Nigeria France Business and Investment Forum, Abuja Nigeria, June 2019

Ms. Balde moderated the final panel on Partnerships for Business development at the Nigeria France Business and Investment forum held in Abuja, organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Paris. Panelists were: Mr. Adebisi Shonubi, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Monday Ewans, Director at SMEDAN The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria and Engineer Nongo, Director Nigeria Export Authority.

The panel addressed the following: How prepared is Nigeria for foreign investment? What partnerships are essential to further attract business and investment in Nigeria? How does the monetary exchange rate affect foreign investment and how are government agencies working together to increase investment in Nigeria?

Digital: The New Code Of Wealth , Lagos Nigeria, August 2019

Social critic and digital media influencer, Japhet Omojuwa unveiled his new book tagged Digital: The New Code Of Wealth at an event held at Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos. The book launch had in attendance various stakeholders in media, entertainment, and governance, including Emeka Mba, Kadaria Ahmed, Pastor Tony Rapu, Otega Ogra, Steve Baba-Eko, Timi Dakolo, Banky W, Bovi and many more.

Ms. Balde moderated the final panel of the day on the Impact of Digital on big business, education, health, culture, and music.

TechPoint Africa, Lagos Nigeria, June 2019

The phrase ‘Future of Work’ is used to describe the paradigm shift in human resource management as a result of the emerging era of automation, artificial and robotics. The global Economic returns expected from this revolution is about $16 trillion and as it stands, no #African country is among the top 10 countries with the highest level of benefit in this economic return. Ms.Baldé moderated the Future of Work panel at techpoint Africa, West Africa’s largest tech conference.

This ones session examined the realities, misconceptions, and doubts with amazing panelists: Deremi Atanda ED at System Specs, Francesca Uriri Head of communications Uber West Africa, Elizabeth Okonji Chief People Officer at Renmoney and Juliet Oshagbemi Head of Dangote Academy.

“Strengthening Cooperatives To Provide Life’s Basic Needs” organized by Sale Riby May 2019

Ms. Balde moderated a panel session with Eniola Akinsete, Senior Manager, Micro-Enterprise, Bank of Industry,Henry Hector-Amiwero, Head, Legal & Communications, Total E&P Cooperative,Yinka Ogunnubi, Group Treasurer, CFAO West Africa and head, CFAO Cooperative, Mr. Shina Atilola, Head, Retail & Consumer Banking, Sterling Bank, Mr. Victor Oyegoke, President Cooperative Rating & Award Society of Nigeria, Olusiji Aina, Technical Director, West Africa for Cognity Advisory.

The Business of Photography Conference, Lagos Nigeria, April 2019

Photography enthusiasts will not forget The Business of Photography 2019 in a hurry, as it brought together the best brains in Nigeria under one roof to educate photographers and intending photographers about different aspects of the photography business. The third-panel session was moderated by Lehle Balde (Senior Associate, Business Day), with Charles Anyawu (Head SME Enterprise at LSETF, representing Akintunde Oyebode the CEO of LSETF), Engr. Chris Ifeanyi Oputa (CEO Studio 24), Uzoma Dozie (GMD/CEO Diamond Bank) on the panel and they discussed The financing of the photography industry as well as the role of the government.

Social Media Week 2019 Lagos Nigeria

This session brought organized and moderated by Ms. Balde brought together a full house of 600 guests at the Innovation stage at SMW Lagos. Panelists included key stakeholders representing the large financial inclusion ecosystem from the government, its agencies, the private sector, and academia. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Adedeji Akeem of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Jay Alabraba, co-founder of Paga Technologies, Nkem Okocha founder of MamaMoni. Dr. Olayinka David West DFS lead at the Lagos Business School.

Nigeria’s financially excluded population remains an important issue for policymakers and businesses. As the number of people living below the poverty line increases, so does that of those that are financially excluded, hence, the increase in efforts recently by authorities and partner agencies and companies on addressing the unbanked challenge.

Stimulating Sustainable Economic Development through Financial Inclusion, Lagos Nigeria, December 2018

This conference was organized by Businessday Media and Lagos Business school. Ms. Bade was one of the organizers and also the compere of this event. This year’s event addressed financial inclusion as a catalyst for economic growth and national development, specifically focusing on macro and micro perspectives.

Made in Nigeria Conference, Lagos Nigeria, December 2018

The key thrust of the one day Conference & Exhibition is aimed at re-defining narratives about Nigeria’s current Economic challenges and the debate on socio-economic growth, SME advancement, national aspiration towards self-sufficiency, job creation & employment, diversification. MS Balde moderated the main stage session with the honorable minister of State: Trade, industry, and investment Hajiya Aisha Abubakar.

