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ATIME is governed by a Board which holds the powers of administration except those vested in the General Assembly. The Board has oversight of the long-term strategic direction of ATIME, and is comprised of National Representatives (elected in each country where ATIME has more than ten members), the Executive Committee and a representative of recognised national institutes of entrepreneurship. It may also co-opt members for specific mandates.
Engr. Dr. Yusuf Lanre Shuaib-Babata, PhD, PE, was born into the noble family of Olosho Babaita on 17th June, 1969 at Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State by Alhaji Shuaib Olaiya ibn Ibrahim Babata (The Amir Ulaman of Awo-Ekiti) and Mrs Habibah Aduke Olaiya Babata. He had his primary education at Ajitadidun Nursery/Primary School, Ado-Ekiti (1973-1975), N.U.D. (Now A.U.D.) Pry School, Irona, Ado-Ekiti (1975–1980) and lastly at Alore L.S.M.B. School, Ilorin (1980–1981). He also attended Government Secondary School, Alapa – Ilorin (1981–1986) for his secondary education; School of Basic Studies, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin (1987–1989) for Advanced Level programme; University of Ilorin, Ilorin (1990-1996 / 2000-2004) and Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State (2014-2015) for his university education programmes. He obtained a Bachelor Degree in Engineering, B.Eng. Honours (1995/1996 academic session) and Masters of Engineering Degree, M. Eng. (2005) in Mechanical Engineering with bias in Materials/Metallurgical and Production Engineering at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree, PhD (2005) in Mechanical Engineering (Materials & Metallurgy Engineering) at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria. He also obtained Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from National Open University of Nigeria / National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna, Nigeria (2015). Dr. Shuaib-Babata attended several trainings, workshops and conferences in the fields of engineering and technology, education, entrepreneurship and management, such as 2nd Training the Trainers Workshop and 1st International Conference on Entrepreneurship Skill organized by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Vocational Studies, and Virtual Institute of Higher Education Pedagogy (NUC). Presently, he is a Faculty Member at professorial cadre (Reader/Associate Professor) at the Department of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, where he has served as the Head of Department between August 2018 and August 2020. He is also serving the university at different administrative levels, such as Admission Committee Member (2016 – Date), Dress code and disciplinary committee member (2016 – Date), Chairman/Member Quality Assurance, among others. Earlier, he was a Faculty Member (Assistant Lecturer – Lecturer I) at the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Nigeria (1999-2008) and Senior Faculty Member (Lecturer I – Principal Lecturer ) at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria (2008-2016) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering where he had served on different academic and administrative capacities, including some skills Coordinator at the Centre for Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Vocational Studies.
Dr. Shuaib-Babata is a Registered Engineer with the Council of Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and member of several professional bodies, such as Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE), International Association of Engineers (MIAENG), Material Science and Technology Society of Nigeria (MMSN), Nigerian Metallurgical Society (MNMS), International Research & Development Institute Research & Development Network, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (MASME), National Society of Black Engineers- America (MNSBE) United kingdom and Nigerian Institution of Engineering Management (MNIEM) as well as Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT) and Academy of technology innovation management and entrepreneurship (ATIME).He has more than seventy articles published at many academic publication outlets, local, national and international levels. Dr. Yusuf is an active and senior member of Scouts Association of Nigeria. Currently, he is the National Publicity Relation Officer of Material Science and Technology Society of Nigeria (MSN) and the National Treasurer of Nigerian Institution of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineers, a Division of Nigerian Society of Engineers.
Prof. Lateef read Pure and Applied Biology at first degree (Second Class, Upper Division, 1997), Biotechnology at master level (Distinction, 2001) and obtained PhD in Microbiology (2005) at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. He joined the services of LAUTECH as a graduate assistant in 1998 and rose to Professor of Microbiology in 2013. In 2013, he won the maiden prize of the Prof. Oyewale Tomori Young Scientist in Microbiology in Nigeria, which was awarded by the Nigerian Young Academy (NYA), an affiliate of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS). Prof. Lateef has vast administrative experiences in the University system. He was Acting Head of Department of Science Laboratory Technology (2012-2014), member of LAUTECH Consultancy Services (2008-2012), University Implementation Committee on Open and Distance Learning (2012-2015); and Management Committee of Central University Research laboratory (2014-2016). He was the first alumnus to Head the Department of Pure and Applied Biology, LAUTECH (2015-2018). At the moment, he is the Director/Chief Scientist, Central Research Laboratory, LAUTECH and has also served as Senate representative on the Governing Council of LAUTECH, Ogbomoso (2018-2021 He has served as external examiner to several Universities in Nigeria, South Africa and India, and as member of NUC accreditation teams to some Universities in Nigeria. He consults for academic bodies in Nigeria, South Africa, Italy, and Ireland. He has been a consultant to Fondazione Cariplo, Italy since 2016 on evaluation of research proposals on Bioeconomy, and also a reviewer for National Research Foundation of South Africa on the rating of scholars. Prof. Lateef is the Head of LAUTECH Nanotechnology Research Group (NANO+) (www.lautechnanotech.com), a multidisciplinary research group that was founded in 2014.
