• Headline Speakers
  • Previous Headline Speakers
Headline Speakers

Headline Speakers

Michael A. Casumano

Deputy Dean,

MIT Sloan School of Management

Jeffrey Sachs


Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Previous Headline Speakers

Previous Headline Speakers

Richard Dobbs

Senior Partner,

McKinsey & Company

Hal Gregersen

Executive Director,

MIT Leadership Center

Dominic Barton

Global Managing Partner,

McKinsey & Company

Rich Lesser


Boston Consulting Group

Peter Tufano


Said Business School, University of Oxford

Paul Collier

Professor of Economics and Public Policy,

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Michael Porter

World-acclaimed Economist & Researcher,

Harvard Business School

Michael Raynor


The Strategy Paradox: Why Committing to Success Leads to Failure


The CEO Forum has been held annually since 2009. It was the first C-suite-focused gathering in Nigeria to make the intellectual dimensions of executive leadership its centerpiece.

Prior to its introduction, no other platform existed in the country for the education and exchange of research-certified tools for problem-solving in Nigeria’s unique business environment.

The CEO Forum is a must-attend event for decision-makers in Nigeria’s private sector to dissect key trends, best practices and successful business models. It provides a unique platform for debate around emerging opportunities and prevailing challenges they encounter in running their organizations.

What distinguishes the CEO Forum from other executive leadership events is its primary focus on empowering delegates with the right management models, and problem-solving frameworks for interpreting data, and preparing for the future.

Delegates are assured of first-hand exposure to cutting-edge management thinking, and policy engagement strategies delivered by high profile speakers.

Nigeria's Top CEOs: A Special Executive Leadership Report is published by BusinessDay in commemoration of the 14th annual CEO Forum conference.


In a series of interviews, leaders at the helm of Nigeria's most successful private and public sector organizations will shed light on their:

  • Post-COVID recovery path
  • Outlook for business over the next 18 months (H2 2022 and FY 2023)
  • Major business concerns and priorities
  • Digital transformation journey
  • Responses to the brain drain
  • Views as to how international trade flows, and supply chains will be impacted over the near-to-mid-term by global geopolitical tensions.

Nigeria's Top CEOs will be published as an insert in BusinessDay's daily print edition in September 2022.

The report will also be available for download free-of-charge on the BusinessDay Home page, and widely promoted on social media and partner websites.

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Michael A. Cusumano is the SMR Distinguished Professor of Management and Deputy Dean at the MIT Sloan School of Management. At MIT, he teaches Platform Strategy & Entrepreneurship as well as Strategy & the CEO.

He is the author/co-author of The Business of Platforms: Strategy in the Age of Digital Competition, Innovation, and Power; Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs; Platform Leadership: How Intel, Microsoft, and Cisco Drive Industry Innovation; and Microsoft Secrets: How the World's Most Powerful Software Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets and Manages People.

His talk at the CEO Forum will cover a range of topics around the subject including strategies for platform launch and growth, governance, platform design and architecture, internal organization of platform firms, transformation of products into platforms, how traditional firms compete or play with platforms, data and analytics for platforms, and antitrust & regulation issues raised by platforms.

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, bestselling author, innovative educator, and global leader in sustainable development.

He is widely recognized for bold and effective strategies to address complex challenges including the escape from extreme poverty, the global battle against human-induced climate change, international debt and financial crises, national economic reforms, and the control of pandemic and epidemic diseases.

Sachs serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he holds the rank of University Professor, the university’s highest academic rank.

Sachs has authored and edited numerous books, including three New York Times bestsellers: The End of Poverty, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, and most recently, The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions.