Manchester Business School alumna Obiocha A Ikezogwo has been named as the UK representative in the 2013 MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership and Empowerment Development) Fellowship by Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa.
More than 2,120 applications from 44 countries were received for MILEAD and the 28 selected Fellows will now join the growing MILEAD network of powerful pan-African change makers – a new generation of young women leaders.
As the UK’s only nominated Fellow, Obiocha will represent Africa’s most promising young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of Africa. They were each chosen through a highly competitive selection process and criteria based on their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments, and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.
Obiocha will commence an intensive three week programme in Ghana with the 27 other Fellows, before continuing her role as Petroleum Economics Consultant at Palantir Solutions and participating in the MILEAD 12-month fellowship.
Obiocha said: “The empowerment of young African women is an issue that is extremely important to the continent and very close to my heart, so I am very honoured to have been selected for the MILEAD initiative.
“I believe that African women can have a real impact on business, government and society and I’m looking forward to starting my mentoring programme and learning as much as possible for my progression.”
She began her studies at Manchester Business School in 2006 and was awarded a 1st Class BA (Hons) in International Business, Finance and Economics, illustrating her exceptional potential. She also demonstrated her leadership skills during this time, winning the Manchester Leadership Award in 2008 for positive contribution to wider community and serving as a mentor to her peers.
Since graduation, Obiocha has gone on to work in the petroleum industry, performing key commercial roles at Centrica and Palantir Solutions. Her expertise has led her to advise on deals worth more than £1bn and allowed her to demonstrate her intelligence, ambition and ability to communicate simply and constructively.