HELLO, I'M MICHAEL IKPOKI

CEO, ADVISER & BOARD MEMBER

HELLO, I'M MICHAEL IKPOKI

CEO, ADVISER & BOARD MEMBER

HELLO, I'M MICHAEL IKPOKI
CEO, ADVISER & BOARD MEMBER
HELLO, I'M MICHAEL IKPOKI
CEO, ADVISER & BOARD MEMBER
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ABOUT ME

Michael founded Africa Context Advisory Partners in January 2016 driven by a passion to adapt his experience towards advising Leaders, Investors and businesses seeking to acquire, establish, run and oversee growth businesses in ICT and Consumer spaces across Africa.

Michael Ikpoki is an accomplished Multinational Business Executive and Leader with proven experience in successfully managing and growing significant businesses and delivering optimal shareholder value in the largest economies in Africa. A lawyer by training, Michael has over twenty five (25) years regulatory, commercial, operational and leadership experience in the telecoms/fast moving consumer goods Industry in Africa. This experience includes six (6) years public sector experience in a National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, fourteen (14) years experience in the MTN Group and over five (5) years advisory/consulting experience. Specific Operational Industry experience include leadership roles in Regulatory Management, Commercial Operations & Management, General Business Management, Strategic/C-Level & Country Management.

For almost five (5) years, Michael led MTN country operations in two countries in the top 10 economies in Africa. In April 2011, he became the CEO of MTN Ghana (the 4th largest operation in the MTN Group). In Ghana, he led the company to consolidate its leadership position in an intensely competitive market environment culminating in a record 21% revenue growth in 2012. In recognition of this feat, he was given the Telecom CEO of the year award at the prestigious Ghana Telecom Awards that year.

Michael became the CEO of MTN Nigeria in July 2013. MTN Nigeria was the largest subsidiary in the MTN Group and the largest significant contributor to MTN Group’s financials at the time. Michael led his team to achieve a significant business turnaround in 2013 and grew the company to achieve the following: become a $4B business with 60 million customers, the largest contributor to ICT sectoral Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Nigeria, the largest telecom Operator in Africa and the Number 1 ranked telco in the global ranking of Carriers for consistency in business performance/shareholder returns as reported by IE Market Research (October 2014). In his Senior Leadership/CEO roles, Michael has successfully deployed effective leadership principles into action yielding consistently positive results. This includes strategic thinking, business transformation, challenging individuals and teams to optimum performance with clinical focus on results, effective integration across the business, inclusive leadership, effective employee engagement and instilling great culture as the bedrock of sustained organizational success. As a member of the MTN Group Executive Committee at the time, he was involved in overseeing MTN operations across 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Michael resigned from MTN Group in December 2015 to pursue other interests.

McKinsey posits that Africa needs much larger and well-run companies to contribute towards a $5.6Trillion African economy by 2025. Michael strongly believes that there is an abundance of inherent entrepreneurial and human capacity to build great World class companies with significant scale and strong ethical foundations in and across Africa. To this end, Michael founded Africa Context Advisory Partners in January 2016 driven by a passion to adapt and translate his experience towards advising Leaders, Investors and businesses seeking to acquire, establish, run and oversee growth businesses in ICT and Consumer spaces across Africa.

Michael has worked with a team of senior telco professionals to provide advisory/consulting services on Telecom/ICT in areas including strategy, commercial due diligence, business operations, policy & regulatory and new business development. He continues to serve as a business strategy resource and analyst in the ICT space.

Michael has advised Investor Groups/Holding Companies and their Boards through the process of establishing business operations in the West African market. Michael has and continues to work actively with holding companies seeking to establish presence in West African markets in particular. Michael works actively with Private Equity firms to oversee Management in specific portfolio companies; develop operational best practices in the portfolio companies and participate in all aspects of investment evaluation, portfolio monitoring and divestment preparations.

Michael fully appreciates that strong African businesses can only be built by sharpening focus on building strong ethical business leaders. To this end, he mentors CEOs/Senior leaders and speaks to Executive leadership teams, Investor Groups, Boards and select audiences on Telecoms, Doing business and leadership in Africa. He also writes regularly on similar topics on his LinkedIn page  and on respected business platforms in Africa. Also keen on developing leadership talent. Michael is a guest speaker/facilitator to Senior leadership/CEO programs in Africa Leadership University and Lagos Business School.

