LEAP holds an annual CEOs Forum to support SME development in Nigeria and equip business owners to build sustainable organizations. Since its launch in 2005, the Forum is reputed as a platform for exposing business owners to the importance of succession planning, instituting effective systems, structures and ethical leadership within their organizations to ensure long term sustainability.
On May 15, 2014 LEAP hosted the 9th CEOs Forum themed Leveraging Technology for SME Growth at the City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island. It was gathering of over 750 entrepreneurs and business leaders in established organizations, anchored by Mrs. Dayo Benjamins Laniyi and moderated by Mr. Adedoyin Odunfa, CEO Digital Jewels. The Forum featured five distinguished speakers who spoke on:
- The Online Marketplace - Mr Abasiama Idaresit, MD, Wild Fusion
- Managing Publicity through Social Media - Mr. Olusegun Martins Head, Technology, Insight Communications
- Disruptive Innovation, A catalyst for Business Growth - Prof Balvinder Powar, MD, Booster Industries, Spain
- How Intelligent is Your Business? Mining Customer Information for Business Growth – Mrs Osayi Emokpae- Lasisi, Strategic Director, Mindshare Advertising
- Improving Business Operations with Technology - Mr. Uche Onwudike, CEO Coure Technology
Distinguished guests included: Mrs. Sola Oworu, Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry; Mrs. Bene Uche, Senior Cultural Staff, Public Affairs Section, United States Consulate, Lagos; Mrs. Beverly Okoye, Deputy Director for UK Trade and Investment in Nigeria; Mr. Aditya Chellarams, Group Director, Chellarams Group, Mrs. Yewande Zaccheus.
To date, the CEOs Forum which fosters the exchange of ideas and best practices, has attracted over 3400 business owners, chief executives, directors, managers, as well as leaders in the public and non-profit sectors.
Several businessmen, renowned entrepreneurs, academics, directors that have served on the panel or as speakers at the Annual CEOs include Mr. Ali Mufuruki; Chairman, Infotech Investment Group, Tanzania; Ms. Koosum Kaylan; Chairman, Edgomerap Holdings, London, Mr. Doug Smollan, Chairman, Smollan Group and Mr. Martin Woolnough, MD, Nestle Nigeria, Mr. Folu Ayeni; Vice Chairman, Tantalizers Ltd Nigeria. Mrs. Omobola Johnson Former Director Accenture Nigeria, Mr. Fola Adeola Chairman FATE Foundation, Dr. Juan Elegido Vice Chancellor Pan African University and Mr. Yofi Grant Executive Director, Databank Group Ghana.
“The 6th CEOs Forum is one of the best I have attended; they were exceptional speakers whose experiences I readily identify with having worked with entrepreneurs, managers, CEOs for years. Listening to them you can actually see the link, between when you start small and how you can grow big.” - Mrs. Toki Mabogunje, CEO Toki Mabogunje Consulting