Foluso Phillips to be Lead Speaker at Luxury lifestyle Summit

20 September 2018

The Executive Chairman of Nigerian consultancy Phillips Consulting, Foluso Phillips, has been chosen to be the key speaker at the upcoming Luxury Lifestyle Summit, which is scheduled to be held in Lagos in October this year. The decision comes in light of his wealth of experience in the luxury sector.

Foluso Phillips is among the most prominent names in the Nigerian consulting industry, having founded his own consulting firm by the name of Phillips Consulting in 1992. Since its establishment in Lagos, the firm’s operations have spread not only within Nigeria to Abuja, but also to a strategic location in Johannesburg.

Alongside its current digital transformation efforts in Nigeria’s banking sector, the consulting firm also has a wide array of experience working with clients in the luxury sector, which is the primary reason for the selection of Foluso Phillips as the Lead Speaker at the Luxury Lifestyle Summit in Lagos.

Foluso Phillips to be Lead Speaker at Luxury lifestyle Summit

Specifically, Phillips will be addressing the topic, “Growing the Lagos luxury sector: opportunities and challenges,” which will be informed, to a large extent, but the extensive research recently published by Phillips Consulting on the same topic.

The summit will be held on the 26th of October this year, and is being touted as one of the more unique editions, given that the focus will expand beyond Nigeria for the first time. The summit is likely to focus more on East Africa – a region that is developing at a rapid rate  – which is evident from the other speakers at the event.

One of the speakers, for instance, is Michael Mwai, who is the CEO of Luxuria Lifestyle East Africa. Mwai will be addressing the specific issue of the ‘Africa luxury experience: The Kenya experience.’ Other Nigerian executives who will speak at the event include CEO of Adam 7 Eve Homeware Modupe Ogunlesi.

Bola Allison, who has been a prominent member of the jewellery sector for over a decade, will also give a talk on “The next phase of luxury in Lagos: expectations and challenges.” The summit will hold a panel discussion as well, and has been endorsed at the highest level by the Nigerian Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

KPMG Botswana appoints first ever female Partner as Managing Partner

22 April 2019

Global professional services firm KPMG has appointed a new Managing Partner for its Botswana practice. Gosego Motsamai, who is the first female Partner at KPMG Botswana, will take the helm of the practice with immediate effect with hopes of growing the firm’s presence in the country.

Motsamai holds a degree in accounting and commerce from the University of Botswana, and has been inducted into the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She is also a Certifies Internal Auditor form the Institute of Internal Auditors, which has led promising career in the auditing and advisory space.

She began her career at Big Four accounting and advisory firm Deloitte in Botswana, where she remained for over three years as an Audit Assistant. She joined KPMG Botswana in 1998 as an Audit Traineee, and made her way up to the position of Audit Senior over a four-year spell.

KPMG Botswana appoints first ever female Partner as Managing Partner

Motsamai has remained at KPMG ever since, and rose from the rank of Audit Supervisor to Senior Manager for the Advisory division. In 2012, she was appointed the Associate Director of the firm’s Advisory division, and she finally ascended to the position of Partner four years ago in 2014.

She now reaches the pinnacle of her career as the Managing Partner at KPMG Botswana. The announcement was made by Chairman of KPMG Southern Africa Wiseman Nkuhlu on Friday, and will be effective immediately. Among the Big Four firms in Botswana, Motsamai is one of only two female executives at Partner level, and her promotion comes at a time when gender balance is a central debate across Africa.

Nkuhlu has described her as a devoted professional, who has been looking to advance the advisory profession across Botswana by promoting higher standards across the business environment. She is known for her support and mentorship of young professionals who come through the chartered accountancy ranks.

She said of her appointment, “As chairman, I am proud to make this announcement and am certain that under Gosego's leadership, we will see KPMG Botswana continue to be a leading professional services firm in the country. I look forward to working with the team and lead KPMG through these challenging times as we look to rebuild trust and become the clear choice.”