Capt. Toluwa Victor Olorunyomi
Toluwa Victor Olorunyomi is the Founder of Copterjet International, a leading and fully Integrated Aviation Specialist Service Firm in the Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a versatile and performance-driven Avo-preneur who functions as the group head.
Toluwa attended the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, where he obtained specialisation in Leading Professional Service Firms (LPSF), in 2018.
He was born into the family of Chief Cornelius Olorunyomi Oluwadare and Late Chief (Mrs) Helen Olorunyomi Oluwadare, of Ikun Akoko land in Ondo State, Nigeria. Toluwa began his aviation career in 2006, and from 2007 to 2020, he progressed through the ranks as an airline pilot with Bristow Group, where he flew for over a decade as a First Officer, Senior First Officer, Captain, and a Line Training Captain, supporting various operations in Nigeria, Republic of Benin, including special missions in Ghana. Additionally, Toluwa has been broadly engaged as an Independent Aviation Consultant, Business Strategist, and a Certified Aircraft Appraisal and Valuation Analyst (Certified by the American Society of Appraisers- ASA, with Machinery and Technical Specialty).
Toluwa completed his education at the prestigious 43Airschool, Port Alfred, SA, as a commercial Pilot. In 2008, he obtained his first turbine Multi-engine type-rating qualification at the Emirate Aviation College, Dubai, United Arab Emirate. In 2012, he obtained his Airline Transport Pilot Licence-Advanced Training (FAA ATPL) at the Bristow Academy, New Iberia, LA, USA.
He began his research into the aviation industry in late 2002 as he transited through Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, from where he proceeded on his first mission into the aviation industry in 2006. For the past two decades, he has been consistently formulating strategies, developing and rethinking ideas towards enhancing the business of aviation in Africa, which led to his various academic pursuits.
Toluwa’s academic and training exposure transverses other prestigious institutions, including: Carlson School of Business Management- Performance Management, Wharton – Online School of Business (University of Pennsylvania) – Operations Management, Carld-energine Institute – Bid-Tender Specialist Consultancy, Project Management College, UK- Risk Management Program for Project Management Professionals, and National Diploma in Civil Engineering to name but a few. He has participated in major international leadership programmes, including the London Graduate School Master-class on Transformational Leadership, and the London Bridge Business School Global Leadership Masterclass for Africa.
Notably, Toluwa has been quietly instrumental in driving major strategic and transformational objectives as an independent management consultant in a number of organizations, through clever deployment of innovative and winning business strategies. In recognition of his immense contributions to different organisations through the deployment of game-changing initiatives and strategic concepts, he was conferred with a Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration (DOB)-Honoris Causa – Specialising in Strategic Leadership, by the Commonwealth University in 2018. In 2019, he was conferred with another Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration (DPA)- Honoris Causa, by the London Bridge Business School in Partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.
Toluwa is a member and Fellow of some prestigious professional bodies, which include: Fellow of the Institute of Management Specialist (FIMS), United Kingdom, Senior Professional Member of the Institute of Information Management Africa (SPMIIM), The British Project Professional Society (BPP), United Kingdom; Flight Crew Association of Nigerian (FCAN), and the Aircrafts Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) – A global consulting certification offered by the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) and a Fellow of the Institution of Management Consultants (FIMC), Nigeria. Toluwa is also a Product of the American Society of Appraisers – ASA, and a member of the Governing Council of the African Institute of Public Administration, Accra, Ghana.
Toluwa’s hobbies include: public speaking, and motivational talks. Toluwa is a lover of God, a philanthropist with a value-driven personality and he is happily married to Oluwasola Olorunyomi, who is the Supporting Founder of Copterjet, and they are blessed with four lovely children – two daughters and two sons.
Oluwasola is the Executive Director on Resource Strategy and Administration, duly responsible for Copterjet’s corporate business supports, administrative processes and strategic duties. She was actively involved in the systemic coordination of the company’s structural mapping from inception, including other primary initiatives that led to the emergence of Copterjet brand.
In 2006, Oluwasola obtained a bachelors degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Ado Ekiti. In 2014, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Managerial Psychology from the Redeemer’s University. In a bid to expand her capacity for optimum resource deployment and utilisation, she obtained additional qualifications in Strategic Human Resource and Performance Management, from the Carlson School of Business Management, University of Minnesota, with specializations spanning across the entire Human Resource Management discipline, including the Advanced Human Resource Capstone. In 2018, she bagged a distinction in Aviation Planning, Operations and Management, from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria.
