The managing director, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics (LADOL), Dr. Amy Jadesimi, has been selected to join the B Team Africa newly- formed last January. The LADOL MD joined the chief executive officer of Unilever, Mr. Paul Polman, at a press conference held at the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on March 26, 2018 to announce the B Team Africa’s agenda. Speaking at the forum, Jadesimi discussed her vision for sustainable infrastructure development in West Africa and her goals in working alongside the B Team Africa leadership members – Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom; Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, chair of GAVI; Dr. Mo Ibrahim, founder and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Jochen Zeitz, co-founder and executive chair of The B Team and former CEO of PUMA and Jesse Moore, CEO and co-founder of M-KOPA Solar. Others are Rita Kavashe, managing director of Isuzu East Africa and Joshua Oigara, Group CEO and managing director of KCB Group, Jadesimi is expected to join other B Team Global Leaders to drive positive change in Nigeria and the African continent. Jadesimi said, “I’m honoured and excited to be part of the B Team Africa, working alongside a team of passionate business leaders to support and drive sustainable business models and new opportunities for job creation and investment in Africa.
For the world to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Africa will have to become an engine of growth and prosperity. “Fortunately, as Africans, we have the human capital and resources to do this ourselves and working with Jesse, Rita and Joshua on the B Team, we can actively help create an environment where real private sector companies (large and small) can build new economy businesses generating millions of jobs across the continent.” The B Team Africa is a PanAfrican platform to enable committed business and civil society leaders to work collectively in driving progress and addressing critical issues across the continent. The B Team Africa leaders are united in influencing and convening the private and public sector to drive long-term, inclusive, sustainable economic growth and social development for a prosperous Africa. To achieve these goals, leaders are committed to working together and through current B Team initiatives. The B Team Africa’s ambitious work agenda includes, but is not limited to, open contracting, supply chain transparency, responsible tax practice, renewable and clean energy, environmental preservation, unlocking capital for value-addition, green businesses and social enterprises, job creation, civic rights, gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. An international non-profit organisation, The B Team, cofounded by Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz in 2012, established The B Team Africa in 2017 and continues to recruit Africa-based leaders to accelerate the shift toward a just and sustainable future for the continent and the world.