Educator + Visual Artist
Ashley Stewart is a lecturer of graphic design and communication at University of Port Harcourt. She has obtained Masters degrees- MSc. and M.A. in multidisciplinary fields and is a distinguished alumnus of Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
She has published several scholarly articles with design criticism, value and management at the core. Using education as a platform, she tackles complex challenges associated with design management in the classroom and within organizations.
Dr. Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu
Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice + Mental Health Advocate
Dr Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu is a Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about Mental Health promotion in Nigeria and globally. With her upbringing influenced by two different cultures (German and Nigerian), she has an understanding an appreciation of cultural differences in health perception and concepts of normality, and how these affect people's daily lives. She has worked in a variety of countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Mexico, Argentina, Tanzania and Nigeria. She currently works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice in both Lagos and Abuja. She has a strong interest in both clinical work and research, and she has valuable experience working therapeutically in a range of psychological approaches and with a wide range of clientele (including children, adolescence, individuals with Neuro-developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, individuals with intellectual disabilities, older adults and adults of working age). Dr Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu obtained a Bachelor (BSc Hons) in Psychology, a Masters (MSc) in Neuropsychology and a Doctorate (DClinPsy) in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), Kings' College London in the United Kingdom. She is a registered member of the United Kingdom Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – the regulating body for Health Care Professionals in the United Kingdom.
Engr. Robinson Tombari Sibe MNSE
Engr. Robinson Tombari Sibe MNSE was born in Bodo City, Gokana LGA in Rivers State, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and a Masters Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Telecommunication) from the University of Port Harcourt. He has almost two decades of professional experience in Engineering, Information Technology, GIS and Remote Sensing, Environment and Sustainable Development. He is a COREN registered Computer Engineer and also a Corporate Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
He has consulted in a wide range of projects cutting across several sectors, such as: Government, Environment, Engineering, Oil and Gas, Power, Health and Banking, etc. He is a Development Strategist, and his wide perspectives and experience in this regard, have proved invaluable in several projects.
In 2007, he founded E-Sense Technologies Ltd, a leading Geospatial and Information Technology company, where he still serves as the Chief Executive. He also holds interests in other business endeavours.
He is a regular contributor to several national dailies and online news portals, such as: The Guardian, Punch, Daily Trust, Business Day Newspaper, Leadership, Blue Print, Sahara Reporters, The Cable, etc. He has presented Technical Papers at several conferences, both locally and internationally, and made several contributions in the Public Space.
Tombari Sibe is happily married with 2 children. His hobbies are computing, football, reading and poetry.
Brand Management Consultant + Media Entrepreneur
Perez Tigidam is a brand management consultant and media entrepreneur based in Nigeria. He runs one of Nigeria’s foremost brand consultancy and design firms Arden & Newton Ltd and doubles up as the user experience and content strategy team lead at TheNerve Africa, a global business news magazine reporting on the new economy, culture and innovation on the African Continent.
Technology Enthusiast + Visual Effects Artist + Writer
Serial entrepreneur, technology enthusiast, seasoned and versatile computer graphic artist, motion graphic artist, animator, visual effects artist,writer, marketing communications professional and media solutions provider with 14yrs professional and industry experience.
Currently the Founder and Managing Director of KOMOTION STUDIOS, which is a versatile Nigerian media content creation company specializing in proving media solutions and creating disruptive content for various industries. He is also the Founder and Creative Director of GIDI VIRTUAL TOURS which is a 360 interactive virtual tour and Virtual reality content production company.
Architect + Photographer + Product Designer
Tosin Oshinowo is a registered architect in federal republic of Nigeria. She has been lead Architect at cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A) since 2012. CmD+A is an architecture design consultancy practice based in Lagos. The practice has recently completed Maryland Mall, which opened in June 2016.
She completed her Architecture Education at the Architecture Association London and also holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Prior to setting-up cmD+A, her experiences have been shaped by working in leading international practices like Skidmore Owing & Merril’s LLP London and the Office of Metropolitan Architecture Rotterdam, where she was part of the team that designed a proposal for the 4th Mainland Bridge in 2008. Upon returning to Lagos, she practiced at James Cubitt Architects and was team-lead on projects such as the master plan and Corporate Head Office Building for Nigeria LNG in Port Harcourt.
Her interests are in architectural history and socially responsive approaches in architecture design and urbanism. She has served as the convener of SHO-N-TEL (2009 - 2014) at the University of Lagos, an event series that takes practicing professionals back into the studio to present their experiences to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Tosin is an award-winning amateur photographer and has worked in a professional capacity on public art design installation in Lagos. Her written work includes an article on 'the reclamation of public space in Lagos', which was published in October 2012. She took part in the Playable Cities Lagos workshop with the Watershed Art Center, Bristol that was organized by the British Council Lagos in March 2016. She is a founding member of the ‘African Alliance for New Design’ (AAND), a think-tank that explores the value of design for the current generation of creatives on the continent.
