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West Africa conference highlights

West Africa Conference 2021 highlights

A brighter, safer future

For workers. For businesses. For West Africa

Welcome to IOSH West Africa Conference 

Welcome to IOSH West Africa Conference 2021 from:
Jimmy Quinn, President, IOSH

Occupational safety and health for a brighter, safer future
Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher, Chief Executive, IOSH

An update on COVID-19 prevention at the workplace
Guy Mbayo, Technical Officer, WHO Africa


To view sessions that took place over the two days, please see below

Day 1 - 16th September 10:30am - 3pm

Worker Engagement

Host/ Chair: 

Engr. Iyenoma Osazee, HSE Manager, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC 

Panel participants:  

John Afamgbe, Corporate HSE Trainer, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC  
Julius Akpong, HSE Manager, Globeq Power Solutions Nigeria LTD 
Maureen Onyia, Head of Occupational Health and Safety department, NLC.
Dr. John Ugbebor, Associate Professor of Environment and Safety, University of Port Harcourt
Timothy Aluko, Senior HSE Manager, North South Power Company

Emotional Intelligence

Host/ Chair: 

Bukunola Ayo, Lead Consultant, Bukmarie Consulting Company Limited

Panel participants: 

Oluwakemi Adegbuji Arumosoye, HSE Manager, Balfour Integrated Services Limited
Juwon Adebiyi, QHSE Lead, DFANDE
Nnamdi Adimora, Field HSE Rep/Security Advisor, Eni Nigeria
Angela Ukponmwan, Senior Manager, Security and Safety, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria

Infrastructure development and inward investment


Marijana Zivkovic Mtegha, Strategic Engagement Manager, IOSH


Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact, Nigeria Network
Obinna Anyanwu – Country Director Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council 
David Baxter, International Development Consultant and PPP Navigator, World Association of PPP Units and Professionals
Alan Stevens, Head of Strategic Engagement, IOSH

Introduction to Continuous Professional Development


Matthew Ottaway, Professional Assessment Coordinator, IOSH
Laura Bibby, Professional Assessment Coordinator, IOSH
Kayode Fawode, CEO, Kevron Consulting Ltd

Day 2 - 17th September 10:30am - 3pm

IOSH Mentoring


Craig Foyle, Director, Foyle Safety and Management Ltd
Mansur Mubarak, HSE Officer, Veolia Ghana Limited Iduapriem Site
Liam Dee, Global Director Occupational Health and Safety, Lufthansa Services GmbH Group
Edward Debrah, Chair of IOSH Ghana & Team Lead ED Consults Ltd

Caring for those who care: health and safety in the healthcare sector


Dr Ivan Ivanov, Head, Occupational and Workplace Health, World Health Organization


Cynthia Davis, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville 
Dr Lovelace Digber, Principal Officer, Occupational Health Programme, Ghana Health Service,  
Dr Buba Manjang, Director of Public Health Services, Ministry of Health, Gambia 
Dr Silvere Kevi, Occupational Physician, Head of Occupational medicinie and Sports Section, Ministry of Health of Togo 
Baba Aye, Health and Social Services Officer, Public Services International

Safety in educational Institutions: a subject and a practice


David Musa, Group QHSE Manager, Prime Atlantic Group

Panel participants:  

Ugochi Obidiegwu, Managing Partner, The Safety Chic
Belinda Aderonke Odenye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Lagos State Government

Passage of the OSH bill and its impact in Ghana

Host/ Chair: 

Sophia Kudjordji, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Jospong Group of Companies
Joanne Mbroh, HSE Leader, Baker Hughes 

Panel participants: 

Edward Debrah, Chair of IOSH Ghana & Team Lead ED Consults Ltd
Kenneth Karikari, QHSSE Manager & IMS Lead, Dredge Masters Ghana Limited
Ernest Alaazy, HSSE Practitioner, Ghana Petroleum Mooring System

Women in OSH – promoting leadership and diversity


Louise Hosking, President Elect, IOSH
Funmi Adegbola, CEO, CTS Global
Busola Alofe, CEO, CIPM
Cynthia Ozobu, Practitioner, Dangote Industries Ltd
Florence Anyane, HSE Manager, Cummins Ghana
Arif Zaman, Executive Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBWN)

Taking a Proactive approach to OSH in West Africa


Alan Stevens, Head of Strategic Engagement, IOSH
Maria O’Malley, Head of Membership Engagement and Development, IOSH
Dapo Omolade, Chair, IOSH West Africa Division
Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher, IOSH Chief Executive
Jimmy Quinn, President, IOSH

West Africa conference 2020 highlights

Our first IOSH West Africa conference took place in Nigeria on 22 January 2020 with 994 participants on the day and 120 VIP key ministries and professional bodies who also attended this event, making this the first time in bringing together key stakeholders in supporting the national plan to improve safety, health and wellbeing in West Africa.

This successful event was made up of a combination of presentations, workshops and panel discussions. This was a great opportunity to network with peers and like-minded professionals.

Highlight of health and safety in the workplace and supporting in shaping the future of Occupational Safety and Health in West Africa.


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