and Master of Business Administration (Finance) in 1997 and 2001 respectively from University of Maiduguri, Borno State. Endowed with uncommon intelligence, she bagged Ph.D. in Management from Prestigious Military Institution in Africa, Nigeria Defence academy, Kaduna in 2012. She is a Consultant to many organizations in the area of Entrepreneurship, Management and Business Finance. Armed with knowledge to make a difference, her progressive career started at Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna as Assistant Lecturer in March 2006. With diligence and track record of excellent performance she was elevated to Lecturer II in 2008 and Lecturer I in 2012. For greater impact on humanity, she transferred her service to Kaduna State University as Senior Lecturer in February 2014 and became an Associate Professor 2017 and Full Professor in 2020. She had at various times taught the undergraduate and postgraduate courses including Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation; Entrepreneurship Development; Small Scale Business Financing; Public Finance, Principles of Finance; Economic Planning and Development; Management Information System; International Business; Business Policy and Strategy; Global Economic Environment; Research Methodology, Security Analysis and Portfolio Management, Retirement and Pension Administration, Human Resources Management among others For her academic versatility, she is a certified trainer for Doctoral supervision from Stellenbosch University (African Doctoral Academy) South Africa, A Certified E Learning expert by Louisiana State University USA, External Examiner to various universities, Resource person for MBA Residency Programme SMC University, Board of examiner and supervision NOUN, a Certified Business Development Service Provider (BDSP) and a member to NUC Accreditation team and Resource Verification to many universities. She was appointed Fellow/Member of the following organizations: Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Business Economists of Nigeria; Fellow, The Institute of Registered Administrative Managers of Nigeria; Fellow, The Institute of Human Capital Development Nigeria, Fellow, Institute of Business Diplomacy & Financial Management, Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria, Member, Nigeria Institute of Management; Member, The Academy of Management, Nigeria; Member, Institute of Entrepreneurs, Nigeria; Member, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers and Member, Capital Market Academics. Presently, she is the President of International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (A Division of ICENT) and Board Chairperson, Arewa Entrepreneurship Frontier Network .
An efficient administrator of men and resources, Professor Helen started making impact on humanity starting from her primary school days as the Head Girl from 1985 to 1986. Other positions she held include: Head Girl, Government Technical Secondary School, Mubi from 1990 to 1992; Financial Secretary, Banking and Finance Students Association, University of Maiduguri from 1996 to 1997 and President, Interact Club International District 9112, Mubi from 1989 to 1992. While in the service of Nigeria Defence Academy, she had served in the following capacities: Secretary of Committee on Common Wealth Scholarship 2008; Member, Faculty Board of Examiners for Engineering Faculty, from 2009 to 2014; Member, Convocation Committee on Refreshment 2009 to 2014; Chairperson, Departmental Welfare Committee; Member, Academy Committee on Total Quality Assurance (2012/2013 session); and Coordinator, Post Graduate Diploma in Management from 2011 to 2014. Coming to Kaduna State University, she has not lean on her oars as she served as Deputy Dean Postgraduate School 2016-2017; Head of Business Administration Department in 2014 - 2018; Member, University Senate 2014 to date; Member, University Management Endowment and Fundraising Committee (2018 to date); Chairperson, Committee of Investigation on Assault on a Senior Lecturer 2015, Chairperson, University Committee on Proposed Short Term Courses and Manual (2014); Chairperson Departmental Promotion and Evaluation Committee (2014 to 2018); Chairperson, NASE Retreat Fellow-up and Linkage Committee for Entrepreneurship Research and Development Centre 2015, Chairperson Faculty Seminar Committee, Management Member of the Kaduna State University (2018 to date), Member, University Committee on ICT development 2020, Member, University Committee on Research and Development 2020, Member, University Committee on Library Development 2020 and Member, Ad hoc Committee to Investigate Ethical Related Misbehaviors’ by KASU Staff among others. As an academic prodigy, she has quite over sixty articles published in national and international conference proceedings and chapter contributions. Helen equally has broad knowledge in book review which has seen to her review of: Science Publication and Business Management Journal (2012 to date); Journal of Science and Management Sciences, Kaduna State University (2013 to date); Journal of Economics and International Business Management (2014 to date); African Journal of Business Management (2014 to date), the editorial adviser of Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business and Innovation among others. She has attended several courses nationally and internationally in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Venture Creation, Management, Leadership and Corporate Governance. Professor (Mrs.) Helen is happily married. Her hobbies include fitness walk, badminton, computers and educational expedition.