In 2017, Tosin started her furniture line Ilé-Ilà. Translated to House of Lines from her native Yoruba, Tosin’s new brand celebrates her approach to architectural design - minimalist, clean and culture-rich. The heart of the armchair collection is its Aso-Oke upholstery, a nod to Tosin’s heritage.
Tosin is a devoted mother.
Award Winning Rapper + Media Entrepreneur
Teria 'M-Trill' Yarhere is the founder and creative director for IngeniousNG, a creative consultancy company based in Lagos, Nigeria. He leads a brilliant team to help artistes and record labels create business plans, identifying the core focus points of the art that can be monetized.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Port Harcourt and possesses an entrepreneurship diploma from Fate Foundation. He has worked on several innovative community project also involving heads of governments.
He is a performing artist and rapper with several awards including the “Best West African Act” Channel O Awards, South Africa,2008 for his first album “Number One” , “Best New Act” at the African Music Awards, London,2009. He has gained recognition for his contribution to the Odudu Awards in 2012. He worked with NGOs and notable causes like the “Born-Throway Project” - a creative arts project to teach destitute children and youths on the street the basics of the performing arts to help them make a living off their talents. Since 2009, he has been involved with the Sickle Cell Society Ireland & Sickle Cell Awareness Initiative Ireland Nigeria.
His mantra is “Think Trade, Not Aid”. He believes his word is his bond so if he commits to a goal, he makes sure it is done excellently.
M-Trill is 37 years old, married and lives in Lagos Nigeria. He performs locally and internationally with an awesome live band called D’Veterans. He loves to travel, watch movies and swim.
GeoData Scientist, Sustainability Analyst & Open Data Advocate
Ross Alabo-George is the founder and chief executive officer of Proxy Logics Nigeria. Previously a geospatial systems programmer, he is one the earliest pioneers the digital mapping for mobile in Nigeria. He is a specialist in the development in decision support and modelling systems. He designed and developed the first enterprise geospatial information system on enterprise platform in Nigeria. He has worked on environmental models, big data analytics and geo-information system. His works are tailored to enhance sustainability, pragmatic development and business performance.
He is a blogger, a contributor and columnist in several national newspapers and a public policy analyst.
Ross Alabo-George is the principal scientist at Nigeria’s
leading geospatial systems solutions and contents company, Proxy Logics, where
he leads a multidimensional team of information technology specialist,
programmers and big data analysts, and geo-environmental specialists. He is
also the founder of Xeros Research & Business Systems.
Alabo George’s multidimensional and multidisciplinary background helps in the definition of his approach and vision on sustainability and development. In 2007, he developed Nigeria’s first enterprise geographic information system for real-time base station monitoring nationwide for one of Nigeria’s biggest telecom companies, V-Mobile (now Airtel). His company pioneered the development of digital national base maps and ancillary spatial data for Nigeria. He is currently leading the team for the development of Electronic Inland Navigation Chart project, a solution to enhance safe navigation in our inland waterways.
In 2010, as Lead Data scientist and developer at his company, he led the team that developed Nigeria’s first Oil and Gas database on interactive geospatial platform. In 2013 He helped develop the Environmental Information System for the Niger Delta with a facility from the Africa Development Bank to the Niger Delta Development Commission. In 2013, he coordinated the sustainability analysis, route selection and modelling for the East-West (Niger Delta) Coastal Road with the prestigious consulting engineering firm Pearl Consultants. He led the team for the design and development of the Niger Delta Enterprise Geographic Information System for the NDDC, a digital platform to hold, analyse and optimize all data sets from the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan.
In 2012 he served as a consultant for the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Project and has led GIS planning support projects for the National Urban Water Renewal Program funded by the World Bank in some states in the Nigeria.
He has participated in almost all major regional development planning and environmental efforts in the Region since 2007 and is geospatial systems consultant to several IOCs in the country.
Data scientists do not just work with data, they infuse intelligence into data and systems, that means, they must first understand the data. This understanding of the multivariate national data sets and years of crunching them have given Alabo-George a rare vantage view and deep insight on some shadowed aspects of Nigeria.
As part of his desire to accelerate participatory democracy using technology, he is leading a multidisciplinary team for the development of a government rating application for various levels and arms of government.
He holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering respectively from the Colorado University, USA.
Information Management Strategy Specialist
Tamunoibim (Ibim) Semenitari is a dynamic and results-driven administrator successful at leading high-performing teams through all phases of projects, from concept development to implementation. She is an Information Management Strategy specialist, internationally recognized media practitioner, award winning journalist/Publisher, and veteran business/financial intelligence analyst with a rich and active professional engagement profile in national, international and independent sector initiatives or projects.
