Entradas Etiquetadas con ‘Nigeria’

15
Oct

Eniola Akinsete_blogI am a mother, wife and career woman. I am passionate about EVERYTHING that has to do with me. I am ambitious. I am determined (which explains why I left 3 kids and a husband in Nigeria to go to Spain for an MBA!!!). I hate defeat. I love quiet. I love loyalty. I hate deception. I am Eniola Akinsete, International MBA December 2013 graduate.

Going to IE was and is still a life changing experience for me. My 13 months on the program sharpened my existing knowledge areas, gave me additional latitude and depth in my business knowledge and empowered me for the next chapter of my life career and otherwise. I joined PwC Nigeria in January 2014 and I must confess that I marvel at how grown up I have become as a result of my IE experience in terms of business. I am better able to critically analyze situations and in turn realize more opportunities, insights than I did before the program. These days, for me, an idea, no matter how flimsy, always has something to give or something that can be gained. IE sharpened my skills such that even with my kids I am a better negotiator (more like a subtle dictator with the kids though!!!) at getting things achieved. 

The IE experience remains a priceless one to me. Not only did I gain a lifetime education, I learnt how to survive in the toughest of emotional situations, I made new friends that I still keep in touch. IE has given me some solid foundation for a new level and I have several cherished memories to keep me going for a long time to come.

8
Oct

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Ugo Ogwo is currently the Head of Demand Forecasting for West Africa at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer. In this role, she ensures Supply meets Demand for all product portfolios across all markets in West Africa. She has improved forecast accuracy from averages of 60s to very high 70s. She also acts as the hinge for new product launches and new market entries. Ugo received her Bachelor’s from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in Electrical Engineering and a Master in Telecommunications Engineering from the same university.

After her 7+ years career in the Telecommunication Industry, Ugo decided it was time for a change of Industry and enrolled in the International MBA program at IE Business School as a platform to initiate the switch and to broaden her business acumen with international perspective.

In addition to learning at IE, Ugo was actively involved with the IE Africa Club and was eventually elected the president of the club. During her tenure as president, she hosted the first Africa business event at IE which brought together Africa diplomatic community in Madrid as well as different stakeholders with business interest in Africa.

Her time at IE (April 2010 – May 2011)  was life transforming; to put it in her own words ‘‘IE changed my life; the ‘me’ that went to IE is different from me that returned’’. The experiences at IE including her Consulting Intern experience with Legal Resources Centre Johannesburg in South Africa were very instrumental in securing a place at GSK and have been of immense benefit as she settles and grows in the Fast Moving Consumer Health Care Industry.

1
Oct

Jibade

Ajibade Oluwabiyi, from Nigeria, is IE International MBA 2009 alumnus.

I started out from the University of Lagos with a degree in Electrical Electronics Engineering but I always knew Entrepreneurship would be my final abode. I started my first venture in my 4th year at the University with my friend, where we provided Wireless Internet and Video on Demand solutions to estates and Hotels. This first venture failed in the business sense and this marked the beginning of a steep learning curve that would serve as invaluable lessons later in my entrepreneurial life. After my National Youth Service year, I took up a job with an IT firm and later went into the Oil and Gas Industry with one of the majors spending about 4 years with them. 

 Having spent all my life in Information Technology and realizing that I had a lot missing in me when it comes to business, I decided to apply for an MBA which eventually served as a 360 degree shift for me away from what I was used to. I applied and coupled with months of preparing for the GMAT and muliple essays and an interview, I got admitted to IE Business School where the next 13 months re-shaped my mind and helped re-organized my thinking. 

 Seating in a classroom, treating cases and meeting minds that were fully business oriented opened a new can of worms for me and the experience was exhilarating. IE Business School gave me not just an MBA but help build a network that I am still enjoying till today and will most likely enjoy forever. Meeting people from well over 60 countries from different backgrounds, orientations and view of life meant I became a much more exposed person and was a rich source of learning that I still enjoy till today. 

 After the 13 months coupled with my previous experiences and failures, I came to the conclusion that I was ready to take the plunge and went ahead and started my current Business – A metal recycling and Commodity Trading company. I am still running it and enjoying every bit of it!

 

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