AMINA OYAGBOLA

AMINA OYAGBOLA

Founder / Chairperson Advisory Board

Amina Oyagbola is a Global business leader and Human Resources Executive of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited. She has an LL.B (Hons) from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, an LL.M from Cambridge University, an MBA from Lancaster University Management School UK and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD. She is a Chevening Scholar, a Chartered Fellow of CIPD UK and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management USA.

With over 28 years experience spanning legal consulting, banking and finance, oil and gas and telecommunications. Her career started as a legal practitioner in the prestigious Chambers of late Chief FRA Williams, Nigeria’s first QC (Queen’s Counsel) and foremost legal practitioner.

From the cut and thrust of professional legal practice, she moved into the corporate world as In-house Counsel and set up the Legal Department of Crystal Bank. Amina subsequently headed the Management Services function, after which she gained valuable experience in Consumer Banking by setting up the 2nd corporate branch of the bank. Due to her oustanding performance she was head hunted and joined United Bank of Africa (one of the top 3 banks, post-privatization) where she was successively Legal Adviser, Head, Human Capital Division, before setting up and heading the Private Banking Division.

She was then employed by Shell Petroleum Development Company to head a new function as Head, HR Strategy, Standards and Business Planning. Amina’s outstanding educational and professional background made her a natural choice for the role of Corporate Services Executive in MTN Nigeria, Africa’s leading telecommunications provider and world class cellular network. As Corporate Services Executive, she had oversight for the company secretariat, regulatory, legal and corporate communications. She was also responsible for driving MTN’s corporate social investment programmes through a strategic partnership approach as pioneer Director of the MTN Foundation, commended by the UN Global Compact for its unique Public Private Partnership Model and the recipient of several awards. In November 2008, she was identified as the most suitable Executive to lead a transformation in the HR Function as Human Resources Executive, MTN Nigeria. During her tenure as HR Executive and the strategic Talent Management Initiatives deployed with her team, MTN Nigeria became the 1st company in Nigeria to be accredited with the Investors in People Standard in April, 2013. In October, 2014, MTN Nigeria emerged as the winner in the Telecoms category and third overall winner of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) HR Best Practice Awards. MTN Nigeria also emerged as the best telecoms company and 5th overall in Jobberman's best 100 best places to work in Nigeria in 2014. In December 2014, MTN was recognised as the Most Admired and Most Valuable African Brand by Brand Africa 100. MTN Nigeria under her leadership has been nominated with 5 other Nominees out of over 400 companies worldwide for the 2015 International IIP Awards.

She is a Fellow and Country Director of The Africa Leadership Initiative – West Africa – a joint venture between the Aspen Institute, Databank Foundation (Ghana), LEAP Africa (Nigeria) and TechoServe, which is involved in high impact leadership projects, designed to develop a new generation of global leaders. A West Africa Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) and a Member of the Institute of Directors. She believes in the power of corporations and civil society to transform nations. She is the Founder of WISCAR (Women in Successful Careers) a not-for-profit, gender empowerment and mentoring initiative for professional career women. She is an Alumnus of several academic and professional institutes including INSEAD, Harvard, IMD Switzerland, Cambridge University, Lancaster University Management School and Ahmadu Bello University. She is on several boards and the Advisory Board of BusinessDay, the premiere business daily in Nigeria. She can bring her rich emerging market and cross industry experience and expertise to bear on Executive committees and Boards.

She is happily married to Bayo Oyagbola, Managing Partner, Oyagbola Chambers and they have seen their three children through formal education into young adulthood.