My weapon is literature.
- Chinua Achebe

President Mohammadu Buhari

Mr. Muhammadu Buhari is the President of Nigeria and has been in office since 2015. He was the Former Federal Commissioner (position now called Minister) for Petroleum and Natural Resources. He previously served as Head of State from 1983-85 and the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund, a governmental body which was funded from the revenue generated by the increase in price of petroleum products, to pursue developmental projects around the country.

VP Yemi Osinbajo

Mr. Oluyemi Olukeke Osibanjo is the incumbent Vice President of Nigeria since 29 May 2015. He is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Professor of Law and until his inauguration as Vice President, a Senior Partner with Simmons Cooper Partners, a commercial law practice. From 1988 to 1992, he was an Adviser to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola. Other past roles includes Staff Member, United Nations Operations in Somalia, Justice Division (UNOSOM II), Member, United Nations Secretary Generals Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN and Peacekeeping Personnel around the globe, Member, 2006.

Akinwunmi Ambode

He is the Governor of Lagos State. He was a civil servant for 27 years and a financial consultant before running for public office as Governor of Lagos State in 2015. After 27 years in the civil service, he retired voluntarily in August 2012. He founded Brandsmiths Consulting Limited to provide Public Finance and Management Consulting services to government at all levels, it’s parastatals and agencies. In 1988 Gov. Ambode was the Assistant Treasurer Badagry, he also previously served as Council Treasurer at Alimosho Local Government, Lagos State. In 2001, he became acting Auditor General for Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria. In 2005, Gov. Ambode was appointed the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Finance. From 2006 – 2012, Gov. Ambode was the accountant general for Lagos State, in charge of all the financial activities of the state and directly responsible for over 1400 accountants in the state service. Under his watch, the State Treasury Office (STO) revolutionized the way Lagos State finances were raised, budgeted, managed and planned and while in office the state’s financial performance improved visibly with the budget performing at a remarkable average of 85% annually.

Yakubu Dogara

Hon. Yakubu is a politician who has been speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria and a Member of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Prior to this, he was into private legal practice until 2005 when he was appointed Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Transport. Hon. Dogara has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2007. His legislative interests include Tenancy, Regulating Monopolies, Company Law and Intellectual Property. Between 2007 and 2011 Hon. Dogara chaired two House Committees, namely the House Committee on Customs & Exercise and the House Services Committee. During this period he was also a member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Capital Markets and Institutions, Foreign Affairs, Rural Development and Power, among others. He has sponsored many bills some of which includes Corporate Manslaughter and the Data Protection Bill, a bill for an act to amend section 143 of the Nigerian Constitution, bills on Public Interest Disclosure and Hire Purchase.

Prof. Umar Bindir

He is a Nigerian Agricultural Engineer and current Secretary to the State Government Adamawa State. Prof. Umar is a European Engineering Chattered Engineer who currently serves as a council member of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. He is an Expert in Machine Design and Development Engineering respectively. Prof. Umar has served in several institutes and government parastatals including the Appropriate Technology and Community Development in North Australia, Family Economic Advancement Programme, FEAP and Director of Sports, Federal Ministry of Sports and Social Development Nigeria. He is the immediate past Director-General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion.

Prof. Pat Utomi

He is a Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert. He was a former Presidential candidate, the founder of Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL) and the African Democratic Congress Party. He is a Professor at the Lagos Business School & has served in senior positions in government as an adviser to the President of Nigeria and in academia. He is a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Institute of Directors Nigeria Economic Summit Group and Nigeria Economic Society. He is a brilliant Author and Politician. He has been a scholar-in-residence at the Harvard Business School and the American University in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Wole Soyinka

He is an Author, A Poet and A Playwright. He played an active role in Nigeria’s political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain, after his study in Nigeria and the UK he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. He was a professor first at Cornell University and Emory University Atlanta where he was appointed Director of Arts. He also taught at the universities of Oxford, Harvard and Yale. From 1975 to 1999 he was a Professor of comparative Literature at the Obafemi Awolowo University then called University of Ife. He was made Professor Emeritus in 1999 after the restoration of the civilian rule. Soyinka has been a professor of creative writing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and in 2007; He was appointed Professor in residence at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles California, USA.

