Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Biola Alabi Media, Biola Alabi, has been named in the Financial Times and HERoes 100 Female Executives list for 2018, in recognition of her commitment to gender diversity and inclusion of women in the African workplace. The prestigious annual list celebrates female role models who are actively playing their part to increase gender diversity in the workplace as well as supporting the increase of women in senior business roles.
As the only Nigerian-based woman to be included on the global list, Alabi joins the ranks of some of the world’s most powerful female executives from global companies such as Deloitte, IBM, Amazon, Mastercard, WPP, EY and more. In over 20 years in business, both in the US and in Africa, Alabi has championed women in the corporate workplace, through extensive networking and mentorship. Alabi’s consultancy company has an all-female leadership team, and boasts over 75% female staff.
On receiving this accolade from the Financial Times, Biola Alabi says, “I have always placed a strong emphasis on doing what I can to support and nurture talented women in business – through mentorship and creating opportunities for others to excel in business and the workplace across Africa. I am humbled and honoured to be recognised alongside so many outstanding female executives who are championing gender diversity and inclusion. Yet I am, also aware of how much there still is to do to increase the representation of women in business at all levels.
“Let me be frank; ‘Africa PLC’ cannot and will not advance at the pace it should, without the amplification of female roles in senior positions. Until we see parity in leadership teams and in the boardrooms, I will be resolute, and vocal, in my mission to bring women to the forefront of corporate Africa”.
She was named one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes Africa in 2012, and the 2013 AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year.