With over forty publications in reputable national and international journals to her credit, Prof. Andow has authored some books particularly in Entrepreneurship and is a consultant to some reputable organizations. She worked as a Marketing/Branch Manager at Rholavision Engineering Ltd, Kaduna between 1999 – 2001, Executive Manager, Edinburg Consultancy, Abuja, 2002, and Supervisor/Banking Officer, Allstates Trust Bank, 2002 – 2005. Prof. Helen A. Andow then joined the academia as an Assistant Lecturer at Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 2006 and rose to the rank of Lecturer 1 in 2014 before transferring her service to Kaduna State University (KASU) as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Department of Business Administration in 2014. Before leaving the position of Head of Department recently this year 2018, Prof. Andow achieved the successful Resource Verification and full Accreditation of four Postgraduate programmes: Master of Science (M.Sc) Business Administration; Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Industrial & Labour Relation (MILR), Master of Banking and Finance (MBF) by National Universities Commission (NUC) as well as successful Resource Verification of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme in Business Administration. She also championed the publication of the Departmental Journal: Kaduna Business and Management Review. . Her Sterling Leadership qualities saw her through various Administrative and Leadership positions in different University committees including Member, Management Kaduna State University and member Senate Committee, Kaduna State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Business Finance and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Business Administration, Kaduna State University. She is presently the Director, Entrepreneurship Research & Development Centre [ERDC], Kaduna State University. Prof. Helen A. Andow is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and an associate editor of African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS).
A renowned Doctor of Technopreneurship, he is an academic entrepreneur, corporate entrepreneur and eloquent public speaker par excellence. Muhammad Mansur is an internationally-acclaimed entrepreneurship mentor, consultant, master trainer of trainers and, Acting Director of Entrepreneurship- Airforce Institute of Technology, Kaduna, Nigeria. An Oracle Certified Associate Database Administrator 11g and Information Technology wizard of international repute; he holds triple Master’s degrees (including M.Phil in Entrepreneurship) and Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship (Technopreneurship Option) from the famous Kampala International University, Uganda. With outstanding expertise in technology entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic entrepreneurship, edupreneurship, his research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on technology entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, youth entrepreneurship and empowerment, job creation and poverty eradication with emphasis on academic entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship and strategic entrepreneurship. He is a Member, Nigerian Computer Society; Fellow, Institute of Public Speaking, Nigeria; and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria as well as an Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS).
Dr. Lukman Raimi is an Assistant Professor at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam in the Department of Entrepreneurship. Previously, he was the Chair of Entrepreneurship, the Coordinator Graduate Program SBE and Assistant Director Centre for Entrepreneurship at the American University of Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship & CSR from Leicester Business School, De Montfort University Leicester, UK; Bsc in Economics; MSc in Economics, MSc in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management; and a PGDE (Business Education). He is an Entrepreneurship Educator, Activator and Facilitator trained at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Ahmedabad, India under the World Bank-Step B Project. He had undergone a special training in Enterprise Education for Employability at the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos Nigeria under the British Council’s sponsorship. He is an alumnus of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, United Kingdom having participated in the 2014 Residential Mentoring. He attended the Experiential Classroom XX for Entrepreneurship Educators at the University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, US. He is a member of the following Professional bodies:
Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICENT), Fellow - 2015; Institute of Management Consultants, Fellow, 2019; The Academy of Management Nigeria, Member, 2018; Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals of Nigeria, Fellow, 2017; African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBE), Fellow – 2021; and The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GACEINN) Fellow – 2021. Dr. Lukman has over 35 published articles, and had delivered conferences/seminar papers in Turkey, Malaysia, Ghana, Togo, India, Belfast, Leicester, US. His publications are listed in Scopus, Researchgate and Google Scholar with growing citations. He was honored with the Best PhD Thesis Award for Facultyo of Business and Law, De Montfort University, Leicester UK. His paper titled “Corporate social responsibility, waqf system and zakat system as faith-based model for poverty reduction”, was awarded Highly Commendable Academic Paper by World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK. His collaborative research in CSR was awarded Highly Commended Paper at the International Conference on Business and Economics (ICBE2018), Seoul, South Korea, June 25-27, 2018. His ongoing research focuses on Medical Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Community Entrepreneurship and Informal Entrepreneurship. :
Dr. N.S.Ravishankar is a Professional Banker, financial expert, administrator and Management expert offering 33 years of versatile and all round experience in corporate and retail banking, Credit Management, Wealth Management, Portfolio and Risk Managements, Operation Management , R&D, Training, Administration, Management Consultancy, Quality Management and Inspection, Retail Banking, Compliance Operations and Auditing, Product development promotion and market research. Robust hand on experience in Banking and finance with update knowledge and skill.