Dr. Lukman Raimi is an Assistant Professor at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam in the Department of Entrepreneurship. Previously, he was the Chair of Entrepreneurship, the Coordinator Graduate Program SBE and Assistant Director Centre for Entrepreneurship at the American University of Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship & CSR from Leicester Business School, De Montfort University Leicester, UK; Bsc in Economics; MSc in Economics, MSc in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management; and a PGDE (Business Education). He is an Entrepreneurship Educator, Activator and Facilitator trained at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Ahmedabad, India under the World Bank-Step B Project. He had undergone a special training in Enterprise Education for Employability at the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos Nigeria under the British Council’s sponsorship. He is an alumnus of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, United Kingdom having participated in the 2014 Residential Mentoring. He attended the Experiential Classroom XX for Entrepreneurship Educators at the University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, US. He is a member of the following Professional bodies: Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICENT), Fellow - 2015; Institute of Management Consultants, Fellow, 2019; The Academy of Management Nigeria, Member, 2018; Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals of Nigeria, Fellow, 2017; African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBE), Fellow – 2021; and The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GACEINN) Fellow – 2021. Dr. Lukman has over 35 published articles, and had delivered conferences/seminar papers in Turkey, Malaysia, Ghana, Togo, India, Belfast, Leicester, US. His publications are listed in Scopus, Researchgate and Google Scholar with growing citations. He was honored with the Best PhD Thesis Award for Facultyo of Business and Law, De Montfort University, Leicester UK. His paper titled “Corporate social responsibility, waqf system and zakat system as faith-based model for poverty reduction”, was awarded Highly Commendable Academic Paper by World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK. His collaborative research in CSR was awarded Highly Commended Paper at the International Conference on Business and Economics (ICBE2018), Seoul, South Korea, June 25-27, 2018. His ongoing research focuses on Medical Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Community Entrepreneurship and Informal Entrepreneurship.
Dr Siham El-Kafafi is the founder of Arrows Research Consultancy Limited. She is an entrepreneur, educator and businesswoman who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students and clients. She started her company in June 2014 with the aim of sharing her mentoring, training and coaching experience through tailored programs serving her clients and their needs. Siham El-Kafafi has a wide industry and consultancy experience in the medical, manufacturing and service industry besides being an academic for the past 21 years. Her teaching experience plays a leadership role in the creation of high quality student experience in a wide range of business courses. Siham is running her own business Arrows Research Consultancy Limited, providing consultancy work for both corporate organisations and educational institutions since June 2014. Siham holds a PhD from The University of Waikato, New Zealand, a Masters in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education from Auckland University of Technology, a Masters of Public Administration from the American University in Cairo and Bachelors of Art in English Literature with Honors from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Siham has over 100 publications in journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings besides being on the editorial boards for various national and international journals, on board of examiners and award committees. . She is the co-editor of the “Handbook of Research on Indigenous Knowledge and Bi-Culturalism in Global Context, published by IGI Global Publishers in early 2019. Siham is a highly effective communicator, experienced in educational and research mentoring and coaching, knowledgeable in her field, passionate about people development and their lifelong learning experience. She has efficiency and accuracy in meeting deadlines and requirements with knowledge of quality assurance requirements. She translates theory into practical solutions that can result in a significant impact on growth. Siham does research in: - Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Organisational Culture - Leadership and its impact on organizational behavior, sustainability and success - Service quality in various contexts and industries - Corporate social responsibility and business ethics - Adult education pedagogy - Educational Leadership - Educational Assessment and Adult Education. An example of Siham's Conference presentations entitled: 'Applying gamification in an educational website: an open innovation case can be viewed on:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Yl3H5v_3Y' She is a Fellow/ Council Member, Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIME); African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBE), International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IIFEM) and The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GACEINN).
ROBIN S. Sharma, a Canadian writer and lawyer, known for his ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ book series, once described leadership as “not about a title or a designation, but about impact, influence and inspiration.” Impact, according to him, involves getting results; while influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work. Corroborating this, John C. Maxwell said: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” The thoughts of these great philosophers and leaders’ best describe Prince Adewumi Adefemi Samuel, popularly known as Prince. For Prince Adewumi, leadership qualities and a keen passion for human and environmental development are by instinct! He could be said to have been well groomed as a leader, and developer of the people and the society right from his childhood, having been born into the royal dynasty of the Olowuro of Orun-Ekiti, His Royal Majesty, Oba Zacchaeus Oluwatosin Aderounmu Adewumi (Iluyomade I) and Olori Funmilayo Apeke Adewumi. Ice on the cake of his leadership qualities and passion for the development of his people is his managerial skills and thirst for learning. His academic background; first degree in Computer Science (Information Systems) from Babcock University and Masters in Mobile Telecommunications Management from the prestigious University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) in the UK, and a professional certification in Management by the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), are also proven confirmations of his ability to manage not only men, but also resources.
