Founder & CEO, The Chair Centre Group
Nominated by Lagos Business School
Ibukun Awosika is an award-winning entrepreneur and chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited. She is also the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group, which includes companies involved in manufacturing, retail and bankway security systems services.
Awosika chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards, including The Convention on Business Integrity, House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre. She sits on the boards of Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Imperial Gate School and Peniel Apartments Limited.
Awosika holds a chemistry degree from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in Nigeria and is an alumna of the Chief Executive program at Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA program at IESE Business School; and Global CEO programs at Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School.
Awosika is a co-founder and past chairman of Women in Business, Management and Public Service. In 2008, was awarded the prestigious International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award; in 2019, she was appointed to serve the IWEC as its president. She is also an ordained pastor and the founder of the Christian Missionary Fund.
As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Awosika aspires to raise entrepreneurs to create jobs for Nigeria’s unemployed youth. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, served on the National Job Creation Committee, and sits on the international advisory board of IESE Business School and the governing council of Pan-Atlantic University.