Her career began majorly in the SMEs in early 2006, while from 2011 to August 2015 she served as the Managing Partner of Dovts Concept Limited, a family business that majored in the importation of household equipment, clothing, and interior management services. Over the last decade, she had at various times been involved in a number of administrative responsibilities with specific functions at private establishments, while the majority of her time had been primarily dedicated to building of businesses in clothing, confectioneries, digital imaging, and gospel music productions. In the last few years, her administrative engagements have been majorly structured around family businesses where she has been actively involved in business decisions and process developments.
Oluwasola is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM); a Fellow of the Institute of Management Specialist (FIMS), United Kingdom; Member of The Dynamic Professional Managers- DPM; and an alumna of the Daystar Leadership Academy.
Oluwasola is vocationally multi-skilled, and she is a lover of God.
Michael Uzor is a financial strategist/consultant with over 30 years of varied working experiences across key industries, including media, banking, capital market and marketing communications. He has been a key member of top management teams responsible for development and implementation of corporate strategy for building company values. His core competence is in structuring company operations for competitive market positioning, ensuring appropriate financing structure for the business, and charting the course for the business through development of effective models, ensuring the company’s future success. Michael is highly proficient in evolving and engaging innovative ideas aimed at delivering products at premium prices, using technology to drive cost efficiency and streamlining turnaround processes.
Michael holds a graduate degree in Finance from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Kensington University, California. He was trained also in Strategic Management from Cranfield School of Management, Bedford, London, reinforcing his core competence in corporate finance. He has attended a number of business leadership development programmes in Nigeria, UK and Germany. He is a capital market practitioner registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC], and also a member of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Nigerian Union of Journalists, among others.
He began his working career in the financial media and worked with the Punch Newspaper and The Nigerian Economist magazine between 1986 and April 1990. During the same period, he also covered Nigeria’s capital market operations for the London-based Africa Analysis under technical partnership with the Nigerian Economist. The job centred essentially on company performance analysis – tracing profits or losses to critical elements in the income statement and the underlying asset and liability structures in the balance sheet. This was the era of influx of new banking institutions and after publishing a performance analysis on one of the promising new banks then – Commerce Bank Plc, Michael was offered an appointment in the bank in the research & strategic planning unit housed in the executive department. During time with the bank, he brought unparallel innovation, efficiency, which in turn – brought a healthy competition in the banking sector.
Soon, his contributions to banking industry issues were recognized at industry level and he was appointed a member of the monetary & fiscal policy committee – a think tank sub-committee of the Bankers Committee. There, he provided support for the development of banking industry position papers on macro-economic and regulatory policy matters, including inputs to the federal government budget and guidelines for foreign exchange market operation.
In 1994, Michael was one of the three management staff of the bank deployed to set up a mortgage banking subsidiary, having drawn up the strategic roadmap for using subsidiaries to extend operations to restricted arms of the financial markets. He left the bank in 1998 and took up a consulting job with Datastream Information Bureau Ltd, where he was in charge of guiding the set up of clients’ businesses and production of Economic Intelligence Report – a decision-making tool for business executives. Based on a partnership with a client, Millennium Harvests Ltd, he was one of the two officials of the company seconded to set up Financial Standard Newspaper in 1999. The paper was a great success with a unique brand positioning, a simplified style guide and a good quality editorial team that combined to achieve a break-even in six months. He returned to DataStream in 2000 and handled other client setup services before taking up an appointment with Future View Securities Ltd, an investment banking firm as head of the corporate development unit. He strengthened the research services of the company and developed a corporate performance analysis framework that boosted the share trading and portfolio management functions of the company.
Michael recently joined the management team of Copterjet International with the responsibility for the development of a solid financial future for the organization; guide the company to capitalise on areas of its competence, lead the management consulting service team, and direct operational course towards the most efficient scenario, to ensure company’s future success. His model of corporate success is the ability to shield an organisation from operational volatility, to ensure stable growth in the value of the enterprise at the least possible variation between actual and anticipated results.