Organizational Leadership & Managerial Highlights:

Board Experience

Public Sector Experience

Industry/Commercial Operations

General Management and Enterprise P&L; Responsibility

Aligning operations with Business Strategy

Finding and building top talents for leadership.

Business Management & Leadership Responsibility & Oversight

Consulting & Advisory Experience

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ABOUT ME

Michael Ikpoki is an accomplished Multinational Business Executive and Leader with proven experience in successfully managing and growing significant businesses and delivering optimal shareholder value in the largest economies in Africa. A lawyer by training, Michael has over twenty five (25) years regulatory, commercial, operational and leadership experience in the telecoms/fast moving consumer goods Industry in Africa. This experience includes six (6) years public sector experience in a National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, fourteen (14) years experience in the MTN Group and over five (5) years advisory/consulting experience. Specific Operational Industry experience include leadership roles in Regulatory Management, Commercial Operations & Management, General Business Management, Strategic/C-Level & Country Management.

For almost five (5) years, Michael led MTN country operations in two countries in the top 10 economies in Africa. In April 2011, he became the CEO of MTN Ghana (the 4th largest operation in the MTN Group). In Ghana, he led the company to consolidate its leadership position in an intensely competitive market environment culminating in a record 21% revenue growth in 2012. In recognition of this feat, he was given the Telecom CEO of the year award at the prestigious Ghana Telecom Awards that year.

Michael became the CEO of MTN Nigeria in July 2013. MTN Nigeria was the largest subsidiary in the MTN Group and the largest significant contributor to MTN Group’s financials at the time. Michael led his team to achieve a significant business turnaround in 2013 and grew the company to achieve the following: become a $4B business with 60 million customers, the largest contributor to ICT sectoral Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Nigeria, the largest telecom Operator in Africa and the Number 1 ranked telco in the global ranking of Carriers for consistency in business performance/shareholder returns as reported by IE Market Research (October 2014). In his Senior Leadership/CEO roles, Michael has successfully deployed effective leadership principles into action yielding consistently positive results. This includes strategic thinking, business transformation, challenging individuals and teams to optimum performance with clinical focus on results, effective integration across the business, inclusive leadership, effective employee engagement and instilling great culture as the bedrock of sustained organizational success. As a member of the MTN Group Executive Committee at the time, he was involved in overseeing MTN operations across 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Michael resigned from MTN Group in December 2015 to pursue other interests.

McKinsey posits that Africa needs much larger and well-run companies to contribute towards a $5.6Trillion African economy by 2025. Michael strongly believes that there is an abundance of inherent entrepreneurial and human capacity to build great World class companies with significant scale and strong ethical foundations in and across Africa. To this end, Michael founded Africa Context Advisory Partners in January 2016 driven by a passion to adapt and translate his experience towards advising Leaders, Investors and businesses seeking to acquire, establish, run and oversee growth businesses in ICT and Consumer spaces across Africa.

Michael has worked with a team of senior telco professionals to provide advisory/consulting services on Telecom/ICT in areas including strategy, commercial due diligence, business operations, policy & regulatory and new business development. He continues to serve as a business strategy resource and analyst in the ICT space.

Michael has advised Investor Groups/Holding Companies and their Boards through the process of establishing business operations in the West African market. Michael has and continues to work actively with holding companies seeking to establish presence in West African markets in particular. Michael works actively with Private Equity firms to oversee Management in specific portfolio companies; develop operational best practices in the portfolio companies and participate in all aspects of investment evaluation, portfolio monitoring and divestment preparations.

Michael fully appreciates that strong African businesses can only be built by sharpening focus on building strong ethical business leaders. To this end, he mentors CEOs/Senior leaders and speaks to Executive leadership teams, Investor Groups, Boards and select audiences on Telecoms, Doing business and leadership in Africa. He also writes regularly on similar topics on his LinkedIn page  and on respected business platforms in Africa. Also keen on developing leadership talent. Michael is a guest speaker/facilitator to Senior leadership/CEO programs in Africa Leadership University and Lagos Business School.

