Experts to Discuss Inclusive Business at Sixth Sustainability Conference

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Leading experts will on Friday, November 11, 2016 converge on Lagos, Nigeria to discuss Building Inclusive and Sustainable Businesses at the 6th edition of the annual continent-wide Africa CEO Roundtable & Conference on Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR™).

Leading the impressive panel of discussants to deliver the keynote addresses for the event; the conveners have confirmed the participation of Onyeche Tifase, first Nigerian and female CEO of Siemens Nigeria, and Chief Keith Richards, Chairman of Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

The AR-CSR™has become the biggest platform for discussing issues of Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as the enhancement of a public-private synergy for the attainment of a credible business environment in Africa. According to the convener, Lead Consultant/CEO, ThistlePraxis Consulting & Trustee, Ini Onuk-Abimbola; this edition is particularly significant because it is a somewhat special edition featuring an array of seasoned Nigerian experts who would be discussing issues specific to the Nigerian context.

Other confirmed speakers include: Bunmi Lawson, MD/CEO of Accion Microfinance Bank;Adenike Adeyemi, Executive Director of Fate Foundation; Bolaji Finnih, CEO of Techpreneur Africa; Chidinma Lawanson, CEO of EFInA;, Engr. Kola Masha, Managing Director of Doreo Partners; Mezuo Nwuneli, Managing Director of Sahel Capital/Co-Founder, AACE Foods; Joycee Awosika, Founder/CEO of Oriki Group; Shola Ladoja, Founder of Simply Green; Yemisi Iranloye, Managing Director, Psaltry International Limited; Adenike Kuti, Associate Director, Leapfrog Investments amongst many others.

The 2016 AR-CSR will discuss the need for more inclusive businesses through sessions focused on global leadership to drive inclusive growth and businesses, the existing and successful startup and ecosystem models for inclusive businesses, multiplying and scaling impact through investments as well as fostering SME growth through inclusive business.


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About The Keynote Speakers

Chief Keith Richards is the Chairman of Promasidor Nigeria Limited; manufacturer and marketer of flagship Cowbell Milk brands and other food and beverage brands in Nigeria. He has had over 26 years of experience in African and Nigerian business. He has at different times, since 1988, been managing director and executive corporate board member in top ranking companies including Diageo Plc., Guinness Nigeria Plc, and John Holt Plc. amongst others.

In recognition of his proficiency and hard work, especially of his involvement in major ground breaking cultural change/community programmes, Keith Richards was voted the No. 7 most respected Nigerian CEO in 2005.

Onyeche Tifase is an experienced Engineering Professional with extensive experience in the power, engineering and consulting industries. She graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the University of Nottingham and completed her Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.


She started her career with Siemens in 2001 as an Engineer in the Power Distribution Division of Siemens Plc UK and thereafter progressed up the ranks taking up other key roles in Siemens Germany and Siemens USA. Onyeche worked with Accenture Nigeria from 2006 in the area of management consulting and in 2009 joined Siemens Nigeria as Deputy General Manager Medium Voltage and Transformers Business Units.


Onyeche’s career path and achievements over the years led her to become the first Nigerian
Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Nigeria effective November 1 2014.

Onyeche resides in Lagos, Nigeria and is happily married with three children. She is an avid
supporter of local content development initiatives and participates actively in key programs
focused on the mentoring and development of the Nigerian youth.


About The Foundation for Sustainability and Responsibility in Africa (FSRA)

At the last Africa CEO Round-table Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (AR-CSR), which marked the 5th edition, the conference was restructured as a flagship ofthe Foundation for Sustainability and Responsibility in Africa (FSRA), an independent organization for the promotion of the advancement of sustainability. 2016 AR-CSR™ will kick start a series of regional fora across the continent

About Thistlepraxis Consulting

ThistlePraxis Consulting is a Management Consulting firm that assists organizations in all sectors improve their organizational effectiveness and business operations to achieve sustainable growth and profitability through the delivery of innovative solutions, using effective strategies.

At ThistlePraxis, our vision is hinged on facilitating the development of a more responsible business environment in Nigeria and Africa knowing well that organizations achieve sustainable organizational growth when they integrate their corporate values with sustainable, socially responsible policies, processes and reporting throughout their organizations.

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About Sponsors and Partners

The 2016 Edition of the AR-CSR™ is proudly sponsored by Shell.

Media Partners of the event are Timeless Magazine, SabiNews, The Guardian and Connect Nigeria.



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