Among other things, Prince’s close associates could testify to his natural willingness to always strive towards positively impacting, influencing and inspiring the people around him. As a result, Prince is a name being mentioned with increasing popularity at all corners of the city of Lagos. From his Orun-Ekiti hometown to many countries in Europe and America among other continents, people are talking about the man whose core hobby is rendering humanitarian services. This is due to his various volunteer works. Notable is his contribution to the development of some local communities in Jalingo, Taraba State while observing the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 2009. His laudable efforts and contributions led to his emergence as the President, Tourism Community Development Service Group. He coordinated local community development projects and went the extra mile to publicise and enhance the Tourism potentials of the state and designed relevant programmes to build and enhance the cordial relationship between Corps members and the host community and Taraba State at large. After his youth service, he continued his selfless service by joining the Rotaract Club, a service, leadership, professional and community service organisation, where he served meritoriously in different capacities within and outside the shores of Nigeria. Proving that the elasticity of his patriotism and development is limitless, Prince Adewumi, during his Postgraduate studies in the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) in 2013, he became the International Students Mentor for Faculty of Advanced Technology. In this capacity, he helped new students to familiarise with the University facilities both online and on-campus; helped the new students in adjusting and settling to a new environment. He was also the LifeStraw (Rotary Club of Brynmawr, Wales) Ambassador to Nigeria through which he created awareness of LifeStraw by organising seminars and fundraising events. He was also the In-District Representative of Rotary Crocus for Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, a Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
After his postgraduate degree, Prince Adewumi worked in both national and international reputable organisations and in various capacities, among which are Fluorinet Digital Limited, a digital media agency, and Makasa Sun Nigeria Limited, a telecommunication maintenance and support servicing company. He also worked at Technology and Entrepreneurship (TE) Hub Africa, where he put his passion for technology and entrepreneurship development for the youths in practice and selflessly. He is currently the MD of Legacy Lab NG, a social impact Digital Innovation Hub with the vision to build an ecosystem that presents the possibility of grassroots innovations to thrive through supporting innovative individuals and businesses in the local regions to achieve the maximum level of productivity and meet their goals. Over the years and across the lands, he has largely contributed to the development of the community by sponsoring and organising vocational training for the youths and unemployed. To ensure that teenagers are timely keyed into the developmental goals and objectives of a better nation, Prince has also actively mentored the youths via viable various platforms. A risk taker, decisive, competitive and competent Prince is not petty and impulsive, but he is logical, calculative, independent and ready to engage in challenging and more tasking jobs. Not only that, he is emotionally stable and financially disciplined. Above all, he is a realist and a humanist. But perhaps better than any words this writer can muster is the man Prince’s own words on his commission on this planet earth.
“No doubt, being born in a royal family, an heir to the reigning Olowu of Orun-Ekiti, His Royal Majesty, Oba Zacchaeus Oluwatosin Aderounmu Adewumi (Iluyomade I), is a contributing factor to my love for humanity and the development of my society. But more than that. I see the rendition of humanitarian services as my commission here on earth. It is just natural to me. I am passionate about people and their issues; how do I help them? That is all I am about. I find fulfilment helping and contributing to humanity and developing my society. I always seek better ways to do this, on a larger scale.” He is a Fellow and Council Member, Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIMEnt), Fellow and Council Member, Academy for Political Entrepreneurship and Leadership (ACAPEnt) and Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBEnt).
Prof. M.F.N Abowei is a seasoned academician with over three decades of experience. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical/ Petroleum Engineering from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt in 1982. He went on to obtain a Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering from the same institution in 1986. In 1991, he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Lagos and later became a professor of Chemical Engineering in 1997. He is a lead consultant to over 7 multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta-SPDC, NAOC, Schlumberger, Total, Transocean, Agip, Chevron etc. He was a member of several committees such as:- • Rivers State Environmental Edict Implementation Committee (1983), • Rivers State Joint Venture Project & Evaluation in Niger Delta (1981-1982) • Chairman, Minerals/Oil Committee, Ijaw National Congress (INC) 2007 to date. • Pollution Consultants/Adviser to Government (1994 to date) and many local communities such as Igbomatoru,Angiamagbene and Gbaran all in the Niger Delta Area. • Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board • Petroleum Technology Development Fund He is member of relevant professional bodies such as:- • Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). • Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) • American Society of Environmentalists • Fellow, Strategic Institute for National Resources & Human Development RHD) • Fellow, Institute of Industrial Administration of Nigeria (FIIA) • Fellow, Nigerian Environmental Society (FNES) • Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria Fellow, Academy of technology innovation management and entrepreneurship (FSTEM) Prof. Millionaire Freeborn Nestor Abowei is a Chemical and Petrochemical Engineer, a University Lecturer, a consultant, a researcher and an inventor with well over 30 articles published in several professional journals. Prof. Abowei is a Commissioner / Member of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission. He is a member of the Port Harcourt Polo Club and a Chief in the Angiamagbene Council of Chiefs. He has interests in sports, travel, wrestling, reading and environmental issues. He is happily married with children.