Organizational Leadership & Managerial Highlights:

Board Experience

Public Sector Experience

Industry/Commercial Operations

General Management and Enterprise P&L; Responsibility

Aligning operations with Business Strategy

Finding and building top talents for leadership.

Business Management & Leadership Responsibility & Oversight

Consulting & Advisory Experience

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EXPERTISE

Michael’s core expertise is in developing and executing business strategy in African markets. He has displayed a mastery of business transformation strategies and change management to drive short, medium and long-term commercial and growth objectives.

His unique combination of leadership experience in policy/regulatory management, Industry/commercial operations, General Management/C-level and Country Management roles provides an invaluable resource capability to advise on market entry and execution in fast-moving and intensely competitive Industries in Africa. His experience as an African business leader is adaptable and invaluable for enterprises with interest to start, create, build and grow businesses in other sectors in Africa and emerging markets.

Broad areas include:

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Assessments

Pre-Investment Market Analysis/Insights/Briefing

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Advisory/Development

Due diligence, Strategy Development, Business Planning support, On-going Market Reviews and Analysis, Policy & Regulatory Advisory

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Implementation Support

Functional support in business operations, strategy execution, operational effectiveness and Management oversight

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Leadership

CEO Onboarding/Coaching & Mentoring and Executive team Coaching/ Mentoring, Board Membership in select Industries

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Assessments

Pre-Investment Market Analysis/Insights/Briefing

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Advisory/Development

Due diligence, Strategy Development, Business Planning support, On-going Market Reviews and Analysis, Policy & Regulatory Advisory

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Implementation Support

Functional support in business operations, strategy execution, operational effectiveness and Management oversight

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Leadership

CEO Onboarding/Coaching & Mentoring and Executive team Coaching/ Mentoring, Board Membership in select Industries

STRATEGY

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

70%

Work

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Family

5%

Personal Development

2.5%

Golf

2.5%

Fitness and Exercise

EXPERIENCE

Accomplished Multinational Business Executive and leader with proven experience in successfully managing and growing telecom/consumer businesses in the largest economies in Africa.

Core Accomplishments

The following represent some of his core accomplishments in his twenty five (25) years career till date towards building a robust telecom Industry in Africa:

  • Foundational role in building an Industry: Michael was part of the pioneer legal staff in the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that developed the legislative/regulatory framework and processes that birthed the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry. He was also part of the pioneer Regulatory team in MTN and thereafter a Commercial leader that contributed to the growth and development of the telecoms sector. Telecom today directly contributes 12-14% of Nigeria’s GDP. This body of experience and knowledge acquired in this process of creating a thriving competitive Industry is proving invaluable when advising investors/companies in the ICT Value chain and companies in new evolving Industry spaces in Africa.
  • Leading and building strong enduring African companies: Michael’s leadership contribution in the MTN businesses in Ghana and Nigeria is evident. MTN Ghana and MTN Nigeria remain telecom market leaders (both now listed on the Ghana and Nigerian Stock Exchanges) and significant contributors to the National economies in these African markets. Michael is now translating this experience in his advisory services including providing oversight management support over companies with the overriding objective of building strong viable businesses.
  • Promoting African talent: As someone who successfully transited from the public to the private sector and the first Nigerian to be appointed a CEO in the MTN Group, Michael’s career has represented an inspiration to many and catalysed increased export of great Nigerian talent to African and Global telco markets. Michael is now sought after as a mentoring resource by aspiring and new CEOs challenged to lead growth companies in the Continent.
  • Shaping Strong Organizational Cultures: Strong company cultures outlive their leaders and there is a strong correlation between culture and consistently good business performance. Under his leadership, MTN Nigeria was recognized as National Champion and Gold Standard Organization by Investors in People (IIP), UK. IIP certification is global recognition of top performing companies with great people management practices. MTN Nigeria was the 1st company so recognized in West Africa. MTN Ghana also received a similar accreditation in 2015. Michael lends his experience to his clients seeking to build great companies with positive work cultures.
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SOME SPECIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS IN MICHAEL’S CAREER

