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Ibukun Awosika is the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group. The companies in the group include The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart Limited, and TCC Systems and Services Limited and are involved in furniture manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services. Ibukun serves on a number of corporate and not for profit boards amongst which are: First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBi), Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, Chairs the boards of FBN Life Assurance Limited, and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria. Ibukun is a graduate of chemistry from University of Ife-Nigeria, an alumnae of the chief executive programme of Lagos Business School, and the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain. With high interest in social issues including women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business and Management (WIMBIZ). An ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund- Ibukun, through this faith based organization works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives through provision of medical, educational, and other supplies. She served on National Job Creation Committee (NCJC) and is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG). Ibukun is a multiple award winning entrepreneur and the First Nigerian recipient in 2008 of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award as a nominee of the US Department of State. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.