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The Female Arm of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria


IFEnt has its Headquarters in Nigeria. It has management headed by a President. Members on the board are: Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Secretary, elected chairpersons, secretaries and publicity secretaries of State Branches. The board is answerable to the board of trustees appointed by the Founder.

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Oyedunni Sola Arulogun Ph.D, FRSPH, MIUSSP, MIUHPE, FCEnt,FIFEnt

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. The highly articulate and cerebral President/Chairperson of Council of International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship is an internationally-acclaimed healthcare and women entrepreneur. She is also Fellow and Council Member of : Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICEnt); The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN); African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBEnt) and Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIMEnt)

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She has been in lecturing profession from 1995 to date and within the period has taught many courses and supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate projects related to her area of specialization. She has also published several papers in reputable national and international journals, attended various conferences and workshops, belonged to many relevant professional associations and rendered appropriate community services. She has also handled various administrative duties and served in several boards and committees in Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and Federal University, Gusau. The Dean has reviewed several articles for academic journals and is an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of some Universities. She is an active member of many Islamic and community organisations. A notable academic, renowned Professor of Fishery Management and Aquaculture and female entrepreneurship trail blazer, she is one of the pioneers for the establishment of Centre for Entrepreneurial Development, Federal University Gusau and still the Chairperson of the Centre’s advisory committee. She is presently an appointed member for the establishment of Zamfara State University. An erudite scholar and professional par excellence, she is a Member, Science Association of Nigeria;, Member, Zoological Society of Nigeria; Member, Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria; Member, Fisheries Society of Nigeria; Member, Agricultural Society of Nigeria; Member, Catfish Farmers’ Association of Nigeria and Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria among others. Professor Bilkisu, a resourceful and cerebral aquaculture entrepreneur had at various times been Head of Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Member, Faculty Board of Science, Member, Faculty Board of Agriculture; Chairman, Faculty of Agriculture Admissions Committee; Dean, Faculty of Science and Member, University Social Ethics Committee, among others at her alma mater - the prestigious Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto. A born teacher, educational administrator and manager of great repute, she is a former Deputy Vice Chancellor and Member, Governing Council, Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State. She is currently a Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Abuja, Nigeria.A woman of great virtues, she is happily married to Professor Abdullahi Shinkafi (the Secretary to the State Government, Zamfara State) with blessed children. Her hobbies are reading and travelling. Hajiya Bilkisu speaks Hausa, English, Arabic and Fulfulde fluently. She is a Fellow/ Council Member, Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIME); African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBE); The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN) and Member, Board of Trustees, Home of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Dorcas O. Oluwade, M.Phil (Ent.), Ph.D (Ent.), FCEnt, FCSBE,FCGEP

Prof. Dorcas Omanyo Igonoh-Oluwade is an individual with great passion for entrepreneurship with a deep interest centred on social entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurship and MSME develoment. A rare-breed and brainy academic entrepreneur, edupreneur, entrepreneurship mentor, trainer of trainers and consultant of great repute and holder of triple master’s degree. (including M.Phil. in Entrepreneurship) and double Ph.D. (including Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship Management). With outstanding expertise in entrepreneurship, innovation management, MSME management, women entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership, her research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on entrepreneurship and innovation management, job creation and poverty eradication, and MSME development.

Prof Oluwade is the Nigerian First Female Professor of Entrepreneurship Management and Immediate Past Vice Chancellor, Salem University, Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria. She is a great speaker and motivator. She trains, nurtures and mentors students to be self- reliant and renowned entrepreneurs. She is also a profound writer who has written and edited different books and publications. She has extensive Experience in Educational Administration and Academic Leadership, research and curriculum development. She is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Fellow of International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship, Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Fellow of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is an Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Business Studies Small Business Management (AJENTS).

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A well-versed, resourceful and cerebral entrepreneurship educator. An internationally-acclaimed Doctor of Financial Management and expert in Entrepreneurial Finance, Investment Analysis, Enterprise Risk Management and Financial analysis. A born teacher, educational administrator and manager of great repute. Maryam Abdu is currently, the Chairman of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). Kaduna Chapter, and under her able leadership Kaduna Chapter won the ‘2015 Best Branch’ Award of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). A trailblazer in Africa’s Female Entrepreneurship, Maryam Abdu is a Senior Lecturer at Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, and the Coordinator, Kaduna State Consultancy Services Unit of Management of Kaduna State University. Her research interests lies in Financial Management, Entrepreneurial Accounting and Finance, Female Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management among others. Maryam Abdu has many journal publications both at home and abroad and presented papers at Conferences both at home and abroad. A professional par excellence, Maryam is a Fellow and advisory board member, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship; Fellow of : the Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN), African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBEnt),Academy of Business and Retail Management; Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered);Institute of Corporate Administration; Member, The Academy of Management Nigeria and Member, International Research and Development Institute among others.

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Mirela Clementina Panait, PhD, FCEnt,FIFEM, FCGEP

Mirela Panait is an Associate Professor at Department of Cybernetics, Economic Informatics, Finance and Accounting, Petroleum-Gas,Faculty of Economic Sciences, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Romania. Her work experience derives from and includes: teaching courses and seminaries; research activities; reviewer for several international scientific journals and conferences. She published books and over 100 scientific papers in the field of interest: foreign investment, capital market, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.

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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:' 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 (GAEIN).

