Meet Dr. Nneka Abulokwe, British Nigerian entrepreneur in technology and digital governance

Dr Nneka Abulokwe is a technology and digital governance entrepreneur, FTSE Board Director, international speaker, private equity NED and diversity advocate.

She is also the CEO and founder of MicroMax Consulting, a company that provides advice to the board on people-centric digital governance, cybersecurity and technology.

Early life and education

She was born to a Nigerian father and a Jamaican mother in London, England. She was brought back to Nigeria and grew up in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where she lived until after her first degree at the University of Port Harcourt, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History.

She then went to London where she obtained a master’s degree in Imperial, Commonwealth and International Studies. After her master’s degree in 2001, she entered the Cranfield School of Management where she studied Leadership, Strategy, Change Management, Business Transformation.

In 2008, she received her doctorate from the Cranfield School of Management as a Doctor of Business Administration, Information Technology, Governance, Outsourcing and International Trade.

Corporate career

She obtained a position as a program manager for Compuware in 2001, where she gained work experience in change management, international program delivery and supply chain management.

In 2004 she left Compuware to work at Logica (CGI) where she gained experience in management and leadership, offshore deliveries, P&L responsibility, customer/account management.

In 2008 she left Logica and worked as a Delivery Director for Atos where she worked until 2012, gaining experience in Account Management, IT Strategy, Program Management, Business Transformation , management consulting, business change management, process improvement, P&L accountability, among others.

In 2013, she resumed her duties as Executive Director of Sopria Steria, one of the 10 European leaders in digital transformation, which offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of end-to-end service offerings on the market.

Crew member

Dr. Nneka, during his career, has been a member of various institutions, such as the Chartered IT Institute, Association for Project Management, APM and Freeman of the Technologists Livery Company, WCIT and the City of London.

She has also been a member of the board of several institutions including;

  • Member of the advisory board of Cranfield School of Management
  • External Member, Audit and Risk Committee, Chairman, Financial Fraud Oversight Committee at the University of Cambridge
  • Advisor, D&I Advisor for Race Steerco at Shell
  • Board of Directors and Non-Executive Director (NED) at Capita
  • Board of Directors and Non-Executive Director (NED) at Davies Group

Entrepreneurial experience

In April 2017, she founded the Micro Max consulting firm specializing in Tech; Digital; Governance, Diversity and Inclusion and internal and executive consulting services in the use of technology, digital and governance to foster organizational cohesion and foster positive digital cultures.

Where she uses her global experience gained at the highest levels to help companies and organizations achieve their goals. By working with leadership teams to encourage cohesion, alignment and clarity of purpose. Translate them into a strategy to deliver an informed, inclusive and productive workforce – through the smart use of technology and governance to foster positive and diverse digital cultures.

Achievements and Recognition

  • She was conferred an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday 2019 for her services to business
  • Conferred Doctor of Science, Cranfield University, for Business and Industry Services
  • Listed in Diligent’s 2020 Modern Governance Top 100
  • Ranked 4th in the Financial Times Top 100 Most Influential Technology Leaders of 2018
  • Ranked 9th, 2018 EMpower Financial Times Top 100 BAME Executives and Models
  • 2018 Governance Professional of the Year Finalists, The Governance Institute, UK
  • Ranked 4th in the Financial Times Top 100 Most Influential Technology Leaders of 2019
  • Listed in Power’s 2019 list of 100 most influential black leaders, UK.
  • Listed on Power 2020 list of 100 most influential black leaders, UK.
  • RED top 5 women changing the face of tech 2020.
  • Ranked 28th in the Yahoo Finance EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List 2020.
  • Listed in Power 2021 list of 100 most influential black leaders, UK.
  • Listed in Power 2022 list of 100 most influential black leaders, UK

Charitable commitment and volunteering

She volunteers with the Freeman Worshipful Society of Information Technologists, a charitable organization that raises funds for worthy causes related to the advancement of technology.

She is a business mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women which helps women entrepreneurs around the world realize their potential.

She is a Senior Advisor to the Board of Do Good Africa, a charity committed to economic empowerment and improving the lives of people in communities across the African continent.

She is a chair member of the ISACA London Chapter Board Nominations Committee, where she guides the Board in fulfilling its corporate governance responsibilities.

Featured Articles

  • Forbes,”Why diversity is too important for CEOs to ignore »
  • Governance and Compliance News, »It’s about people first and governance follows” The Governance Institute, UK.

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