Dr Nneka Abulokwe, OBE, FAPM, FBCS
CEO & Founder
Dr Abulokwe is a board director, tech, digital, governance and diversity & inclusion specialist who is passionate about the intelligent use of technology and governance to foster organisational cohesion and drive positive digital cultures.
She was the first Afro-Caribbean professional in the UK to sit on the board of a top European digital transformation organisation and her corporate career spans over 25 years, culminating in a return to independent consulting with MicroMax in 2017.
A respected technologist, senior executive and board director, Nneka has delivered large-scale, high-profile projects for governments and private institutions in the UK, Europe, Asia, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and America.
She undertook pioneering research in people-centric agile governance in tech, earned a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Cranfield University School of Management, and is now one of the most accomplished Afro-Caribbean business professionals in the UK.
As Executive Director of Governance, Risk & Assurance (UK & Asia) at Sopra Steria in 2013, a €3.7bn digital transformation organisation, Nneka’s leadership and evidence-based philosophies challenged the frontiers of conventional governance, helping to positively redefine many of the company’s group-wide digital practices.
Nneka’s approach is to make corporate and operational governance a strategic enabler, with simplified, easy-to-implement working practices that empower the workforce to take greater ownership of governance, creating an agile digital culture.
In 2017 Nneka was appointed to Chair the Board Nominations Committee for ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association). She successfully overhauled the board nomination process in harmony with related corporate governance activity, thereby creating a diverse 2018/19 board.
She has recently been recognised in Diligent’s 2020 Modern Governance 100 for her exceptional ability to support organisations throughout the corona virus pandemic, driving greater diversity and sustainable cyber security practices, providing sharper insights for company leadership, and ensuring strong governance practices across the board.
She is passionate about diverse and inclusive representation within the leadership and management of responsible organisations. Nneka recently shared her perspectives on diversity in a Forbes article,
‘Why Diversity Is Too Important for CEOs to Ignore’.
Nneka’s academic endeavours and professional commitments ensure that she’s well known in both private and public-sector organisations, which in turn means that she is called upon to advise, liaise or provide direction on tech, digital and governance matters across many industries, both in the UK and internationally.
She is in constant demand as an international media spokesperson and keynote speaker, hosting ISACA membership events on board governance and recruitment and making keynote appearances at iWOW (Inspired Women of Worth) summits in Lagos and London.
Nneka was ranked 4th in the Inclusive Boards Financial Times Top 100 BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) Tech Leaders 2018,
And was honoured to be awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 2019 for Services to Business.
Amongst her other professional accolades are being a finalist in Governance Professional of the Year 2018; appearing in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Powerlist 100 of most influential black business leaders and being the top-ranked technology professional and in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 EMpower Ethnic Minority Executives and Role Models list.
Other highlights include being appointed to the Board of The IT Institute (BCS), where she has been responsible for enhancing skills development across the technology industry, and being a founding member of The Normal Chaos Group, a think tank that seeks to provide thought leadership on crisis management, operational governance and cybersecurity.
Nneka is a freeman of both the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT). She is a fellow of The Association for Project Management (FAPM) and the British Computer Society (FBCS).
As a board-level advisor, chair and non-executive director, Nneka’s fine-tuned techniques continue to garner staff commitment and create agile and responsive businesses. Elsewhere, she recognises the importance of bolstering the confidence and prospects of our younger generation, and is a very proud mentor and role model for a diverse group of young millennials who are just starting out in corporate world. Her aim is to help them enrich their lives and to inspire their imaginations.