IoD Nigeria Elects new President & Chairman Of Council


Dr. (Mrs.) Ije Jidenma, F.IoD has been elected the 17th President of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria. Her election took place during the 37th Annual General Meeting of the Institute, held on Thursday, June 24, 2021 held virtually and at the Institute’s Secretariat, 28 Cameron Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.


Dr. Jidenma, who was elected for a two-year tenure in line with the Institute’s rules and regulations, succeeds Chief Chris O. Okunowo, F.IoD, who retired after his tenure expired at the 2020 AGM. Also, during the AGM, the following officers were elected: Alhaji Tijjani Borodo, F.IoD as First Vice President; and Mr. Tunji Oyebanji, F.IoD as Second Vice President. Prior to her election as President/Chairman of Council, Dr. Ije Jidenma had served as the First Vice President of the Institute.


Dr. Jidenma is an accomplished Management Consultant and professional. A Psychologist and a firm believer in the even distribution of God- given talents across the human race, she has worked assiduously in her various spheres of influence to elevate the African trajectory and narrative, bringing the same to the global stage to enrich humanity. She holds a PhD in Psychology with specialization in Psychometrics from the University of Lagos. She is the Founder and Chief Executive of Leading Edge Consulting and has consulted for SMEs, indigenous companies, the Public Sector, Multilateral organizations and International Non-Governmental organizations.

She is also the Managing Partner of IRC Global Executive Search Partners, ranked as the fastest growing Executive Search alliance in the world, with footprints in over 90 cities of the world and across six continents, where she currently leads its EMEA Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure practice. Earlier on in her career, she had worked in operational capacities as a Training and Development Officer with the Industrial Training Fund from 1983-1986 and as a Senior Consultant with Price Waterhouse (now PwC) from 1986-1990. She later worked in Executive capacities as Head of Human Resources as well as Head of Strategic Planning of Merchant Bank of Africa before leaving the Bank in 1995 in pursuit of her doctorate degree.

A firm believer in continuous learning and professional development, Dr Jidenma is an alumnus of some of the world’s renowned educational institutions, including: Chief Executive Programme of the Lagos Business School; Advanced Management Programme of the IESE Business School; Leading Professional Services Firm Programme of the Harvard Business School; Finance for the Board Room Programme of the Cranfield School of Management; and Corporate Governance Programme of the Kellogg School of Management, among others.


IoD Nigeria is an apex professional body with a mandate to cater and speak for Directors in their individual capacities across the various sectors of the economy. It is one of Nigeria’s leading economic policy and corporate governance advocacy institution, which has consistently promoted innovative policies aimed at ensuring private sector led economic growth. To this end, it has made significant and highly impressive strides in working closely with government, corporate organizations, bilateral chambers and diplomatic missions to raise the standards of governance and corporate leadership in the private and public sectors.


It is an independent, non-partisan organisation, incorporated in 1983 as a company limited by guarantee, committed to fostering open and continuous dialogue on Nigeria’s economic development and seeks to define and facilitate the implementation of an economic agenda that fosters growth and good governance development. The Institute maintains a register of independent directors and remains committed to its cardinal objective of enhancing the professional skills of Directors, business leaders, technocrats, top level civil servants and public servants through its Director Development Programmes, annual seminars and workshops in the various sectors of the economy.



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