Dr. Henrietta Onwuegbuzie leads sessions in entrepreneurship on the MBA and Executive programmes at Lagos Business School (LBS), and is currently the Academic Director for the Owner-Manager Programme and Project Director for the Impact Investing policy initiative at the Lagos Business School. She has an MSc (with honours), in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Navarre, Spain, an MBA from Lagos Business School and a PhD in Entrepreneurship, from Lancaster University, UK.
Prior to joining the LBS faculty, she managed educational projects for women’s development, in different states in Nigeria and subsequently, worked in the banking industry with key responsibilities for blue chip companies and multinationals in the corporate banking sector. Henrietta is a member of the Governing Council of the African Forum in Brussels and sits on the Board of a number of Nigerian companies. She has extensive consulting experience, spanning projects at the State level to conglomerates and SME’s in various industries and is an active member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. On a voluntary basis, she mentors a number of aspiring and established entrepreneurs.
Onwuegbuzie is passionate about economic development and social transformation in Nigeria and Africa, and has initiated the creation of over 100 profitable, social impact businesses through the MBA and Executive programmes at LBS. She has also presented papers at several international conferences on entrepreneurship and sustainable development. Her conference paper on integrating indigenous entrepreneurship principles into mainstream won the award for the best overall conference paper in 2011, at the IAABD conference in Canada. She also won the first prize 2010/2011 Emerald/ALCS African Management Research Fund Award. She has written several case studies in Entrepreneurship and Decision-making and won the first prize for the Emerald/AABS case writing competition in 2012. In 2013, she was conferred the African Women Development Champion Award by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development. In the same year, she was appointed as one of the national mentors for the YouWin programme, an entrepreneurship development project driven from the office of the President of Nigeria. In 2014, she was nominated to serve on the Editorial Board of the African Journal of Management. She was recently conferred a certificate of recognition in New York by LEAP, a UN working group under the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) sector, in recognition of her ground-breaking work in developing change accelerators. She has been rated top 4% of among Nigerian top Executives in the education Management industry, and has featured in a number of television programmes at home and abroad, discussing economic policies and paths to sustainable development.
Her areas of interest include strategies for entrepreneurial growth and sustainable development in emerging economies, as well as low-cost, high impact business models that can be applied to both small and large-scale businesses.