Meet the Influential Leaders on the Advisory board for WEF West Africa 2023
Dr. Harbeen Arora Rai
Founder & Global Chairperson, WEF
Dr. Harbeen Arora Rai is the Global Chairperson and Founder of the Women Economic Forum (WEF) and the world's largest international women's chamber, All Ladies League (ALL), SHEconomy, Women's India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI) and G100. She is a Thought Leader, Global Icon and Visionary for Women, an Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author, Humanitarian, Spiritual Seeker and Speaker, who manifests multifaceted leadership with strength & simplicity. Recognised and lauded for her work across India and Internationally.
H.E Violeta Bulc is the Former Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia and EU Commissioner for Transport. As Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, she held ministerial responsibility for the development, strategic projects and cohesion. As EU Commissioner, she placed priority on digitalization, decarbonization, innovation, people focus and global collaboration in transport. Excellency Bulc is an academic, author, innovator, systems architect and entrepreneur. She is the founder and advocate for the unique concept of Ecocivilisation.
Dr Chantal Yelu Mulop is the Special Advisor to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Youth, Gender & Violence against Women. She is a leading activist, a recognized humanist and feminist, a fighter for social justice, economic and women’s rights, without forgetting of course a passion for the fight against all forms of injustice such as immigration reform, health care reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, racial equality and workers’ rights. Having spent more time outside the country, in DR Congo (mainly in Canada and Belgium).
Dr Bodil Valero is a former Member of Swedish Parliament, and the European Parliament from 2014 until 2019. She is a member of the Green Party, part of the European Green Party. At the EU Parliament, she served as the green coordinator in the Security and Defence Committee, and was also responsible for migration and foreign affairs, and later of global justice issues such as climate, peace, aid, trade, arms exports and more. She is committed to finding open, decent and humane policies as solutions to issues of economic migration, human rights and rights of minorities.
Dr Mar Introini is a Barrister, Blogger and Political Analyst. An Italian citizen with a legal background as a former Public Attorney specialising in Minors Offenders with the position of National Secretary nominated by the Executive Board of the National Presidency. With a strong sense of the cross-cultural experience of living in different cities, such as Montevideo, London, Brussels, Geneva, Malaga, and Madrid, she brings an inclusive perspective around multiculturalism. She’s passionate about developing a reshaped model of globalization with a holistic approach.
Dr Linda Pereira is the Senior partner and President of the L&I Communications Group. She is also the CEO of CPL Events. She was considered one of Portugal’s five most influential people in the industry and has received various international awards as well as the medal of honour for responsible entrepreneurship for her commitment to promoting culture and heritage and for Social Responsibility initiatives. She has been an invited speaker in over 149 countries and is an expert in cross-cultural strategic communication and corporate diplomacy.
Dr. Yetty Oyinlola Ogunnubi, fondly called 'Yetty', is the CEO of YD Limited and the founder & lead publicist at The YD Company. With over 19 years of experience in the public relations (PR) and brand management space, she is a leading professional in the fashion, arts, and corporate affairs industries with experiences spanning PR, marketing, creative image branding, and project and event management. Over the years, Dr. Yetty has managed publicity projects for SMEs, corporate businesses, and governments, and has led fashion and corporate exhibitions, creative events, and press conferences, as well as promoted emerging and established brands.
Ebun Feludu is a Farmer, Agropreneur, Media Consultant, and Chairperson of ALL Nigeria, who began her foray into agriculture and agro-processing in 2014. Via her companies JAM The Coconut Food Company and iGrow Farms, Ebun farms and processes coconuts into a range of premium coconut food, personal care and lifestyle products sold across Nigeria and across the world. Her team is made up of majority women and together they are building Africa’s leading coconut processing company. Ebun also runs Plug Media and Resources - a boutique media agency that supports women with content and branding.
Dr Beena Unnikrishnan is a high-profile professional artist, artpreneur, filmmaker and serial entrepreneur in India. She is the CEO of Iris Green Films and serves as the National President of the Arts Leadership Council of the Women's Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WICCI). Dr. Unninkrishnan brings extensive experience of 28 years of diversified multi-functional arts and industries. An ardent believer in economic empowerment and financial independence of all artists, craftspeople and rural artisans, her successful career is testimony to the synergies that can be unleashed between art and mart.
Amb. (Dr) Chris Odey is the President & Founder of the Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Awards Organisation, International Goodwill Ambassador Awards and African Leading Women Conference. He is a well-known Humanitarian, Philanthropist and He-for-She Champion, an Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the events services industry. He was recognized by World Humanity Commission with a Humanity Award during the HUMANITY AWARDS ---World Order of Nobles -Dignitaries & Philanthropists Awards--- [WONDPA 2019] held in the Federal Capital Territory.
John Njamah is a Nigerian Film Director, Actor, Writer, Founder and Creative Director of Colorbarmedia 707, who has carved a niche for himself for over 32 years in the Nigerian Creative Industry. He founded Colobarmedia, a media firm that advises and consults on media matters, helping to develop films, scripts and television ideas from inception to production. John Njamah is a member of the Director's Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and Association of Movie Producers (AMP). He is also a member of the Nigeria Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC). He is the Founder and Director at The Actor's Resource Group.
Mr Victor Nwokocha is CEO of Keystone Media & Entertainment, Editor-in-Chief of Ojemba Magazine - a Pan-African Publication fostering development, African treasures and promoting good governance. Furthermore, he used to be the editor of the African Heritage Times. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees, Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF) and Member of the National Steering Committee, Cora-Arterial Network Nigeria. He was formerly the General Manager of the Audio-Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS) and Former Senior Manager, Projects at the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).