Profile of Chairman Prof. Pat Utomi
Pat Utomi, a professor of political economy and management expert is a Nigerian entrepreneur whose ultimate goal is to positively affect humanity.
Utomi had his first degree in mass communications at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN and also holds MA, MPA, and Ph.D in political economy.
He was director of research and corporate affairs, News Training Consultancy, Lagos; Chairman/CEO, Patike Communications Limited. In 1982, he was appointed special assistant to President Shehu Shagari. Following the demise of the Second Republic, he became Chairman/CEO, Utomapp Holdings Limited, 1984-86, and assistant general manager, corporate affairs, Volkswagen of Nigeria Limited, Lagos, 1983-93. He has also served as the Chairman of the Economic Commission for the Niger Delta and on the Council of key apex private sector associations including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, the National Council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Nigerian Consultative Association (NECA).
Utomi co-founded the Lagos Business School, now Pan African University in 1994 with the Opus Dei, a Catholic religious group. He was a scholar-in-residence, American University, Washington DC, USA, 1996 and a research associate, the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 1996.
He also belongs to many professional bodies. He is a member of, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, Institute of Directors, IOD, Nigerian Economic Summit Group and Nigerian Economic Society.
He coordinated the establishment of several civil society groups on good governance and accountability such as Transparency in Nigeria, The Centre for Values in Leadership, The Concerned Professionals, and the Restoration Group. In the business sphere, Utomi was the vice-chairman, Platinium–Habib Bank. He is an accomplished columnist, and chairman, BusinessDay Media Limited and creator of Patito’s Gang, a television talk show. Utomi has published several books on political economy and management.
Profile of Keynote Speaker Tony Elumelu
Tony O. Elumelu is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, the chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa Plc and Transcorp Nigeria Plc.
In his early career, he made a name for himself by turning the nearly bankrupt Standard Trust Bank into a top-five player in Nigeria. In 2005, he led the largest merger in the banking sector in sub-Saharan Africa, acquiring United Bank for Africa (UBA). In five years, he transformed it from a single-country bank to a pan-African institution with over 7 million customers in 19 African countries.
In 2010, he commenced full-time operations at Heirs Holdings and founded The Tony Elumelu Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropic organization focused on supporting entrepreneurs in Africa by enhancing the competitiveness of the private sector.
He serves as a member of USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa Partners Forum. He sits on the Nigerian President’s Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council and serves as Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Global Food Security. He played a leading role in the formation of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria and serves as its vice-chairman. He is also a member of the Global Advisory Board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.
He is the author and leading proponent of the philosophy he calls “Africapitalism,” which is the private sector’s commitment to Africa’s development through long-term investment in strategic sectors of the economy that drive economic prosperity and social wealth.
In 2003, the Federal Government of Nigeria conferred the national honour of Member of the Federal Republic on him. In 2012, he was also awarded the Commander of the Order of the Niger for his service in promoting private enterprise. He was recognised as one of “Africa’s 20 Most Powerful People in 2012” and one of Africa’s 50 richest men in 2014, by Forbes Magazine.