Asia Ahmed El-Rufai

Partner, Litigator & Administrator at Asia Ahmad & Co. Asia is an expert in Intellectual Property Law and has worked with the Federal Capital Development Authority. She worked as a team leader and skill developer for the Debt Management Department of State Governments and National Coordinator for Society against Violent Extremism Nigeria.

Ibukun Awosika

Mrs. Ibukun is a Nigerian business magnate, author and motivational speaker. She currently serves as Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria. She established a furniture manufacturing company called Quebees Limited in 1988 which evolved into the Chair Centre Limited and late SOKOA Chair Centre Limited following a venture merge with SOKOA S.A and Guaranty Trust Bank in 2004. A fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and Aspen Global Leadership Network, Mrs. Ibukun is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, member of the board of Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund and Chairman, Board of Trustees of Women in Management Business and Public Service. In 2011 she co-founded the Afterschool Graduate Development Centre, a career centre established in order to checkmate the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria. In 2015 Mrs. Ibukun became the first woman to be appointed Chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria and in 2008, she was among the five Nigerian Entrepreneurs who appeared in the first African Version of the Dragon’s Den. She also hosts a TV program called Business His Way.

Leke Alder

Alder began his professional career in 1987 as a Lawyer at Wole Olufon & CO, a legal firm specializing in Commercial Law, Property Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Intellectual Property. In 1996, Alder founded Alder Consulting, a strategy and branding firm focused on business and nation development. He was appointed by the Nigerian federal government to the Board of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), and was the chairman of the board Tenders Committee as well as Chairman of the Communications Committee. He served on the Board for four years. Leke Alder has also served as a member of the organizing committee of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), the Board of Trustees of Day Waterman College, and the Steering Committee, World Economic Forum on Africa (the chairman, Sub-Committee on Media, Host Broadcasting & Advertising). Leke Alder served as a panellist at the Annual Africa Business Conferences of Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, and Kellogg School of Management.

He was a speaker at the Financial ADFocus Conference, South Africa as well as Leadership Forum, Ghana. He was a guest lecturer at the School of Media & Communications (SMC), Pan African University (now Pan Atlantic University) and guest speaker at the university’s EDS, the Nigerian Bar Association; Women in Management & Business (WimBiz). He is also the author of several books.

Bola Adesola

 Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985 Bola Adesola has over 25 years banking experience, she holds a law degree from the University of Buckingham UK and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School & Lagos Business School. Bola is an honorary fellow of the Chattered Institute of Bankers Nigeria, a board member of the Financial Markets Dealers Association and the United Nations Global Compact. She also chairs the Central Bank of Nigeria Bankers’ sub-committee on Women’s Economic Empowerment and a co-founder of Women in Business and Management (WIMBIZ). She is a member of the Nigeria National Competitiveness Council and was recently appointed the first female Vice President of Lagos Business School Alumni Association. She served for five years as Executive Director and Managing Director of First Bank Kakawa Discount and currently, she is the MD/CEO Standard Chartered Bank.


Godwin Emefiele

Mr. Godwin is the present Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc. Mr. Godwin has over 18 years of banking experience. Before commencing his banking career, he lectured Finance & Insurance at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and University of Port Harcourt respectively. Mr. Emefiele serves as Director of ACCION Microfinance Bank Ltd, and he is also an alumnus of Executive Education at Stanford University, Harvard University & Wharton School of Business.


Tony Elumelu

Tony Elumelu is an economist by training, a visionary entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Mr. Tony is the Chairman of Heirs Holding, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Transcorp and founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Mr. Elumelu holds the Nigerian National honours, the Commander of the Order of Nigeria (CON) and is a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) in 2011. The New African Magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in Africa by 2011 and a year later, he was recognized as one of “Africa’s 20 Most Powerful People in 2012” by Forbes Magazine. He is the Founder of TEEP – Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.


