Folake holds a biological science degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and a Master of Science degree in International Human Resources Management from the prestigious Cranfield University, UK. Her career started in Management Consulting & HR Advisory at Phillips Consulting, Nigeria’s top 5 strategy & management consulting firm where she developed a flair for the HR profession.
She was recruited after six years by the Oando Group – the largest indigenous integrated oil and gas company with operations across 4 West African countries – as its Manpower Development Manager and was later appointed as the HR Manager in charge of the Downstream Marketing business, Oando’s largest commercial venture. She later joined Celtel (which became Zain and now Airtel) as the Senior HR Business Partner to the Sales, Marketing and Call centre divisions.
Her key responsibilities included the recruitment, development and retention of employees; she also led various Organisation Development (OD) and transformation projects following the rebranding of Celtel to Zain Nigeria and the roll out of a new Performance Management model.
In 2009, she was approached by Microsoft to be its Regional HR Manager for their West and Central Africa business, with key responsibility for driving HR processes and programs to deliver business results whilst providing the necessary support and guidance to country leadership teams, frontline managers & employees managing within the cultural and In her current role as Regional HR Director at a IT global multinational, Folake is responsible for partnering with business executives to review and implement of people strategies to meet business objectives and in line with the company’s growth and expansion in sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging markets.
She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria – CIPMN and a certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the global body for the HR practice. She enjoys coaching young professionals on improved self-image and building skills for today’s workplace, which is at the heart of Employability, one of her passions. She currently sits on the Executive Council of WIMBIZ (Women in Management, Business and Public Service) and has been a WIMIZ mentor for 5 years. Folake is a certified Executive Coach helping professionals develop more self awareness, personal leadership and clarity in managing transitions. In addition to spending quality time with her husband Niyi and 2 daughters, Ojurereoluwabomi & Anuoluwadamisi,Folake enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures and cuisines.