Michael is a Christian evangelist and seeks to glorify God and help mankind in whatever he does.
Olubukola Kale is a Senior Human Resources Executive with 15 years of Corporate, Operational and Human Resources work experience. Her passion is geared towards providing HR solutions; supporting Senior Partners and Management Team by building HR Strategies to streamline policies and processes towards organisational goals and objectives. She elevates organisational growth opportunities through technology, compliance and people. She also has vast experience in people management, client relationship management and start-ups. Olubukola has a “get it done right” attitude, delivering great results without compromising quality.
Olubukola holds a Bachelor in Computer Science with Mathematics degree from University of Ilorin, Nigeria and HR Management and Leadership from eCornel (ILR), Ithaca, NY, United States. In 2015, she obtained her HR certification as a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRMP) from the American Certification Institute (ACI), Delaware, USA. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is also an active member of BNI (Business Network International), where she served as President for one of the Business Chapters in Lagos for 2 years.
Olubukola began her career in 2003 as a Quality & Safety Administrator with Pan African Airlines, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. Her key achievements were in successful auditing and reporting in accordance with the standard policies of NCAA; forward-thinking in the importation of new aircraft and compliance with Aviation Laws and regulations (NCARs). She also performed the role of HSE Representative using her IOSH certificate and training for effective Risk Assessment and reporting of Safety related issues. In 2007, the organisation soon recognised her strength in strategy development, compliance and operational matters, and granted her an outstanding performance award for lasting contributions on focus, quality and maintenance improvement in the organization and so she was transferred to the Human Resources Department as the Head of Recruitment & Training. She restructured the HR department from traditional HR (transactional) to Strategic HR (transformational). She developed and implemented various HR analytic & metrics that demonstrated value add. She was the Team Lead for the introduction of Central Training Record System (CTRS) for Engineers and Pilots in Nigeria Operations deployed from Redhill, UK.
In 2009, she became the HR Business Partner for West Africa, Bristow Group Inc., covered 7 business locations all over Nigeria with over 1,400 employees and directed 7 Senior HR Professionals. She established effective relationships with management and employees in West Africa on HR related issues. She provided HR transformational strategic support to other HR Business Partners in other Business Units on key issues, which ensured Business Unit specific plan, culture and competition aligned with Global business plans and reflected people best practices to deliver value added services. She was also the project team lead of the HRMS/HRIS (WORKDAY), TALEO (Recruitment Software) and project team member of IT Service Desk (ITSM) system that managed all employees’ requests, issues and queries into the HR SSC. She led the Nigeria Operations and travelled to Bristow Group Head Office in Houston Texas, USA intermittently for 2 years. She successfully deployed the ESS/MSS of the project and thereby reduced the HR Transaction Administrative processes by approximately 70% and improved the structure of HR processes through SharePoint. She received a special Director’s Award in recognition of excellent service and an Operational Excellence Award in recognition of excellent service in the Human Resources Department, especially in the improvement of the Manpower reporting system and HRIS (iConnect) management.
In 2015, she took the role of HR Lead Consultant with ByPlus Consulting Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria. She established this rapidly growing company’s first ever Human Resources Department. Built policy and procedures and brought company up to HR standards and compliance, and also initiated a benefit savings of 58% with 100% company paid benefits. While consulting for ByPlus Consulting Ltd in 2017, she was employed by MinisoLife, a retail company with Head Office in Japan, as the Overseas Subsidiary HR Manager. She established the HR department in Nigeria, employed and onboarded all the Management Team. She supported the HR Overseas Subsidiary according to the parent company’s overall development target. Provided and implemented professional HR solutions to ensure the smooth operation of the subsidiary.
Olubukola’s main target is to bring out the best business performance whilst aligning the company’s Human Resource functionalities with its overall service framework; initiating and optimising client’s resource needs; estimating, forecasting, anticipating requirements and trends; aligning resources; developing action plans; measuring and analysing results; initiating corrective actions and minimizing the impact of variances and risks through the company’s various human resource service delivery windows.
Her Mantra is, “Best People… Best Strategy for Best Business Performance.”
