Austin Joseph (Chief Transformation Officer)
Austin Joseph is one of the most respected business coaches in Nigeria. With over a decade of extensive experience in delivering Communication, Sales and Business Growth trainings, he keeps proving the principles he teaches with his own businesses, JC International and Oilfield Solutions.
He is a John Maxwell Certified Coach and His specialties include but not limited Executive Coaching, Strategy Retreat, Strategic Planning, Strategic Alignment, Team development, Leadership Training & Development, Organizational Culture Development, Goal Setting & Getting Things Done, Influencing Others for Peak Performance, Relationship Coaching, Leadership Assessment, Employees Empowerment, Diversity & Inclusion Development, Workshops & Facilitation.
Realizing that there was more he could give back to the society, he established Growth Academy in 2015, a personal development and training organization where he mentors people on a larger scale.
Dr. Christa Ikona, Psy.D. CPA, MAcc
Dr Christa has over 20 years of executive management experience as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Human Resources Officer while serving on several Boards of Directors. Christa is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and has worked with organizations such as Deloitte, Prudential, Watts Industries, and Lavi Industries. Christa has been nominated numerous times for both the Los Angeles Daily News’ and the San Fernando Daily News’ CFO of the Year Award. Christa earned her Bachelors Degree in Business/Accounting from California State University Fullerton, her Master of Accounting from the University of Southern California, and her Doctorate Degree in Organizational Management and Consulting from Phillips Graduate University. Additionally, Christa is an Advanced Certified Connective Leadership Associate.
Tunde brings two decades of cognate experience garnered mainly from the banking industry into Training, Management and Business Consulting. He has worked in virtually all the key areas of the bank. He has served as head of branch operations, head of central clearing unit, branch manager, team lead of audit and investigation unit, head of general administration group, head of systems and control division (comprising internal audit group, internal control group, systems audit and control group and IT security). A one- time Chief Audit Executive (CAE) of a leading bank in Nigeria, Tunde’s strength lies in training, consulting and management.
Brenda Bowman is a specialist in adult learning, professional development and leadership-coaching. She has designed and facilitated capacity building workshops on governance, sustainability and leadership throughout the world for bankers, entrepreneurs, leaders of Non-Government Organizations and Faith-Based Organizations, government officials, corporate executives and members of boards of directors. She is an authority on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, change management, organizational capacity assessment and the development of governance systems.
Comfort Coleman is a Trainer, Journalist, a Human Resources Practitioner, a Culture Change Specialist and a Learning Development specialist per excellence who has garnered vast experience in Communications and Human Resource Management, spanning over 30 years.
She is a multi-dimensional, multi-talented and multi-functional professional, who is a certified DiSC Trainer and has been running the DiSC 363 Leadership assessment for companies across several industries. DiSC empowers leaders and their people to understand how to manage today’s human capital.
Dr. Mike Ikona, Psy.D
Mike has over 20 years of executive management and consulting experience. Mike’s extensive experience includes strategic planning, organizational development, project management, mergers and acquisitions, talent management, coaching, leadership development, and training and development. Mike also has extensive experience with J.D. Edwards/Oracle ERP Software implementations. Mike has worked with firms such as Watts Water Technologies, ABM, and Lavi Industries. Mike earned his Bachelors Degree in History from American Military University and his Doctorate Degree in Organizational Management and Consulting from Phillips Graduate University. Additionally, Mike is an Advanced Certified Connective Leadership Associate.
Ali HARBI is a consultant in corporate strategy, governance, sustainability, and excellence management since 1995, after having been an iron and steel R&D engineer and production manager from 1989 to 1994. Ali developed work experience as Managing Director of a public private institution working on regional development. In late 2004 he joined the EU program for SMEs upgrading and development in Algeria.
Heather Ahlburn Emerick
Heather Emerick is a seasoned learning and development consultant and Certified Executive Coach specializing in developing leadership skills.
Heather facilitates groups from 5 to 500 on topics ranging from leadership, team dynamics, change management and communication. She develops custom programs for private, public and higher education clients both in person and online. Heather’s current clients include: Brown University’s Center for Learning & Professional Development, Conservation International, and the U.S. State Department among others.
Heather serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Foreign Service Institute, the training school for the U.S. Department of State where she teaches courses in leadership and supervision both in the U.S. and internationally.
Heather is a Certified Executive Coach and a member of the Center for Executive Coaching. She is a Master Practitioner of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ®. She holds a BA in Psychology from Kenyon College and a MS in Psychology from Brown University.
Well-established professional with practical experience and extensive academic knowledge of operations management, strategic decision-making, supply chain management, and brand communities. Results-oriented leader able to analyze and decipher complex systems and effectively present strategic solutions to a wide range of audiences, applicable to operations management, global strategy, and supply chain management. Award-winning competitive speaker and excellent communicator, able to build cohesive and productive working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds.
His specialties include but not limited to Global Strategy, Knowledge Management, Problem-Solving, Committee Management, Brand Communities.
Wilson is a top-performing and result oriented administrator and business manager with over 15+ years of proven track record in multiple industries: Management Consulting, Education, Media, FMCG and NGOs. Gained lot of experience and knowledge in Education, Adult Learning, Talent Development, planning, supervising, meeting demands and in general administration.
He holds a Master Degree in Business & Commercial Law (MBCL), Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) Highly skilled in Education, talent development, sales, marketing channels, human capital training & development, enterprise development, management consulting, logistics coordination, presentation, and negotiation. Continually outperform the competition by training all employees that customer satisfaction drives profitable over extended time, reducing cost and increasing revenue growth. Accomplishes sales goals and manages accounts. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to establish trusting relationships with others.
He is a passionate fellow with years of cognitive career development in Business development, ICT and Sales. Delivering globally outstanding value through enterprise development and thought leadership in alignment with the desire to be part of daily building a better world is his ultimate goal.
His core functions include: Savvy in social media, Digital/New-Media and Internet/Online Technology, Organizing training and facilitating training, learning and development programs
• Business Development, Marketing and Sales, Presentation and Negotiation.
He has gathered about a decade experiential knowledge in lean start-up/entrepreneurial business process development, establishing workable business channels, and developing strategies for the general operations of multinational organizations.
He was the Principal of Prist Academy, a successful business school that has raised professionals sought after by Goldman Sachs. He is a highly motivated trainer and performance coach who has evolved into an asset of impeccable value.