Our 3rd Annual CEO Forum is a one day conference on October 7, 2015. Discussions will be held over 4 panels with expert guest speakers in the areas of Agribusiness; Dual Vocational Training, Entrepreneurship & Creatives Industry as we explore sustainable solutions for the youth unemployment crisis. #DecentWork4All
Day 1
07 Oct 2015
09:00 - 10:00

Arrival and registration

10:00 - 10:20

Official Group Photo

Opening Address

Innocent Chukwuma

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. Q & A to follow.
Dharnesh Gordhon
Daniel Cavegn
Christian Widmann
Dr Michael Blank
Innocent Chukwuma
11:25 - 11:30

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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. Q & A to follow.
Nicolas Martin
Parminder Vir
Ebi Atawodi
Nike Adeyemi
Peter Bamkole

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. Q & A will follow
Ndidi Nwuneli
Gbolahan Lawal
Kola Masha
Kenton Dashiell
Nneka Eze
13:30 - 14:00


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. Q & A will follow.
Kate Henshaw
Obi Asika
Azu Nwagbogu
Lanre da Silva – Ajayi
Keith Richards


Ceo Spotlight

Onyeche Tifase

In memoriam:

Dr Obafemi Abioye Ayantuga (1966 – 2015)

Vote of thanks

Delivered by Mrs Bola Atta (on behalf of the Late Dr Obafemi Abioye Ayantuga)