It is no longer news that the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has sworn in 37 new Commissioners and Special Advisers who will join him in running the affairs of the state for the next four years. Among the Commissioners and Special Advisers, who took their oath of office at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Ikeja, recently is marketing communications Amazon, Folashade Ambrose-Medebem.
She joins the Lagos State public service as state commissioner for Commerce, Cooperatives, Trade and Investment (CCT&I). In this position, among other myriads of responsibilities, Folashade is expected to spearhead the initiation, formulation, and evaluation of policies, implementation of programmes and projects relating to commerce, industry, and cooperatives, among others.
Before her appointment by the Lagos state government, Folashade had worked as the Communication, Public Affairs & Sustainable Development Director at Lafarge Africa PLC, a position she held for five years, between 2016 and 2021.
Prior to this role, she worked as Integration Business Transformation Consultant for LafargeHolcim (LH) (2015) focusing on enabling a speedy integration (following worldwide merger of LH) in order to deliver the country business ambition as one holistic organization in Nigeria. She also successfully led the culture transformation phase one focused on delivering a safe and high-performance culture.
In addition to her corporate profile, Folashade has served on the NESG 24 Executive Committee, is a member of the UN SDG Nigeria – Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) – Cluster 8 Co-Lead to the Federal Government of Nigeria and was a leading catalyst driving Women in Manufacturing Africa (WimAfrica) initiative, all of which Lafarge Africa Plc. is a member.
Folashade is a consummate multi-faceted and proven business leader with an extensive background in finance, strategy, and project/change management, business development, thought leadership, sustainable development and management consulting across a wide industry spectrum in the UK, Nigeria and Europe.