The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift in business norms that stakeholder activism pursues and the imperative of moving from words to actions. With this context, Business leaders the world over are forced to reflect and perhaps make some necessary adjustments, because quite frankly, it’s a stakeholders’ world we operate in. In conversation with two business leaders to share their perspectives on the topic were:
Uzoma Dozie - one of Nigeria’s leaders in the financial sector and the last Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Nigeria. He is the founder of Sparkle, a mobile-first platform for Nigeria’s retail sector, using technology to power financial inclusion, at scale. At Diamond Bank, Uzoma was responsible for overseeing the Corporate and Commercial arms of the bank. He holds a BSc in Chemistry [University of Reading], an MSc in Chemical Research [UCL], and an MBA from Imperial College London. Uzoma runs angel investment and mentorship platform, Black-Knights, and also the tech-focussed TV show TechTurks, where he interviews leading entrepreneurs and digital pioneers.
Adeniyi Adenubi - the Executive Director Investment Management and Investor Relations VFD Group Plc, which is a group of financial services companies. Niyi has over 15 years of experience in Institutional and Corporate banking, Investment management, and consulting. His vast experience in the financial sector comes from working in Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Financial Advisory in some of the top firms in London.
He is the Chairman of Anchoria Asset Management and also serves on the Boards of several companies where he works on providing strategic direction for the needs of companies to operate at full potential and efficiency. Niyi is passionate about Corporate Governance and brings this to bear on all the boards on which he serves. Niyi holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan. and is currently undergoing the Owner President Management (OPM) Executive Program at Harvard Business School.