The West African Business Leaders Summit
The Leadership Project (TLP) was established to link Africa’s business leaders
to global thought leaders, think tanks, insightful, topical and highly informational
content that identifies, nurtures and develops transformational leadership qualities.
To deliberately invest in employees, enabling them gain insights and practical knowledge from an established industry expert, to further enable them to make balanced and informed decisions in their respective roles.
To equip organisations with the requisite knowledge and competence, through the utilisation of various learning tools, to tackle real-life organisational challenges and positively impact the company’s bottomline
To provide organisations with the opportunity to network with peers, competitors and other stakeholder groups within their industries. This avenue to interact presents the opportunity to establish and nurture profitable connections.
To grant future thinking organisations a head start in the blossoming data and analytics sectors in Nigeria which will inevitably shape the way companies take strategic business decisions and how customers are targeted and serviced.
The West African Business Leaders Summit is set to congregate thought
and industry leaders, senior and mid-level management of industry giants and
established & budding entrepreneurs to impact them with true leadership qualities
relevant for their different managerial levels.
Former Chief Executive Officer, Nielsen; Founder, Second Half Advisors; Member, Board of Directors
Mitch Barns was Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen from January 2014 through December 2018.
After joining Nielsen in 1997, Mitch lived and worked on three continents and held leadership roles across all major parts of Nielsen’s business.
Throughout 2013, Mitch served as President, Global Client Service, leading the efforts of Nielsen’s client service organization worldwide.
Before that, Mitch was President of Nielsen’s U.S. Media business from 2011-2013, where he oversaw the development of its analytics practice, guided the integration of its TV and Digital groups, and helped transform the unit’s client service model to focus on driving growth and value for Nielsen’s clients.
From 2008-2011, Mitch served as President of Nielsen’s Greater China business where he led its transition to a fast-growing, standalone region. Prior to 2008, Mitch held various leadership positions in the U.S. and Europe.
He began his career at Procter & Gamble, where he spent 12 years in marketing research and brand management.
Mitch has served on the Board of Directors of the Global Leadership Network since 2015. He also currently serves an advisory board member of Growth Catalyst Partners, a private equity firm based in the USA. He is the founder of Second Half Advisors, a firm that provides strategic advice to a number of fast-growing firms in the information services market. Mitch served as a member of the board of directors for Monsanto prior to its June 2018 acquisition by Bayer AG. He also served on the Board of Directors for CECP (Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose) from 2015-2018. He was a member of the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable from 2014-2018.
Mitch holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University and completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mitch Barns is an experienced CEO and board director, regarded for his leadership and his experience using data and analytics to create value. A forward-thinking leader with expertise in identifying consumer and market trends, Mitch has a proven ability to see “what’s next” and reflect it in strategy.
Barns is a 3-time World Economic Forum speaker/panelist.
Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley
Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. In her 30 year career, Ms. Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.
For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transactions in U.S. history. Ms. Harris was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, Fortune’s Most Influential List, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017), and “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street”, and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Carla received an MBA, Second Year Honors from Harvard Business School and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. Carla has also received Honorary Doctorates of Laws, Humanities and Business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fisk University, respectively. Carla Harris is actively involved in her community and heartily believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.”
She is the past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and of The Executive Leadership Council, and sits on the boards of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc, and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, and is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. She is a member of the board of overseers of Harvard University and of the board of directors of the Walmart Corporation. Ms. Harris was co-chair of the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She has been named to the New Jersey Hall of Fame (2015) and has received the Bert King Award from the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association, the 2005 Women’s Professional Achievement Award from Harvard University, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League, the Women of Influence Award from The Links, Incorporated and many other awards. In her other life, Carla is a singer, and has released her third gospel CD “Unceasing Praise” (2011) , her second CD, a gospel album titled, “Joy Is Waiting”, was featured on BET Nightly News while her first CD entitled, “Carla’s First Christmas”, was a bestseller on Amazon.com in New York and in record stores, and was featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in his “American Dream” segment. She has performed 5 sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall. Carla is also the author of the books, Strategize to Win (2014) and of Expect to Win (2009) (Hudson Press).
Former President and COO, The Ritz Carlton, Co- Founder, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company
A legend and leader in the hotel world, Horst Schulze's teachings and vision have reshaped the concepts of service and hospitality across industries.
Mr. Schulze's professional life began more than 65 years ago as a server's assistant in a German resort town. Throughout the years he worked for both Hilton Hotels and Hyatt Hotels Corporation before becoming one of the founding members of The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company in 1983. There Mr. Schulze created the operating and service standards that have become world famous.
During his tenure at The Ritz Carlton, Mr. Schulze served as President and COO responsible for the $2 billion operations worldwide. It was under his leadership that The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company became the first service-based company to be awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — twice.
In 1991, Mr. Schulze was recognized as "corporate hotelier of the world" by HOTELS magazine. In 1995, he was awarded the Ishikawa Medal for his personal contributions to the quality movement. In 1999, Johnson & Wales University gave him an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree in Hospitality Management.
Most recently, Mr. Schulze has been honored as a “Leader in Luxury” by Travel Agent magazine and its sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor.
After leaving The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, Mr. Schulze went on to found The Capella Hotel Group. This luxury hotel company managed some of the most elite properties worldwide, and gave Mr. Schulze the opportunity to further define the luxury hotel industry, receiving countless awards and recognitions.
Today, Mr. Schulze serves on various boards and acts as a consultant across industries. He recently completed his seminal book on creating excellence.
Founder & CEO, Emerging Africa Capital Group
Toyin Sanni was declared the All African Business Woman of the year 2017 by CNBC Africa, & Nigeria's CEO of the Year 2017 by Pearl Awards. She is a prominent Investment Banker, Public Personality & Speaker who derives satisfaction from grooming future leaders and proferring capital solutions for financing & investing challenges of African governments, businesses & individuals.
Toyin leads a multiple award winning group who provide advisory & capital raising solutions for infrastructure & development across Africa to achieve sustainable economic growth. Toyin has written three published books - Yes, you too can maximize your life, Yes, you too can Get to the top and Riding The Eagle- A Guide to Investing in Nigeria.
With a background in securities law and extensive experience in corporate finance, trusts & asset management, she leverages networks and relationships across markets & her extensive experience working on leading transactions to achieve development goals.
Now Founder and CEO of the Emerging Africa Capital Group, her past roles include GCEO, United Capital Plc, CEO, UBA Trustees & UBA Global Investor Services, CEO, Cornerstone Trustees & AGM, FBN Trustees, a part of the FBN Holdings group.
She has built Trust, Asset Management, Leasing, and Pension Funds, a regional custody business and an Investment Banking Group.
Her roles have included President, CIIA, President IAPM, Chair WIFNG, Chairman, Financial Literacy Committee, Chair, Annual CMC Retreat (2012-2014), President, Association of Trustees, Chairman, CMC Committee on Custody of Securities, Member, National Bond Steering Committee amongst others.
She has spoken at conferences such as the Howard University USA & Imperial College, UK African Business Conferences, the Global Custody Forum, Network Managers Conference, World Intellectual Property Organisation African Ministerial Conference, Austria Connect SSA etc
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