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Top experts in Innovation and Transformation around the world gathered today in Lagos,Nigeria at the 2015 Access Conference.The theme of the conference was Leading in a Transformational World – The Imperative of Innovation. Some of the speakers at the conference include:Steve Wozniak-Co founder Apple,Alec Ross- Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the author of Industries of the Future,Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize winner 2006,Chinedu Echeruo-Founder and CEO of Gigameet.com

The conference which is said to be the biggest innovation conference in Africa, held at the Eko Hotel Victoria Island Lagos, and brought together entrepreneurs,Technocrats, and CEOs from all over the globe.Access conference was organised by Access Bank Nigeria.

“This conference should enable every one of us to ask the important question: “What If?” What if Nigeria’s literacy level was 100%? Innovation is no longer an option but an absolute necessity.” Said Herbert Wigwe, CEO/MD Access Bank during his opening address.

L-R:Muhammad Yunus,Jose-Maria Figueres,Herbert Wigwe, Akinwunmi Ambode, Steve Wozniak ,Narayana Murthy

L-R:Muhammad Yunus,Jose-Maria Figueres,Herbert Wigwe, Akinwunmi Ambode, Steve Wozniak ,Narayana Murthy

Also at the conference, Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak during his fire-side chat on Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Jose Maria Figures, former President of Costa Rica said “Artificial Intelligence is the future of innovation, although we would never be able to make a brain or human mind, innovative technology is always technology that suits humans.”

The Access Conference was anchored by Lucy Alexander, Journalist and News reader at Skye News, other guests in attendance were Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State; Herbert Wigwe, Chief Executive Officer Access Bank; Aliko Dangote, Chief Executive Officer Dangote Group; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman First Bank Group, Hans Rosling, Professor of Global Health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute; Chude Jideonwo, Managing Partner Red Media Africa, Tara Durotoye, Chief Executive Officer House of Tara International, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, President of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE); Osayi Alile, Executive Director Access Bank; Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Founder of LDA Couture; Nnamdi Ekeh, Co-founder of Yudala; Jonathan Henning, Creative Strategist @Twitter and Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank – Nobel Peace Prize 2006.

About Access Conference

The Access Conference addresses the issue of leadership from a holistic perspective, presenting outstanding success stories from a variety of internationally recognised speakers.

The host, Access Bank Plc, is a full service commercial Bank operating through a network of over 310 branches and service outlets located in major centres across Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom. Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1998, the Bank serves its various markets through 5 business segments: Institutional, Commercial, Retail Banking, Transaction Services and Financial Markets.

The Bank has over 800,000 shareholders including several Nigerian and International Institutional Investors and has enjoyed what is arguably Africa’s most successful banking growth trajectory in the last ten years ranking amongst Africa’s top 15 banks by total assets and capital in 2011.

As part of its continued growth strategy, Access Bank is focused on mainstreaming sustainable business practices into its operations. The Bank strives to deliver sustainable economic growth that is profitable, environmentally responsible and socially relevant.

 

 

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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