Public Sector - Regulatory Management

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) / Mobile Telecommunications Network Ltd (MTN)

1995 - 2005

Michael worked for six (6) years in the NCC, the telecom Industry Regulator. He was one of the pioneer legal staff in the NCC, actively involved in developing the legal, policy and regulatory processes which birthed the Nigerian Mobile Telecom Industry in 2001. He was actively involved as Member/Secretary to several Committees in the NCC responsible for developing policy & regulatory positions on key Industry issues e.g. Interconnect, Pioneer Status to the telecom Industry

Michael joined MTN as a Regulatory Adviser in 2001 and grew to be a General Manager in 2004 responsible for regulatory compliance/affairs and managing MTN’s relationship with Government In these roles, he built and managed the Institutional frameworks for MTN’s regulatory relationships and was actively involved in influencing legislative review of the principal Industry legislation in 2003.

Commercial Management

Mobile Telecommunications Network Ltd (MTN)

2005 - 2011

In an interesting career move, Michael was transferred laterally in July 2005 to the commercial side of the business to become General Manager, Sales & Distribution (Northern Region). By November 2006, he was the Sales & Distribution Executive (Sales Director) responsible for consumer sales in the company and reporting to the CEO of MTN Nigeria as part of the Executive Committee of the company.

In 2008, he led the transformation of the Sales & Distribution operations to full FMCG regional operations. This transformed the telecom channel landscape by creating regional distribution models, enhanced value creation to the channel and significant increase in sales for the business. Between 2006 and 2010, MTN Nigeria achieved its highest annual revenue growth in the history of the company (average 25% annual growth) driven primarily by an effective sales & channel management strategy/operations under Michael’s leadership.

CEO/COUNTRY LEADERSHIP

MTN GHANA & NIGERIA (2011-2015)

2011 - 2015

Michael has proven experience in successfully managing and growing telecommunications businesses in some of the largest economies in Africa during his tenures as CEO of MTN Ghana and CEO of MTN Nigeria respectively between 2011 and 2015. He led MTN to entrench it’s market leadership position in both markets.

Michael was appointed CEO of MTN Ghana and resumed in April 2011. Michael led his team to achieve a significant business turnaround in 2011 culminating in a 21% peak revenue growth in 2012 within a crowded and intensely competitive market at the time. As CEO of MTN Ghana, he developed the Mobile money business as a strategic differentiator and growth vehicle which inures till today and has cemented MTN’s leadership position in the market. He also drove a people and cultural change management project which has underpinned MTN Ghana’s outstanding operational performance till date

Within five months as CEO of MTN Nigeria, Michael led a significant business turnaround rebounding from negative growth in 2012 to end 2013 at 5.3% positive growth. Under his leadership as CEO of MTN Nigeria, the business was able to sustain its leadership position in an intensely competitive market; achieved revenue growth of 5.3% & 4% respectively in 2013 & 2014 rebounding from slowing growth of 9% in 2011 and -1% in 2012. While facing a challenging macroeconomic environment in 2015, the business was well positioned for the digital world in the Nigeria market.

He grew the business to a $4billion by 2015. MTN Nigeria was at the time the largest operation in the MTN Group – contributing 35% of Group Revenues and 45% of Group EBITDA. MTN Nigeria was at the time, the largest telecom company in Africa. In 2014, the Federal Government of Nigeria recognized MTN as the 6th of the Nation’s top 100 businesses. In October 2014, IE Market Research Corporation announced the results of the World’s first comprehensive ranking of over 700 Carriers assessed on consistency in business performance and shareholder returns. MTN Nigeria was number 1 in this global ranking. As a member of the MTN Group Executive Committee at the time, he was involved in overseeing MTN operations across 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East

Driving effective people management practices and shaping the right culture is critical to the success of any company. In MTN, Culture was measured on an annual basis through a rigorous Culture Audit. MTN Nigeria and Ghana have during the periods of Michael’s leadership been the top performing operations on the Group Culture Audit and other culture surveys. In 2014, MTN Nigeria improved its employee satisfaction index by 7% points to 78% (13% points increase in the leadership dimension). MTN Group has submitted it’s operating companies to scrutiny on People management practices with the Investors in People (IIP) accreditation process. The IIP standard is a global standard that establishes a strong correlation between people management practices and business performance. In 2015, MTN Nigeria was assessed and given the Gold accreditation which is the highest accreditation in the IIP process. MTN Nigeria is the first company to be so accredited in West Africa.