She obtained her Bachelors degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Benin. She was the first Nigerian female journalist to win the CNN African Journalist of the year Awards. She won 2nd place in Print journalism. She also won the Nigeria Media Merit Award twice and the Diamond Award for Media Excellence, on three occasions. She was named most outstanding Commissioner of Information and Communications in the south south.
She takes pride in having mentored several award winning journalist and
She conducted research which led UNICEF Nigeria to beam its searchlight on child prostitution and the role of itinerant workers such as construction and oil workers. She is the current executive director of ABEC Group of schools, and current editor in chief of Shophar Nigeria limited.
She is a wonderful and exemplary mother
Segun Aiyesan is a self trained artist, but originally trained as an electronic & electrical engineer (B.Sc Engineering) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He started practicing as a professional artist since 1996.
He is essentially an experimental artist and have developed numerous and new rendering styles and techniques on various substrates; but majors mostly in painting.
Over the years, he has trained and influenced a large number of artist nationally and garnered quite a following. His works have been collected worldwide and featured in major collections both locally and internationally.
His works have been featured in major exhibitions around the world, notably France, Netherlands, Italy, South Africa, Lebanon, USA to name a few and he is currently involved in public art monument installations with the Lagos state government .
Segun Aiyesan’s canvases display a masterful technique that reveals the deeply psychological approach he has to his art and his passionate interest in the life of the mind as well as the world around him. His works are largely focused on the human situation. His art is grounded in the reality of imperfection and the will to survive under the muscle of a sledge, Our desires, failures, aspirations and beliefs, our conflicts and struggles to find common grounds in spite of our diversity. As an artist , Segun Aiyesan is part of the select, saddled with the burden of documenting history for posterity while also using the art as a tool for change.
He is represented by Reddoor gallery, Signature gallery, Alexis gallery, Mydrim gallery, Terrakulture gallery, Apart gallery in Nigeria.
Entrepreneur + Educator
Larte is an electrical engineer and a management professional. He is a strong advocate of self-sufficiency, human capacity building and job creation. He has been a key part of many start-ups in different industries for over 15 years and he is very passionate about generational socio-cultural paradigms. He is a tech enthusiast, and has been part of teams that has gained national recognition and accolades in the tech and business sphere. He believes in a solution-centric approach in dealing with societal and generational challenges and frowns at magnifying issues.
He is an MBA degree holder from the University Of Bradford, School of Management, UK with an additional diploma in Management Consulting from the Institute of Consulting (IC) where he is a fellow member. He is also a fellow member of the chartered institute of marketing in the UK (CIM).
Medical Doctor + Health Systems Specialist + Entrepreneur.
Linguist+Business Developer+PR Professional
Chinedu Amah is the CEO of Spark Media Ltd, a communications company focused on the Nigerian power sector, he led the communications initiative for the Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital.
Chinedu is a graduate of Linguistics from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, an Associate of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.
A serial entrepreneur with interests in agriculture, e-commerce and renewable energy, Chinedu has a career that spans over 5 years in strategic marketing and communications with an interest in business development and core sales growth through practical solutions that engage customers and drive conversions to inform corporate growth.
Chinedu is married to Dr Wendy and is a father to Samara and Tammy.
Chinedu Dim is the co-founder of Fillyatank. A smartphone application geared towards saving time & money by providing location and pricing information on the go for Nigerians motorists about stations with available petroleum products before they set out to buy.
He also co-founded Boleking, a company whose vision is to globalize our local food.
Mr. Dim is the CEO of C.D. Princeton Nigeria, a firm specifically invested in the sales of chemicals used for oil production and also lifting and haulage equipment leasing.
Chinedu is a Geology graduate from the University of Port Harcourt.
Mobile + Open Data +Semantic Web
Emeka Okoye has over 17 years of experience in web, semantic, enterprise, mobile software development and project management. This has seen his creations from Nigeria’s earliest startup, ngex.com in 1996, to the citizen-led OpenDataGA: an open data initiative for Nigeria’s common folk. He has also led the development of continent-wide projects like Ghana’s elections app, Nigeria’s first financial website with IBTC in 1996, Africa’s first mobile app for crowdfunding election data, and a host of others.
Recognition for his work have come rolling in his listing by IT News amongst Africa’s 20 Most Influential Technology People in 2013, and earlier in 2012’s Mobile banking and Mobile Money Influencers in Social Media by Obopay. A shelf-full of awards and accolades for excellence is a testament to his achievements.
Mr. Okoye is a strong advocate of the use of mobile, open data and semantic web to re-develop Africa social media, and is an avid tweeter. He also has plenty of time to follow his passions in music, Liverpool FC and video games.
