Nneka Okekearu is the Deputy Director of Enterprise Development Centre (EDC). She graduated from the University of Nigeria with a degree in Banking and Finance and has an MBA with specialization in Marketing. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the deputy director of Enterprise Development Centre she has over the years been involved in a number of projects targeted at developing the capacity of Small Growing Businesses(SGB)within and outside Nigeria.
With over 20 years’ experience in Oil & Gas, Banking and Enterprise Development she has developed skills sets in Business development, Strategy, Marketing, Succession Planning, Coaching and Mentoring, Training and Small business development.
A 3rd generation entrepreneur she sits on the board of 8M Property Consult, Promo print Ventures, Ideal Solutions, Space Dynamics and advises numerous budding entrepreneurs.
Nneka’s experience in the entrepreneurship space has led to her facilitating sessions on Strategy, Business Modelling, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Customer Services, Effective Communication, Business Ethics and Personal Productivity. She serves on the committee of several national and international mentoring programs and a judge on numerous business plan competitions
A believer in the power of mentoring, Nneka is a founding and current committee member of the Chartered Institute of Banking mentoring panel tasked with grooming a new generation of Nigerian bankers. She has been on numerous committees all tasked with deepening the SME ecosystem and a team Member on Nigerian Education 2020 under the chairmanship of the then Education Minister Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.
A strong advocate of ‘Paying It Forward’Nneka has designed and deployed PSR (Personal Social Responsibility) capacity building and mentoring program for numerous organisations such as the Lagos Mainland deanery of Catholic Women Organisation, Confraternity of Christian Mothers Lagos Island and the Young Catholic Professional to name a few.
Over the last 2 decades plus her contributions at various strata have earned her awards such as the ‘Enterprise Director Award for innovative ideas in the SME ecosystem’, Recognition Award for contribution to women business owner’s empowerment by the Catholic Women Organisation 2years back to back, Commendation on outstanding performance in customer service from Standard Trust Bank amongst others.
She is currently a Life and Family coach to a network of female business owners in Nigeria. She is a certified Leadership Trainer from the Centre for Creative Leadership USA, a certified trainer for the World Trade Organisation ITC Access PACT 1&2 projects and an IFC Business Edge and SME Toolkit trainer. Her areas of research interest include women entrepreneurship, succession planning for small and medium sized businesses as well as sustainability models for SGBs. She has over twenty years of experience in the Oil and Gas, Financial Services and Telecommunication sectors.
Nneka loves reading, coaching and mentoring youths and budding entrepreneurs. She is happily married to CJ a serial entrepreneur and is blessed with two wonderful children.