CONSULTING AND ADVISORY WORK

Michael strongly believes that there is an abundance of inherent entrepreneurial and human capacity to build great World class companies with significant scale and strong ethical foundations in and across Africa. To this end, upon leaving MTN in December 2015, Michael founded Africa Context Advisory Partners in January 2016 driven by a passion to translate and adapt his experience towards advising Leaders, Investors and businesses on market entry and growth in ICT and Consumer spaces especially in West Africa. Working with a team of senior telco/ICT professionals, Africa Context has consulted and advised on telco/ICT projects for investors, ICT sector players and Governments in Africa. Michael has also built a network of credible experienced leaders across key markets in Africa operating as Technical and/or Executive Consultants on the Africa Context Platform and working together based on established methodologies to deliver qualitative advisory/consulting to clients both within and outside Africa and across all key economic sectors.

As CEO of Africa Context Advisory Partners, Michael has advised Investor Groups/Holding Companies and their Boards through the process of establishing business operations in the West African market. Michael fully appreciates that strong African businesses can only be built by sharpening focus on developing good and ethical business leaders. To this end, he has curated a mentoring and leadership advisory service where he mentors CEOs/Senior leaders managing some significant African businesses. Michael is a well sought-after leadership resource speaking to Executive leadership teams, Investor Groups, Boards and select audiences on leadership, growth and doing business in Africa. Michael is a guest speaker/facilitator to Senior leadership/CEO programmes in Africa Leadership University and Lagos Business School.

Boards and Executive Function

Michael sits on several Boards. He is an Independent Non-Executive Director of UNILEVER Nigeria PLC. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amplitude Telecoms Africa Limited and i-Fitness Centre Limited. He also sits on some Advisory Boards overseeing exciting new projects in Africa like Insights by Experts which is Africa’s first-on demand expertise platform and TERRAGRN, a UK private sector company creating sustainable, biodiversity compliant Bamboo forests in Africa.

KEY MANAGEMENT TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

Telecommunications Regulatory Master Class, Management training on analytics management & operations,  Executive training on sales management, Finance for senior Executives and global leadership. Courses attended at Lagos Business School, INSEAD and London Business School. Also attended General Management Programme (GMP 8) in Harvard Business School in 2010. Also participated in the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Mentoring programme run by the Neuro-Leadership Institute, UK in Sept 2016-Jan 2017.

EXPERIENCE

Accomplished Multinational Business Executive and leader with proven experience in successfully managing and growing telecom/consumer businesses in the largest economies in Africa.

Core Accomplishments

The following represent some of his core accomplishments in his twenty five (25) years career till date towards building a robust telecom Industry in Africa:

  • Foundational role in building an Industry: Michael was part of the pioneer legal staff in the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that developed the legislative/regulatory framework and processes that birthed the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry. He was also part of the pioneer Regulatory team in MTN and thereafter a Commercial leader that contributed to the growth and development of the telecoms sector. Telecom today directly contributes 12-14% of Nigeria’s GDP. This body of experience and knowledge acquired in this process of creating a thriving competitive Industry is proving invaluable when advising investors/companies in the ICT Value chain and companies in new evolving Industry spaces in Africa.
  • Leading and building strong enduring African companies: Michael’s leadership contribution in the MTN businesses in Ghana and Nigeria is evident. MTN Ghana and MTN Nigeria remain telecom market leaders (both now listed on the Ghana and Nigerian Stock Exchanges) and significant contributors to the National economies in these African markets. Michael is now translating this experience in his advisory services including providing oversight management support over companies with the overriding objective of building strong viable businesses.
  • Promoting African talent: As someone who successfully transited from the public to the private sector and the first Nigerian to be appointed a CEO in the MTN Group, Michael’s career has represented an inspiration to many and catalysed increased export of great Nigerian talent to African and Global telco markets. Michael is now sought after as a mentoring resource by aspiring and new CEOs challenged to lead growth companies in the Continent.
  • Shaping Strong Organizational Cultures: Strong company cultures outlive their leaders and there is a strong correlation between culture and consistently good business performance. Under his leadership, MTN Nigeria was recognized as National Champion and Gold Standard Organization by Investors in People (IIP), UK. IIP certification is global recognition of top performing companies with great people management practices. MTN Nigeria was the 1st company so recognized in West Africa. MTN Ghana also received a similar accreditation in 2015. Michael lends his experience to his clients seeking to build great companies with positive work cultures.
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SOME SPECIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS IN MICHAEL’S CAREER

