About Ted Iwere

I help businesses to clarify their value propositions, develop sustainable growth strategies that focus on, and support, the key people to execute with excellence. My overarching goal is to help business owners to acquire the know-how and resources for building self-managing companies, giving them the income and freedom to enjoy real financial independence.

I am the Managing Director of SME Media Limited, owners of SME Mastermind (https://www.smemastermind.com) and THE SME GROUP (https://www.facebook.com/groups/smefinance/), a frontline provider of development services to the small business ecosystem in Nigeria and Africa.

I am also an International Labour Organisation (ILO)-Certified Small Business Development Specialist and a Partner at LawBrief (www.lawbrief.org), Attorneys at Law, with specialisation in start-Up Law and Small Business Advisory Services.

I am an alumnus of the University of Lagos (BSc., Mass Com and LL.B, Law), Columbia University in the City of New York (MSc, Journalism) and New York University (Certificate in Publishing).

I have been Pioneer Features Editor/Sunday Editor, The Guardian; Publisher, BUSINESS Magazine and Managing Director, Independent Newspapers Limited, publishers of Daily Independent, Saturday Independent and Sunday Independent.

I am a member of the Board of Directors of Independent Newspapers and UNILAG Radio/TV, an avid golfer and a former Captain of the Golf Section of Ikoyi Golf Club.

Egbert Imomoh

Engr. Egbert Imomoh, Commander of the Niger (CON), started his career in the petroleum industry in 1968 when he joined Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria as a petroleum engineer in Nigeria after his training in The Netherlands.

Engr. Imomoh worked in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, and rose to the position of Deputy Managing Director, a position he held until retirement in February 2002. He continued working with Shell International, London, as a Senior Corporate Adviser on Nigeria from 2002 to 2004.

A co-founder and former non-executive Chairman of Afren Plc, Engr. Imomoh has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, founding member of the Nigerian Chapter, first Africa Region Director and chairman of the Nigeria Council Board of Trustees.

Engr. Imomoh holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Birmingham, England and a honorary doctorate degree of the University of Port Harcourt.

Hamid Abbo

Mallam Hamid Abbo, a Member of the Federal Republic (MFR), is a professional law enforcement officer with vast local and international experience. His expertise range from security consultancy and due diligence through risk assessment and negotiation to customised recruitment and protocol services.

Mallam Abbo has served as Chief Executive Officer of NOUN Security and Protective Company Limited, Director of Protekt Services and Solutions Limited and Director of Department of State Services.

A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University and alumnus of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Mallam Abbo is a former Captain of the prestigious IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.

Lere Baale

Prof. Lere Baale is a visionary leader and passionate entrepreneur with experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Telecommunications and Higher Education sectors. He is a former member of the Governing Management Board of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and a Facilitator/Mentor at Fate Foundation.

Prof. Baale records over three decades of management work in leading world-class global businesses, including Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals where he was Regional Director for over a decade. He led projects on driving change, marketing, strategy management, customer performance culture, organisational efficiency, learning and development, covering over 30 countries in East, Central and West Africa.

Appointed as a Regional Director of Pfizer at age of 36, Prof. Baale led teams, initiatives, development and implementation of business strategies for rebuilding a local subsidiary of the biggest global pharmaceutical firm afresh starting from ground zero in Nigeria to cover over 22 countries.

Prof. Baale, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Lagos, is Chief Executive Officer of Business School Netherlands, Nigeria.

Osayande Ede

Mr. Ede Osayande is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). An alumnus of many international training institutions, including International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland, American Express Bank, New York and New York Institute of Finance, New York, Mr. Osayande holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Benin and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Lagos.

A distinguished banker with over 30 years of cognate experience in banking and finance, Mr. Osayande has been the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Co-operative Development Bank Plc and Equitorial Trust Bank Limited. He has also served on the boards of Financial Institutions Training Centre and Consolidated Discount House Limited.

Sam Ohuabunwa


Mazi Samuel Iheanyichukwu Ohuabunwa, an accomplished businessman, is Founder of Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment and Chairman of African Centre for Business Development Strategy and Innovation. He is also a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and a Director of Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc.

Mazi Ohuabunwa has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer Specialist Limited and Pfizer Products Plc, Chairman of Nigeria Economic Summit Group, President of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association and President of Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce.

A Pharmacy graduate of University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Mazi Ohuabunwa also studied at Lagos Business School and Columbia University, New York.