Olayinka Omotunde Adeleke
Olayinka obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Lagos and subsequently attended the Nigeria Law School, Abuja in 2005. She began her legal career in 2004 as a Junior State Counsel during her National Youth Service with the Ministry of Justice, Minna, Niger State. On completion, she moved back to Lagos and joined the thriving practice of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Two years into practice, the firm realized her strength in legal research and corporate matters, and when the firm was later divided into practice sections, she was one of the lawyers chosen to start up the corporate commercial section. Her responsibilities were in all matters relating to Legal and Compliance.
After leaving legal practice in 2008, Olayinka joined a very huge and successful business empire as the Human Resource Manager, the experiences gained there were far-reaching as she worked in the company’s oil and gas division, shipping, corporate restructuring, finance, and capital markets. She was later promoted to the position of Assistant Company Secretary of the company’s holding division.
In 2014, she took some time off to study and obtained a Master’s Degree in Maritime Law from Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom, after which she worked in Real Estate and then with a leading Insurance Firm.
Olayinka bagged a distinction in Aviation Planning, Operations, and Management from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, a mission she fulfilled in a bid to broaden her knowledge in Aviation and to advance her legal coverage of the transportation ecosystem.
Her knowledge of working in the private sector is far-reaching. She has worked on several projects which involved having to work with consultants, both local and foreign professionals. She has also had many years of working experience with senior executives, and she is well-grounded in boardroom practice. Olayinka is also a staunch advocate of Corporate Social Responsibility and good Corporate Governance.
For Olayinka, no two different days in an organization’s workplace should the same, every day is brand new: a mark of an innovative and upward-looking mind. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Companies Secretaries UK and UK Young International Arbitration Group.
She loves to travel and she has a strong drive towards motivational speaking.
Yinka’s motto is, “I always like to find myself in an organization that I can see as part of me….more like a child that I have to nurture so that when it grows up it can take care of me.” The Copterjet’s Spirit is palpable in her.
Robert Mgbolu is a service delivery specialist, a passionate and result-orientated professional in sales and customer services management, with over 14 years cumulative experience in the Telecommunication, FMCG, and SMEs sector. Robert was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria, and he is a member of the Association of Business Practitioners under the Award for Customer Service Professionals UK/MTN Partnership.
He began his career in 2002 as a sales representative with Cadbury Nigeria, where he was actively responsible for promoting the company’s sales objectives. He was responsible for organizing and implementing key processes in the scheduling of new product developments across major regional markets and creating awareness of new products in line with the company’s specific sales and marketing targets, through clever development of strategic sales distribution channels. From 2003 to 2007, he worked with Samol Limited (FMCG) as a sales team lead, where he was responsible for coordinating, directing, and motivating the sales team in order to achieve the company’s overall sales objectives, while also maintaining service relationships with existing and new customers.
Between 2007 and 2016, He worked with MTN Nigeria, where he had vast exposure in Customer Retention and Relationship Management while aligning with various departments. He advanced from the role of a Customer Service Representative to that of a Quality Assurance Officer, and later to a Business Analyst in the Workforce Management Unit. His accomplishment soon earned him a promotion to the position of a Team Lead in Data Sales and Supervisor in the Contact Centre /Customer Service Unit, which was his last assignment in MTN Nigeria.
In 2016, he proceeded to Dreams Network Limited as a Customer Service Specialist /Trainer, where he was accountable for monitoring all client issues, designing quality scorecard programmes and maintaining feedback mechanism for all field services; ensuring optimal levels of client satisfaction, while also developing specific trainings to address critical areas of improvements. He also coordinated with marketing teams in order to ensure regular updates on marketing deliverables. His training responsibilities include Key trainings on Total Quality Management (TQM), Customer Service Consultancy on SMEs, Training of customer service staff on telephone etiquettes, Emotional Intelligence, Customer Care Principles, Managing Service Level Agreement (SLA), Project Management, Customer Retention and Relationship Management (CRM).
Robert is an energetic customer service professional with a knack for matching customers with optimal products and services, to meet their specific needs. He is highly experienced in total quality management (TQM) with knowledge and experience in project management and an expert in CRM tool, customer intelligence, analytics reporting, etc. He is equipped with the ability to initiate ideas, with good leadership, administrative, time management, numerical and presentation skills, with value-adding in performance management.
Robert is fluent in Igbo and Yoruba, and his passion for customer service is extraordinary.
