Ibukun Awosika

Founder and CEO, The Chair Centre Group - First female chairperson, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd

Ibukun Awosika is the first female chairperson of Nigeria’s premier bank, First Bank. 

Ibukun Awosika is also a Chairman or board member on various corporate and non-profit boards around the world, cutting across education (IESEBusiness School, Imperial Gate Schools, Pan Atlantic University), energy(d-Light Inc.), IT (Digital Jewels Limited), manufacturing(Cadbury Nigeria Plc), retail (House of Tara International), financial services (Alitheia IDF Fund LP, Nigeria Advisory Board for Impact Investing), corporate governance (Convention on Business Integrity), advocacy(Women in Management, Business and Public Service), to mention a few.

In addition she was recently appointed to the UK G7 impact Taskforce. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and served on the pioneer board of the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund.  

Over the years, she has received numerous awards locally and internationally. Her most recent recognitions are the 2020 Forbes Woman Africa Chairperson Award and the Beta Gama Signa 2020 Business Achievement Award. 

As part of her commitment to investing in the next generation of business leaders, she started the 360 Executive Coaching series and The Life Series with Ibukun Awosika. She also founded the Afterschool Graduate Development Centre, a career centre established to checkmate the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria.