The seven-person jury panel that will choose the first winner of the inaugural Bold Woman Award by Veuve Clicquot in Nigeria has been announced. The 250-year-old champagne house has always been a brand that emboldens female entrepreneurs, and the Bold Woman Award celebrates these women who are making a difference in business and society.
The jurors possess a wealth of specialized industry knowledge across various professional endeavours. They are: Olatowun Candide-Johnson, CEO & Founder, GAIA AFRICA; Bolanle Austen-Peters, Founder, Bolanle Austen Peters Productions; Adenike Ogunlesi, Founder & CRO, Ruff ‘n’ Tumble; Tokunboh Ishmael, Managing Partner, Alitheia Capital; Carole Bildé, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Maison Veuve Clicquot, LVMH; Sébastien Chouen, General Manager, Moët Hennessy Nigeria; and Eniola Onimole, Head of Human Resources Africa & the Middle East at Moët Hennessy.
Launched in 1972, the Bold Woman Award is the first and longest-running international award of its kind, and this year is the 50th year of paying tribute to audacious businesswomen. It’s an award that not only commends the work of fearless female business leaders, but also seeks to change the way that business is done – calling for higher ethical standards, transformational practices, and wider inclusion through the overarching Bold by Veuve Clicquot programme.
Let’s meet the jury:
CEO & Founder, GAIA AFRICA
Olatowun Candide-Johnson is a Nigerian lawyer and businesswoman with over 30 years of experience specializing in Oil &Gas, Corporate & Commercial Law, and Business development for multinational companies. Olatowun is the founder and CEO of GAIA AFRICA- Africa’s premier private business club dedicated to serving Africa’s top 5% of leading women.
Founder, Bolanle Austen Peters Productions
Heralded as the Queen of Nigerian theatre, Bolanle Austen-Peters is an award-winning film and theatre director, producer and executive producer dedicated to showcasing the culture, the experiences and the glamour of Nigerians through art. Her production company, Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions has produced 7 plays that have been performed on three continents. Her plays include Saro The Musical, Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, Death and The King’s Horseman written by Nobel prize winner, Wole Soyinka and many more.
Founder and CRO – Ruff ‘n’ Tumble
Adenike Ogunlesi, Africa’s foremost fashion entrepreneur who is redefining and blazing the trail in the children’s fashion industry with over 35 years of experience in the Fashion and Retail Business, is the founder and Creative Director of Africa’s leading Premium children’s clothing brand- Ruff ‘n’ Tumble; sharing happiness to over a million children and families across the globe, because she dared to dream and pursue her vision fearlessly.
Managing Partner, Alitheia Capital
Tokunboh Ishmael is an impact investor with over 20 years of experience spanning investment banking, private equity investing, technology, and new business development in Africa, Europe, and North America. She is co-founder and Managing Director of Alitheia Capital, an investment management and advisory firm focused on channelling private equity investments into businesses and real estate assets to enhance access to finance, energy and housing for the excluded at the base of the economic pyramid.
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Maison Veuve Clicquot, LVMH.
With a strong drive for brands and creation, Carole Bilde is the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Maison Veuve Clicquot, LVMH. Carole’s proven track record and extensive knowledge in the champagne industry have ensured the brand’s luxury heritage, craftsmanship and exceptional quality are effectively communicated: further strengthening its presence in the luxury champagne market.
General Manager, Moët Hennessy Nigeria
Known for his ardent passion for the wines & spirit industry, Sébastien Chouen is the General Manager, Moët Hennessy Nigeria. With over 9 years of experience at Moët Hennessy, Sebastien took the responsibility of General manager in the Nigerian region for Maison Moët & Chandon officially in 2017. Sebastien’s objective as General Manager is to ensure penetration of wines and Spirits across Nigeria as a strategy to recruit future International Premium wines & spirit consumers as well as develop profitable and efficient go-to-market solutions.
Head of Human Resources Africa & Middle East at Moët Hennessy
Eniola Onimole is an experienced Human Resources professional with a demonstrated history of working in the fast-moving consumer goods, education and now wines & spirits industry. She has worked with a number of top brands across East, Southern Africa, such as Unilever Nigeria PLC, helping them recruit the best talent and also teaching them to maximize their employees’ potential and productivity. Now, she holds an enviable role in Moët Hennessy as the Head of Human Resources in Africa & Middle East.
The Bold Woman Award is set to honour the impact of female leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
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