He is a cerebral multiple academic award-winner professor of operations research and business management at Department of Entrepreneurial Studies, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria. Prof. Akeem Salami is a born entrepreneurship teacher, consultant and mentor, educational administrator and academic leader of international repute. He is a renowned operations researcher, management scientist and strategist, quantitative analyst, entrepreneurial mentor and consultant of great repute, with research focus on Operations Research, Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Akeem Salami has many journal publications both at home and abroad and presented papers at conferences both at home and abroad. A professional par excellence, he has participated in a number of consultancy researches that involved field works, large data handling and reporting. He is a Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria, Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Fellow of Global President of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the institute’s African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS). He was the Dean, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
Rasheed Gbenga Jimoh is a Professor and Dean of the Faculty Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin. He holds N.D Computer Science (Offa) (Upper Credit and as best graduating student), B.Sc. Computer Science (Ilorin) (Second Class Honours (Upper Division), M.Sc. Computer Science (Ibadan), Ph.D Computer and Information Technology (UUM, Malaysia). He is a member of Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (MCPN), Member, Nigeria Computer Society (MNCS). He was the state Chairman, Nigeria Computer Society, Kwara State Chapter and currently the North-central Coordinator and Representative to the Council of Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (MIEEE), Fellow, Institute for Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (FCEnt), Member, Information Technology Systems & Security Professionals (MITSSP). Dr. Jimoh is the current Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin. Dr. Jimoh started his University career in the then Department of Mathematics, University of Ilorin in December, 2003 where he rose through the ranks to become an Associate Professor in October, 2015. His areas of research are information security, information system, software engineering, human-computer interaction, knowledge management, information technology management and research methodology in computer science. Dr. Jimoh has over 50 publications including journal articles, international proceedings and achapters in books. He has led a number of accreditations in Nigerian Polytechnics and Information Technology Institutes in the area of Computer Science and Software Engineering as CPN representative. Dr. Jimoh received NCS Presidential Award of Excellence in 2016 as the best performing Chapter's Chairman. He is a member of Audit Committee, NCS, Member, Research Technology and Innovation Committee, CPN, Member, Education and Manpower Committee, CPN (2017 -2019). He has visited over 7 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Middle East. Dr. Jimoh is a member of editorial board of Asian Pacific Journal of Strategic Management (2010 – Date), He is the Editor-in-Chief, Erudite Journal of Leadership and Development, University of Ilorin. He has served in many administrative capacities in the university such as Acting Dean, Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin, Chairman, Faculty Postgraduate Committee, Chairman, Faculty Board of Examiners, Chairman, Faculty Promotion Panel, Member, Board of COMSIT, University of Ilorin, Chairman, Faculty Web Page Committee, Faculty Representative at University Senate (2012 -Date), Member, University Computer-Based Test (CBT) Committee (2013 - 2017), Member, University Ethical Review Committee (2013 - Date), Deputy Director of Ilorin Business School, University of Ilorin (2013 - Date), Head of Department of Computer Science, University of Ilorin (2013 - 2015), University Examination Commissioner, Faculty of Management Science, University of Ilorin - 2016, Member, Committee of provost and Deans, University of Ilorin, Member, Monitoring Committee on University's Ranking (2017 - Date) just to mention a few.
Lecturer, Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Ibadan, Nigeria
Fardeen is an educator and consultant in the field of social and sustainable entrepreneurship in poverty and bottom of the pyramid contexts and nonprofit management in post-conflict contexts. Fardeen provides training in many areas of entrepreneurship and small business development, organizes social ventures and provides business coaching to women, youths, and small business owners across Nigeria. Fardeen has taught at American University of Nigeria for 7 years and went on visiting research positions at Pan-Atlantic University and Newcastle University Business School and was a visiting lecturer at African Development University. He has consulted for AfricaWorks project of Mastercard Foundation (Kenya), Nigeria INGO Forum (Nigeria), Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Nigeria), Lake Chad Recovery Projects (Cameroon) and several companies and individuals in the general area of management consulting and social enterprise. Fardeen is a Fellow of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and a recipient of Commonwealth Scholarship and with broad research interests in understanding how entrepreneurship can be effectively used for eliminating poverty and promoting freedom, prosperity, and equal opportunity in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a Fellow of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN) and Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIME).
Materials and Engineering Research Institute, MERI, Department of Mathematics and Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
A professor of Entrepreneurship with the Department of Entrepreneurship studies, Faculty of Administration, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria. He holds ND in Business Administration and Management from Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo,(1992,) a B.Sc. in Business Administration from ABU, Zaria(1998) M.B.A. from University of Maiduguri (2006) and PhD from Trinity College, Seychelles now (American Trinity University California (2009) respectively. He has contributed more than forty three research articles in International and National refereed business journals and books. He participated and presented research papers in both National and International conferences. Prof. Jibril also presented keynote papers in conferences. He has industrial exposure and worked in different positions for couple of years, Dogab Aluminum. He worked at Adamawa State University, Mubi where he was Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences for two Terms (2010 to 2015) and Director, Entrepreneurship Development Centre,2016 to 2018.Presently appointed as a Director, Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria in 2018 to date He was a visiting Lecturer/professor in Kogi State University, Ayigba, Modibbo Adama University of Technolgy,Yola and Taraba State University, Jalingo respectively. He has supervised over twenty Postgraduate students to his credit. His current interest includes Entrepreneurial Marketing Management and skill services. He has taught over 50 courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Prof. Jibril is married with children. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and Editor-in-Chief of African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS).
