Dr. (Mrs) Ijeoma E. Jidenma

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Ije Jidenma is an accomplished Management Consultant and Professional. Her areas of specialisation within her over thirty years’ post-graduation career span across Human Resources Management, Organisational Development Psychometrics, Learning and Development, Corporate Governance and Leadership. She has also been involved in multidisciplinary transformation and change management initiatives. She has made tremendous positive impact consulting widely for local and international organisations within and outside Nigeria, across diverse economic sectors. These cut across private and public sectors, international NGOs and multilateral organisations. She is the Chairman of the Board Governance Committee of First Bank of Nigeria Limited. Dr Jidenma is also a Director and the First Vice President of the Institute of Directors, the Chairman of its Finance & General Purpose Committee and a member of the Nomination & Governance Committee. She also serves as a Director of the Nigeria South Africa Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce. Dr Jidenma had successfully served as a Director on the Board of First Pension Custodian from 2011 to 2014.

Dr Jidenma’s executive management involvement is contemporary. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Leading Edge Consulting, a leading Human Resources and Organisational Development firm which she founded about twenty years ago. She also serves as the Managing Partner of IRC Nigeria, a member firm of the IRC global Executive Search Partnership ranked as the fastest growing and largest executive search alliance with footprints in 86 cities across six continents. In furtherance of these roles, as well as her non-executive roles, over time she has attended several Executive Development Programmes and Board Level programmes across the world’s centres of excellence such as the Lagos Business School, I.E.S.E. Business School, Harvard Business School, Cranfield School of Management, Kellogg School of Management, amongst others. Her areas of focus had included Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Leadership, Finance for the Board Room, Board Evaluation as well as Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Earlier on in her career, Dr Jidenma had worked in other private and public organisations such as the Industrial Training Fund, Price Waterhouse (now PwC) and Merchant Bank of Africa where she rose through the ranks and also at the Executive Management level thereby gaining considerable experience in terms of breadth and depth. She served as the Head of Human Resources (including local and offshore training) as well as the Head of Strategic Planning of the Bank. She was appointed Senior Lecturer at the ESUT Business School and taught Organisational Behaviour and Strategic Human Resources Management to MBA students on a part-time basis.

Dr Jidenma holds a PhD in Psychology with specialisation in Psychometrics from the University of Lagos. She is an IFC Certified Board Assessor. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Nigerian Institute of Management, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management and Institute of Management Consultants, Nigeria.

Dr Jidenma has won several awards such as the Deloitte International Women Award (2013); the Centre for Values in Leadership Role Model Award (2013); the Most Respected HR Personality in Africa Award (2015) and the Global Female Leadership Impact Award (2018). She is an Honorary Senior Member (HCIB) of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

Dr Jidenma deploys her spare time to philanthropic work. A past President of Soroptimist International of Surulere and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, she is the Founder and Executive Secretary of Goddy Jidenma Foundation, noted for thought leadership in Africa. She was married to Arc Goddy Jidenma (of blessed memory) and is blessed with two children.

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