Olugbenga GB Agboola - Founder and CEO, Flutterwave
Olugbenga GB Agboola is the Founder and CEO at Flutterwave, an organization committed to growing businesses in emerging economies. A serial entrepreneur with two exits under his belt, GB has over 15 years of experience in building scalable financial technology firms.
GB has been instrumental in leading the development of Fintech solutions for several organizations and financial institutions such as PayPal, Standard Bank and Google, among others. His last Fintech venture focused on easy Alternative Payment Methods and was acquired by a top bank in Nigeria.
GB’s software engineering background and expertise in enterprise architecture and payments got him the rare opportunity to work with institutions such as the Royal Bank of Scotland as a Business Entrepreneur and Africa Fintech Foundry as a Senior Entrepreneur in Residence.
GB's well-rounded background includes Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Wharton School of Management and the University of Westminster.
He has been named African Leadership Magazine's Young Business Leader of The Year (2020). GB has been recognized for his achievements in leadership and innovation by Fortune Magazine's prestigious 40 under 40 list and Time Magazine’s 2021 Next 100 list, respectively.
Dr. Frannie Léautier - Senior Partner at SouthBridge Group and CEO of SouthBridge Investments
Dr. Frannie Léautier Hafid Elalamy is a highly experienced and well-known finance and development expert, with long-standing global experience leading and transforming organisations in the private, public and non-for-profit spheres. She has held leadership roles at The Trade and Development Bank (TDB) Group, including Vice Chair of the Board, Special Advisor to the President before becoming TDB’s first Chief Operating Officer. She also led the Asset Management business of TDB, including the recent launch of a unique product for trade finance in Africa.
Dr. Léautier had an illustrious career at the World Bank Group (WBG), where during her 15-year tenure, she held senior financial positions across the Group. Frannie was Chief of Staff to the President, and served as Vice-President for seven years of her tenure at the WBG. She was Infrastructure Director and played a critical role in the strategic work around the joint World Bank/IFC infrastructure products and played a crucial role in developing the WBG’s infrastructure strategy. At the WBG, she won several awards for her outstanding support and contributions. She was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the African Development Bank (AfDB) and chaired the AfDB Board for much of the time she was there.
Dr. Léautier is known for her skills in operational management, transformational leadership, resource mobilisation, working with complex multi-constituency governance structures, and engaging with the highest levels of government. Her work has contributed to attracting innovative financing to Africa.
She has founded two companies, one in Risk Management Advisory and another to invest equity into SMEs. In addition to her extensive career, Dr. Léautier holds advisory and governance roles on several boards, including the UN Foundation, where she is a member of the Board and serves on the Program Committee and Nominating Committee; Orca Energy Group, a Toronto Exchange publicly listed company, where she is member of the Risk and Audit Committee and chairs the ESG Committee; chair of the board of Norsad Finance Ltd; member of the Executive Board at AZA Finance, a cross-border payments platform; chair of the Board of FSD-Africa and FSD-Africa Investments; trustee at ODI; and is a member of the board of Les Eaux Minérales d’Oulmes, where she sits on the Audit and Risk Committee. She is also Chair of the Board of FSD Africa and FSD Africa Investments, and a member of the Board of World Resources Institute (WRI). She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Regional Advisory Group for Africa and has previously served as co-Chair for the Global Agenda Councils of the WEF on youth unemployment and also for Africa. Other advisory and board roles she has held include with MIT, OCP Group, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) where she was Treasurer and also chaired the Audit and Risk Committee, Institute for Security Studies (ISS), King Badouin Foundation US (KBFUS), and Nelson Mandela Institute for Science and Technology (NM-AIST). She has authored several books including “Leadership in a Globalized World: Complexity, Dynamics and Risk” and articles in prestigious journals. She was distinguished professor at Sciences Po Paris, and has lectured at MIT where she developed a course on infrastructure systems. She has also been invited to lecture at Harvard and the University of Tokyo. She holds a Masters of Science in Transportation, and a PhD in Engineering (thesis on Infrastructure Systems) from MIT. She also holds a doctorate in Humane Letters from North Central College and a doctorate in Law from Lancaster University, honoris causa.
Aminata Kane Ndiaye - Executive and Board Member at Orange
Aminata Kane Ndiaye is an Executive and board member at Orange, the global telecommunication company. From April 2018 to March 2022, she was the CEO of Orange Sierra Leone and the Chairwoman of the Board of Orange Mobile Finance Sierra Leone. Under her leadership, Orange Sierra Leone became the market leader, significantly improved its growth and profitability with more than 20% revenue growth per year and has established itself as a key player in innovation with the launches of mobile money microcredit, Orange energy and e-Education.
She joined Orange through Sonatel Group in 2013, in Senegal, as Head of B2C Marketing Performance, working on strategy, profitability, process efficiency, customer experience and loyalty. In 2016 she became Marketing and Strategy Director of Orange Money Senegal and contributed to the exponential growth of mobile money in the country.
A graduate of HEC Paris Grande Ecole and holder of an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management, Aminata began her career at McKinsey & Company Paris, serving various clients in Europe and Africa in different sectors (telecom, retail, marketing, banking). She had previously worked for Goldman Sachs in Paris and London, BNP Paribas in Geneva and at MEDEF in Paris.
In 2017, she was named Young Leader of the French African Foundation, and in 2019 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2020, at 36, won the Africa CEO of the Year Award organized by the AfricaCom / AfricaTech Festival. She was in 2021 and 2022 selected as one of the 100 Women CEO in Africa, an initiative by Africa.com and Harvard University.
Aminata is married and the mother of two lovely kids. She is an entrepreneur at heart, having launched in 2012 a fashion start-up between Senegal and the United States and angel investing on the continent.
Efosa Ojomo - Director of Global Prosperity, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
Efosa Ojomo was selected as one of 30 thinkers in the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar list, the world’s most reliable resource for identifying, ranking, and sharing the leading management ideas of our age. He researches and writes about how innovation can transform organizations and create inclusive prosperity for many. In January, 2019, alongside the late Harvard Business School professor, Clayton Christensen, he published the book, The Prosperity Paradox: How innovation can lift nations out of poverty. Christensen was the world’s foremost thinker on Disruptive Innovation and was a mentor to Efosa Ojomo.
Efosa leads the Global Prosperity research group at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, an innovation-focused think tank based in Boston and Silicon Valley. Over the past several years, his work has been published and covered by the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, Quartz, Forbes, Fortune, The World Bank, NPR, and several other media outlets.
He speaks and consults often on how organizations can develop a culture that fosters market-creating innovations, and has presented his work at TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the World Bank, Harvard, Yale, Oxford, and at several other conferences and institutions.
His TED Talk on Innovation and Corruption has garnered over 2 million views.
In a Wall Street Journal review of The Prosperity Paradox, Rupert Darwall writes that the book provides “a better way to fight poverty” as it returns “the entrepreneur and innovation to the center stage of economic development and prosperity.”
Click here to view a list of some of Efosa’s published work.
Efosa graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in computer engineering and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.