GLORY ENYINNAYA BIO
I’m a management consultant, author and international speaker who has worked with companies including Accenture, Ernst and Young, British-American Tobacco and the World Bank.
I was fortunate to be named one of the Top 6 Best MBA Students in the World by the global Association of MBAs, and to be the first African to serve on the Governing Board of Beta Gamma Sigma, a global business honors society with a million members in 190 out of 195 countries worldwide including Nobel Prize winners and magnates such as Warren Buffett.
I believe in the power of technology as a force for good, when applied at scale, and with skill, to improve quality of life (especially for the underserved) and build a better world. To this end, I founded Kleos Africa, which is Africa’s pioneer online consulting platform. Kleos Africa enables value-adding interactions between experienced MBAs and owners of SMEs. Since inception in 2016, we have advised thousands of African entrepreneurs through our partnerships with Africa’s largest banks. KleosAfrica was listed by the global MBA Association as one of the top 50 MBA stories worldwide. It was also a finalist in the 2017 African Entrepreneurship Awards.
I am a Prosci-certified change manager who has led the implementation of complex technology solutions in blue-chip companies, including the West African arm of the world’s largest SAP deployment.
I write regularly for Business Day and FATE Foundation and have co-authored two book chapters published by Routledge in 2019 and by IGI Global in 2021. I speak in the Middle East, North America and Europe. Each week, I speak on Jordan FM’s ‘’Big Resolution Show’’ on topics pertaining to entrepreneurship. I also teach at Pan-Atlantic University’s Lagos Business School. I’m a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Social Entrepreneurship Alumni Group, which brings together the world’s top social entrepreneurs.
In my drive to learn how to better utilize technology for social transformation, I have taken courses from Stanford, MIT and Wharton. I am currently studying for a PhD in Management. I have a First Class honors degree in Accounting and an MBA from Lagos Business School. I was delighted to graduate as class valedictorian in both undergraduate and graduate business schools.
In my spare time, I advise startups as a Regional Partner for Faster Capital. I also serve on the board of two e-commerce companies and two non-profits. In 2022, I was honored to be listed as one of the 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria by YNaija, a leading lifestyle magazine in Nigeria.
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WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I consider myself a philomath – I’ve always loved to learn. For my first degree, I studied Accounting in the University of Nigeria and graduated as the valedictorian of my class with a First Class degree. My affinity for intellectual work informed my choice of a career as a business advisor. After graduation, I was fortunate to obtain my dream job at Accenture, where I worked for five years as a management consultant. I left to work as an independent change management consultant on technology implementation projects across Africa and became an international speaker and writer.
The desire to increase my business acumen inspired me to enroll in Lagos Business School’s Executive MBA program in 2016. During the MBA, I discovered my passion for entrepreneurship, which I see as an opportunity for millions of poverty-stricken Africans to escape the shackles of deprivation and live a dignified life. While taking some MBA classes, I came across some interesting statistics. According to a 2015 study by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Nigeria leads the world in enthusiasm for business. At the same time, in 2020, Nigeria overtook India as the world’s poverty capital i.e. the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty. These two facts intrigued me – how can the world’s most entrepreneurial society be the poorest, when entrepreneurship is the creation of wealth? I realized that there was a gap between the desire of many Africans to start a business and the acumen required to build a sustainable business.
To this end, I launched my consulting business, and eventually started writing, speaking professionally and teaching for business schools. I love what I do and I find purpose in dedicating myself to empowering aspiring entrepreneurs to achieve their full potential.
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