Change Leadership Roundtable Seek Empowering Entrepreneurs -Yvonne Akpoveta | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Change Leadership Roundtable Seek Empowering Entrepreneurs -Yvonne Akpoveta

Yvonne 3
Posted: May 25, 2016 at 1:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yvonne Akpoveta is the brain behind Change Leadership Roundtable planned for July. In this interview, with Lukmon Akintola, she talks about the event which is set to bring business executives and leaders together to achieve change in the Nigerian economy.


In recent times, doing business in Nigeria has not been too palatable, how do you think the average business executive can survive?

The survival of any organisation requires a strong leader, a leader who is able to successfully lead a change; be innovative, be able to diversify and be responsive to change.

He must also be able to mobilise, engage and motivate employees. He has to be swift in making critical decisions.


Everything you just listed will require a lot of change; do you think Nigerian business executives are ready for this?

Change is the only constant in life. Whether or not we are receptive to change, it has never stopped it from happening.  In my experience Nigerian companies understand this philosophy of change; from the banking to the telecommunications industry, taking on tremendous change in the past 10years, constantly reinventing themselves to stay relevant and some doing so successfully over the years.


Tell us about the Change Leadership Roundtable coming up in July?

The Change Leadership series is a Pan-African corporate and entrepreneurial sequence of events that is held annually. It is aimed at driving positive change by empowering leaders, entrepreneurs and corporations to become effective change leaders and to lead transformational change. For a successful change to occur, it takes strong leadership and commitment, and strong leadership requires growth and continuous learning.

The Change Leadership series meets these needs and provides a forum to help leaders and organisations become more effective in driving results, achieve higher levels of success, growth and market leadership in their respective sectors, and increase returns on investment.


Specifically, when is this programme holding?

The Executive Roundtable billed to hold in Toronto, Canada will take place from the 6th to 8th of July, at the renowned Ritz Carlton Hotel. It is an exclusive event that will bring together 50 executives and business leaders.


What are the antecedents of your company in organising events such as this?

Olive Blue Consultancy and our consultants have worked with JPMorgan Chase, Loblaws, General Motors, Delta State Government, Phillips Consulting, Royal Bank of Canada, Deloitte and Touche, The Project Management Institute and British Telecom to deliver training, as well as strategic and business critical projects. These include transformational projects such as organisational restructuring, mergers and acquisition, business re-engineering, regulatory, and technology implementations.


Can you tell us the kind of people who this event is meant for?

They encompass a range of leaders from CEOs, Executive leaders, and Senior Management personnel of organisations to senior public sector leaders in Nigeria focused on leading transformational change.

What do participants of these programme stand to gain?

It is an opportunity to bolster effectiveness in leading change to drive higher returns on investment and collectively move the Nigerian economy forward. One of the ways this can be done is through effective change leadership.


This event will have executives from different business environments in the world, how do you hope to integrate their individual interest?

The Change Leadership series definitely recognises the need to tailor our contents to fit the respective nuances and cultures of its participants. The aim is to strive for the leaders to learn from one another on how they have been able to achieve success and manage challenges.


Why the choice of Toronto as venue for this year’s event?

Toronto was chosen as the location for the Executive Roundtable to provide something different, as well as provide untapped opportunities. You also have to know that Toronto is the business and financial capital of the country and one of the world’s largest financial centres. Nigeria is one of Canada’s largest trading partners in Sub-Saharan Africa, with growing opportunities for bilateral trade.

Canada has cultivated relationships in Africa for over five decades working with countries to boost development outcomes including promoting economic opportunities. According to a Bloomberg report, Canada is the best country in the G-20 to transact business with. Canada led all G-7 countries in economic growth during the past decade according to the World Bank.


Tell us about the speakers, who are they?

This not a conference where speakers talk to you from a podium, This is a roundtable focused on bringing to the table, hands-on strategies and experiences, to create a collective agenda to move their corporations and the economy forward. Our speakers include John C. Maxwell, a number one New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker.

He is the founder of the John Maxwell Company and has trained more than 5 million leaders in nearly every country of the world.

Others are Foluso Phillips, CEO and Chairman, Phillips Consulting Nigeria; Jeremy Gutsche, award winning Innovation expert; Segun Agbaje, CEO GTBank Nigeria; Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora; Arole Oodua Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife and an astute Real Estate mogul; Samuel O. Oboh, an accomplished Architect in Africa and Canada, and 2015 President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) who is the first Canadian of African descent to occupy this position in the 108-year history of the Institute.


This is a big project, who are you working with?

The event is being presented by OliveBlue Incorporated, alongside well established partners and collaborators which includes: Phillips Consulting, Planet Africa Group, Mayday Live Nigeria, and AfroGloblal Television.


How can Nigerian companies be a part of this?

Organisations in Nigeria or those that do business in Nigeria and Africa can be part of this event by registering to participate. Details can be found on our website or email