Gracious is a graduate of Business Administration (Management science) from the Lagos State University. She is an experienced administrative support personnel in the aviation industry. She has over fifteen years of administrative and HR experience, ten years of which were spent purely in the aviation sector. During this period, she was deeply involved with regulatory aspect of aviation from her years of working closely with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Gracious began her career as administrative personnel at Continental Transfer Technic (CONTEC) Nigeria Limited, where she worked for five years while engaging with the Nigerian Immigration services on CERPAC Project in charge of expatriate work permit regularization and resident visas. She then proceeded to join the industry leader in the provision of logistics for the oil and gas industries, Bristow Helicopters Nigerian Limited. She had a brief stint in the human resources department of the company and following her stellar performance, she was promoted to the level of supervisor and transferred out to the flight operations department where she spent over Eight years initiating the restructuring of the processes of crew licence application and renewals with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority. This led to zero downtime for pilots and engineers and completely eliminated the former situation where pilots could not fly due to expired certifications. Gracious was also a pioneer of the Aviation English Language Proficiency Specialty, and following her nominations, she won the Bristow Group Operational Excellence Awards, twice, and she received a special letter of recommendation from the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority during one of the FAA Audits. She is a holder of notable professional certifications including: Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belts, IOSH, CIR Africa on Business Writing, Nigeria College of Aviation Technology Zaria Instructor’s Training Certification, and a participant of the Moody International Target Zero Workshop.
Gracious is responsible as the company’s Head of Technical Regulations Services, with specific engagements undertaken in collaboration with the company’s technology team.
Ayomide Adeife Jide-Omole
Ms. Ayomide Adeife Jide-Omole is an experienced, industrious and bilingual Lawyer and a specialist in Aviation and Space Law, International Law, Investment and Trade Law, Competition Law, Data Protection Law, Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, Compliance and Risk management. She has spent most of her legal career working across various jurisdictions, including the United States of America, the Netherlands and Nigeria.
She started her legal career in 2018 with Bamidele Ogunjinmi & Co as a Legal Associate during her National Youth Service program wherein she doubled as the head of Junior Associates. Prior to joining Copterjet, she was an International Aviation Law expert with the Aerospace Qualified Entity in Utrecht, the Netherlands from November 2020 to March 2022 where she managed cross-border corporate transactions, acquisitions and restructurings across several jurisdictions. In addition, she managed the Law Alley Legal practitioners as a founding partner and also worked as General Counsel at JF Petroleum Limited. She has worked with notable companies in both core law practice and aviation, including Caverton Helicopters Ltd in Nigeria and Blaustein Legal in the Netherlands.
Jide-Omole was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2017 and in 2020, she obtained an advanced master’s in Air and Space Law from the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. She is currently rounding up a master’s in law program with a first-class degree award from Babcock University, Nigeria. She holds a diploma in Aircraft Leasing and Financing from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida United States sponsored by the International Society for Transport Aircraft Trading.
She holds a certificate from the International Air Transport Association on Aviation Competition law. She has gained several certifications in the field of Aviation and Compliance including the Graduate Certificate for the European Union Competition law and for European Union consumer law both on Coursera.
Jide-Omole is a member of the International Bar Association, a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), Associate of the Chartered Institute of Conciliators and Mediators (Nigeria), member of the International Institute of Air and Space law, Nigerian Bar Association, International Society for Transport Aircraft Trading.
She is also on the President’s council of the National Space Society, United States and volunteers with the AviAssist foundation and the Women in Aviation International.
She has proffered legal advisory to top leasing companies spread across Europe and has worked with financing and Av-gas companies desirous of engaging in business in Nigeria. She has advised on the ease of doing business in Nigeria in line with various conventions such as the Convention on International Civil Aviation (1944), Montreal Convention (1999), Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (2001), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act (2006) and its accompanying Civil Aviation Regulations (2015) and the guidelines of the International Air Transport Authority.
Ayomide serves as an Assistant Faculty Adviser at the Faculty of Law, Babcock University, Nigeria, and she brings her wealth of knowledge to bear within the technical force of Copterjet International. She speaks and lectures regularly on aviation and space law at local and international conferences and institutions.
Ayomide is a Senior Associate, responsible for Aircraft Acquisition, Leasing & Legal Advisory (Head of Aircraft Brokerage Unit) at Copterjet International.