Bella Disu currently holds a position as the Executive Vice Chairman, Globacom Limited. She is also a Non-Executive Director at the biggest construction giant in Nigeria, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc. Without taking anything away from the phenomenal feats of so many top executives of her father’s conglomerate, Bella is fast proving her worth in all the various executive roles within the group and making her enigmatic billionaire dad so proud with her contributions. She has continuously been putting efforts in making Globacom which she joined in 2004 better than ever and a brand to be reckoned with on the continent.
As part of building the brand, Bella recently struck a deal with the publishers of Jeune Afrique and Africa Report on behalf of Globacom to host the annual Africa CEO Forum, a gathering of the continent’s top business leaders, holding in Kigali, Rwanda between 25 and 26 March. She also recently joined 149 other top global business leaders at the 2019 Choose France International Business Summit held at the Chateau de Versailles in France. French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, was on hand to receive her and other business leaders at the dinner organised to promote France’s attractiveness as a business environment.
Bella was certified by the Institute of Directors alongside 65 others at the 2019 new members induction ceremony held at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos. She was among those who bagged the institute’s full membership, while some others got associate membership and three directors got life membership.
Bella Disu gave a keynote address at the Women In Business Initiative at the 2019 Africa CEO forum. Here are some of what she said.
On how she defines balance, she says: Have a strong support network. Leaders are not independent actors, she says. “You’re shaped by your constituents”.
On using quota systems to get women in top positions, she says it is one of the ways to go if women must advance, adding that if a woman gets on a board due to a quota system, it means she has the credentials to back up that appointment.
Her advice for women to succeed: Discipline; Embrace your individuality; Keep climbing the career ladder, confidently, “and when you get to the top, give a helping hand,”