Audu Maikori

He is a Nigerian lawyer, entrepreneur, social activist, public speaker, creative industry professional, Founder and President of the Chocolate City Entertainment Group which is one of the biggest record labels in Africa. In 2015, Audu was appointed the Chairman of the Nigerian Digital Music Monitoring group, a body which is mandated to work closely with Nigerian Copyright Commission, the Nigerian Communications Commission, the National Information Technology Development Agency and the National Assembly. The group is also charged to monitor progress in the exploitation of music in the digital environment.


John Bochnovic

Mr. John is currently the president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and a partner at Fetherstonhaugh & Co. Mr. Bochnovic has over twenty-five years of wide-ranging advisory experience with patent, trade-mark & copyright issues relating to the pharmaceutical, communications, computer and electronics sectors. He has extensive experience with Intellectual Property Law, particularly in litigation, including multi – jurisdictional litigation involving parties in the U.S and Europe. Mr. Bochnovic was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich. In addition to having taught patent law at the University of Ottawa Law School for many years, he has presented papers on Intellectual Property Law in Canada, the US and abroad.


Prof. Elizabeth A. Rowe

Prof. Elizabeth is an internationally recognized expert on Trade Secret Law. She is a former partner at the law firm of Hale and Door as well as a prolific scholar who has co-authored or contributed to several books on Intellectual Property. Much of her research addresses the interplay between Intellectual Property, Government Policy & Innovation. She serves as the Director of the Program in IP Law & teaches Trademark Law, Patent Law, Trade Secret Law and Corporate Espionage. She is a frequent invited speaker at National Conferences on Intellectual Property and also serves as an expert consultant in litigation. She has received the Jack Wessel Research Excellence Award from the University of Florida (Levin College of Law) where she is currently an Intellectual Property Law Professor.

Dr. Jochen M. Schaefer

Dr. Jochen is an international versed lawyer with industry experience and a special focus on operational issues, such as drafting and negotiation of complex agreements and ventures, creation of solid platforms for brands in their E-commerce activities including selective distribution, sales conditions, licensing, review and optimization of IP portfolios etc., he has served as a managing partner and equity partner in over three law firms. His practice focuses primarily on International Corporate Law on providing strategic legal advice in the areas of distribution, rights, licensing law, franchising, merchandising, sponsorship, product liability and IP Law. He currently serves as a legal counsel of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, the European Sporting Goods Federation and General Counsel for Adidas.


Celia Keen

Celia Keen is Head of the Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals Group. She is an expert in drafting and prosecuting patent applications, coordinating and handling filings and prosecution of extensive series of patent application worldwide and an advisor on patent strategy and portfolio management. Celia’s professional practice spans a wide range of chemical technologies, focusing on the pharmaceutical field; her work includes small molecule medicinal chemistry, medical use invention, combination therapies and pharmaceutical formulations. She also handles cases on chemical processing, general organic and inorganic chemistry, health foods, agrochemicals and oilfield technology. She is currently a partner at J A Kemp, a leading UK & European Patent and Trademark firm.


Francis Gurry

He is an Australian National and the current Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is also Secretary General of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plant (UPOV). Prior to his current position, he previously served as a Deputy Director General of WIPO where he was in charge of a variety of areas including the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Patent Law & Policy, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (which he helped establish), and Life Sciences. Before joining WIPO, Gurry was a senior lecturer in law at the University of Melbourne and a solicitor at Freehits. He was also a visiting professor of law at the University of Dijon, France.


Ogbonnaya Onu

Ogbonnaya Onu is presently the Minister of Science & Technology of Nigeria and was the First Executive Governor of Abia State and National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party now the All Progressive Congress (APC). Dr. onu was the pioneer National President of the Raw Materials Society of Nigeria, hence played a very important role in the establishment of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council of the Federal Government in which he served as a pioneer board member. Dr. Onu founded the Abia State Polytechnic at Aba and established the College of Technical Education in Arochukwu. In addition, he established the broadcasting corporation of Abia state and as a God fearing leader; he christened Abia “God’s Own State” and symbolized his noble dream for the state by building the “Abia Tower of Peace” which has today become the known symbol of the state.

