Wale Ewedemi - Founder/Director General
He Founded the Entrepreneurship Association for the Nigerian Creative industry – Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (CEAN). The Association hosts monthly networking and business incubation sessions in Abuja and Lagos at the British Council.
Wale has over 19yrs Experience Conceptualizing, Building and managing Radio Stations and Talents around the Nigeria.
He serves on Various Boards, invests in Developmental Projects and speaks internationally on Entrepreneurship and the African Creative Industry. Wale was the British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008.
Oluwayemisi Mafe- National Secretary
My name is Oluwayemisi Mafe, I am a 2014 VVLead Fellow(a distinctive program formed in partnership between the UK government’s Department for International Development and Vital Voices Global Partnership). The program supports a global network of emerging and established women leaders who provide creative and sustainable solutions to pressing problems that have impeded women and girls’ full participation in their societies and economiesand it gives me an opportunity to deepen my knowledge in personal finance.
Presently, I am working as the External Communications Officer of Accion Microfinance Bank; a bank focused on financial inclusion for people at bottom of the pyramid. My first degree is in English from the University of Ilorin. I started my career as a Freelance Journalist with Herald Group of Newspapers in Ilorin, and over the years gained tremendous experience as a Media Relations Executive and Copywriter in the Marketing Communications industry working with top notch agencies like The Quadrant Company, TBWA, Insight. Between 2005 and 2008, I wrote with a pseudonym for ThisDay on Sunday.
I enjoy the membership of various professional bodies such as Chartered Institute of Public Relations UK (CIPR), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Advertising Practitioner’s Council Of Nigeria (APCON), Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Women In Management and Business (WIMBIZ) and a Full Member of National Institute of Marketing in Nigeria (NIMN). I volunteer as the Secretary General of Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria;a body established to incorporate the Creative industries in Nigeria in line with the recommendations of the British Council, UNESCO and UNCTAD to help accelerate sectorial growth and development.I also volunteer as a Mentor with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Mentoring Women..
Jide Salako -Head Marketing
Taopheek Babayeju -Head of Operation, Northern Nigeria
Taopheek is a seasoned professional with hands-on experience in Project Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship. He is known for his detailed and analytical approach to solving problems, he specialises in using technology and innovations to enhance business models and processes. His expertise includes strategies, innovations, planning and concept development.
Taopheek started out his career as a telecoms engineer at TCC Nig. Ltd and later attended the United Kingdom Telecoms Academy (UKTA) where he trained as a network engineer. Before joining Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, MTEL as a Network Engineer, he had worked with various organisations in the ICT sector including SonyEricsson. While at MTEL he trained as a Project Manager in the U.A.E. and certified in U.K. As a Project Engineer at the Implementation Unit, he handled several projects including the organisation’s network roll-out and expansion programmes. He later voluntarily resigned to pursue a career as an independent Technology and Project Consultant. He has managed several projects across different fields including IT, Telecoms, Civil, and Capacity Development, to mention a few. Taopheek studied Physics (Electronics) at the Lagos State University and he is an Alumnus of Pan African University.
He is currently the CEO at iCentra and serves as the Programme Director of ProMaCon, an initiative that won him PMI award for the “Most Outstanding Contribution to Project Management in Nigeria”. He was the Vice President, Outreach of the Project Management Institute (PMI Nigeria) and a member of the Society for Monitoring and Evaluation of Nigeria (SMEAN). He is also an international correspondent for PM Forum and PM World Today Journal, and an editorial board member of PM Foresight Magazine.He is a Certified Entrepreneurial Manager, trainer and facilitator.