A deeply committed social worker, Dr. Ravishankar has been rendering selfless meritorious service in the field of rural development, youth welfare programmes and tribal development. He is known both nationally and internationally for his battle against the alarming onslaughts of Environment pollution and problems of tribal people. He has also played a leading role in social, cultural and educational fields and is actively associated with numerous social-cultural organisations in our country. A prolific writer, Dr. Ravishankar has written thought provoking articles in various prestigious news papers, magazines and periodicals on diverse subjects of topical interests. He has participated in numerous conferences and seminars, both national and international, where the papers presented by him promoted intellectual refinement and spiritual enlightenment, there by contributing to world peace.
N.S. RAVISHANKAR, former Deputy Vice President, Axis Bank, is an intellectual luminary of great repute who has earned rich laurels in the areas of youth-oriented activities, environment and social welfare. A deeply committed social worker, he has been rendering meritorious services in the fields of rural development, youth welfare programmes and peace and understanding. Known both nationally and internationally for his unflinching battle against environmental pollution, service to society and is associated with numerous social-cultural organizations. Played a leading role in social, cultural and professional fields and is actively associated with numerous socio-cultural organisations across the world. He has volumes of articles and writings to his credit and author of several publications of variety subjects.
He has won the prestigious international Michael Madhusudan Award for social service, National Hind Rattan Award, National Award from All India Freelance Journalists Association, Outstanding Achievement award from MSPI, National Magnum Award, Honorary Advisor and Ambassador of Creative projects and Global affairs for the Global Peace Centre, Australia, Delegate General of India of Noble Dynasty Association, international nobility Association, USA, His Grand Knight of Eesha, Royal Kingdom of Eesha, Regional coordinator and Board of governor for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Srilanka to The Universal Alliance International, UK. Samaja Seva Bhushan National Award by Subharam Trust, Bangalore for social service, Nethaji National Youth Award, Globalman Award 2010 in 7th World Kannada Cultural Convention Singapore, and many more honours to his credit. A Social and Corporate Entrepreneur of international repute, his vision is to do good for all humanity and ends the pain and suffering in the society. He is the President of Chartered Institute of Management and Leadership, U.S. and Vice President of Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance, Mexico. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT) and Editorial Board member of African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS)
Dr Idris is an avid researcher, lecturer, and inspirational facilitator. He has national and international lecturing experiences from South African Universities and Colleges as well as the Lagos State University. He has mastery in supervising graduate and postgraduate dissertations. Olayiwola has presented papers at academic conferences held in the prestigious Harvard University as well as others in Canada and Africa. He is a well-published scholar, external examiner for postgraduate dissertations, reviewer for academic journals and efficient administrator. He has published widely in various indexed journals. His research interests include but not limited to Work-Life Balance, Human Capital Development, Diversity Management, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, startups and Green manufacturing. He is currently lecturing Advanced Market Research in Master of Commerce (MCom) class of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus, South Africa.
