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“KNOWLEDGE CREATES WEALTH” – The Kuramo Conference 2011, Lagos Nigeria

Whatever your agenda is for the short or medium term, this millennium, there will be “’challenges” and “opportunities” on the landscape. Challenges and opportunities are twin occurrences that appear to be opposite but often occur simultaneously, creating a path only for the most discerning, the focused, the best prepared and the well positioned. These occurrences are best treated with equal care and it is clear, therefore, that awareness and know-how will be the most effective activities that mankind can engage in for stimulating growth and regeneration in the foreseeable future.

His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN

His Excellency, Babatunde Fashola, SAN is the Governor of Lagos State of Nigeria.
Babatunde Fashola, SAN, a Notary Public of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, has been variously honoured with awards and certificates of merit including the Distinguished Alumnus Award conferred on him by the University of Benin Alumni Association in recognition of contributions to the Alumnus association and humanity. He is also a recipient of Lagos State public service club Platinum Award for outstanding contribution towards development of Lagos State. As well as Alliance for Democracy “Igbogbo Bayeku Local Government Award” in recognition of activities towards the success of the party.

Babatunde Fashola is also a Patron of the Law Students Association of the University of Benin and he is the second law graduate from the University of Benin and the first member of the Nigerian Law School graduating class of 1988 to be conferred with the Rank of Senior Advocate. He is also the First ever Chief of Staff to be so honored. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, is the Kuramo Conference 2010 Convener.

Hon. Justice Emmanuel O. Ayoola, CON, DCL, JSC (Rtd)

Hon. Justice Ayoola was a former President of Appeals Chamber of the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone. Prior to this appointment, he had served as a Chief Justice of the Gambia, President of the Court of Appeals of Seychelles and Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He is currently the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission in Nigeria.

He is the 2010 Kuramo Conference Chairman.

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice is a Senior Partner in the Law Firm of SimmonsCoopers.

His tertiary education was at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics and Political Science obtaining the LLB and LLM degrees respectively.

On his appointment as the Lagos State Attorney General in 1999, he commenced the justice sector reform project, a major component of which was the establishment of the Directorate for Citizens’ Rights (DCR), a prominent feature of the reform of the criminal justice administration in the state. The DCR provides free legal services and legal representation to indigent citizens of the state. Prior to that appointment, Osinbajo, a Professor of Law, was the Head of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. Between 1988 and 1992, he was the Special Adviser to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He also served at various times as a staff member of the United Nations and member of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN Peacekeeping personnel around the globe. He is currently an Independent Director, Citibank (Nigeria), and an Ethics Advisor to the Ethics Committee of the African Development Bank. He is a Co-founder & Board Member of the Convention on Business Integrity, the Justice Research Institute Ltd. Gte. and the Orderly Society Trust (OST). OST promotes research initiatives which support the Rule of Law, Transparency and accountability in governance and the disseminations of ideas of integrity, patriotism, hard work, respect for obligation, patriotism and etiquette.
He is a prolific writer who has authored or co-authored several books.
He is the Vice-Chairman Summit.

Mr. Olasupo Shasore, SAN

Mr. Shasore , Former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State, was admitted to the Nigerian bar in 1987 and elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2006.

He holds an LL.B. Hons from the University of Ife, Nigeria and an LL.M. from the University of Lagos; he is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an active member of the International Association of Prosecutors. Until his appointment as Attorney General he was a litigation partner at the leading firm of Ajumogobia & Okeke. A speaker at a number of International Bar Association events, Shasore is a Notary Public for Nigeria and author of “Jurisdiction and Sovereign Immunity in Nigerian Commercial law” published by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (2007).

He is the Summit Committee Chairman.

Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, SAN

Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, SAN is a private Legal Practitioner and is the Managing Partner of S. P. A. Ajibade & Co, a commercial law firm with offices in Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja, Nigeria. Dr. Ajibade has extensive experience in corporate and commercial practice and has been involved in various aspects of commercial dispute resolution and the formation, maintenance and regulation of all types of business entities in Nigeria. He also has a substantial degree of experience with Company Secretarial practice. He has been involved in the Nigerian Capital Market as a Solicitor in several Public Offers of Securities and in Mergers and Acquisitions.
He was the pioneer Secretary and current Vice-Chairman of the Capital Market Solicitors Association and Vice-Chairman of the Rules and Regulations Sub-Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Capital Markets Committee.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies, United Kingdom (1996), Vice-Chairman, Banking, Finance & Insolvency Committee of the Business Law Section, Nigerian Bar Association and an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria.

Dr. Ajibade became a Notary Public in 2006 and was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee in December, 2007.
He is the Summit Committee Vice- Chairman.