Meet more of our visionary speakers who are redefining the future of work at MWAC

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Prepare to be blown away as you countdown to Modern Workplace Africa Conference (MWAC) keep on going! Our lineup of speakers is not only incredible; it’s downright extraordinary. At MWAC, our mission is to serve all facets of the workforce, whether you are an employer, recruiter, talented professional, or job seeker. Our goal is to generate positive progress in the future. work across the continent, leading to happier and more productive workplaces.

Meet some of the exceptional speakers who will be at the forefront of the conference’s transformative sessions.


Ugwu Ogbu Silk

Associate Professor, Management Communication, Lagos Business School

Silk Ugwu Ogbu is an associate professor and consultant with broad teaching and research interests in management and communication.

He obtained his first degree, a B.Sc. in Political Science, from the University of Calabar in Nigeria. Since then, he has obtained three master’s degrees and three doctorates in the following fields and specializations: political science (international relations), marketing (public relations) and public administration (human resources management).

His numerous research and consulting interests span the areas of management communication, political communication, conflict resolution, negotiations, marketing strategies, leadership strategies, public communication, communication for development, branding and brand management, stakeholder engagement and relationship management.

Before joining academia, he served as Managing Director and CEO of five private and public sector companies in Nigeria. He has over 25 years of senior management experience and consults extensively with the industry in his many areas of expertise. He teaches at the Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria.

Silk will speak on the topic “Leader in the Age of Remote Work: Effective Leadership for Dispersed Teams” during a masterclass session in the Executive Lounge. Do you want to participate in this session? Get your tickets for the executive masterclass here.

Rachel Onoja

Rachel Onoja

Operations Manager, AltSchool Africa

Rachael Onoja is the Operations Manager at AltSchool Africa. Passionate about access to opportunities through apprenticeship and career management programs, she advocates for equal, quality and accessible education. It is driven by the need to ensure that every African has access to sustainable and marketable skills.

She has made great strides in her work with the Pipeline by TalentQL program, enabling intermediate software engineers to become world-class engineers. Several graduates of the program received salaries 5 to 8 times their previous salaries.

She successfully led the launch and execution of several cohorts of degree programs at AltSchool Africa across three schools. In her previous role at Decagon, she led developer placement activities, and within the Andela Learning Community, she managed the entire North East Nigeria and selected communities in South Africa. ‘East.

In addition to helping companies deliver skills empowerment value to their stakeholders, she has volunteered with communities such as Women Techmakers, Google Developers Group, and Meta’s Developer Circles.

Rachael will speak during the session entitled “Preparing African youth for the jobs of tomorrow”.


Chikodi Ukaiwe

CEO, Salad Africa

Chikodi Ukaiwe is an impact-driven entrepreneur seeking to accelerate Africa’s economic growth through technology and financial inclusion, with a particular focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their employees.

Chikodi began his career in banking, which served as his introduction to the world of finance and technology, but it was not until he delved into the world of e-commerce, where he had the chance to work closely with traders, startups and other small businesses, playing a pivotal role in companies like Jumia and Konga, that he understood the glaring gap in access to financial services and the productivity tools that burden Nigerian businesses and the ordinary Nigerians who work for them.

In response to this pressing demand, Chikodi founded Salad Africa in 2022, providing financial services and employee benefits to the African workforce. Salad gives African workers tools to access, save and manage money and enables their SME employers with software to pay salaries and manage employees.

He will speak at the General Stage panel discussion titled “Harnessing Technology for a Healthier Workplace.”


Fopé Daniels

Manager, People and Culture, Altschool Africa

Fope Daniels is a People Manager Extraordinaire with over seven years of experience growing and developing people and businesses in consulting, venture-backed start-ups, digital mobility, logistics and e-commerce.

A global talent manager with demonstrated experience recruiting top-tier tech and non-tech talent across industries, cultures and experience levels; keen to align talent management strategies with business strategy leveraging data, digital technology, design thinking and employer branding concepts.

She has strong HR strategy skills and broad knowledge of human resources operations, with core expertise in organizational and cultural design, talent management, performance management and employee engagement, while leveraging design thinking, technology and data for a people-first, high-level approach. -efficient organization.

An employability strategist and advocate for SDGs 5 and 8, he believes that everyone has “potential for greatness” that can be harnessed and refined provided they have the right learning tool and growth environment. She is passionate about conversations around employer branding, candidate/employee experience, people working practices, diversity and digital skills in the workplace.

Fope will join other panelists in a panel discussion titled “Harnessing Technology for a Healthier Workplace.”


Adedokun Agunbiade

CEO and co-founder Ropay

Adedokun Agunbiade is a visionary entrepreneur, financial analyst and technology expert on a mission to revolutionize the way businesses operate in Africa. As co-founder and CEO of ropay, one of Africa’s leading payroll and HR software companies, Adedokun helps thousands of businesses streamline their operations and save time and money.

Adedokun is a financial wizard with over 10 years of experience in the field. He is also a highly qualified accountant, financial modeler, data analyst, product manager and software developer. Under his leadership, Ropay has become one of the leading payroll and HR software companies in Nigeria, helping over 500 businesses save millions of naira in salary costs!

Prior to establishing Ropay, Adedokun was the Chief Financial Officer of Whogohost Limited; he co-chaired the structuring of the company and was part of the company’s first management.

He managed the company’s finances, accounting, billing, human resources and other functions. He developed financial technology tools that aided the operations of Whogohost Limited.

Adedokun is a strong advocate for the African tech ecosystem. He believes technology has the power to transform Africa and is committed to using his skills and experience to help African businesses succeed. He is often heard saying that he is “building the next African unicorn” and that his vision for ropay is to create a one-stop shop for all the human resources and payroll needs of African businesses.

He will join other panelists in a panel discussion on the HR Fest stage to discuss the theme “Harnessing Technology for a Healthier Workplace.”


Chidi Odoemenam

Senior Legal Associate, Rendeavor Nigeria

Chidi Odoemenam is a Senior Legal Associate at Rendeavor Nigeria, where he focuses on projects and infrastructure, utilities (electricity, gas, water and ICT) as well as general business and commercial law matters.

It specifically provides commercial law support to infrastructure deployment plans in Alaro City, a mixed-use integrated city developed by Rendeavor in partnership with the Lagos State Government over 1,000 hectares of land in the area frank from Lekki.

Prior to Rendeavour, Chidi worked in the corporate finance team at Aluko & Oyebode, where he advised on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and financial matters, and completed a secondment at Slaughter and May.

Chidi will explain how to become a lifelong learner and guide the audience on ways to stand out from the pack during a fireside chat on the General Stage.

You can head towards to register for the opportunity to learn and gain access to these and other speakers at the conference.

We are also offering a massive 63% discount on Executive and HR Fest tickets to celebrate Nigeria’s 63rd Independence. Take advantage of this offer by applying promo code NIGERIA63, as it ends soon.

See you at the conference!

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