One of Africa’s leading cyber security professionals, Dr Fene Osakwe has been named a Member of the Forbes Technology Council.

The acceptance of Dr Osakwe into the prestigious invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives was announced recently, making him one of the few professionals below age 40 to achieve such a feat.

Notable for his depth, diversity and wealth of experience in information technology and cyber security, Dr Osakwe is highly regarded as one of Africa’s leading cyber security advisors. 

Dr Osakwe expressed great excitement and enthusiasm about this achievement and impact it will bring to his field. In his words, “I am deeply honoured to be accepted into the Forbes Technology Council which is an incredible platform for globally respected Tech leaders across the world. I am humbled by this honour and look forward to creating more impact that keeps attracting global recognition at the highest level.”

The criteria for acceptance into the Council include a consistent track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honours internationally.

Scott Gerber, the founder of Forbes Councils, said the acceptance of Dr Osakwe into the Forbes Technology Council is well deserved. 

He described the mission of the Forbes Councils as bringing together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.

As an accepted member of the Council, Dr Osakwe has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence. He will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum. 

Dr Osakwe will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share his expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com and contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts. 

He will benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils’ member concierge team.

Dr Fene Osakwe is an information technology and business advisory professional with over a decade of experience.  He specialises in IT security, IT strategy, Governance, Business Risk and Sarbanes-Oxley for companies 

quoted on the New York stock exchange. 

He sits on the Board of several startups, but rapidly growing companies, in Africa and has consulted for many commercial Banks in Nigeria as well as the major telecom operators in Africa. 

He has worked in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Netherlands and Dubai and holds over 10 IT professional certifications. A prolific speaker, writer and career mentor who has been nominated for several awards internationally around leadership, driving gender inclusion, IT governance and cyber security. 

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from the Swiss School of Business Geneva for being one of Africa’s leading voices in IT Risk and Governance. He is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School.   

He is presently the Group IT GRC Director at IHS, where he overseas IT Governance in over 15 operating countries.

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