Funmilayo Ogbue


Funmilayo Ogbue

Mrs. Funmi Ogbue is a competent professional with a great understanding of how Government entities and Multinationals work in Africa using her wide professional experiences in developing communication large-scale initiatives on behalf of Multinationals and Government entities. Funmi has built a network, reputation, and an understanding of how to be effective in difficult conditions.

With a B.Sc in Sociology and an M.Sc in Organizational Change and Development from the prestigious University of Manchester, Mrs. Ogbue brings a wealth of diverse experience to the Board of Pyramid Micro Finance Nigeria Limited. Her expertise spans, general management, stakeholder management, government relations, business development, waste management, and new market entry.

As the Founder and CEO of Jake Riley, Funmi brings her wide experience as a human resources professional, facilitator, and change manager. She is passionate about implementing change and revitalizing and restructuring companies to drive them forward to maximize their potential.

Before her role at Jake Riley, Funmi Co-founded Ancorapoint, an HR and Marketing Agency with offices in London, Lagos, and Abuja focused on providing consulting services to Federal government Agencies.

One of the earliest projects Ancorapoint undertook was HR restructuring of the NPHCDA (National Primary Health Care Development Agency) in 2010.

The reorganization and restructuring of Abuja Investments, Abuja Mass Urban Transit Company Limited, Abuja Markets and Abuja Property Development Company Limited.

Funmi was the Head of Human Resources and Administration at Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Limited and Head Human Resources and Facilities Director, British American Tobacco.

In her role as HR Director Nigeria Area (Nigeria, Benin, Niger, Togo) Funmi participated in formulating and ensuring the implementation of HR strategy for BAT organisations in four countries with 1250 employees. She was directly responsible for a team of 32 HR and facilities people with an annual budget of $40 million, driving the HR/OD pieces of the Global Project Factory Optimization-for the West African factories located in Ghana, Benin, and Nigeria.

During her time at BAT, she led a change programme, which resulted in a clearly articulated strategic direction for the organization, which was then rolled out in a collaborative manner to gain the involvement of an extended leadership team and improve trust within the organization. Funmi participated as a project team member, providing the HR input for a business reorganization that led to the closure of the BAT Ghana Takoradi Factory with zero litigation and negative press. As a result of the business reorganization, she led the large-scale redundancy process with carefully designed training programmes, outplacement activities and payout negotiations. Funmi also set up the Employee Cooperative in BAT Nigeria and was on the SAP Team for the transactional centres for all 70 countries that BAT operated in Africa.

At Shell, Funmi was Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness (D&I) and Change the focal point for HR and participated in many audits such as skills and HSE. She participated in the team that wrote the emergency response procedure and was on the emergency response team during the period.

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