Dr. Tolutope Olubamiji Fakokunde, an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Management, was born more than fifty years ago in Ibadan. His late father hails from Erin-Oke-Ijesa while his mother is from Erin-Osun, both in Osun State. He is the second of five children of his parents who were both seasoned teachers. He first attended C.A.C. Primary School, Eleta, Ibadan and later Wesley College Practising School, Elekuro, Ibadan, where in 1979 at Primary 5, he was privileged to gain admission into the elitist Lagelu Grammar School Ibadan for his secondary education which he completed in 1984 in flying colours. In respect of his higher education, he attended Oyo State College of Arts and Sciences, Ile-Ife between 1984 and 1986, before proceeding to the University of Lagos where he bagged a B.Sc. (Hons) in Business Administration in 1992. He also attended the Federal University of Technology, Akure, where he bagged his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 1999, and the University of Ilorin for his M.Sc. Management and Ph.D. Business Administration degrees in 2003 and 2011 respectively.
He is an academic of repute of almost three decades experience in various institutions across the country, among which are the Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke; University of Ado-Ekiti, now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria; Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria and presently in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. This is evident in his numerous and diverse publications in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Business Management. He has served at various capacities as Head of Department, Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Studies, Federal University of Technology, Minna; Sub-Dean of Faculty of Management, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti; Director and Chairman of Committees among others. He is the immediate past Head of Department, Entrepreneurship, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and currently the Chairman, Academic Planning, School Curriculum and New Programmes Drafting Committee, School of Management Technology, FUTA. He is also the current Sub-Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS), FUTA. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT) and Editorial Board member, African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AFRIJESB).
Dr Tope Fakokunde is also an entrepreneur obsessed with achieving effective quality delivery and performance in organisations and business enterprises. In recent years, he has been involved in organising various entrepreneurship development activities, youth mobilization and other self-skill sensitization programmes at the grassroot level. A devoted Christian, Dr Tope Fakokunde is married to Toyosi, and both are blessed with promising children.
A renowned Doctor of Business Administration, he holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration (ABU, Nigeria) in 1990, MBA from University of Ilorin in 2002 and M.Sc. in Business Administration from University of Ilorin, Nigeria in 2007; M.Sc Human Resource Management (HRM) in 2008 from University of Sunderland, UK; Post Graduate in Research, University of East London in 2009, UK and Ph.D in Business from University of East London (UEL), UK in 2013. Issa is an Associate Consultant to Birmingham Management Centre (UK) Limited Birmingham, UK. He was a Principal Lecturer at Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Nigeria between 1994 and 2007 and lecturer at UEL between 2008 and 2012 and Academic Manager of Nelson College, London in 2012. He is presently a Senior Lecturer at Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria in the department of Business and Entrepreneurship where he was the Head of Department (HOD) between 2016 and 2017 and Ag Dean, School of Business and Governance from 2017 -2020. He is the current Director of Centre for Innovation and International Studies A multiple award recipient, he has received several awards including NYSC Merit Award in 1990 in Borno State; Award of Project Achievement in developing HR policies, awarded by University of Sunderland, United Kingdom; 25% fee waiver award, 2009, University of East London United Kingdom; £1000 Ph.D Award, 2010, University of East London United Kingdom. Dr. Issa Abdulraheem has attended and presented academic papers in several international conferences in Africa and Europe. He is a member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Administration (CIPD), 2008 UK; Fellow of National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (FNIMN), 2003, NIMN; Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Member, Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria (ISMN) and Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, of Nigeria (FCEnt). He is the coordinator of Professional Degree Programme in Enterprise Creation and Management (ECM) and Facilitator, Centre for Innovative and International Studies, (CIIS), Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria
Dr. Ola Olusegun Oyedele was born some four decades ago to the family of Elder and Elder Mrs. James Olufemi and Elizabeth Oyedele in Ibadan, Oyo State. He attended Primary, Secondary and College of Education respectively in Abeokuta, Ogun State towards the early 90’s He is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (B.Sc. Hons.) with a Second Class Upper grade of 3.89 and also possesses an Academic Master’s Degree in Human Resource and Industrial Relations (HRIR) with a CGPA of 4.39 as the best graduating student in 2011 from Lagos State University, Ojo. He proceeded to Kwara State University in 2015, and bagged his Doctorate Degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship in June, 2019. Dr. Ola Oyedele is currently a Lecturer 1 in the Department of Entrepreneurial Studies, College of Management Sciences, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. As part of his professional membership, he is a; Member, Nigeria Institute of Training and Development (NITAD), Member, Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria (CIPMN), Member, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria, Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM Nigeria). Dr. Ola Oyedele has won quite a number of academic awards and community awards ranging from Lagos State University, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Kwara State University, Malete and International Recognition Award from Global Collaboration Certificate from X-Culture International USA. In his duties as both Examination Officer and Departmental Project Coordinator, he had supervised over 140 students in their undergraduate project over the last 4 years. Dr. Ola Oyedele in his six years teaching and researching career, he had thought a number of courses such as; Management of Information Systems, Human Resource Management, Consumer Behaviour, Leadership and Corporate Governance, Rethinking Traditional Occupations, Theories of Entrepreneurship, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Rights, Project Management and Evaluation, Venture Creation and Growth, Family Business and Succession Planning, Globalization and National Policies, to mention a few. Dr. Oyedele is a regular attendee in major conferences around his field of study and had participated in a number of conferences locally such as; The 4th Lagos Studies Association Conference held at the University of Lagos in June,2019, Annual Conference of Lagos State University on Strategies for Managing and Sustaining the Nigerian Economic Growth in April, 2019, Workshop on Proposal Writing, Grant Sourcing and Intellectual Property organized by FUNAAB Grant Directorate in October,2018, Participant at the Public Hearing on Sensitization on Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance organized by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria in July 2018, Participant at 3-Day Conference of the 4th International Conference on ICT, Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Education organized by IEDS, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State in October,2017, and many more. He has also published over 20 articles/journals in reputable peer review journal outlets locally and internationally with web presence and contributed in Book Chapters. Dr. Ola Olusegun Oyedele is happily married to Oluwatoyin Oyedele with three lovely children.
She has been in lecturing profession from 1995 to date and within the period has taught many courses and supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate projects related to her area of specialization. She has also published several papers in reputable national and international journals, attended various conferences and workshops, belonged to many relevant professional associations and rendered appropriate community services. She has also handled various administrative duties and served in several boards and committees in Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and Federal University, Gusau. The Dean has reviewed several articles for academic journals and is an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of some Universities. She is an active member of many Islamic and community organizations. A notable academic, renowned Professor of Fishery Management and Aquaculture and female entrepreneurship trail blazer, she is one of the pioneers for the establishment of Centre for Entrepreneurial Development, Federal University Gusau and still the Chairperson of the Centre’s advisory committee. She is presently an appointed member for the establishment of Zamfara State University. An erudite scholar and professional par excellence, she is a Member, Science Association of Nigeria;, Member, Zoological Society of Nigeria; Member, Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria; Member, Fisheries Society of Nigeria; Member, Agricultural Society of Nigeria; Member, Catfish Farmers’ Association of Nigeria and Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria among others. Professor Bilkisu, a resourceful and cerebral aquaculture entrepreneur had at various times been Head of Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Member, Faculty Board of Science, Member, Faculty Board of Agriculture; Chairman, Faculty of Agriculture Admissions Committee; Dean, Faculty of Science and Member, University Social Ethics Committee, among others at her alma mater - the prestigious Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto. A born teacher, educational administrator and manager of great repute, she is a former Deputy Vice Chancellor and Member, Governing Council, Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State. She is currently a Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Abuja, Nigeria.A woman of great virtues, she is happily married to Professor Abdullahi Shinkafi (the Secretary to the State Government, Zamfara State) with blessed children. Her hobbies are reading and travelling. Hajiya Bilkisu speaks Hausa, English, Arabic and Fulfulde fluently.
