The process for decision-making is as follows:

  • All submissions will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected going forward to the shortlist for each category you have been nominated for.
  • There shall be three entries shortlisted as finalists for each category.
  • The Judges will rank the finalists from first to last on the applicable category criteria.
  • The scores will then be collected and collated with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  • The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala night.

The Judges are looking for:

  • Clearly defined vision and goals.
  • Creative approach, originality and differentiation.
  • A strongly developed business case showing how the initiative or people practice is aligned to the organisation’s priorities.
  • Management commitment.
  • Tangible evidence of the impact of the project with measurable and quantifiable results, particularly financial impacts.
  • How you intend to build on your efforts in the future.
  • Why you deserve to win the HRP Magazine Awards.

HR People Magazine 2021 Awards Judges

Ayotade Oyinlola is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, IHS Towers . He was the former Director of HR Millicom Africa and at Ericsson West Africa. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School and IESE Business School. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development UK.
Yetunde Kanu is currently a partner with KPMG Nigeria. She has served as Senior Manager and Director of Management Consulting at KPMG. She is an alumnus of INSEAD MBA Programme.
Ron Thomas is the Managing Director of Strategy Focused Group-MENA he was the Chief Executive Officer, Great Place to Work, Gulf based in Dubai. He was formerly Director, Talent and Human Resources Solutions at Buck Consultants (a Xerox Company). He serves on the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. He has received one of the ‘50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia’ awards by the World Human Resource Development Congress in Mumbai.
Ngozi Adebiyi is the Lead Consultant at OutsideInHR. Her previous roles include former HR Director (Central Africa) at Reckitt Benckiser, Head of HR at KPMG Professional Services Nigeria, HR Manager at Guinness Nigeria Plc (a Diageo Company). She has an MBA from Mercer University, Atlanta.
Julie Gordon is the Managing Director of cHRysos HR, United Kingdom. With over 21 years of experience in learning and development within the private and public sector, Julie has held various academic teaching posts and has published journal papers in the field of learning and development. She has an MA in HR Management from the University of Hull. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development UK.
Ola Ehinmoro is currently the Director of Human Resources Unilever Nigeria and WA. Before joining Unilever he was Director of Human Resources for Africa, Middle East & Caribbean at Suntory . He was a former Vice President, Group Talent Management Lafarge SA, France. He has previously served as Regional Vice President, Human Resources - Sub Saharan Africa Lafarge Middle East & Africa, Director, Talent Management - Sub Saharan Africa Lafarge Middle East and Africa. He was formerly the Country Head, Human Resources Nestle Nigeria Plc, Talent & Organisation Effectiveness Manager Guinness Nigeria Plc.
Victor Banjo is currently the Director, Executive Education, Lagos Business School. Before joining LBS, he worked with Green Africa as Chief People Officer and the Institute of Directors as the Director General. He has previously worked at British American Tobacco Company Nigeria as HR Director, Virgin Nigeria as the HR Director, Oceanic Bank International Plc as the Head/GM of Human Resources and in Jagal Group as General Manager Human Resources. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Lagos Business School/Pan Atlantic University. He is currently a Leadership Consultant.
Akeem Oyewale is the Chief Executive Officer,Marble Capital Ltd. He previously worked with StanbicIBTC as the Group Head, Global Markets Sales and Director of Equities Brokerage at Standard Bank Group, South Africa. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Nigeria and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria. He served as Chief Executive Officer of IBTC Asset Management Limited and IBTC Stock Broking Limited as pioneer CEO. He is an alumnus of Manchester Business School MBA Programme.
Frank Pedersen is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years experience in building and running businesses around the world. Frank became the CEO of Siemens Security Solution in 2008, a 1bn Euro business with operations in 50 countries. He holds a Business Degree from Duke Fuqua School of Business and is also a certified coach for organisations from Ashridge Business School in the UK. Frank is currently a mentor with MERRYCK and Co,a leading leadership and development company based in 4 continents.
Yetunde Hofmann is a Non-Executive Director on the global board of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), is a member of their Audit and Nominations Committees and is their champion for the Middle East. She is Managing Director of Synchrony Development Consulting which partners with organisations in the execution of change and the alignment of their people behind the change. Yetunde sits on the boards of Treatt Plc, The Education Development Trust (EDT) and Tomorrow's Company. She is Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading's Henley Business School and is Founder of The Enjoyable Life Series Community Organisation

Oluyomi Okunowo is currently Vice President, Global Compensation for COTY with responsibility for Global Compensation program design and implementation across COTY businesses globally. Prior to this he was Director, Compensation and Benefits also at COTY with responsibility for the ALMEA Region (Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa). He has also had other senior Compensation and Benefits focused
roles at AstraZeneca as Regional Reward Lead for MEA-Russia-Eurasia and Citibank as Head of Compensation and Benefits for Africa. He has a keen interest in leveraging Performance Management to drive business outcomes and is currently studying the evolution of reward management as talent and workforce management evolves in the Digital age.

Segun Olowu is currently Director of Strategy & Business Architecture at the Royal Bank of Canada. His previous roles include Senior Manager with KPMG in Nigeria and Executive Advisor in People & Change with KPMG in the UK. He is credentialed as a Chartered Manager and Global Professional in Human Resources. He is on the Advisory Team of HR People Magazine, a Mentor with ACCES Employment Canada and a career coach.