By Bayo Bernard
The Managing Director Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi has joined the B Team Africa, a group focused on building sustainable infrastructure in Africa. An International non-profit organisation The B Team was co-founded by Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz in 2012, the African arm was established in 2017.
Since then the group has attracted prominent individuals in the continent to its fold who have now joined in the task to galvanize other regional based leaders to harness business-driven solutions and create collective impact.
Speaking recently at a press conference Dr. Jadesimi said she was committed to building sustainable infrastructure development in West Africa alongside the B Team Africa leadership. The B team is made up of prominent business leaders such as Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Nigeria’s former minister of finance and current Chair of GAVI.
Others include Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Jochen Zeitz, Co-Founder & Executive Chair,f The B Team and Former CEO of PUMA, Jesse Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar, Rita Kavashe, Managing Director, Isuzu East Africa Joshua Oigara, Group CEO & Managing Director, KCB Group.
The LADOL boss said she was excited to be part of the tram that will change the fortune of the African continent by opening opportunity. According to her “I’m honoured and excited to the part of the B Team Africa, working alongside a team of passionate business leaders to support and drive sustainable business models and new opportunities for job creation and investment in Africa. For the world to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Africa will have to become an engine of growth and prosperity. Fortunately, as Africans we have the human capital and resources to do this ourselves and working with Jesse, Rita and Joshua on the B Team we can actively help create an environment where real private sector companies, large and small can build new economy businesses generating millions of jobs across the Continent”
The B Team Africa is a Pan-African platform that brings together business and civil society leaders to working together to drive progress across the continent. Its leaders are united in influencing and convening the private and public sector to drive long-term, inclusive, sustainable economic growth and social development for a prosperous Africa.
The group’s current task include open contracting, supply chain transparency, responsible tax practice, renewable and clean energy, environmental preservation, unlocking capital for value-add, green businesses and social enterprises, job creation, civic rights, gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
The major aims of B Team Africa are: Using collective voice and influence to amplify key issues and drive progress on timely, critical issue ;Lead by example in their own companies, and engage in B Team initiatives in Africa :Collaborate with others to develop and scale systemic solutions that benefit current and future generations