Tuesday 14th - Thursday 16th May 2024


Connect with the Leaders of the West African Automotive Industry at the WAAS Conference 2023



Former Director, NADDC & Principal Partner / CEO at TRANSTECH

He holds a BSc. Economics, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, a Masters Degree from Cardiff Business School, and is also an alumni of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) of Government. He retired after 35 years of meritorious government service in 2017 as the Director of Policy and Planning Department and briefly Acting Director General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC).

Bola Bolarin

CEO and Project Lead of XtreMechanics

Bola Bolarin is a highly experienced mechanical engineer and conference speaker on the
topic of composite material and 3D printing in Nigeria. A retired staff of Shell, with over 20
years in logistics business improvements in operations, strategy, and systems development.
He has worked in Nigeria, Europe, and India. He has also worked as a consultant expat in
Gabon to implement logistics projects. He is also the chairman of the board of Hand & Knees
Vocational and Youth Centre, Ilorin


Director-General of the NADDC

A mechanical engineer with over 40 years’ experience in engineering, teaching, consultancy and management. He was the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development (NADDC) from May 2007 to April 2017.  The main mandate of the NADDC is to ensure the development and growth of a competitive Nigerian automotive industry.  Under his leadership, the NADDC formulated and is now implementing the Nigerian automotive industry development plan. 

Etop Ikpe

GROUP CEO & Co-founder Autocheck

Etop Ikpe is the Group CEO and co-founder of Autochek, the automotive technology company making car ownership more accessible and affordable across Africa. He is a seasoned, serial entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of combining technology and data to improve access to essential products and services across Africa.

Tony Arenyeka

Co-founder and CEO Truckmasters Nigeria Limited

His career experience includes a stint at Toyota Nigeria Limited as Asst. General Manager in charge of Spare Parts, and later as the Director-General (Country Manager) of the Nigerian office of General Motors (GM) Latin America, Africa & Middle East operations (LAAM) before becoming the Managing Director/CEO of GM Nigeria Limited in 2008. He delved into entrepreneurship in 2013 when he left to set up his own business, Truckmasters Nigeria Limited, where he had been the Co-founder and CEO to date. 

Reuben Kifasi

Senior VP (Africa,ME) & Partner at Aajimatics.

Aajamitics is a Canadian based electronic technologies and services enterprise with interest in informatics and software development.  He is responsible for business development and client relationship management. He brings on board wealth of experience acquired over thirty years. He holds BSc and Master of Business Administration (MBA), specializing in business and institutional business development.

Chinedu Oguegbu

Managing Director of OMAA

Chinedu Oguegbu, an esteemed stakeholder in the automotive industry, currently serves as the Managing Director of OMAA, a pioneering sustainable energy and mobility company. OMAA has made significant impact in Nigeria by introducing the first locally-assembled gas-powered bus to support the region’s transition towards environmentally conscious transportation and power generation solutions.


Nigerian Content chairman of the MAN

Vassily Oye Barberopoulos, a Nigerian by birth, was born in Lagos in 1962. He has a BA in Economics/History from Rollins College in Florida, USA, and an MBA in International Management from Arizona State University. Upon his return to Nigeria in 1988, he worked in the family businesses and is CEO of Nigerian Foundries Ltd (NFL). This 54-year-old company keeps industries of Africa growing by manufacturing tailor made parts and providing innovative solutions on time, every time. 

Ahmed Kagara

Divisional Head, Large Enterprises-3

Ahmed Ibrahim Kagara worked briefly in the public sector before beginning his banking career with NIDB. He rose through the ranks to become Deputy General Manager at BOI, contributing to significant growth in Risk Assets in the South-West and Lagos Regional Offices. He attended several training courses and is a member of professional bodies.

He contributed to the significant growth in Risk Assets of the South-West Regional Office and grew the existing Risk Assets by 25% at the Lagos Regional office before he was transferred.

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