She is a talented Public Sector Entrepreneur and a well-rounded retired Director of Administration and Finance. Hajiya Mariya Iya Ibrahim is also an educationist par excellence, corporate and female entrepreneur of great repute. A consummate public administrator, gifted organiser, leveraging solid business acumen with natural leadership skills in coaching, mentoring and motivating team performance above expectations. Hajiya Mariya is a seasoned and top performing professional with unique blend of skills and experience. She is a highly motivated team-player and motivator. Tenaciously focused on the achievement of corporate objectives and always willing to up the ante. She is innovative minded, highly experienced professional with proven track record for improving productivity on any assigned role. She is a Fellow and Founding member of Kogi State Chapter of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria. She is also a Fellow and Founding member of International Institute for Female Entrepreneurship (IIFEM) – a division of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria for female entrepreneurs.
He earned Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (second class upper) in 1997, holds two Masters Degrees; an MBA in Business Administration (2000), Master Degree in Marketing with distinction (2010), and Doctorate Degree in Marketing (2015). RAHIM, is a lecturer in the Department of Business Administration, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He moved into academic in 2016 with over 12 year’s industrial working experience in different industries/tasks. In addition to his academic qualifications, He has attended Workshops, Seminars and Conferences organized by reputable institutions/organizations within and outside Nigeria. He is a Member of several professional bodies, such as the Nigerian Institute of Management, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. The erudite scholar, who is happily married and blessed with children, is a prolific writer with several articles in local and international Journals. His areas of research interest include service quality, brand management, entrepreneurship development, relationship marketing, project management, change management, consumer behavior, and developmental studies. He is an Associate Editor of African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AFRIJESB).
Chartered Manager, Senior Lecturer/HOD -,Department of Purchasing and Supply, Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri. A supply chain management, material and purchasing management and Quality Management for SMEs expert with about two decades of teaching experience. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria as well as an Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS).
A Ugandian-trained academic entrepreneur par excellence, Amina is an entrepreneurship mentor, consultant, master trainer of trainers and Chief Lecturer/Director of Entrepreneurship Centre at the Prestigious Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. A thorough-bred entrepreneur and educationist, she holds triple master’s degree. (including M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship from Cavendish University, Uganda) and Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the famous Kampala International University, Uganda. With outstanding expertise in women entrepreneurship development, edupreneurship, entrepreneurship education curriculum development, her research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on female entrepreneurship, youth entrepreneurship and empowerment, job creation and poverty eradication with emphasis on academic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial Management and development. She is an Associate Member, Institute of Treasury Management and Financial Accountants of Nigeria; Member, Institute of Management Consultants; Member, Association of Business Educators of Nigeria (ABEN);Member, Association of Nigerian Educators; Member, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN); Member, Business Educators’ Association in Vocational Education (BEAVE) and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and an Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS).
He is a Malaysian-trained cerebral and resourceful Doctor of entrepreneurship. Nasiru is a born entrepreneurship teacher, consultant and mentor, educational administrator and manager of international repute. A management strategist, investment analyst, entrepreneurial mathematician, quantitative technician and risk manager of great repute, he is currently a Senior Lecturer/HOD at Department of Business Management, Business School as well as Director, (Entrepreneurship) International Centre of Excellence for Rural Finance and Entrepreneurship both at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. With outstanding expertise in preparation of feasibility studies, writing of business plan and corporate reorganization, his research interests lies in Entrepreneurship Development, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Creation and Growth, Policy and Development among others. Abdullahi Nasiru has many journal publications both at home and abroad and presented papers at Conferences both at home and abroad. A professional par excellence, he participated in a number of consultancy researches that involved field works, large data handling and reporting. In the In the International Centre of Excellence for Rural Finance and Entrepreneurship, he is the initiator of an ongoing programme of rural financing called the “Mai Kosai Project”- meant to finance and empowered rural women in running household consumption businesses. He is a Member, The Academy of Management and Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria among others
