Keynote Speakers

Jimoh Ibrahim


Moeletsi Mbeki


Ibrahim was the Chairman of the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria. In 2005 he was appointed the Honorary Consul of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and principe to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He initiated and founded the Energy Group of Companies, one of the largest Africa conglomerates with diversified interest in banking and financial investment (Energy Commercial Bank Ghana, Energy Bank Sao Tome). Other interests of the group include insurance (NICON insurance Abuja), hotels (NICON Luxury Hotel Abuja and Lagos), re-insurance (Nigeria Re Insurance Corporation) and oil and gas (Global Fleet Oil and Gas Limited Lagos). Ibrahim's business interests include the establishment and licensing of the Worldwide Fortune DMCC in the United Arab Emirates as major programme management consulting for infrastructure development in Africa. One of Ibrahim's initiatives is the yearly meeting of Africa leaders at presidential and ministerial level on Infrastructure Development Funding for Africa (IDFA). 

Ibrahim earned an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and a Master of Science in Programme Management at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He has also earned a certificate in International Tax Law at Harvard University and has attended various executive education programmes including: University of Cambridge Advanced Leadership Programme (ALP), University of Oxford Negotiation Programme, University of Oxford Advanced Leadership and Management programme, Harvard Business School Senior Executive Leadership Program for the Middle East and the University of Cambridge programe on How to Lead Successful Projects. Ibrahim also attends in the guest category of the annual meeting of the World Bank/IMF. 


Moeletsi Mbeki is a political analyst, author and an entrepreneur. He is a director of several companies, is Chairman of KMM Investments (Pty) Limited, KMM Review Publishing (Pty) Limited, MGM Capital Investments (Pty) Limited and Executive Chairman of Pomegranate Media (Pty) Ltd.

Moeletsi is the author of Architects of Poverty: Why African Capitalism Needs Changing. He edited Advocates for Change: How to Overcome Africa’s Challenges. Both books have been translated into Chinese. He has recently co-authored A Manifesto for Social Change: How to Save South Africa, with his niece Dr Nobantu Mbeki. He is Deputy Chairman of the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA); an independent think tank based at the University of the Witwatersrand and is a member of the council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) which is based in London.

After returning to South Africa from exile in 1990, he was appointed Head of Communications for the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions, (Cosatu) and Media Consultant to the African National Congress. During most of the 1980s he was a Senior Journalist for the Zimbabwe Newspapers in Harare. As a result of the outstanding work that he did for the Zimbabwe Newspapers Features Department, he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University for the 1988 – 1989 academic years. Mbeki began his journalism career in London in 1979 as a contributor to Africa, New African, Africa Now magazines and to the BBC Africa Service.

He studied Building, Building Management and Sociology in England, obtaining an M.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick in 1982. He worked in the construction industry in the United Kingdom and in Tanzania during the 1970s.

Ayo Adepoju

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Ayo Adepoju is the Head of Group Business Performance and Analytics at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, one of Africa's largest banks. He is responsible for budget and planning, finance strategic business partnering and management information systems (MIS) for the Group.  

His previous role with Ecobank Group was as Group Financial Controller, where he was responsible for financial and regulatory reporting for the Group. 

Prior to joining Ecobank, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London as an Assurance Manager in the Banking & Capital Markets division.  Ayo started his professional career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Lagos, where he rose through the ranks to Assurance Manager and specialised in the financial services industry.  

He is a graduate of the University of Lagos Nigeria where he earned a degree in Accounting. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Warwick Business School, United Kingdom. Ayo is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAN). He has also attended executive education courses at Harvard Business School and London Business School.