Dr. Tolutope Olubamiji Fakokunde, an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Management, was born more than fifty years ago in Ibadan. His late father hails from Erin-Oke-Ijesa while his mother is from Erin-Osun, both in Osun State. He is the second of five children of his parents who were both seasoned teachers. He first attended C.A.C. Primary School, Eleta, Ibadan and later Wesley College Practising School, Elekuro, Ibadan, where in 1979 at Primary 5, he was privileged to gain admission into the elitist Lagelu Grammar School Ibadan for his secondary education which he completed in 1984 in flying colours. In respect of his higher education, he attended Oyo State College of Arts and Sciences, Ile-Ife between 1984 and 1986, before proceeding to the University of Lagos where he bagged a B.Sc. (Hons) in Business Administration in 1992. He also attended the Federal University of Technology, Akure, where he bagged his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 1999, and the University of Ilorin for his M.Sc. Management and Ph.D. Business Administration degrees in 2003 and 2011 respectively. He is an academic of repute of almost three decades experience in various institutions across the country, among which are the Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke; University of Ado-Ekiti, now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria; Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria and presently in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. This is evident in his numerous and diverse publications in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Business Management. He has served at various capacities as Head of Department, Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Studies, Federal University of Technology, Minna; Sub-Dean of Faculty of Management, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti; Director and Chairman of Committees among others. He is the immediate past Head of Department, Entrepreneurship, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and currently the Chairman, Academic Planning, School Curriculum and New Programmes Drafting Committee, School of Management Technology, FUTA. He is also the current Sub-Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS), FUTA. He is a Fellow and Council Member of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT) and Editorial Board member, African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AFRIJESB). Dr Tope Fakokunde is also an entrepreneur obsessed with achieving effective quality delivery and performance in organisations and business enterprises. In recent years, he has been involved in organising various enterpreneurship development activities, youth mobilization and other self-skill sensitization programmes at the grassroot level. A devoted Christian, Dr Tope Fakokunde is married to Toyosi, and both are blessed with promising children .
Sunday Ade Bello, popularly called Bello is a multi-talented, analytical and highly qualified Management/Education Specialist with expertise in Consultancy, Education Management, Lecturing/Facilitation, Curriculum Development, Creative Thinking, Research, Examination Management, Human Resources Management, Entrepreneurial Training, Project Management, Office Administration, Corporate Governance, Dispute Resolution, Policy Formulation and Implementation. A Ph.D. Student of Development Finance at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State and, Authoritative Management Trainer and Examiner with research orientation in Poverty Alleviation Strategies, Gender Mainstreaming, Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Financing, Business Management, Entrepreneurial Management, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Entrepreneurial Economics. A well-organized and a quality-minded individual with excellent interpersonal communication, presentation skills, and leading ability in the development of innovative solutions as well as possess demonstrated ability to learn and savvy new technology, easily adapt to changes and manages tasks and/or projects effectively and efficiently. Bello holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Lagos and, a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking and Finance from Lagos State University in 2007 and 2004 respectively. Bello is the current Chief Executive of WorkLife Training Professionals (owner of PRACTITECH and Retire Well Club). WLTP is a conglomeration of management experts and consultants in Corporate Training, Business Advisory Services, Recruitment, Leadership Development Services, Educational Management, Information and Communication Technology Services, Human Capital Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurship Training. He was the Registrar, International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship College, (IVTEC), Ajase-Ipo, Kwara State, an educational institution initiated by the Kwara State Government as a novel experiment to redefine vocational and technical education through a holistic approach to bridge the skills gap and elevate the individual. Sunday A. Bello before joining IVTEC was the Head, Management Education, and Control at the Nigerian Institute of Management (chartered) responsible for the coordination of the following programmes/examinations; NIM-NYSC Strategic Partnership, Management Professional Examinations (MPE), Professional Diploma in Management (PDM), Student Scheme (a training/examination collaboration programme with more than twenty higher Institutions), Postgraduate Diploma in Management run in collaboration with Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife as well as University of Ibadan. Bello is a Lecturer/Consultant/Facilitator with the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and several other organizations and States such as Lagos State Government Entrepreneurship programme (Ready, Set, Work), State of Osun, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Company (NDIC), Gombe State Local Government Service Commission, NEM Insurance PLC, Confluence Business School, Beldag Management Consultants, to mention but few. Bello has delivered several papers on General Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing and Finance, some of the notable organizations/ programmes he has facilitated include: Training for All Local Government Functionaries organized by the Presidency, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, November, 2019, Annual Lecture and Award Night organized by the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Port Harcourt Chapter, November, 2019, Training for All Area Tax Managers organized by Kogi State Internal Revenue Service, November, 2019, Annual Lecture Christened Success Strategy with Dr. Yemisi Adeyeye, Ilorin, Kwara State, November, 2019, Study Tour to Kwara State of the Participants of Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, hosted by the Kwara State Governor, November, 2018, Senior Staff Training, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Company (NDIC), May, July, and August, 