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Leading Edge announces board appointments


Ije Jidenma

Leading Edge Consulting Group has announced the appointment of Dr. Franklin Ngwu and Ms. Cynthia Egwidu as members of its Advisory Board.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Group, Dr. Ije Jidenma, said the appointments had the endorsement of the Chairman of the Advisory Board, Dr. Christopher Kolade.

Ngwu is the Director of Lagos Business School (LBS) Sustainability Centre and an Associate Professor of Strategy, Corporate Governance and Risk Management.


He has a Ph.D in Law and Economics of Banking Regulation, M.Sc in Economics and a Post-graduate Diploma in Development Economics from University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He also has an MSc in Comparative Political Economy from Cardiff University, United Kingdom, as well as a BSc in Sociology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

He has consulted extensively over the years, for both local and international organisations.

“We believe that Dr. Ngwu’s extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge and exposure gathered locally and internationally, would be of tremendous impact on the Advisory Board of Leading Edge Consulting,” Jidenma said.

Egwidu is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Free Global Investments Limited Nigeria, the Special Purpose Vehicle and Investment promotion subsidiary of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA).

Prior to this, she was the Special Adviser to the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria.

She represented the DG on the multi-agency Financial Inclusion Technical Committee created by the Central Bank of Nigeria for policy formulation, advocacy and implementation of the regulatory reforms.


With close to three decades of combined experience in the public and private sectors in the UK and in Africa, generally, her work experience traverses Financial Inclusion, Trade Investment Advisory, Inter-Government Relations, Business Reputation/Ethics and Corporate Governance.

A Chartered Accountant, she trained at the Hugill and Co London and Andersen Consulting, England, and worked in the investment sector at Sunlife UK Ltd as well as at the Citibank, UK.

The doctoral student in Business Administration had obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in International Commercial Law from University of Salford Manchester, England; a Master of Business Administration from London School of Business and Finance as well as B.A Economics and MSc Economics degrees from University of Leicester, England.

The firm’s boss said Egwidu’s extensive exposure and solid academic background would undoubtedly bring a lot of values to the board oversight functions at the Leading Edge Group.


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