Dr. Olanipekun is a Faculty Member of the College of Management and Information Technology and Director of the Collaboration, Research and Consultancy Centre in American International University, West Africa (AIUWA), The Gambia. Prior to joining AIUWA, he was an academic staff of the Department of Management and Accounting, Summit University, Offa, Kwara State, Nigeria. He was also the Coordinator, School of Management Sciences, AbdulRaheem College of Advanced Studies (An Affiliate of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin) and a Facilitator/Adjunct Lecturer in the Kwara State University MBA School. He is a visiting Faculty member with Nobel International Business School, Ghana and Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland. As a strategy, management and leadership consultant, he has over a decade experience in consulting for Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria. He is the Managing Partner, First-Class Smart Consult Limited, an indigenous multi-sector consultancy firm that provides cutting edge, cost effective and evidence based sustainable solutions to organizations in line with global best practices. He holds a B.Sc. (Business Administration), M.Tech. (Management Science) and Ph.D. Business Administration (Management) from Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso and Kwara State University, Malete respectively. He holds Global Business Educator Certificates from Global X-Culture. He also holds Professional Certificates in Data Processing and Management Information System, Sustainable Development and Business Ethics and Social Responsibility from University of Ilorin, Kwara State; International Business Management Institute, Berlin, Germany; Metropolitan School of Business and Management, United Kingdom respectively. He is a Fellow of International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators, Full Member of the Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria, Member of Nigerian Institute of Management and a Certified Teacher with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria. Dr. Olanipekun’s thesis was awarded Number One Most Consulted Doctoral Thesis and Third Most Retrieved Postgraduate Thesis in the Library of Congress & Proquest Data Base of Kwara State University, Malete between 2019- 2020. He has attended and presented papers in learned conferences and has publications in both national and international journals of high repute. His research interests include Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, CSR and Sustainable Development. He is a Fellow and Gambia Representative of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria; Fellow and Vice President of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBE); and Fellow and Country President of Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GACEINN).
Prof. M.F.N Abowei is a seasoned academician with over three decades of experience. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical/ Petroleum Engineering from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt in 1982. He went on to obtain a Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering from the same institution in 1986. In 1991, he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Lagos and later became a professor of Chemical Engineering in 1997.
He is a lead consultant to over 7 multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta-SPDC, NAOC, Schlumberger, Total, Transocean, Agip, Chevron etc. He was a member of several committees such as:-
• Rivers State Environmental Edict Implementation Committee (1983),
• Rivers State Joint Venture Project & Evaluation in Niger Delta (1981-1982)
• Chairman, Minerals/Oil Committee, Ijaw National Congress (INC) 2007 to date.
• Pollution Consultants/Adviser to Government (1994 to date) and many local communities such as Igbomatoru,Angiamagbene and Gbaran all in the Niger Delta Area.
• Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board
• Petroleum Technology Development Fund
He is member of relevant professional bodies such as:- • Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
• Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)
• American Society of Environmentalists
• Fellow, Strategic Institute for National Resources & Human Development RHD)
• Fellow, Institute of Industrial Administration of Nigeria (FIIA)
• Fellow, Nigerian Environmental Society (FNES)
• Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria
Prof. Millionaire Freeborn Nestor Abowei is a Chemical and Petrochemical Engineer, a University Lecturer, a consultant, a researcher and an inventor with well over 30 articles published in several professional journals. Prof. Abowei is a Commissioner / Member of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission. He is a member of the Port Harcourt Polo Club and a Chief in the Angiamagbene Council of Chiefs. He has interests in sports, travel, wrestling, reading and environmental issues. He is happily married with children.
Sulaiman Olusegun Atiku is currently a Senior Lecturer (Human Resource Management) at Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business (HP-GSB), Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia. He is a pragmatic researcher specializing in Human Capital Formation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Green Human Resource Management. He has over 11 years’ experience in Higher Education. A native of Lagos, Sulaiman graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a PhD degree in Human Resource Management. The author acquired his Masters of Science degree in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations at the Lagos State University, Nigeria. His Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree was also awarded at the Lagos State University in the field of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management. He has lectured several courses in his field home/abroad and published many scholarly articles in international journals. He is a member of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Certified Institute of Warehousing and Materials Management (CIWM), and Institute of People Management (IPM) South Africa.