2017, Matriculation Lecture, The Polytechnic Igbo-Owu, Ilorin, Kwara State, 2017, Senior Staff Training, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board,(NCDMB) NECA, Lagos, 2016, Management Retreat, Niger –Delta Development Commission (NDDC) – Benin, 2014 ,Management Retreat, Nigerian Copyright Commission – Abuja, 2013, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission Training – Kwara, 2013, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria – Abuja, 2013, Lagos State Government Senior Staff Training – Alausa, 2013, Products and Pipelines Marketing Company – 2013, AIT Training- Alagbado, 2012, Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority – Benin and Akure, 2012, State of Osun Leadership/Management Training for All Political Appointees, Local Government Executive Officers, Treasurers and Head of Personnel, 2011-2012, NIM Team Leader, Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital Recruitment and Promotion – Sagamu, 2010 Bello is a Project Supervisor for the NIM-OAU Postgraduate Diploma in Management, NIM-UI Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Professional Diploma in Management. He lectures; Business Ethics, and Social Responsibility, Management Case Analysis, Comparative Management, Managerial Finance and Principles of Economics at NIM-NYSC strategic partnership programme as well as Management Professional Examination programme. Also, he lectures Management at NIM-OAU postgraduate Diploma in Management, Research Methodology and Management Practice/Seminar at NIM-University of Ibadan PGDM programme, Economics at Ladoke Akintola University, Lagos Study Centre. He is a Trainer with New Creation University of Science and Technology, The Gambia. He sets and moderates examination questions and Marking schemes for some notable professional bodies also act as external examiner/moderator with some Polytechnics. Sunday Ade Bello has held the following leadership position and Board membership; Governing Council Member, International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), 2017-2019, Governing Council Member, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurs, 2017 to date, Director of Publicity, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT) – 2017 – Date, Chairman, NIM-Bowen University Project Team, 2014, Member, Management Education and Development Committee – 2014- 2017, Pioneer HOD (Visiting), Banking and Finance, New Creation University, The Gambia-2013-2015, Chairman, Curriculum Review Committee – 2010-2017, Member, Board of Examiners – 2009 – 2017, Team Leader, NIM-PGDM/PDM Project defense team – 2009 –2017, Team Member, NIM Annual Conference project Team, 2010-2017, Member, Board of Trustees – 2004 –2017, Pioneer Chairman, NIM –Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) – 2004-2011. Sunday Ade Bello is a Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria; Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Training and Development. Bello has a pet project of organizing work life training for young graduates to prepare them for the world of work and/or entrepreneurship. He is a Board Member of Journal of Global Economic and Business and Eurasian Journal of Business and Economics.
A renowned engineer and Chief Lecturer/ Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development & Vocational Studies (CEDVS), Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. His research interest is in wealth creation through appropriate small scale agricultural techniques (job empowerment through entrepreneurship) An engipreneur and technopreneur of international repute, Engr. Jimoh is a winner of Distinguished Leadersship in National Development Gold Award (D’LINGA 2008) By Corporate A Media Africa Communications Ltd Ikeja-Lagos in 2008 and Rector’s Award of Excellence in 2016. Engr. Jimoh is a member of several professional bodies among which are: Member, Institution of Agricultural Engineering (Miagre UK); Member, Nigerian Institute of Agricultural Engineers; Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers; COREN Registered and Member, Fishery Society of Nigeria (FISON). An edupreneur, trainer of trainers, consultant and mentor of great achievement, he has managed a centre that trained over 10,000 trainees from 2010 to 2017 in 14 different skills areas; provided start up support for upcoming entrepreneurship centres via “train the trainers programme; provided community based agropreneurship support to neighbourhood communities; setup and sustained various functional cooperative societies. Glaring evidences of his entrepreneurial leadership manifest in his outstanding performance as the : • Pioneer director, centre for entrepreneurship development and vocational studies (CEDVS), the federal polytechnic Ado-Ekiti. • Team leader for establishment of the entrepreneurship programme for the federal polytechnic Ado-Ekiti. • Team leader for discovering trainees that have established their own enterprises based on the skill they learnt. Engr. Abdulganiyu Jimoh is a Fellow, Academy of Technology Innovation Management (FTIME) and Entrepreneurship and Fellow, African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (FCSBE).
Oyedunni Sola Arulogun is a committed Professor of Health Promotion and Education with over 15 years of experience at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria the leading Nigerian academic institution teaching students from various social and cultural backgrounds. She holds an adjunct lectureship position at the University of Ibadan Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She possesses excellent administrative, verbal communication and written skills along with constructive and effective teaching methods that promote a stimulating learning environment. She is able to work in a managerial role or as part of team and having the proven ability to successfully work to tight schedules and deadlines. Professor Arulogun is the current Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Ibadan. She is an internationally-acclaimed healthcare and women entrepreneur and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and an Associate Editor to African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS). .
A well versed Mathematician, Computer Scientist and Malaysian-trained Doctor of Computer Science. A world-class Technopreneur, Expert in Cryptography, Network Security, Data Mining and Machine Learning. A seasoned academics and Lecturer at Department of Cyber Security Science Department, Federal University of Technology, Minna Niger State Nigeria, with about two decades of teaching, research, management and academic leadership. His research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on Network Security Machine Learning Data Mining and Computational Intelligence. He is a member of Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Computer Society, Global Development Network and International Association of Engineer among others. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and the Zonal Editor (North Central) - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS).
Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo is a Professor par excellence, a Distinguished Economist, an Astute Vice-Chancellor, an accomplished Banker, a Pastor, a loving Husband and Father. Professor Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo was born on the 30th of April 1970 at Toru-Angiama in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State into the humble family of Mr and Mrs Edoumiekumo Bileke. He started his search for the Golden Fleece in 1982 at Akedenowei Primary school, Toru Angiama and proceeded to Toru-Angiama Secondary School where he excelled however he relocated to Lagos State where he completed his secondary education at Ajeromi Ifelodun High School, Apapa obtaining the West African Certificate (WASC) in 1988. Young Samuel Gowon’s understanding of the importance of education and hunger for more knowledge propelled him to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1995 and a Master of Science Degree in Economics from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt in 2001. He holds two Doctorate Degrees in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Port Harcourt. His pursuit of education transverses the four regions of the country. One does not become an academic general in the Ivory Tower without conscious efforts and handwork. Several factors interweave to make this possible. These factors include determination, sound morals, strength, fidelity, reliability, accountability, cerebral profundity, expertise and the fear and love of God. Between 2002 and 2014, Samuel Edoumiekumo progressed through the rank and file of the institution from the position of Assistant Lecturer, to a Professor of Economics at The Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island Bayelsa State. From 2011 to 2016, he served in various Boards within and outside the university such as the Center for Education Services, Basic and Pre-Degree Programmes, Directorate of Consultancy, Entrepreneurship Research and Development and Linkage Assurance Plc. . Professor Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo has served in various administrative capacities. He was the Acting Head of Department of Economics, Deputy Director, Entrepreneurship and Training, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chairman of Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, Vendors Monitoring Committee, Niger Delta University Housing Committee, Member, Niger Delta University Governing Council, Senate Business Committee, Assessment and Graduation Requirements Committee, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and in May 2017 he was appointed the acting Vice-Chancellor of the Niger Delta University and later became substantive Vice-Chancellor in May 2018. Good leaders have vision and inspire others to help them turn their vision into reality while great leaders have vision, share vision, and inspire others to create their own and when the vision is clear, the results will appear. Professor Edoumiekumo has always tried not to just be a man of success but be a man of value. Upon assumption of office as Vice-Chancellor of the Niger Delta University, he transformed the landscape of the university with several achievements to his credit including one hundred percent full accreditation status of all programmes presented in the 2018 NUC/Professional Accreditation Exercise, steady power and and water supply on campus, introduction of online fees payment, course registration and result platforms, Infrastructural Development with world class structures and state of the art facilities, Improved internet connectivity, Introduction of CCTV and other devices to aid security on campus and an increase in student intake. Due to his Entrepreneurial drive, he established a fleet of businesses spanning from potable bottled and satchet water, detergent, disinfectant, bread, confectionaries, paint and other products to the university's own radio station, NDU Radio 98.1Wilberfoce Island FM which is fast growing to its reputation as the Pride of the Region. Also under his watch, there has been an unprecedented increase in the internally generated revenue (IGR) base of the University. Prof. Edoumiekumo belongs to numerous professional bodies. He is a Fellow of the Historians of Education Development Society of Nigeria (HOEDSON), Fellow, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (FIEN), Fellow, Chartered Forensic Investigation Professional (FCFIP), Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Management, Member, Nigerian Economic Society and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria. A gold fish has no hiding place and Prof. Edoumiekumo is certainly a gold fish who has earned several academic and professional awards as result of his ingenuity and innovations. In 2017 he was awarded the Distinguished Economist Award alongside Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Others include, the Pan African Servant Leadership Award by the African Student Union Parliament, Award of Honour as the Most Innovative Vice-Chancellor in Niger Delta University, Award for Exceptional Leadership in University, Trail Blazer Award by the Bayelsa Media Award 2019, Ambassador of Youths Award 2017, Special award of recognition for Humanitarian Service Award by National Youths Service Corps Members Batch C 2013/2014, Comrade Vice Chancellor Award 2017 by Students Union of the Niger Delta University, Humanitarian Service Award by South South Media Group, Award for Outstanding performance by NYSC, Southern Ijaw Zone, Distinguished Mentorship Award by the University of Port Harcourt. Prof. Edoumiekumo was presented with a letter of Commendation and a Plaque by the University Governing Council in recognition of his administrative excellence. Prestigious Administration Excellence Award in Education at the 8th African Leadership Magazine’s Person of the Year Award Ceremony 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa and just recently he bagged the African Leadership Educational Icon Award from the African Leadership Magazine Africa Summit 2020 amongst others. Prof Edoumiekumo’s highest intellectual passion is the search for consumption and production of knowledge. This outright scholar has written and published widely, locally, nationally and internationally, journals, books, book chapters, research reports and monographs. He has also attended and presented seminar papers at several national and international conferences. His web of knowledge has produced scholarly works in economics and has earned him several awards. Professor Edoumiekumo presented the 17th Inaugural Lecture in 2015 titled GOD, MAN AND THE WORLD: THE NIGERIAN TRIPODIC ‘EXCHANGEOLOGICAL’ DILEMMA at the Niger Delta University. Professor Edoumiekumo has taught several courses as lecturer in the University and they include Principles of Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics, Business Mathematics/Mathematical economics, Econometrics, Business Statistics, Operations Research, Business Decision Analysis and Financial Institutions and Markets and have supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate students. Edoumiekumo is a Pastor, Teacher, Tutor, University