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Maria Palazzo, PhD, AFHEA, FHEA, MSc (Honor), MA, BA (Honor), FCEnt, FIFEM, FCGEP, FTIME

Maria Palazzo is a research fellow at the Department of Political and Communication Studies, University of Salerno (Italy) and a member of the ‘Sustainability Communication Centre’ (SCC) ( She is also an academic tutor and a lecturer at the Universitas Mercatorum (Rome, Italy). She was a former Lecturer at University of Bedfordshire, School of Business (London, Luton, UK), a Visiting Scholar at the University of Granada (Granada, Spain), and a Visiting Lecturer at the Universidad del Norte, Escuela de Negocios (Barranquilla, Colombia). Her articles have been published in The TQM Journal, Qualitative Market Research: an International Journal, Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, Journal of Brand Management and in other academic outlets

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Dr. (Mrs.) Gift Juliet Eke is a Senior Lecturer and HOD in the Department of Office and Information Management, Faculty of Management Sciences, Niger Delta University (NDU), Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State. She holds a PhD in Business Management (EBSU); MSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management (Uni-Port); MBA in Management (RSUST now RSU); PGD in Educational Management (RSUST now RSU); and B.Sc in Secretarial Administration (RSUST now RSU). She is a researcher and administrator. She has published both individually and jointly over 38 articles in local and international journals. Dr. (Mrs.) Gift Juliet Eke is a member of several associations which include: Senior Member, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT); Fellow, International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IFEnt), Member, The Academy of Management Nigeria (TAMN); Member, Nigerian Institute of Management Chartered (NIM) and Member, Association of Business Educators of Nigeria (ABEN).

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Basirat Raimi, M.Ed, MNIM, AMIMC, MCGEP, MCEnt, FIFEM

Mrs Raimi Basirat Olaide is the CEO Plastic Entrepreneurship Ventures Ltd. Previously, she was a Senior Assistant Registrar/ School Officer in the School Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. As a seasoned Human Resources Officer in Government establishment, her outstanding contributions included: Pension Affairs Officer, Secretary ICT Policy Committee, Secretary Beautification and Environmental committee, Secretary YabaTech News publication committee, Secretary Network Implementation and Monitoring Committee, Secretary School Examination Misconduct Committee (SEMIC), Secretary School Board Committee,

Academically, she holds Masters in Educational Administration and planning from National Open University of Nigeria, Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Lagos Nigeria, and Bsc in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile ife, Nigeria. Professionally, she holds membership of the following professional bodies: Full Member of the Global Academy for Entrepreneurship and Innovation ( GAEIN), Fellow, African Association of Entrepreneurs, Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Associate member Institute of Management Consultant.

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Shakirat Ojutalayo, M.Sc., SMCEnt, FIFEM,STIME

Ojutalayo, Shakirat Titilayo is a Ph.D student at the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship, Kwara State University, Malete, Kwara State, obtained her masters degree in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship Option) from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-iwoye, Ogun State. She is currently a Lecturer teaching Entrepreneurship in the General Studies Department of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology (FCAH&PT), Ibadan, Oyo State, with a teaching experience spanning over ten years. Prior to joining FCAH&PT, she had worked as a Part-time lecturer at The Polytechnic, Ibadan (Satellite Campus) from where she had her prior experience in the art of lecturing.

She has attended Conferences and has publications in both National and International Journal to her credit and her research interests include: Entrepreneurship vis-à-vis Creativity and Innovation, Technology/Digital Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship. She is a Senior Member of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria (ICENT) and International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IFEnt).

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Uzoamaka Glory Yahaya, MNIM, FCEnt, FIFEM

Uzoamaka Gloria Yahaya was born on the 16th of December, 1968. She is a holder of the West African School Certificate, Higher National Diploma (HND) in Statistics, Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Management, Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Education and Advanced certificate in Computing and Information Technology. Her working career spans a period of over two decades (21 years), covering different spheres of disciplines and specifically in Training, Learning and Development. Mrs.Yahaya, a Deputy Director (DD) of Training; is currently the Areaa Manager, Industrial Training Fund, Enugu Area Office.

She is a Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (FICE), Member, Nigerian Institute for Training and Development(NITAD), Member of Corporate Administration Institute(MCAI),Member of Institute of Management (MNIM) and a Training/Research Consultant to an array of Institutions of Higher learning in Nigeria and Overseas. Uzoamaka Yahaya has attended various management and professional courses both within and outside the country and has also bagged many awards of professional excellence from different Agencies, bodies and organizations. A devout Christian, Mrs. Yahaya is a Trainer per excellence, self-motivated, reliable, responsible and a hard-working individual who adheres to strict deadlines. Mrs. Yahaya prefers to maintain a low profile despite all feats attained in Learning and Development. Happily married and blessed with gifted children.

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Dr. Hafsah Olatunji is a cerebral Doctor of Economics. A well versed academic entrepreneur of great repute, Hafsah is an entrepreneurship mentor, consultant, master trainer of trainers and Senior Lecturer/ Director. Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Development, Sokoto State University, Sokoto, Nigeria. A thorough-bred edupreneur, she holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Economics. With outstanding expertise in academic entrepreneurship and women entrepreneurship, her research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on entrepreneurial economics, entrepreneurial finance, female entrepreneurship, youth entrepreneurship and empowerment, job creation and poverty eradication. She is a Member, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN); Member, Association of Entrepreneurship Scholars ; Member, Nigerian Economic Society; Member, National Institute of Chartered Economists (NICE) and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria as well as Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS). She is an internationally-acclaimed women entrepreneur and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and International Institute of Female Entrepreneurship (IFEnt).

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