Ladi Delano is a Nigerian entrepreneur with over 10 years experience in emerging markets. Ladi is the co-founder of DFL Investments; DFL is a private investment vehicle set-up to invest in Nigeria. The company is back by a diverse consortium of South East Asian investors all of whom share Ladi’s vision for Nigeria; to date DFL has successfully acquired the most developed mining asset in the country and is currently developing the mine – a $100m project. Ladi provides the overall direction of the company alongside the strategic planning of its day-to-day operations.
From 2002 – 2010 Ladi was the managing partner of the DRG Group, a portfolio of companies (Ladi co-founded) with the majority of its operations in main land China. The Group with over 450 staff spanned several sectors, which included a $20m FMCG alcohol distribution business with operations in over 22 Chinese cities, to a $50m real-estate investment vehicle strategically positioned for M&A transactions in 1st and 2nd tier cities in China.
As a result of the 07/08 global financial crisis Ladi divested his stake in the Group, and went on to become a managing partner of Global DRG Energy: a $225m investment vehicle focused on special situation investment opportunities in the Indonesian mining sector. During this time, Ladi led several mining M&A transactions working alongside the two largest mining companies in the country. Ladi was also appointed as the Equity Capital Markets consulting partner for Singaporean-listed Ramba Energy.
Ladi was awarded the “Young Entrepreneur Award 2003” by FP magazine, and was featured as one of Forbes Top 10 Young Africans to Watch 2012. Ladi has had the privilege of being a guest speaker at several business schools including INSEAD Singapore.
Ladi studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London.)
On May 31, 2013, Masai Ujiri was named President and General Manager, Basketball Operations. He returns to the Raptors organization where he received his first front office position in 2007.
Ujiri, 42, had spent the past three seasons as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Denver Nuggets. He was named 2012-13 NBA Executive of the Year after leading the Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins and a league-best 38-3 home court mark. Ujiri helped construct a young, athletic roster that captured the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference despite being the third-youngest team at the start of the season.
Ujiri got his NBA front office start in Toronto in 2007 joining the franchise as director of global scouting. He was elevated to assistant general manager, player personnel, in 2008 and worked closely with current team President Bryan Colangelo. His duties included overseeing the scouting and personnel departments, talent assessment and related data management.
On August 27, 2010, Ujiri became the first African-born GM in the NBA when he was hired to run the Nuggets’ basketball operations department. It was also his second stint with the club after working as a scout from 2003-06 and the team’s director of international scouting during the 2006-07 season. Prior to joining Denver, he worked as an international scout for the Orlando Magic.
A native of Nigeria, Ujiri brings tremendous knowledge and extensive global connections to the Raptors front office. He played professionally in Europe for six years, with stops in Belgium, Germany, England, Greece and Finland. He has scouted all over the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Ujiri has also managed and coached the Nigerian junior and senior national teams.
On a humanitarian level, Ujiri has been tireless in his efforts to promote and develop the game of basketball throughout Africa. He is the founder of the Giants of Africa Foundation, which launched the Top 50 and Bigman camps in his homeland. Ujiri also has served as the director of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program since 2002.
Amadou Mahtar Ba is the Chief Executive of the African Media Initiative (AMI), an unprecedented pan-African effort aimed at providing the continent’s media owners and practitioners with the tools they need to play an effective role in their societies. AMI aims to strengthen the media sector in Africa to ensure the accountability of governments and other institutions and to promote democratic governance, human development as well as economic growth and transformation.
Mr. Ba is also a co-founder and Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media, Inc – owner and operator of http://allafrica.com – an international multi-media content service provider, systems technology developer and the largest distributor of African news and information worldwide. Prior to starting AllAfrica, Mr. Ba served from 1996 to 2000 as Director of Communications and Marketing for BICIS Bank, a subsidiary of the French banking group BNP Paribas. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Ba helped lead the successful restructuring and privatization of the Panafrican News Agency (PANA).
He sits on several boards and participates in a number of working groups including the World Economic Forum’s Global Council for the Future of Media, the Africa Democratic Institute, the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE, the African Digital Advisory Board of SANOFI and serves as a member of the Panel of Judges for the CNN African Journalist Award.
In 2008, he convened the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) for the first time thanks to support from the World Bank Group, the Coca Cola Company and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AMLF has become the largest gathering of African media owners and operators.
Mr. Ba was educated in Senegal, France and Spain and is fluent in French, English, Spanish, Fulani and Wolof. He holds a Masters degree from the Ecole Française des Professionnels de la Communication in Paris and a Bachelors Degree in Foreign languages and International relations from the Paris 7 University (Jussieu).
Mo Abudu is the Executive Director of Ebony Live TV. She is the first woman on the African continent to own a pan-African TV channel, she is also the Executive producer & host of a TV talk show, Moments with Mo, which is the first syndicated daily talk show on African regional television. Mo who was recently honoured at the Century of the African Woman Forum as the Entrepreneur of the year award is also the creator and executive producer of the Debaters, a reality TV show. Funded by one of Africa’s leading financial institutions; GTBank, it launched on 3 October 2009. The show focuses on “giving Africa a voice” by promoting oratory.
Her show, Moments with Mo airs across 48 African countries and on cable TV that covers part of the United Kingdom. In over 7 years of its existence, Moments with Mo has transformed the face and flavour of African TV. The show has been able to achieve this feat by constantly seeking to build and project a new, stronger, more independent and confident Africa. One that speaks for itself, celebrates its people and achievements, and solves its own problems.
Over the past 7 years of its existence, Moments with Mo has hosted an impressive list of guests. From Presidents to Nobel Laureates; celebrities to Governors; and even the US Secretary of-State, Mrs. Hilary Rodham-Clinton on her visit to Nigeria, and of recent, Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
She has made her mark in diverse fields of endeavour, which cut across the corporate world. She started as being an Executive in ExxonMobil for nearly a decade; she was the promoter behind the Protea Hotel Oakwood Park, of which she remains a shareholder and director; she was the Founder of Vic Lawrence & Associates, now one of Nigeria’s leading Outsourcing firms, and most recently in the dynamic world of media.