Public Sector - Regulatory Management

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) / Mobile Telecommunications Network Ltd (MTN)

1995 - 2005

Michael worked for six (6) years in the NCC, the telecom Industry Regulator. He was one of the pioneer legal staff in the NCC, actively involved in developing the legal, policy and regulatory processes which birthed the Nigerian Mobile Telecom Industry in 2001. He was actively involved as Member/Secretary to several Committees in the NCC responsible for developing policy & regulatory positions on key Industry issues e.g. Interconnect, Pioneer Status to the telecom Industry

Michael joined MTN as a Regulatory Adviser in 2001 and grew to be a General Manager in 2004 responsible for regulatory compliance/affairs and managing MTN’s relationship with Government In these roles, he built and managed the Institutional frameworks for MTN’s regulatory relationships and was actively involved in influencing legislative review of the principal Industry legislation in 2003.

Commercial Management

Mobile Telecommunications Network Ltd (MTN)

2005 - 2011

In an interesting career move, Michael was transferred laterally in July 2005 to the commercial side of the business to become General Manager, Sales & Distribution (Northern Region). By November 2006, he was the Sales & Distribution Executive (Sales Director) responsible for consumer sales in the company and reporting to the CEO of MTN Nigeria as part of the Executive Committee of the company.

In 2008, he led the transformation of the Sales & Distribution operations to full FMCG regional operations. This transformed the telecom channel landscape by creating regional distribution models, enhanced value creation to the channel and significant increase in sales for the business. Between 2006 and 2010, MTN Nigeria achieved its highest annual revenue growth in the history of the company (average 25% annual growth) driven primarily by an effective sales & channel management strategy/operations under Michael’s leadership.

CEO/Country Leadership

Mobile Telecommunications Network Ltd (MTN)

2011 - 2015

Michael has proven experience in successfully managing and growing telecommunications businesses in some of the largest economies in Africa during his tenures as CEO of MTN Ghana and CEO of MTN Nigeria respectively between 2011 and 2015. He led MTN to entrench it’s market leadership position in both markets.

Michael was appointed CEO of MTN Ghana and resumed in April 2011. Michael led his team to achieve a significant business turnaround in 2011 culminating in a 21% peak revenue growth in 2012 within a crowded and intensely competitive market at the time. As CEO of MTN Ghana, he developed the Mobile money business as a strategic differentiator and growth vehicle which inures till today and has cemented MTN’s leadership position in the market. He also drove a people and cultural change management project which has underpinned MTN Ghana’s outstanding operational performance till date

Within five months as CEO of MTN Nigeria, Michael led a significant business turnaround rebounding from negative growth in 2012 to end 2013 at 5.3% positive growth. Under his leadership as CEO of MTN Nigeria, the business was able to sustain its leadership position in an intensely competitive market; achieved revenue growth of 5.3% & 4% respectively in 2013 & 2014 rebounding from slowing growth of 9% in 2011 and -1% in 2012. While facing a challenging macroeconomic environment in 2015, the business was well positioned for the digital world in the Nigeria market.

