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Advisory Board

TEXEM's advisory board consists of a number of prominent business experts who bring years of experience and valuable insights to guide our organisation:

Roger Bettles

Roger comes from an NHS background and became Chairman and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Leicester in 2007. He is a former president of the British Dental Association and passionate about the environment.

Claire Young

Many will recognise Claire from the BBC1 hit show, The Apprentice. Claire now runs a successful consultancy and is a regular appearance on the motivational speaking circuit. She has worked on many projects involving young people, including National Apprentice Week, the Council for Graduate Entrepreneurs and the Make Your Mark campaign.

Manjula Sood

Manjula introduced multiculturalism to the primary school curriculum during her 20 years in the sector, before becoming the UK's first female Asian Lord Mayor in Leicester. She was subsequently awarded an MBE for her services to the Leicester community, as well as an honorary doctorate of Law by University of Leicester.

Dr Christian Toennesen - Partner, Camstone LLP

A Navy alumnus with a degree in information science and sociology of technology, Christian recently obtained a doctorate in management studies from Oxford University with a thesis based on an study of how companies practice sustainability.

Stine Osterholt Jensen - Director, Sustainability MerchantCantos, Brunswick Group

Stine is a management and communication specialist who has worked with sustainability management for many years, providing strategic advice to businesses on the benefits of sustainability and how to communicate these benefits to their stakeholders. She has worked in the Danish national parliament, the EC and as a sustainability manager in a FTSE 100 company.

Dr L.Z. Gaza – Director, Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, FCTA, Nigeria

With a doctorate in geography from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and a master's degree in public administration and rural development studies, Dr Gaza has held senior roles at the Abuja Municipal Area Council and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He holds the distinction of being the first elected Honourable Member of the House of Representatives for Abuja Municipal Federal Constituency in Nigeria.

Tim Wright

Tim is a highly experienced IT director who has been developing innovative approaches to creating knowledge-focused organisations for the past 20 years. He has worked as a consultant, practitioner and senior manager with a number of global organisations, including Egon Zehnder International and McKinsey & Co, and holds a MBA from University of Leicester.

Professor Simon Lillely -  Head of School of Management, University of Leicester

Simon a Professor of Information and Organisation has a PhD from Edinburgh University for his work on the impact of computerisation on oil refinery management. He has taught at the universities of Keele, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Lancaster, as well as at the International Business School, Budapest, and the Manchester School of Management, UMIST. Simon is currently editor of the journal, Culture and Organisation.

Ken Wilson

Ken began followed a long civil service career in central London, working in policy, IT and management services roles before leaving his position as HR Director at Longbenton and executive board member of the Contributions Agency to found his own company providing interim management and consultancy services to government departments, including the Inland Revenue, Ministry of Defence, Home Office and the Department of Transport.

Muhammad Ashraf

With more than 25 years experience in the financial Management of university development projects, Muhammad served as Development Director in the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and was responsible for 350 development projects in public sector educational institution. He has held many roles during this time, giving him exposure to a diverse range of niche expertises within the sector.

Danboyi Victor Ojogun - Technical Director, e-Business and head of ICT, THISDAY Media Group

Joining THISDAY in 2001 as an IT Trainee, Danboyi soon became Head of IT, obtaining a technology degree from the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria. He went on to complete management courses at The Pan-African University and The International Council of eCommerce. His speciality is the energy sector.

Jimmy  Ahmed, Former Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria

I spent my entire working career in Shell Petroleum (1979 to 2014) in technical, leadership and management roles and positions, rising to the position of General Manager, Business and Government Relations, as well as serving on the board of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria as a Director from 2010 to 2014, when I retired from the company.

I am an accomplished Petroleum exploration and production professional, with lots of experience in petroleum geology, corporate governance, business controls, business relations with governments/stakeholders and business ethics. My professional career included assignments in geology and seismic interpretation, Technical training, sub-surface information technology management, audits (technical, reserves and governance audits); business development; and business and government relations. I served on the Shell Nigeria Business Integrity Committee for more than 7 years of my career. I also spent five years in internal audit, two years of which was with the Shell Group Reserves Audit team, which assured and ensured Shell's full compliance with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's reserves reporting, following the Shell reserves crisis of 2004. In my last role as General Manager Business and Government relations, I was very involved with Shell's assets divestment and managing Shell's business relations with NNPC, DPR, National Assembly and other government agencies.

I have attended many training programmes locally and overseas, including management development programmes in the IMD Lausanne. I acquired extensive technical, business management and leadership skills and experiences from these training programmes and overseas assignments, working in and leading multicultural teams during my career with Shell.

I have a very good understanding and knowledge of the Nigerian Petroleum industry. I am presently a private consultant on the Nigerian Petroleum Industry (OJA Petroleum Services Limited).

Dr. Aleksandra W Gadzala, Research Analyst, Investments AG

Aleksandra W Gadzala, Ph.D is a foreign policy and management professional whose work cuts across geopolitical risk, social impact, and innovation. She works with Fortune 500 companies and government organizations to successfully navigate political and operational challenges, and to effect social change at scale through reimagined strategies and new partnerships.

Previously, Aleksandra was Senior Analyst at responsAbility Investments where she led country and sovereign risk for sub-Saharan and North African markets and spearheaded research on global renewable energy trends. She has developed market assessment tools for off-grid energy companies in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, and designed impact measurement strategies for investments made in financial and sustainable agriculture sectors in developing economies. She has also worked for Control Risks and Oxford Analytica, where she remains an External Expert on China-Africa relations. Based on her PhD research at Oxford, Aleksandra published the book, Africa and China: How Africans and Their Governments are Shaping Relations with China – called "invaluable reading for anyone interested in this key dynamic" by Oxford University's Ricardo Soares de Oliveira.

Aleksandra's thought leadership has been lauded by U.S. Ambassador David Shinn and the Center for Global Development, featured in Harvard University’s Belfer Center ‘Technology+Policy | Innovation @Work’ blog, the National Interest, and cited in congressional testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Sub-Committee on African Affairs. Aleksandra is also Partner with Outcast Global Holdings, a global entertainment and luxury travel start-up, and an Expert with Duco, a Washington DC- based marketplace of foreign policy and business experts.


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