Ini Abimbola is the Founder/Group CEO, Thistle Group, a group of enterprises, made of up business interests in Management Consulting, Gas, Real Estate, Logistics, Construction, Facilities Management, Research and Media. Her day job is as Lead Consultant/CEO of ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited (TPC), an Assessments and Strategy firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. A 2008 Draper Hills Fellow on Democracy and Development at Stanford University California and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, Ini holds a degree in International Relations & Diplomacy and a Masters degree in Management.
Her areas of expertise include but not limited to International Development, with over 15 years working in the international development space; broad consulting experience & expertise on capacity building, corporate governance, strategic policy formulation, visioning, planning & implementation, sustainability, development communications, strategy formulation & evaluation, performance & productivity, leadership, change management, projects & innovations management, process re-engineering, social performance audits as well as strategy & toolkit development.
A member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Institute of Directors (IOD), Ini sits on the boards of various organizations including BudgIT, SpeedMeals, SIS Limited, AXL8 Limited, Sustainable Square Dubai, amongst others. Specialties: Social Performance, Reforms & Strategy, Social Audit, Impact and Needs Assessments, Corporate Social Investments & Sustainability, Corporate Governance & Leadership, Capacity Building