With an MBA from IESE Business School, Navarra, Spain, and a certified Master Coach, Stella has 22 years of prior experience in banking covering Corporate, Commercial and Retail Banking as well as Internal Control & Audit. Serving last as the Head, Retail Credit, Union Bank Plc previous roles she has held include Head, SME Products and Segments and Head, Lending, Standard Chartered Bank and Head, Consumer Finance, First Bank Plc, serving on the bank’s Executive Credit Committee. She has attended various professional development programs including The Executive Management Programme at Stanford University, USA and Profiting from Lending to Small Businesses at the World Bank, Washington DC. Stella has a wealth of business development and financial management skills. Based primarily in London, she is also involved in charity work through a Not-for-Profit organisation – The True Health Foundation which she founded to provide financial assistance for medical treatment costs for indigent persons and serves as the Treasurer of Zonta International London II and as a coach with Dress for Success, Greater London.
A seasoned professional, Margaret has worked in different parts of Africa: East, West and Southern Africa. She started off in corporate banking, covering key areas such as Credit Analysis, Service and Relationship Management. She then worked in Transaction banking, covering all the various products under Trade Finance and Cash Management. During the almost 15 years she worked in the financial services industry, she held various country and regional roles. After mastering Corporate and Transaction banking, Margaret moved into training and employee development across Africa and Asia. Her immense corporate knowledge makes her an exceptional trainer and employee coach. She has a Masters in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa and a Personnel Management Diploma (passed with a Distinction) with focus on Recruitment, Labour Relations, Compensation, Personnel Management & Training. A great communicator with excellent people skills, in addition to supporting our clients based in Africa she also facilitates programmes for the World Bank.
Africa is the world's second largest continent covering about 11,677,239 square miles and the second most populous continent on Earth, with about 1.1 billion people. Africa's population is growing faster than Asia's population and is expected to grow to 2.3 billion people by 2050.
Africa has been the second-fastest-growing region in the world over the past 10 years, with average annual growth of 5.1 per cent over the past decade. This has been driven by greater political stability and economic reforms that have unleashed the private sector in many countries. Indeed, contrary to conventional wisdom, the majority of Africa's growth has come from domestic spending and non-commodity sectors, rather than the resources boom.
Africa can become the world's bread basket. Africa has about 60 per cent of the world's unused cropland, providing it with a golden opportunity to simultaneously develop its agricultural sector and reduce unemployment. On current trends, African agriculture is on course to create 8 million wage-paying jobs between now and 2020.
The future for Africa is bright – but there is still a lot of work to be done. That’s our objective, to contribute in getting the work in Africa done. We are a knowledge-based company which is focused on enabling busineses in Africa grow.
Our areas of expertise are Business Strategy formulation, Financial Intermediation, Executive Search and Training. We work both by our direct intervention and through working with our strategic partners. Our contributions in this respect are made possible both by our direct intervention and through working with our key partners. We believe that with the deployment of the right strategies and financial intervention the potential of wealth and job creation in Africa is without limit. We know it is achievable and the time is now… .