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NatureNews Unveils Africa’s Top 50 Sustainability Experts

NatureNews, Africa’s foremost newspaper on climate change and sustainability, has unveiled its maiden list of Africa’s top 50 sustainability experts for 2023.

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, Chief Operating Officer of NatureNews, Pius Alabi, said the list was a product of the newspaper’s rigorous process of shortlisting, screening and selection of the very best.

He said NatureNews was keen to showcase experts who have made tremendous impacts in environmental sustainability in the year 2023 to project them as role models for other professionals.


“This is our maiden selection of most outstanding sustainability professionals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to fostering environmental health in their respective sector”, he emphasised.

Mr. Alabi explained that the sustainability experts represent a diverse range of industries including energy, food, beverages, telecommunication, banking, agro-allied, and manufacturing as well as the public sector.

He said the experts who made the listing were directly responsible for most of the creative solutions targeted at mitigating climate change-induced environmental impacts across Africa, adding that they have contributed significantly to advancing sustainable practices and environmental stewardship in the continent.

Mr. Alabi reiterated that NatureNews will continue to acknowledge and recognise the crucial role being played by sustainability professionals in driving positive change and inspiring others to embrace sustainable practices.

Founded over three years ago, and symbolically embedded in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, NatureNews has earned a global acclaim as Africa’s No 1 environmental newspaper and one of the top 20 nature publications in the world

NatureNews, as an authoritative independent newspaper, also enjoys the goodwill of a pan-African Advisory Board consisting of highly distinguished scholars, climate change experts and environmental sustainability advocates

Mr. Alabi disclosed that NatureNews has created a helpdesk ( to offer partnership support to stakeholders in the environment and sustainability sector.

Below is the list of Africa’s top 50 sustainability experts for 2023:

Kerseri Pather
Risk and Sustainability, Eskom

Daxita Rajcoumar
Sustainability Officer, Engie

Nkiru Olumide-Ojo
Executive Head Africa Regions, Corporate Communications & Social Impact, Standard Bank Group

Edward Fagbohun
Manager, impact reporting MTN Group

Prajna Khanne
Head of Sustainability Naspers,

Ejiro Gray
Director, Governance and Sustainability, Sahara Energy

Oluwasoromidayo George
Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, Coca-Cola HBC

Chinedu Igwe
Head of Sustainability, NNPCL

Charles Ngeribara
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Manager, Total E & P Ngeria

Titilope Oguntuga
Head, Sustainable Development and Corporate Brand, Lafarge Africa Plc

Grace Amadi
General Manager Sustainability & R&D, Seplat Energy

Annelise Louw
Sustainability/Head of Environmental Portfolio Management, Sasol

James Adenuga
Group Head, HSSE Dangote Group

Lungile Manzini
Executive Head, Sustainability Development, Vodacom Group

Dr. Dalia Abdel Kader
Chief Sustainability Officer, Commercial International Bank

Oludamilola Borishade
Environment and Regulatory Manager, Exxon Mobil

Okechukwu Onyemize
Community Investment
Sustainability Relations, Nigeria Agip Oil Company

Namo Thambiran
Sustainability Specialist, Engen Petroleum

Ismail Omamegbe
Head, Sustainability, Media, and External Relations, First Bank of Nigeria.

Ahmed Albasyoni
Sustainability Coordinator, Arab Contractors

Babatunde Ikuomenisan
Sustainability Manager – Africa, PZ Cussons Nigeria Ltd

Suleiman Ibrahim
Manager Sustainability, IHS Towers

Tosin, Leye-Odeyemi
Head, Sustainability, Financial Risk and Capital Management, Stanbic IBTC

Chima Agomoh
Environment Health and Safety Manager, Olam

Dr. Tiwalade Adeniyi
Group Head, Sustainbility & Strategy, FMDQ Group

Kunle Abiola
Sustainability Manager, Friesland Companies

Ifeoma Okoye
Corporate Affairs & Community Partnerships Manager, Coca-Cola

Emete Tonukari
Social Sustainability Manager, Heineken Africa

Karen Basiye
Director, Sustainability Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc

Bisola Sarumi
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc

Anthony Ifechukwu
Head Environment Sustainability, Central Bank of Nigeria

Olanike Onakoya
Sustainability Development Manager, Guinness Nigeria

Lolade Johnson-Agiri
Head, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, BAT

Ayegba Emmanuel
Manager Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

Iyenoma Osazee
HSE Manager, Julius Berger

Chioma Okolie
Head, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Airtel

Dr. Igazeuma Okoroba
Group Head of Sustainability, Dangote Cement PLC

Farhat Kunmi-Olayiwola
Head, Strategy and Corporate Sustainability, AFEX

Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan
Head of Sustainability, Access Bank

Chukwuemeka Aniukwu
Head of Sustainability and Regulatory Relations, Nigeria Breweries

Gogomary Oyet
Group Head, Environment, Health, Safaty
Security and Quality, Oando

Dr. Constance Omawumi Kola-Lawal
Environmental & Social Risk Management, IFC

Chidozie Ezika
Head, Sustainability Development, UBA Plc

Oluwatosin Amida
HSE Adviser-Environment & Compliance, First Exploration & Petroleum

Eniola Alli Faweya
Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Manager, International Breweries Plc

Neolene Goundan
Sustainability Coordinator, Bidvest

Raphael Fischer
Country Safety, Health and Environmental
Sustainability Manager, Nestle

Oladipupo Shotonwa
Environmental, Social and Governance Manager, GTBank

Olanrewaju Aliu
Head, HSSE, Eterna Plc

James Lonsdale
Group Sustainability Manager, Spar Group

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