Hospitality + Tourism + Leadership
Geoffrey Kwale is a graduate of Applied Sciences in Marketing from The State University Of New York, Nassau College, Garden City, Long Island, New York. He has spent the last 33 years as a professional in the Hospitality and Tourism Industries. First as a Sales and Marketing Executive and much longer as a project Design Consultant covering concept development to implementation. Hence a member of FCSI - Food Consultants Society International. Currently as the MD and Chief Design Consultant of Cater Source Nig. Ltd. and Designing Hospitality, he has practiced his craft both in the New York Metro Area and in Nigeria as well for the past couple decades.
Mr. Kwale also enjoys working with civil society groups and NGOs for the purpose of developing professionalism and good leadership, especially here in Nigeria. He is a founding member and past Vice President of the Ijaw Professionals Association - IPA. He more recently is a Co-convener of The New Bayelsa Leadership and Governance Initiative. This group focuses on identifying, development and entrenchment of leadership that removes governance from the status quo into 21st century standards. His personal goal is to altruistically assist in developing the next generation of genuinely good leaders in Nigeria.
Creative Writing + Public Speaking + Social Media
Kester Oshioreame, fondly called Don Kester, has made his name in the creative arts, social media and communications.
He studied theatre arts at the University of Port Harcourt, and his vast experience in stage performances, dramas and the arts have seen him feature as script writer and actor in the MNet comedy series "Do Good"; artistic director for Hilda Dokubo's "Asawana" thriller; and author of four published books, including the 2011 classic "Talk to Yourself".
Don Kester is currently working as associate producer for Yibo Koko's "Three Tramps and the Law" billed for release in 2018.
In his spare time the Don works hard putting finishing touches to his many unpublished works
Senator Magnus Ngei Abe
Was born at Nchia on the 24th day of May, 1965 and is an alumnus of the Rivers State University of Science & Technology and the Nigeria Law School. He has cognate experience spanning over a decade from the Federal Ministry of Justice :, Okocha & Okocha Manuchim Chambers and Etim Inyang & Abe law firms .
He cut his teeth in participatory politics in 1999 and got elected on the platform of the All People’s Party into the Rivers State House of Assembly and was elected the minority Leader of the House. On expiration of his term he joined People’s Democratic Party, was appointed Commissioner for Information.
He was appointed Lead Administrator in 2007 in the administration of Rt.Hon.Rotimi Ameachi as Secretary to Rivers State Government. He served as secretary of the state security council, where he coordinated the efforts of the state to restore sanity and security at the height of the Niger Delta crisis. He also served as secretary to the state Elders Council, and secretary to Rivers State Economic Advisory Council that provided a blue print for the economic revival of the state.
In 2011 Senator Abe was elected into the 7th Senate representing Rivers South East Senatorial District. While at the Senate, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe was the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Chairman Joint Senate committee investigating the Fuel Subsidy. He was also a member of the senate committee on MDG’s (Millennium Development Goals), National Security & Intelligence, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Identity Card, National Population Commission and the committee on Capital Markets.
He is currently a member of the 8th Senate as a Ranking Senator. He is currently the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), and also serves as a member of the Senate Committees on Environment, Niger Delta, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund), Police Affairs, Petroleum (Upstream).
Senator Abe is passionate about education and has devoted a substantial part of personal resources to the promotion of education in his senatorial district and beyond.
He is happily married to Mrs. Bariyaah Hannah Abe and they are blessed with four children.
Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike
Etiquette + Family + Domestic Violence
The Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike was born on the 24th day of May, 1972. Upon qualification to study law and admission into the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria now RSU, His Lordship humbly began the pursuit of a noble career in the Legal Profession when she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons) in 1996 and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School wherein she obtained the Barrister-at-Law (B.L.) (Hons) in 1997 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on the 25th of February, 1998. She holds a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M), from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom by virtue of the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship (2005/2006).
Between 1998 to 2001, His Lordship was a Legal Counsel (Litigation) with E. C. Ukala SAN. & Co (Efe Chambers) and later appointed a Magistrate Grade I in the Rivers State Magistracy where she climed through the rungs of varying grades and served for more than 10 years, her last appointment being Chief Magistrate Grade II in 2009, until her appointment as a Judge of the High Court of Rivers State on 14th February, 2012. She has presently been appointed as the Judge to preside over the newly established Family Court Division of the River State Judiciary.
His Lordship is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA); International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Rivers State Branch (and once the Assistant Financial Secretary); National and International Associations of Women Judges (NAWJ and IAWJ); also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb). She was once a member of the Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria (MAN) Rivers State Branch and a one-time Public Relations Officer of the Association.
She is an observer of Judicial Proceedings at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in Amsterdam on an excursion by LL.M students of the University of Sussex, U.K. in 2006 and has attended several seminars and conferences.
His Lordship enjoys travelling, cooking, reading, classic and contemporary music. His Lordship is happily married to His Excellency, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and together they are blessed with three adorable children.