He is a fine statesman, brilliant scholar, accomplished administrator, a prolific author and poet.

Geoffrey Onyeama

Geoffrey Onyeama has an extensive background with degrees from Columbia University, the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. He began his career as a Research Officer in the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Lagos; after which he then worked as a lawyer with Mogboh and Associates, Enugu. In 1985, he joined the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) as an Assistant Programme Officer for Development Cooperation and External Relations, Bureau for Africa and Western Asia. He rose through ranks at the WIPO to become Deputy Director General for the Development Sector in 2009. In November 2015 he was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari


Abubakar Malami

Abubakar Malami is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and politician. As a legal practitioner, Abubakar has served in various capacities including being a counsel and magistrate in Kebbi State and as National Legal Adviser of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change. Abubakar was actively involved in the Joint Party Merger between the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) as the All Progressive Party (APC). On November 11, 2015, Abubakar was appointed as Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prior to that time, Malami had served in different capacities: National Legal Adviser of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Chairman, Legal Team, CPC Presidential Campaign Organization, Member PDP Legal Team Election Petition and more.


Gbenga Oyebode

Mr. Gbenga has been Managing Partner of Aluko & Oyebode and Co. since 1993. Mr. Oyebode serves as the President of Okomu Oil Palm Company and serves as a Director of Nestle Nigeria Plc, MTN Nigeria respectively. He is on the Africa Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and he is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and the Nigerian Leadership Initiative. He is a member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) and Belgian Royal Honour of “Knight of the Order of Leopold”. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, an Attorney at law of the Supreme Court of New York State and the American Bar Society of the International law. He was from 2012 to 2014, Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association’s Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL).


Michelle K. Lee

She is the Under Secretary of commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Before her legal career Lee worked as a computer scientist at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Prior to joining the USTPO, she was an Attorney with the law firm of Keker & Van Nest, and Partner at Fenwick & West. She served as Deputy General Counsel and Head of Patents & Patent Strategy for Google from 2003 – 2012. While at Google, she co-founded Chief Intellectual Property Counsels (ChIPs), a networking organization for female patent attorneys


Okechukwu Enelamah

Okechukwu Enelamah is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of African Capital Alliance (ACA) an investment and advisory company which is one of Nigeria’s biggest private equity firms. Mr. Enelamah has 27 years of private sector experience spanning finance, consulting and auditing (Arthur Anderson & C.), and private equity. Before co-founding ACA he gained private equity experience working at Zephyr Management L.P. in New York, and South Africa Capital Growth Fund in Johannesburg. He has chaired the boards of Cornerstone Insurance Plc, UAC of Nigeria Plc, eTranzact International, Flavour Foods Limited, and Landmark Property Development Company; as well as industry groups Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and Africa Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Mr. Enelamah holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from the University of Nigeria and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He is also a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Presently he is the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (MITI); the parent ministry for Patent & Trademarks Registry.


Bankole Sodipo

Prof. Bankole is a Barrister, Solicitor and Managing Partner with the Law Firm of Chief G.O. Sodipo & Co. Lagos. He was a member of the 1988 Copyright Drafting Law Committee that prepared the Nigerian Copyright Act 1988. He has contributed to teaching the Masters programme at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London and was a visiting guest lecturer at the Nigeria Law School. He is a regular contributor to leading international journals. His major publications include a book on Nigeria’s Foreign Investment Law and Intellectual Property Rights also a book on Piracy and Counterfeiting: GATT-TRIPS and Developing Countries. He has also worked with leading firm of solicitors and at Barristers’ chambers in London. He organizes and speaks at conferences in Nigeria and Internationally; these include the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Copyright Society of America; the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the University of Maastrict. He is a visiting guest lecturer at the University College, London; an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Intellectual Property Institute, Queen Mary, University of London and a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization. He is the President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria.

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