CHRIS UWAJE: is dubbed ‘the Oracle of the Nigerian IT Industry’. He is the president of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON). He is a fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and Fellow of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers of United Kingdom. He is the pioneer of the National Information Technology (IT) Development policy for Nigeria. His IT Experience covers over three decades of on-the-job IT practice as computer scientist spread across three continents; Europe, Africa and America. He will be speaking on “Technology and the Future”
MRS BOLANALE AUSTEN PETERS: is referred to by bloggers and press as ‘The Woman’. Bolanle Austen-Peters has set herself apart as a woman of excellence. She studied Law in the University of Lagos and obtained a masters degree in international human right law form the London School of Economics. She has practiced law and worked with the United Nations. She left the employ of a petroleum trading company to found Terra Kulture in 2003.Terra Kulture can best be described as an event venue per excellence – African Style! With Bolanle at the reins, Terra Kulture has grown from strength to strength while strongly promoting African/Nigerian culture to the new generation. With all the past success, she has not let down her guard; instead she continues to strategize new ideas and concepts for her business. For all that work, Bolanle Austen-Peters is THE WOMAN. She will be speaking on Tapping into the Creative Economy.
CHIKA NWOBI: is the director and co-founder of M tech communications Plc, Managing Partner at L5lab and Chairman (founder) of CN media. He holds a B.sc in Computer Science and BA in Economics from the East Tennessee State University. Before founding M-tech, he has worked with Airtuit Incorporated, U.S.A, Sprint Telecommunications and Eastman Chemicals. M tech is the leading provider of mobile content in Nigeria and works with mobile network operators, media organizations and large corporate bodies to develop, launch and run value added services for users. He can will be one of the discussants on the panel.
IJEOMA ONYUIKE: is the marketing manager of Hewlett Packard for West Africa. She has been involved in programs such as the 2008 HP Technology for teaching higher education Grant initiative, Technology Forum in alliance with Starcomms tagged ‘the Art of Small Business’, to show SME operators how to enhance their productivities technologically. She can will be one of the discussants on the panel.
SAHEED ADEPOJU: is the Quality Assurance Officer/ Operations Officer at Chams Switch Plc where he is responsible for responsible for building relevant policy documents to help provide a direction and enhance current policies to reflect the changes within the Electronic Payment Industry. He has served in various capacities as the Business Analyst/Designer at Quanteq Technology Services, Business Analyst at Odese Consulting and Junior Consultant at Quanteq Technology Services. He schooled at the Bournemouth University and Federal University of Technology, Minna. Saheed will be sharing on “The Process of Invention”.
Ore Shomolu: is an Information Systems professional with more than seven years experience, focusing on technology training, and the development and application of web and instructional technology. She has worked in the oil and gas industry and is now in a non-profit organization; She founded and leads the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC). She Co-founded the Blogs for African Women technology mentoring initiative. She loves to travel and talk about hair. She maintains a blog. Ore will be sharing on “My Story of Technology and Humanity”.
Bode Pedro: is the Technology Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Veda Technology; a new computer electronics manufacturing company based in Lagos. They were incorporated in 2007 and have a vision to become leaders in the growth and development of information and communication technology in Africa. Bode’s profile reads like that of an ultramodern high tech facility, it can be said that ‘Bode is Veda’ which is Hindu for ‘wisdom’. Bode schooled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country. Bode will be one of the discussants on the panel.
CHIEDU IFEOZO: is a versatile man. He is a contemporary poet, writer and is also the Technical Services Manager at Modern Business Machines Limited (MBM). He represents a new generation of young, intelligent and talented African professionals who are doing a ‘reverse brain drain’ by moving back to Africa and using their western earned education, talents and skills to help change Africa’s image and economy. He obtained masters in Electronics Engineering from the University of Surrey. Chiedu will be one of the discussants on the panel.