CEO Forum 2015

3rd Annual CEO Forum

On October 7, 2015, leading CEOs and Business leaders in the private sector, academics, management consultants, economists, statisticians, representatives from key stakeholders in Civil Society, members of the diplomatic community; and federal and state government officials, past and present will gather to address one of our nation’s priority topic – Youth Unemployment.

Following up from the success of our 2nd Annual CEO Forum which was held in London at the office of KPMG under the kind auspices of Lord Michael Hastings, our 3rd Annual CEO Forum will set the platform for great discussion over 4 different panels to explore sustainable solutions for youth unemployment and fuel the drive of youth entrepreneurship in Nigeria and other countries in Africa where our corporate sponsors have a presence.

The Forum will consist of the following 4 panels discussions as we discuss private sector solutions to tackle youth unemployment in Nigeria:

Panel 1 – The European Solution?

Recognizing that Switzerland and Germany have the lowest youth unemployment figures in the world, we will take a critical review and analysis of the Swiss and German models to tackle youth unemployment and identify which aspects of the “apprenticeship” system can be successfully adopted for the Nigerian environment. Nigerian organizations who have already adopted aspects of the Swiss and German models will also join the panel to illuminate best practices.

Panel Speakers
Dharnesh Gordhon, CEO, Nestle Nigeria plc
Daniel Cavegn, Deputy Swiss Mission, Nigeria
Christian Widmann, Head of Programmes, GIZ

Panel Moderator: Jennifer Anoyika, COO, Nigerian German Business Association

Panel 2: Supporting Entrepreneurs

A number of organizations in Nigeria have taken up initiatives to support young entrepreneurs from Microsoft to the Tony Elumelu Foundation. The list is commendable. We will examine and review best practices and see what initiatives are successful and review the role of civil society as a bridging partner. We will also look at initiatives that seek to empower women entrepreneurs noting that women comprise more than 50% of the workforce in Nigeria.

Panel Speakers
Parminder Vir, CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation
Nicolas Martin, CEO, Jumia Africa
Ebi Atawodi, General Manager, UBER Lagos,
Nike Adeyemi, Executive Director, FATE Foundation

Panel Moderator: Peter Bamkole, Director of EDC Pan Atlantic University (to be confirmed)

Panel 3: The Agriculture Dividend

Is Agriculture Nigeria’s job creation engine? This panel will put forward arguments and statistical evidence that agriculture is the key to addressing the spiral growth of youth unemployment in Nigeria.

Panel Speakers
Kola Masha, CEO, Doreo Partners


Ndidi Nwuneli, Director, AACE Foods
Gbolahan Lawal, Former Commissioner for Agriculture, Lagos State

Panel Moderator: Didi Akinyelure, CBNC Africa

Panel 4: The Creative Industry

Nigeria’s entertainment industry which centers on the film and music industry  has become a key cog in creating youth employment and cultivating culture at a minimal cost to government. Nollywood is the country’ s second largest employer, employing over 1m jobs. This panel will look at the creative industry concept, as defined by UNESCO, as a means of wealth & job creation. This industry includes the arts, film, music and fashion design.

Panel Speakers
Kate Henshaw, Actress, Nollywood
Obi Asika, Former Special assistant to the Presidency, Federal Govt of Nigeria, on Social Media and Chairman, Dragon Africa
Azu Nwagbogu, Co-Founder, African Artist Foundation and Lagos Photo Foundation
Lanre da Silva, Creative Director, LDA

Panel Moderator: Keith Richards, Chairman, Promasidor


 The event is for high level stakeholders in the private sector and public sector, corporate sponsors and CSR/Sustainability and Human Resources Managers. It will gather  CEOs and Business leaders in the private sector, academics, management consultants, economists, statisticians, representatives from key stakeholders in Civil Society, members of the diplomatic community; and federal and state government officials, past and present.

You may REGISTER online here.

For sponsorship enquiries, please contact: ope@csrchildren.com  or call + 1-770-5800920.

CSR Children are the leading advocacy organization in Nigeria in the field of CSR and child rights. You may download a copy of our 2nd Annual CEO Forum Report held in London at the offices of KPMG [click here]