INI ABIMBOLA

  • Lead Consultant/CEO, ThistlePraxis Consulting
  • Member of Faculty, MBA Program on International Corporate Social Responsibility Management at the Ferdinand Porsche FernFH – University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Alumnus at Harvard University
  • Draper Hills Fellow at Stanford University
  • Convener, AR-CSR

This is me at a glance

I am the

Lead Consultant of ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited (TPC), a management consultancy, sustainability, strategy and business advisory firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. I also serve as Country & Regional Lead (Sub Saharan Africa) for The CSR Company, a global CSR Network of organisations spanning four continents – South East Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa. I am currently a member of the Faculty, MBA Program on International Corporate Social Responsibility Management at the Ferdinand Porsche FernFH – University of Applied Sciences, Austria.

A 2008 Draper Hills Fellow on Democracy and Development at Stanford University California and an alumna of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, I hold a degree in International Relations & Diplomacy and a Masters degree in Management. Whilst at Stanford, I led the research team that assessed the Silicon Valley’s CSR projects with visits to Google, Hewlett Packard, Facebook and the San Francisco Bay Municipality. A facilitator/management trainer, I am also an international consultant on Gender, Peace-building, Peace and Security & Governance.

A Sustainability Expert, Trainer, Speaker and Author, I convene the Africa CEO Round-table & Conference on Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR™) and curate a Thought Leadership Series on Sustainable Development, Sustainable Conversations™. I am also a  Think-tank member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum and member, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa.

Prior to setting up ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited, I served as the Executive Secretary of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ); as Executive Director, Defence for Children International – Nigeria Section; as a Consultant with the Women, Gender and Development Directorate of the African Union, Addis Ababa as well as the African Centre for Gender & Development within the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

With over 18 years working in the international development space with broad consulting experience & expertise on corporate governance, strategic policy formulation, CSR, sustainability, development communications, strategy formulation & evaluation, change management, projects & innovations management, I am a published author of 3 books and over 25 publications (chapters, articles), and I’ve delivered more than 100 presentations in over 15 countries in the last 10 years on a range of topics some of which include: Corporate Governance, Change Management, Enterprise Development, Sustainability & CSR.

I am a member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Institute of Directors (IOD), Ini sits on the boards of various organizations including BCB Resources, Serendipity Communications, AXL8, SpeedMeals, GemFactor, SIS Limited, amongst others.