Cultivate Courage In Your Organization

Inspirational Speaker and Thought Leader in Global Business Growth

“If I can do it, you can do it.”

This is Jim Ovia’s message to entrepreneurs around the globe. He knows that with passion, courage, hard work, perseverance, and dedication to duty, anything is possible. And as the man who took Zenith Bank from a investment $4 million to $16 billion global banking institution, Jim is living his word.

With his inspirational and instructive tone, he is the mentor today’s aspiring entrepreneurs need to show them just what is possible. His story is proof that no matter how humble your origins, you can accomplish great things with the right frame of mind. It comes down to time-tested moral and business principles—like integrity, courage, and determination—and understanding that it is imperative to rely on one's own instincts, both in assessing your innate capacities and in evaluating new business opportunities.

Furthermore, Jim is driven to help leaders around the world transform their vision of Africa from “the Hopeless Continent” to a collection of “Rising Nations.” Africa has a fast-growing middle class that is ripe for new business ventures, both from local entrepreneurs and international investors. And this carries its own valuable lesson: You must never allow the perceptions of others to impact your own vision of what is possible for the future.

As he encourages entrepreneurs to seize the opportunity to invest in Africa, he also offers a reminder that the universal rules of prudence apply, just as they do anywhere in the world. An entrepreneur must ensure that due diligence is carried out in setting up any new business, regardless of the location.

Previous Events

MO Ibrahim Foundation Governance Weekend

April 27 - 29, 2018

Kigali, Rwanda

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

April 16 - 18, 2018


Africa CEO Forum

Hotel Sofitel

March 26 - 27, 2018

Abidjan, Cote'Ivoire

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

January 23 - 25, 2018


Financial Times Africa Summit

October 8, 2017


United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit

Hilton Hotel Midtown

September 21, 2017

New York, NY

Bloomberg Global Business Forum

Plaza Hotel

September 20, 2017

New York, NY

United Nations High Level Event on Innovation & Tech

United Nations Headquarters

September, 18, 2017

New York, NY

The Nigerian Bar Association Annual General Conference

The Landmark Event Centre

August 22, 2017

Victoria Island, Lagos