He grew the business to a $4billion by 2015. MTN Nigeria was at the time the largest operation in the MTN Group – contributing 35% of Group Revenues and 45% of Group EBITDA. MTN Nigeria was at the time, the largest telecom company in Africa. In 2014, the Federal Government of Nigeria recognized MTN as the 6th of the Nation’s top 100 businesses. In October 2014, IE Market Research Corporation announced the results of the World’s first comprehensive ranking of over 700 Carriers assessed on consistency in business performance and shareholder returns. MTN Nigeria was number 1 in this global ranking. As a member of the MTN Group Executive Committee at the time, he was involved in overseeing MTN operations across 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East

Driving effective people management practices and shaping the right culture is critical to the success of any company. In MTN, Culture was measured on an annual basis through a rigorous Culture Audit. MTN Nigeria and Ghana have during the periods of Michael’s leadership been the top performing operations on the Group Culture Audit and other culture surveys. In 2014, MTN Nigeria improved its employee satisfaction index by 7% points to 78% (13% points increase in the leadership dimension). MTN Group has submitted it’s operating companies to scrutiny on People management practices with the Investors in People (IIP) accreditation process. The IIP standard is a global standard that establishes a strong correlation between people management practices and business performance. In 2015, MTN Nigeria was assessed and given the Gold accreditation which is the highest accreditation in the IIP process. MTN Nigeria is the first company to be so accredited in West Africa.

People Management

Mobile Telecommunications Network Ltd (MTN)

2015

Michael strongly believes that there is an abundance of inherent entrepreneurial and human capacity to build great World class companies with significant scale and strong ethical foundations in and across Africa. To this end, upon leaving MTN in December 2015, Michael founded Africa Context Advisory Partners in January 2016 driven by a passion to translate and adapt his experience towards advising Leaders, Investors and businesses on market entry and growth in ICT and Consumer spaces especially in West Africa. Working with a team of senior telco/ICT professionals, Africa Context has consulted and advised on telco/ICT projects for investors, ICT sector players and Governments in Africa. Michael has also built a network of credible experienced leaders across key markets in Africa operating as Technical and/or Executive Consultants on the Africa Context Platform and working together based on established methodologies to deliver qualitative advisory/consulting to clients both within and outside Africa and across all key economic sectors.

As CEO of Africa Context Advisory Partners, Michael has advised Investor Groups/Holding Companies and their Boards through the process of establishing business operations in the West African market. Michael fully appreciates that strong African businesses can only be built by sharpening focus on developing good and ethical business leaders. To this end, he has curated a mentoring and leadership advisory service where he mentors CEOs/Senior leaders managing some significant African businesses. Michael is a well sought-after leadership resource speaking to Executive leadership teams, Investor Groups, Boards and select audiences on leadership, growth and doing business in Africa. Michael is a guest speaker/facilitator to Senior leadership/CEO programmes in Africa Leadership University and Lagos Business School.

Boards and Executive Function
  • Michael sits on several Boards. He is an Independent Non-Executive Director of UNILEVER Nigeria PLC. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amplitude Telecoms Africa Limited and i-Fitness Centre Limited. He also sits on some Advisory Boards overseeing exciting new projects in Africa like Insights by Experts which is Africa’s first-on demand expertise platform and TERRAGRN, a UK private sector company creating sustainable, biodiversity compliant Bamboo forests in Africa.

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Recent Keynotes & Speaking Engagements.

  • Thriving in the turbulent Nigerian Business Environment, Lagos Business School Session. April 20, 2016.
  • Keynote at the HR Strategy Leadership Retreat, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Lagos, Nigeria. April 08, 2016.
  • Future Ready HR: What The CEO Wishes HR Knows and Does, Future-Ready HR Seminar, Society For Human Resources (SHRM Forum), Lagos, Nigeria. April 07, 2016.
  • Guest speaker to Lagos Business School, (LBS) Breakfast club, Pan African University – ICTs & National Development: trends & opportunities on 2nd September 2015.
  • Speaker at RCCG (New Springs Parish) “Reinvent” Conference on highlights for Career excellence. 30th May 2015.
  • Presentation to Transition Committee on Infrastructure/ICT as part of organized private sector under the aegis of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) 11th May 2015.
  • Speaker at The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) event on “Fasttracking your Career” on 8th March 2015.
  • Key note address at 7th Inoyo Toro Foundation Annual Awards for teaching excellence in Akwa Ibom State on 21st November 2014.
  • Lagos Business School (LBS), Pan African University , Colloquium & Dinner on 21th September 2014 – to share insights on skills and competencies vital to successful leadership with other CEOs.

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