Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu is a legal practitioner with experience in law and business specifically corporate commercial law, oil and gas, corporate compliance, joint venture and intellectual property. She is a business executive with over 15 years of experience in business development, start-up incubation, brand management and development; a trained and certified executive coach with experience in Leadership Development and Management team effectiveness with emphasis on transformational, transitional and transactional integral coaching and a passionate advocate of the transformative power of entrepreneurship as the key to the economic development of Africa. Appointed in April 2019 as the third Chief Executive Officer of The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Africa’s leading philanthropy, Ifeyinwa holds the distinction of being the first African to hold this position. Ifeyinwa joined the Tony Elumelu Foundation in 2017 as the Director of Partnerships & Evaluations, a role she held for two years. In this position, she developed the Foundation’s institutional framework for financial and value-add partnerships to scale the impact of the US$100m TEF Entrepreneurship programme beyond its initial target to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs. The resulting strategic partnerships with governments, development finance institutions, multilaterals and private organisations led to a record-breaking selection of 3,050 entrepreneurs in 2019. As CEO, Ifeyinwa is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the Foundation’s initiatives, overseeing its day-to-day operations including the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, TEFConnect – the digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs, monitoring and evaluation, research, and alumni engagement. She also steers the Foundation’s positioning, partnership and engagement with the wider development ecosystem as TEF launches into its next stage of scale, expanded impact, and intelligent mining of its proprietary data on African entrepreneurship. Ifeyinwa is a proven leader with business vision and the ability to bring people together, leveraging her insights and global perspective as the Foundation executes its strategy to transform Africa through entrepreneurship while delivering value for Africa and Africans through the thousands of entrepreneurs it has already empowered and the many more thousands to come.
Gender: Female
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Profession Legal Practitioner
Working Experience third Chief Executive Officer of The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Africa’s leading philanthropy, , management consultant for the Enterprise Development Centre at the Pan-Atlantic University. , Board of Women Empowerment and Children Relief in Africa. ,

Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), April 2019 - Present ; Advisory Board Member, Vigilante Heart Charitable Society, Aug 2006 – Present;

Previous Appointments:

– Legal Practitioner, Chief Rotimi Williams Chambers (FRA LAW), 2000 – 2003;

– Company Secretary, Romi Oil and Gas Ltd, 2003 – 2006;

– Managing Director/Co-Founder, Sleek Nigeria, 2006 – 2014;

– Management Consultant, Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University, 2015-;

– Member, Board of Women Empowerment and Children Relief in Africa Effort (A Cape Town-based non-profit organisation focused on enhancing the economic welfare of women), Sept 2016-;

– Director of Partnerships & Evaluations, Tony Elumelu Foundation, 2017.


– Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria.

SCHOOLS ATTENDED WITH DATES: University of Wales, UK, 1999; Nigerian Law School, Lagos , 2002; Integral Africa Institute, Cape Town, South Africa, 2015.



– Word Of The Week: Integrity
By Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, November 21, 2018

– Unlocking Innovation Solutions for the SDGs – Tokyo International Conference on African Development
By Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, August 29, 2019

– Women In Digital Power
By Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, September 25, 2019



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