FACULTY

Joseph Edgar Joseph Edgar is a consummate investment banker with over 2 decades of experience. A graduate of Political Science from the University of Ibadan with an M.Sc in Political Science from the University of Lagos, he is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and the New York Institute of Finance.

A qualified Chartered Stockbroker, Edgar is the MD/CEO of Aquila Asset Mgt. Limited , a boutique investment bank and also spends time as a prominent theatre producer and blogger.

Edgar writes irregular columns for This Day Newspaper, The New Telegraph Newspaper and Mode Men Magazine.

Segun Akande possesses extensive experience in diverse business fields including Financial Services, Recruitment, Hospitality, Business Research, Training, and Sales. His desire and passion to Coach, Teach, and Develop people of all levels and backgrounds into relationship-focused and results-orientated individuals in their professional lives sets him apart. He is widely acknowledged as an expert on Sales, Communication Skills, Customer Services, and Relationship Building & Management.

He heads the board and drives the growth and profitability of the SBA Group, the leading data provider for African capital markets. Based in Lagos, Nigeria the SBA Group has close partnerships with Reuters, Bloomberg, and The Financial Times Interactive Data, as well as clients including Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital. He is also instrumental to the development of SBA’s Training arm, SBA Interactive. Segun brings to the fore a solid background in all aspects of Sales and Customer Service, as well as a genuine desire and passion to train and develop people of all levels and backgrounds into relationship-focused and result-orientated individuals in their professional and personal lives. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the most inspiring educators and Transformation Agents in the country today.

Aside from his business interests Segun is also passionate about the growth and development of the African continent, founding ‘Bell Phoenix Rise’ (now called Arise Africa Foundation : www.ariseafricafoundation.com ) in May 2014 - a youth organisation that is dedicated to reducing employment, and enabling people to identify and achieve their purpose.

The Catalyst, Lanre Olusola is recognized as one of Africa’s Premier Life, Mind, Emotions and Behavioral Change Coaches working with individuals, organizations and government agencies to transition from where they are to where they desire and are designed to be. Having worked as an engineer, serial entrepreneur, in the not for profit sector, with government agencies and more, Lanre has a 360 degree experience in major industries. An alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Boston Massachusetts USA; Lanre’s Advanced studies in Psychology, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Quantum Physics, Led him to become an AAMET U.K. Certified Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Therapist.

With an expansive experience in Governance, Strategy, Change Management, for Government, Non-Governmental and private sector driven social responsibility based projects, Lanre has worked in Nigeria, across Africa and other parts of the world in various capacities with organizations such as the World Bank, the UK Government through the DFID and The British Council, Ericsson, Total, Argentil Capital, GTBank, First Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC, FCMB, FBN Capital, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the Nigerian Government and so much more.

Amongst his many accomplishments, is the VSP model (A 5 Star Performance Model), he developed and has been used by the Stanford University's Affiliate Faculty of the Institute for Venture Designs and other Institutions. Lanre, who hosts a popular radio show, Be All You Can Be on The Beat99.9 FM Saturdays at 9:30am, also writes a lifestyle and inspirational blog on www.olusolalanre.com. An Executive Director at Ebony Life Television, Lanre directs HR and also provides coaching services to all staff, television crew and guests. Visit www.olusolalanre.com for more on The Catalyst.