Scaling Entrepreneurship: How State - Led Efforts Can Unlock the Youth Potential
6 Policy Influencers
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Four Points by Sheraton, V.I
Strictly By Invitation
About / FATE Annual Policy Dialogue Series
As a means to influencing policies around Entrepreneurship in Nigeria, FATE Foundation introduced the Annual FATE Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship which is a policy dialogue platform that brings stakeholders within the Nigerian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) space and high-level business experts from within and outside Nigeria together to discuss issues and policies that impact on the MSME space in Nigeria, using the annual Research Report developed by FATE Foundation as background context.
While conversations at the Dialogue revolve around the theme, key findings from the annual Research Report are also discussed with the aim of arriving at implementable policy solutions. At the end of the Dialogue, key agreements are developed which drive FATE Foundation’s annual Policy Advocacy activities geared towards policy reviews and implementation.
Since inception in 2015, we have had two successful policy dialogue programs and notably, our 2016 Research Report focused on the “Mapping of the Nigerian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem” which has attracted a lot of attention from the Public, Private and Development sectors in Nigeria. A key take-away for us from the 2016 Research exercise and Policy Dialogue was the need to understand the entrepreneurial dynamics at work within the different regions in Nigeria and the impact on youth entrepreneurship.
Building on this background, the 3rd Annual FATE Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship scheduled to hold on the 22nd of June, 2017 will focus on the theme “Scaling Entrepreneurship: How State – Led Efforts Can Unlock The Youth Potential”. While the preliminary findings of the Mapping of the Nigerian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Exercise provided background context for the 2016 Policy Dialogue, we would be unveiling the full Report on the Mapping Exercise at the Policy Dialogue this year.
We are excited about the prospects of this Report and look forward to its impact within the entrepreneurship space particularly with regards to policy design, review and implementation around entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
Mallam Nasir El- Rufai is the current governor of Kaduna State. He was the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and a one- time Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises. In recent times, Kaduna State has attracted attention for its entrepreneurial focus and programmes. One of such programmes is the Kaduna Startup and Entrepreneurship Programme (KADSTEP), which is a sustainable job creation initiative and a 4- year programme aimed at creating minimum of 20,000 jobs in the intervention period. The El- Rufai administration is also working in partnership with Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) to create an enabling environment suitable for job creation.
Governor Nasir El- Rufai has a first class degree in Quantity Surveying from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He also completed an LL. B degree from the University of London, and has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has also received the Kennedy School Certificate in Public Policy and Management as an Edward A. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment
Dr. Jumoke Oduwole is currently a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment. Aptly described as a Nigerian jurist and an academic, Dr.Oduwole graduated with a LL.B degree in Law from the University of Lagos in 1998 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999. In 2000, she bagged an LLM degree in Commercial law from the University of Cambridge as a DFID-Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholar. In 2007, she received a Masters’ degree in International Legal Studies from Stanford University and later a doctorate degree in International Trade and Development from the same institution.
Between 2000 and 2003, Dr. Oduwole worked as an investment banker with FCMB Capital Markets and became a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Lagos in 2004, where she still serves as a member of the senate committee and as a researcher. In 2012, Dr.Oduwole was selected to attend the BMW Foundation Europe-Africa Young Leaders Forum and was also selected as an Associate Fellow by the African Leadership Institute for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship in 2013. From 2013 – 2015, she was appointed the Prince Claus Chair holder from 2013–2015.
Her interest in youth development-related issues led her to the co-founding of an NGO called "No Limit" which works to inspire and impart leadership values in Nigerian youths. As Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Oduwole’s goal is to “make businesses work in Nigeria” as she simply states at various fora.
Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation & Employment
Mr. Tunde Durosinmi-Etti is the Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation & Employment. Before assuming office in October, 2015, Mr. Durosinmi-Etti was the Special Adviser on Economic Matters to the Speaker of the National House of Assembly (2013 - 2015) and served the State as a Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Revenue & Investment/Group Managing Director, Ibile Holdings Limited (July 2006-August 2011). His educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Science [B.Sc Hons] in Political Science (1979) and Master of Public Administration [M.PA] with a focus on Public Policy/Personnel Management (1982) both from University of Lagos, Akoka. He also has a Masters degree in International Public Policy [MIPP] with a specialization in International Development and Political Economy of Sub-Saharan Africa (2012) from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, D.C. In the course of his career, Mr. Durosinmi-Etti has worked at the then Arthur Young Anderson & Co (August 1979); Nigeria Television Authority (1980 - 1981); Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] (1981 – 1988); Centre Point Merchant Bank (1988 – 1992); Equitorial Trust Bank Limited (1992-1996). Armed with a wealth of experience, he veered out on his own in 1996 to set up Support & Management Services Limited, a consulting firm that provides services to International Development Organisations in the areas of Democratic Governance and Political & Macro Economic Reforms. He was a consultant to organizations such as National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), The Carter Center, Management Services International (MSI) and Corporate Council on Africa among others.
Director of Higher Education, Skills and Enterprise for the British Council in Nigeria
Adetomi Soyinka is the Director of Higher Education, Skills and Enterprise for the British Council in Nigeria. She has over ten years programme management and design experience in the areas of education management, marketing and enterprise consulting. She manages the British Councils largest education marketing portfolio in Sub Saharan Africa and has developed innovative enterprise solutions aimed at supporting and facilitating improved access to education and skills for young people. Her current portfolio covers Higher Education Management and Skills and Enterprise development.
Regional Coordinator, The Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE) West Africa
Bernard Oduro Takyi is a Commercial Farmer and an Educational and Agribusiness Entrepreneur who is the Founder/CEO of Omanbapa Ghana Ltd and CEEP Educational Consult.These two companies are award winning Agribusiness and Educational Consulting Companies in Ghana whichfocus on organic and mechanised farming, unique branding, secure packaging and efficient door to door sale of farm products. His mission is to become a great indigenous entrepreneur while making a positive social Impact. Bernard is both a National and an International Award Winner in the field of Agribusiness Entrepreneurship. He is a USADF Agribusiness YALI Entrepreneur 2016 Grant Award Winner, Best Sunyani West District Vegetables Farmer from the Ministry of Food & Agriculture (2012 & 2015), Ghana’s Next Young Entrepreneur Award for the Most Innovative Agribusiness Company (2013) and Enablis Entrepreneurial Network Award for Business Launchpad Award for Agribusiness Company (2014). Bernard is a graduate of University of Ghana, Qualified Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute-UK and Associate Member of the Association of Certified Chartered Economists-USA and is also an Entrepreneurship Empowerment Program Trainer for Agripreneurship. He currently serves as a consultant for the National Youth Council of Namibia on Youth Entrepreneurship in value addition agriculture.
Bernard was elected as the Regional Coordinator for CAYE-WA in March 2017. He believes that joining the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs is a welcoming step in his life because the business world of today is a product of network and your network determines your networth.
Director, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Lagos
Nneka Eze leads Dalberg’s work in Nigeria, where she is a Partner and the Lagos Office Director. She has worked with private corporations, state governments, and foundations on strategic planning, market analysis, investment planning, and performance transformation. She has focused on a range of sectors including agriculture, education and youth employment, financial services, and inclusive growth, and is a co-leader of Dalberg’s Global Agriculture and Food Security practice area.
Prior to joining Dalberg in 2009, Nneka was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Washington, D.C. She holds an AB in economics cum laude from Harvard University, she is a native English speaker, and she’s proficient in French.
Guest Arrival & Registration
by Adenike Adeyemi, Executive Director, FATE Foundation
Keynote Address by Special Guest Speaker: Governor Nasir El- Rufai