Making a Business Case for Financial Inclusion, a conference by EFina, Lagos Nigeria, November 2018

Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA) is a financial sector development organization that promotes financial inclusion in Nigeria. Our mission is to make the financial system work better, especially for the poor. EFInA is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The event which was hosted by Ms. Balde, examined how to drive the uptake of financial products and services specifically targeted at the poor. Essentially how can we make banking the poor financially sustainable for entities who want to engage in this business? The event was attended by The Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, the deputy British High commissioner amongst other stakeholders.

Financial Inclusion and the next generation organized by the Chris Onobanjo Foundation, Lagos Nigeria, October 2018

The Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation supported by NEXUS Nigeria co-hosted an event to discuss the importance of financial inclusion and the benefits of adopting it as individuals and an organization. Ms. Balde was invited as an expert speaker alongside Mrs.Modupe Ladipo, Managing Partner of Prospera Consulting and a financial inclusion expert and Mr. Iheanyi Ononiwu and Mrs. Uche Ben-Uzoebo, heads of financial inclusion of Diamond bank.

The Role of Media in driving Financial Inclusion. Organized by Efina, September 2018, Lagos Nigeria

Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA), Nigeria’s leading financial sector development organization organized a media forum to discuss the role of media in driving Financial Inclusion. On this panel, Ms. Baldé was invited as an expert speaker to discuss the importance of media in driving financial inclusion in Nigeria with panelists including Nimi Akinkugbe, Aisha Isa- Olatinwo Head Banking & Payments CBN;  Adia Sowho; Managing director Mines, Ugo Dre Okechukwu; founder Nairametric amongst others.

Spotlight Nigeria Conference. Panel: Agribusiness and Fast Moving Consumer Goods Paris France, October 2018

Nigeria is a country that cannot be overlooked because of its demographic and economic potentials. Spotlight Nigeria is a conference that happens in Paris every year to enhance relations between France and Nigeria. The 2018 edition sought to further consolidate the outcome of these interactions by ensuring that the cordial bilateral relations between both countries snowball into concrete business transactions and projects between companies from both countries. Ms.Baldé moderated a panel on agriculture and fast living consumer goods with Panelists.

Breaking the Financial Inclusion Barrier 24th Nigerian Economic Summit Lagos Nigeria, October 2018

In July of 2018, the Apex Bank website reported that Nigeria was not on track to meet the 2020 targets set out in the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) of 2012. The impediments to achieving this target have been ascribed to economic constraints, insecurity issues in the northern part of Nigeria, obsolete strategies, among others. As a financial inclusion advocate and radio anchor, Ms Balde organised, planned and curated a one of a kind financial inclusion session with 120 key stakeholders present from around Nigeria and beyond at the 24th annual Nigerian Economic Summit. The keynote speaker was former Central Bank of Nigeria deputy Governor. This session was one of the key financial inclusion gatherings of 2018 in Nigeria.

Social Media Week 2018 Lagos Nigeria

Social Media Week (SMW) is one of the world’s premier conferences and industry news platforms for professionals in media, marketing, and technology.  The mission is to give professionals at the intersection of media, marketing and technology the insights, ideas and opportunities they need to advance themselves and their organizations in a globally connected world.

Ms. Balde organized, planned and moderated the session entitled ‘Disruption: new media and modern-day journalism’. The panelists were: Anthony Osae Brown, editor BusinessDay; Peace Hyde, Forbes Africa Head Digital Media and Partnerships, West African correspondent; Tolu Ogunlesi, Special Assistant to His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, in charge of the Presidency Office Digital Engagement (PODE); J.J Omojuwa, Founder & Chief Strategist, The Alpha Reach, Hercules Venter, founder of Kalibrate Africa.

Home Advantage Africa May 2018, Lagos Nigeria

Home Advantage is an annual conference that brings together African leaders for a conference of enlightenment, networking, and conversation. This year Ms. Baldé moderated a panel with various African leaders such as Adebola Williams, J.J, Omojuwa, Chiamaka ( Social Prefect)  John Ibidi, Charles Utodor amongst others. Please see highlights here.

Home Advantage Africa May 2017, Lagos Nigeria

Home Advantage is an annual conference that brings together African leaders for a conference of enlightenment, networking, and conversation. On this panel, Ms. Baldé moderated a conversation with Chief Dele Momodu, J.J Omojuwa, and Dayo Israel on how young Africans can conquer their locality and become successful. Please see the highlights here.

International Law Conference October 2017 the University of Ife, Ife Nigeria

On this panel, Ms. Baldé moderated a conversation on ‘Redefining/Rethinking the Societal Role(s) of the Girl Child & Young Women as Transcending Basic Home Management and a  Permanent Subordinate role’. Ms. Baldé interviewed and moderated conversation with panelists such as Mrs. Charlotte Osei (First Female Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of Ghana) and Mrs. Ibukun Awosika (First Female Chairperson of First Bank of Nigeria Ltd), while Chief (Mrs.) Folake Solanke (First Female Senior Advocate of Nigeria).