Dr. Hafsah Olatunji is a cerebral Doctor of Economics. A well versed academic entrepreneur of great repute, Hafsah is an entrepreneurship mentor, consultant, master trainer of trainers and Senior Lecturer/ Director. Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Development, Sokoto State University, Sokoto, Nigeria. A thorough-bred edupreneur, she holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Economics. With outstanding expertise in academic entrepreneurship and women entrepreneurship, her research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on entrepreneurial economics, entrepreneurial finance, female entrepreneurship, youth entrepreneurship and empowerment, job creation and poverty eradication. She is a Member, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN); Member, Association of Entrepreneurship Scholars ; Member, Nigerian Economic Society; Member, National Institute of Chartered Economists (NICE) and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria as well as Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS).
A Solicitor and Advocate of Supreme Court of Nigeria, international-acclaimed Intellectual Property Lawyer and Certified Entrepreneur and Project Manager with vast experience in Teaching and Practice of Commercial and Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Infringement Litigation, Real Estate, Banking and Insurance Law, etc. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria.
He is an International acclaimed. Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship, and the current Dean of Faculty of Management Sciences KSU, Anyigba, as teacher, researcher & mentor, & he also Coordinates PG programs in Department of Business Administration. Prof. Alabi is a Management consultant of international repute & World Bank Accredited Business Development Service Provider, Executive Director, Confluence Business School, MD/CEO, Logay Investments Ltd, Past President Kogi Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agric, Chairman, Kogi Coalition of Business & Professional Associations. He is an Astute Professional, an Entrepreneurship teacher, an accomplished Entrepreneur & a Mentor/Motivator par Excellence, with over 25years trail blazing experience in Business, Academia & Professional services. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and its Immediate Past President.
Nuru Olaolu Oyekola is a multiple national and international academic-award winner and renowned edupreneur and Doctor of Entrepreneurship. He is an Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Strategic Management Educator and Consultant with about a decade of banking, management, research, teaching and international examination administration experience. Nuru Oyekola is an entrepreneurship education trailblazer of international repute, an internationally-acclaimed academic entrepreneur and prolific writer with 50 entrepreneurship books to his account. His research interests include: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Small Business Management, Marketing, and Strategic Management. His research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on job creation and poverty eradication with emphasis on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Small Business Management. Dr. Oyekola , “Stalwart of Entrepreneurship” awardee is a notable authority in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education with outstanding expertise in developing students’ ‘entrepreneurial mind-set’– a way of looking at the world that is creative, with the ability to see opportunities and understand how to exploit them. He is the Founder of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria. He is a recipient of one professional and two Honourary Doctorate degrees with several national and international awards. Nuru is also the Founder and President of College of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and its centres, academy and institute – a College known for its innovative academic curriculum and offering of advanced knowledge and practical skills required to identify, recognise, assess, seize, shape, create and exploit new opportunities, as well as develop entrepreneurial management and leadership competencies that can be applied to any professional field of their choice. He is also the Founder of IIFEM- a division of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship with the mission of inspiring and empowering African women to turn their ideas into reality, build successful businesses and live a life they love.; AFIFA - a division of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria, devoted to the empowerment of existing and potential farmers in Nigeria through training, mentorship, networking and partnership.; and IACATECH - an international professional association aimed at individuals willing to acquire skills and abilities that can help to create and manage new tech-based venture or be used as member of an existing tech-based organisation which is calling upon employees to act in an entrepreneurial and creative way. Dr. Nuru Olaolu Oyekola is the founder of Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership Project (YELEAP) - an independent Pan-African NGO which aims to drive sustainable development in Nigeria with the vision to create a new generation of transformational entrepreneurs and leaders that would bring peace and prosperity to the continent. .
He was the Convener of the 1st Annual International Academic Conference on Entrepreneurship (ACCENT), the 1st Annual National Academic Conference on Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ACESB), 1st Annual International Academic Conference on Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development (ACEMASD) and 1st Annual International Academic Conference on Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy (AICEEP).