Dr. Owen Omogiafoi


Dr. Owen D. Omogiafo, OON is the President and Group CEO of Transnational Corporation Plc. Prior to her appointment, she served as the MD/CEO of Transcorp Hotels Plc where she was responsible for driving positive transformation both in Transcorp Hilton Abuja and Transcorp Hotels Calabar.

Dr. Owen has over two decades of corporate experience in organisational development, human capital management, banking, change management, hospitality, and energy. She was the Chief Operating Officer at the Tony Elumelu Foundation, before joining the Transcorp group, where she oversaw the $100m Programme aimed at identifying, mentoring, and funding 10,000 entrepreneurs over 10 years. She also worked as the Director of Resources at Heirs Holdings Limited, a family-owned investment company chaired by Tony O. Elumelu, CON. Her experience equally includes working at the United Bank for Africa Plc as HR Advisor to the GMD/CEO, and at Accenture as an Organisation and Human Performance Consultant, specializing in Change Management. She sits on the Board of Avon Healthcare Limited in a Non-Executive capacity and is a member of the Finance, Investment & Risk Committee as well as the Audit

& Governance Committee of the Company. She has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC) in Nigeria.

Owen holds a B.Sc. in Sociology & Anthropology from the University of Benin, an M.Sc. in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and IESE Business School, Spain. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK, a certified Change Manager with the Prosci Institute, USA, and is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria.

In recognition of her many contributions to the economic and social development of Nigeria, Owen has won numerous awards. To mention a few, in 2018 she was named in the YNaija! Power List for Corporate Nigeria while in 2019; was recognised as one of the Top 100 Female CEOs in Africa by Reset Global People as well as one of Nigeria’s Leading Ladies in Corporate Nigeria by Leading Ladies Africa; and was also recognised by The Guardian Newspapers as one of Nigeria’s 100 most inspirational women. She was listed among the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2020 by the Avance Media Group. She was also recognised as one of the 2020 Top CEOs and received the Next Bulls Award in Nigeria by Business Day Media and the Nigerian Stock Exchange respectively. In 2021, Owen was recognised by Signature100 and listed among the corporate leaders leading the African Decade. Other notable awards include, 2021 Trailblazer Award from SAWIL, Global Leadership’s 100 Globally Inspiring Nigerian Women Award, VIP Woman of Impact Award, and the Youngest CEO of a top Company listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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