Soji Apampa – Co-Founder & CEO
Mr Soji Apampa is co-‐founder of the Integrity Organization (1995). At Integrity, he was one of the initiators of the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), a project launched in Lagos in 1997 to promote ethical business practices, transparency, and fair competition in both the private and the public sectors. His working experience covers training, research, consulting and management in the private and public sectors and civil society.
He is the Local Implementation Partner for the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) on the Port Service Support Portal (PSSP) an ongoing port reforms project. He is the Country Director for Phase II of the DFID Funded Business Innovation Facility (BIF) Project implemented in partnership with PwC London. BIF has provided technical assistance to companies implementing inclusive business models targeted at supporting people at the base of the economic pyramid.
He has been a trainer on the Business Ethics for various Cohorts of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. SEED programme in West Africa. This programme helps companies with turnover between One hundred and fifty thousand US Dollars ($150,000) and Fifteen million ($15,000,000.) transform and grow.
As a former Managing Director at SAP Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Apampa championed the concept of ‘ICT supported public sector reforms’ which resulted in a €400,000 pilot project being implemented at the Ministry of Finance, Kigali, Rwanda with the Government of the Rhineland Palatinate (twinned with Rwanda) acting as official sponsors of the project. Through his direct efforts, SAP Africa won an award for their role in the takeoff of the Information Society Partnership for Africa’s Development (ISPAD) an initiative of the NEPAD e-Africa Commission. Working in concert with several colleagues in Walldorf, they succeeded in persuading the German Government to make an offer of Technical Assistance and ICTs to the EITI process of several countries, including Nigeria, and Azerbaijan through the Gtz.
He is the Convener of the annual Christopher Kolade lecture on Business Integrity now in its 6th year. The lecture series aims to continue to ensure that contemporary issues as it affects the Business Community as well as the Economy are brought to the fore.
He led the effort to design and pilot (2012-2014) a Corporate Governance Rating System (CGRS) for the Nigeria Stock Exchange. The CGRS was approved as part of the rules for listing in the new Premium Board of the Exchange by the Nigerian Securities & Exchange Commission in 2015 and made mandatory for all listed companies in 2016. The roll out of the system to all other listed entities has commenced since Q4, 2016 and is expected eventually to enable a tradable Corporate Governance Index. In the evolution of the system, in Q1 2018, listed companies are now certified along with directors, and several companies are at different stages of completing an upgrade of their corporate governance systems and others are yet to start. In 2018, Mr. Apampa became a member of the Steering Board of the Corporate Governance Rating System Chaired by the Nigeria Stock Exchange and other members include a representative of the Securities & Exchange Commission, Agusto & Co., CNBC Africa.
Mr. Soji Apampa, was for several years, a Consultant to the Governance and Institutions Policy Commission of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG); Mr. Apampa was appointed in May 2008 to the International Working Group of the UN Global Compact on the 10th Principle (anti-corruption). He was on the editorial board of the 2009 TI Global Corruption Report and was member of the Organizing Committee of the 12th International Anti-Corruption Conference which took place in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He is a leader of thought on the subject of ‘change and institutions’ where he has demonstrated visionary leadership, creativity and effective implementation of his ideas in the commencement, inception and subsequent support to the implementation of the DFID Coalitions for Change (C4C) Programme and the State Accountability & Voice Initiative (SAVI). He is a 2008 Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (of the Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colorado.
For the last 20 years he has designed and implemented anti-corruption initiatives in Africa; he has worked on very high profile, sensitive assignments for many years and is the author of several research reports on different aspects of governance.