Don, Marketer, accomplished Banker and member of Boards in several reputable organisations. While in the Banking Industry with First Bank of Nigeria he served in various capacities. He rose from senior staff to Head, Banking Operations, Operations Support, Customer Service, Technical Support, Cashier and Credit Officer. He also attended several courses some of which include: Computer Literacy, Basic Foreign Operations, Exceptional Customer Service, Cashiering, Banking Foundation Pool, Graduate Induction, Professionalism and Ethics in Banking, Mentoring and Counselling Skills, Public Relations, Effective Delegation, Advances and Securities, Motivation, Clearing System, Local Remittances, Transfers and Payments, Export, Marketing of Financial Services, Bills for Collection, Human Relations, Banker and Customer Relationship, Double Entry Book-Keeping, Current Account/Cash Control, Savings Bank Account Control, Mandate, Documentary Letter of Credit, Foreign Exchange, Negotiable Instruments, Effective Communication, etc. Also, while working for OM Limited as a marketer, he was in charge of Itinerary Planning, Conducting Market Survey, Conducting Field Work, Staff Training, Product Pricing, Weight Calculation, Report Writing, Spot lightening of products at exhibitions, etc. Prof. Edoumiekumo is a devout Christian and a Pastor who has touched several lives while leading them to Christ and has planted numerous branches of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry. As a Teacher, he taught subjects like Commerce, Economics and Business Studies at Oshodi Secondary School, Tolu in Lagos state, had a brief stint with OM ltd a PVC Pipe Manufacturing Company and also contributed at the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) as a Part-Time Lecturer.He is the first Nigerian winner of African Educationist of the Year in 2020 and current Chairman of Committee of Vice Chancellors, Nigeria.
A well-versed Computer Scientist and trained instructor of about two decades. He is an award-winner technopreneurship mentor, public speaker and motivational talker. Multi-talented and multi-skilled Owolabi is an information scientist, Script Writer, Software Developer, General IT Consultant, Computer Maintenance and Data Management expert, Website Engineer, Organization System Analyst, Project Manager and Professional Teacher. He is currently a System Analyst/Computer Programmer at the ICT unit of Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria.
A Solicitor and Advocate of Supreme Court of Nigeria, international-acclaimed Intellectual Property Lawyer and Certified Entrepreneur and Project Manager with vast experience in Teaching and Practice of Commercial and Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Infringement Litigation, Banking and Insurance Law, Oil and Gas. Law etc. He is a Senior Member of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria.
A renowned Doctor of Technopreneurship, he is an academic entrepreneur, corporate entrepreneur and eloquent public speaker par excellence. Muhammad Mansur is an internationally-acclaimed entrepreneurship mentor, consultant, master trainer of trainers and former Acting Director of Entrepreneurship- Airforce Institute of Technology, Kaduna, Nigeria. An Oracle Certified Associate Database Administrator 11g and Information Technology wizard of international repute; he holds triple Master’s degrees (including M.Phil in Entrepreneurship) and Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship (Technopreneurship Option) from the famous Kampala International University, Uganda. With outstanding expertise in technology entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic entrepreneurship, edupreneurship, his research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on technology entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, youth entrepreneurship and empowerment, job creation and poverty eradication with emphasis on academic entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship and strategic entrepreneurship. He is a Member, Nigerian Computer Society; Fellow, Institute of Public Speaking, Nigeria; and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria as well as an Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS). He is currently with Maryam Abacha American University.
Matthew Olugbenga Ilori, a cerebral and award winner Professor of Technology Management of great repute, obtained his B.Sc. Chemistry and M.Sc., Food Science and Technology in 1979 and 1983 respectively from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, Nigeria. He obtained his Ph.D. in Food Technology from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He was a Senior Research Fellow/ acting director of the Technology Planning Unit – a postgraduate unit whicg runs master’s and doctoral level programmes in technology management at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. Professor Ilori was the director of African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation and currently director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife. His fields of interest include food processing, brewing science and technology, technology policy, planning and management, industrial technology management, innovation management, science and technology entrepreneurship. Prof. Ilori is a Member: Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology; Fellow of Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria; Fellow, Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management; Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and Fellow, Academy of technology innovation management and entrepreneurship among others.
Isaac Oluwajoba Abereijo is a highly articulate Professor of Technology Management with Institute for Entrepreneurship and Development Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. He was a consultant, trainer, and researcher with Centre for Industrial Industrial Research and Development (CIRD) of of the same institution. Abereijo is an experienced and entrepreneurship and small business consultant of international repute who has attended seminar, trainings and workshops on innovation, entrepreneurship and small business development both within and outside Nigeria. He has published several academic papers in local academic journals in Nigeria, within Africa, and also in USA, South America, and Asia; in the areas of small business finance, ICT in SMEs, and technological innovation in SMEs.His research interest is in Technological entrepreneurship and innovation. He is an Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM);. Member, International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Nigeria Chapter; . Full Member, Institute of Data Processing Management of Nigeria (IDPM); Member, Gate2Growth Academic Network in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance (European Commission’s Innovation Policy; Member, African Incubation Network and Fellow/ Council Member, Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIMEnt); African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBEnt) and The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN).