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Malcolm Johnston

In 2000 Malcolm Johnston founded a strategy consultancy specialising in the creation and delivery of customer-centric change. In the last 14 years, Malcolm has been asked to help a wide range of businesses with the resolution of complex strategic challenges and his engagements have covered diverse sectors including; IT, pharmaceuticals, wind energy, telecommunications, industrial cleaning, bio-technology and private banking. He is an experienced businessman with a record of helping companies improve revenue, profit and market penetration through the development of propositions, people and processes that enhance customer experience and build customer loyalty.

His international business experience was primarily gained during 19 years with BT, Cable & Wireless, T-Mobile and Telstra during which time he undertook many roles in sales and marketing from product manager to sales and marketing director. He has lived and worked in Germany and the USA – where he created and led the C&W international sales organisation for two years.

In addition to running his consultancy, he also lectures on Masters programs at a number of Universities. He is a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Management Institute. He has also been a District Councillor and served for two years in the East of England Industrial Development Board.

Julian Clover

Julian Clover is a results focused Chief Executive and Company Director with a track record of success in the private and not for profit sectors. He has over twelve years’ experience of delivering change and optimizing business and financial systems having worked with Fortune 500 businesses and government organizations. He is also highly experienced at training and development, from business schools to international companies, has a strong track record of recruiting and managing people, and also with developing and motivating staff.

Julian is currently a Director at Worldwork Ltd having previously held top management positions at The Association of Management Education and Development, The Jacaranda Group as well as being a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. Julian is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and holds a BA (Hons) English & French, Post graduate Certificate in Education and an MBA Accounting & Finance.


Rolake Akinkugbe

Rolake is an Oil & Gas specialist with extensive knowledge and experience of African as well as global markets. Her specialist areas include global energy, upstream petroleum economics, African oil and gas markets, oil and gas financing trends and infrastructure challenges sustainable energy solutions, Africa’s power sector and natural resource policy.

She is a regular media commentator and presenter on global and African energy and natural resources and has been a regular reviewer of global newspaper headlines on BBC World News since 2012. Fluent in French, and Yoruba, her mother tongue, Rolake has lived in Senegal and traveled extensively across Africa. She holds a Bachelors and a Master’s degree from the London School of economics and is currently Head of Energy and Natural Resources Origination at FBN Capital, Nigeria.


Quentin Crowe

Quentin is the Managing Director & Founder of The Marketers’ Forum, a hugely successful UK Training company specializing in Marketing. Quentin has over 20-year marketing experience in the insurance, sports and education sectors. He has taught every level of CIM since 2002 as well as being a visiting lecturer at Greenwich University.

He worked in the Lloyd’s of London insurance market for 13 years before setting up his own consultancy business in 2000. Quentin is also a qualified sports coach, having spent many years playing hockey at country, regional and national league levels.


Nel van Zanten

Nel is a dynamic, highly qualified consultant with over 15 years’ experience in management consultancy, training & development. She has worked for leading training companies, most recently Smart Training in Hampton Wick, UK, specializing in training for various child care and management qualifications with a career spanning across Europe and Africa.

She ran a large Agribusiness in Holland, worked with local women in Kenya to upgrade their project management skills, and served as a member of the Board of Committee and Community Centre Manager in South Africa developing and running skills training courses and programs as well as self-development and rehab projects.  As well as being a qualified pediatric nurse, Nel holds a BSc (Hons) in Social Science and Diplomas in Management, Childcare and Education & Training (DTLL).

She is the Director of Training for the Enterprise, Training & Knowledge Group (ETK Group) UK and the Centre Director for the Centre for African Business Education (CABE), UK.


Emem Opashi

Emem is an educator with over 17 years’ experience in teacher training, curriculum and resource material development, early, primary and secondary education. She is the Founding Director of The Sage School and the School Resource Centre (SRC) Abuja, Nigeria. Emem holds a BSc Psychology from University of Ibadan, a PGDE Educational Leadership from University of Leicester, an MSc Education- Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. She also holds an African Business Management Award (ABM) qualification from the Centre for African Business Management, UK.

Ben Leon

Ben is an Aviation & Travel professional, with a track record of growing businesses and people across challenging international environments. With strong strategic vision, commercial acumen, and a motivational leadership approach, he has launched ventures and turnarounds in the UK, France, Europe, Middle East and the Caribbean.

Ben has over 20 years’ experience in delivering coaching and mentoring programs to thousands of leaders, executives and their teams across all continents. He is a registered and approved Growth Coach for the UK Government backed Growth Accelerator and Business Growth Service. He cares about and invests energy in promoting responsibility, community engagement and the environment.Ben is the Managing Partner at Bravo Lima and serves as a Non-Executive, Advisory Board Member, Coach and Mentor for a number of companies, ventures, social enterprises and charities.


Bolaji Sofoluwe

Bolaji is Management Consultant with over 15 years of experience across Europe and Africa working with over 200 SMEs and start-ups, as well as larger corporations such as the Central Bank of Nigeria. Her experience ranges from roles in translation, research, and financial services before finding her true talent in Business Strategy and Planning. She is the Co-founder and Director, Planning & Strategy of Enterprise, Training & Knowledge Group (ETK Group) UK, Director at the Centre for African Business Education (CABE) UK and co-developer of the African Business Management Qualification (ABM). Bolaji is a fluent French Speaker and holds a BA (French) Languages and Linguistics from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.



Simi is a multiple awards winning entrepreneur, winning or being a finalist in 13 award categories ‘International Business Woman 2005’ and ‘European Business of The Tear 2005’. She is a Chartered marketing professional with particular expertise in strategic business growth and change management, as well as in-depth sector experience in the areas of e-commerce, entertainment, fashion, FMCG, hair and beauty, and, technology. Simi has years of teaching and training experience gained from delivering the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s professional marketing qualifications, delivering bespoke training courses as well as seminars and workshops.

She is a Director at Liquid Business and Founder/Director at SimiWeave among other roles. She holds a BA (Hons) Geography from King’s College, University of London, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations UK and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She also holds an African Business Management Award (ABM) qualification from the Centre for African Business Management, UK