President of APPOEMN is a seasoned Events Planner – with over 15 years’ experience. Gbemisola had her secondary education at the prestigious Queens College, Yaba, Lagos and her University Education at the University of Houston Texas. Gbemisola started her professional and business experience in Chicago, Illinois as a Public Relations Associate, moved on to Houston, Texas as Senior Customer Service Consultant/Customer Service Corporate Trainer.

    She went on to join Trafalgar Energy Holding LLC (Houston, Texas) as a Human Resources Consultant before relocating to the United Kingdom to join City & Guilds (London, United Kingdom) as a Human Resources Consultant. Gbemisola relocated finally to Nigeria in 2004 where she setup Omega Events. Her professional and business experience to date covers Events Management, PR, Human Resources, Customer Relations, budget and procurement.

    She has been named one of the Africa’s top 20 event planners and recently made a preferred Dubai vendor by the Dubai Government. She is also a founding member of APPOEMN.



    Born on June 10, 1958 in Port Harcourt, Dr. Emi Membere-Otaji is a medical doctor turned astute businessman with serious involvement in the oil, gas and marine sector. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Lagos Medical Schooland graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1983. He attended the Lagos Business School in 1993 and the Mcdonough School of Business, Georgetown, University of Washington DC, in 2014. He also obtained a Certificate in Corporate Governance in 1993 and undertook Executive Management programme in building leaders and capacity in the Nigerian oil and gas sector in 2014.

    Dr. Emi Membere-Otaji is the Chief Executive Officer of a culmination of sister companies in the Elshcon Group. He is a one-time commissioner for Health and also Special Adviser on Privatizationand Investment to the Rivers State Government including Chairman West African Glass Industry PLC. Presently Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, PHCCIMA.



    Julia is the Chief Executive of TreeWater Retreats Limited, a personal discovery, leadership and learning organization.
    An alumnus of the University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Julia’s diverse career spans academia, marketing communications, corporate strategy and communications and international philanthropy.

    From lecturing in the English & Literary Studies department of the University of Calabar, Julia made a career shift to branding and marketing communications, ending up as a co-founder and Executive Creative Director of SO&U Saatchi.
    As the Program Officer for the Media, Arts and Culture portfolio in the West Africa office of the international philanthropic organization, The Ford Foundation, Julia was responsible for re-focusing the Media, Arts and Culture portfolio, with emphasis on the stimulation of indigenous creative industries.

    Julia later set up Cue Media-a content development organization, which developed content for the acclaimed MNET ‘New Directions’ initiative which encouraged African story tellers to find their voices and tell their own stories.
    Julia successfully set up and headed the Corporate Strategy and Development Department of Moni Pulo Limited, handling a broad remit for corporate reputation management, brand positioning and government and external relations.

    Married to Fenibo and blessed with a fabulous daughter, Julia serves on the Board of Directors of First Aluminum Plc. in a non-executive capacity. She is also a member of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary committee in Rivers State.
    An avid reader, ardent fine art collector and eclectic music lover, Julia is active in her local church.



    Since 1998, Stephanie Pius has worked with leading brand businesses and various organizations, Stephanie Pius believes that leadership skills and access to cutting edge ideas are essential for individuals and establishments that aim to succeed globally.

    She has developed a vast understanding of essential leadership and team competencies, profitable people skills, cross-cultural communication skills, and the global marketing skills required to excel in today’s highly competitive business environment.

    Her business and work experience cuts across renewable energy, commodities brokerage, retail and luxury goods, sustainable social enterprises, non-profits, education, the media, financial services, agriculture, start-ups, and publishing.

    She has been trained by Reeds Business School UK and the Pan Atlantic University, Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Richmond, The American International University in London (AIUL).
    She is also the immediate past coordinator for the United States Africa Literary Foundation (USALF) at the United State Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria. She served as Coordinator from 2013 to 2014.

    Stephanie Pius has held high impact courses including International Business Etiquette and Diplomatic Protocol Classes for delegates from 18 embassies and International development agencies in Abuja. Her other clients include humanitarian organizations, club members, trade union members, various corporate bodies, public servants, churches, and universities.

    Her fundraising experience spans 23 years and covers fundraising activities for UNICEF, Rwanda Children’s Fund, Save the Children UK, Amnesty International UK, Evergreen UK, Body and Soul UK, and Motherless Babies Home – Lekki, Lagos Nigeria.
    She is a non-executive director at New Dawn Micro Finance Bank, a non-executive director at Ltd. and an Executive Director at Gasotherm Energy Ltd., the consortium subsidiary of a group of Slovak sustainable energy companies.

    She is married with three children.



    Mercy Bello ABU is the Managing Director of IHP Consulting Services and a graduate of English and Literary Studies from the Edo State University. She has an MBA from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and has been involved in entrepreneurship, capacity building, training and personnel development for over twenty (20) years as well as a strategic management trainer for entrepreneurs.
    With high interest in social issues and a passion to impact and influence her world (especially women), Mercy Bello Abu is the President and Founder of Hope Inspired Women International Foundation (HIWIF), a Non Governmental Organization concerned with charity, women empowerment, leadership and capacity building.

    She is a member of various professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
    She is also:
    • * An elected Council Member of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA)
    • * An appointed Chairman of PHCCIMA Staff Welfare Committee
    • * An appointed Chairman (Strategy and Planning) on Port Harcourt International trade fair
    • * Acting Vice coordinator/ Financial secretary of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)
    • * The Chairperson of NECA’s (Nigerian Employers Consultative Association) Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) South-South.
    • * A seasoned entrepreneur that is passionately impacting knowledge and lives through her own initiative the Entrepreneurs platform, where she provides a meeting point between start-up businesses and seasoned successful entrepreneurs.
    She loves watching documentaries and Inspirational stories on TV in her leisure time. She is blissfully married, and they are blessed with four Wonderful children.


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