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Finance Professionals Network set to host Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest virtual finance webinar

The webinar will hold on Zoom Platform and intending participants can register for free.

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Finance Professionals Network (FPN), a community of finance professionals with membership both in Nigeria and beyond, has announced the largest virtual gathering of finance professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa to help webinar participants accelerate their careers. 

The webinar themed “Thriving in Finance: Learning from the Industry Leaders” seeks to explore how aspiring leaders in the finance industry can navigate through their career journeys. 

At the webinar, industry professionals and enthusiasts will be provided with an opportunity to leverage decades of experience of the seasoned panel to exploit opportunities amid COVID-19 in advancing their careers.  

Dayo Obisan, Executive Commissioner (Operations), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is the Keynote Speaker for the webinar which holds at 5:00 pm on Saturday, 29th of August 2020 while Aruoture “Rotus” Oddiri of Smooth FM and Wole Famurewa of CNBC Africa will host the event. 

A panel discussion about climbing to the top within the financial services industry will include leading experts such as Fola Fagbule, Head, Financial Advisory at African Finance Corporation (AFC); Odiri Oginni, CFA, MD/CEO of United Capital Asset Management Limited, and Akin Oyebode, Special Adviser, Investment Trade and Innovation, Ekiti State Government. 

The event will also be headlined by Chidi Iwuchukwu, Head, Investment banking West Africa, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB); Zeal Akaraiwe, CEO, Graeme Blaque Advisory, and Danladi Verheijen, Co-founder/Managing Partner at Verod Capital Management.  

“Participants will glean insights from the panelists whom are leaders in this industry and will share highlights of their career trajectories, provide a sneak-peek of potential opportunities, and the important knowledge, skills and abilities to rise into senior & executive management positions,” said Abraham Durosawo, Founder and Community Lead of FPN. 

Durosawo added that the professional community is open to young and experienced finance professionals willing to collaborate and network regardless of their location. 

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The webinar will hold on Zoom Platform and intending participants can register for free via the link: bit.ly/FPNThrive  

FPN organizes webinars and workshops to encourage collaboration and growth for finance professionals. The community, with a member of over 1,000, has brought together experts like Andrew Nevin, Partner & Chief Economist, PwC Nigeria and Andrew Stotz, CFA, a former President of the CFA Society Thailand and founder/CEO of A.Stotz Investment Research. 

The finance community has also hosted Ayodeji Ebo, MD, Afrinvest Asset Management, Yemi Faseun, Head, Human Resources at Globacom and Wale Okunrinboye, Research Head at Sigma Pensions Ltd, among others. 

Earlier in August, FPN organized a free master valuation class in collaboration with DBrown Consulting, providing an avenue for upskilling among community members and workshop participants. In June, FPN also organized the first Foundations of Finance Academy course on Zoom with over 750 applicants seeking to transit into careers in the financial industry. The academy delivered in a simple and practical manner, courses covering Asset Management, Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, Fixed Income, Derivatives, Financial Statement Analysis, Macroeconomic Research, Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Valuation and Financial Modeling. 

About FPN 

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 Finance Professionals Network is a finance hub where finance enthusiasts who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences to everyone are found. We provide top-notch information about various topical financial issues which affect individuals, nations and the world at large. We aim to create a society where everyone irrespective of their age or status is financially literate as well as provide a platform where people can have access to information from experts in the finance industry. 

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The facts on news reports about Facebook data

Since there’s still confusion about this data and what we’ve done, we wanted to provide more details here.

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On April 3, Business Insider published a story saying that information from more than 530 million Facebook users had been made publicly available in an unsecured database. We have teams dedicated to addressing these kinds of issues and understand the impact they can have on the people who use our services. It is important to understand that malicious actors obtained this data not through hacking our systems but by scraping it from our platform prior to September 2019.

Scraping is a common tactic that often relies on automated software to lift public information from the internet that can end up being distributed in online forums like this. The methods used to obtain this data set were previously reported in 2019. This is another example of the ongoing, adversarial relationship technology companies have with fraudsters who intentionally break platform policies to scrape internet services. As a result of the action we took, we are confident that the specific issue that allowed them to scrape this data in 2019 no longer exists. But since there’s still confusion about this data and what we’ve done, we wanted to provide more details here.

What Happened?

We believe the data in question was scraped from people’s Facebook profiles by malicious actors using our contact importer prior to September 2019. This feature was designed to help people easily find their friends to connect with on our services using their contact lists.

When we became aware of how malicious actors were using this feature in 2019, we made changes to the contact importer. In this case, we updated it to prevent malicious actors from using software to imitate our app and upload a large set of phone numbers to see which ones matched Facebook users. Through the previous functionality, they were able to query a set of user profiles and obtain a limited set of information about those users included in their public profiles. The information did not include financial information, health information or passwords.

Keeping Your Account Safe

Scraping data using features meant to help people violates our terms. We have teams across the company working to detect and stop these behaviours.

We’re focused on protecting people’s data by working to get this data set taken down and will continue to aggressively go after malicious actors who misuse our tools wherever possible. While we can’t always prevent data sets like these from recirculating or new ones from appearing, we have a dedicated team focused on this work.

While we addressed the issue identified in 2019, it’s always good for everyone to make sure that their settings align with what they want to be sharing publicly. In this case, updating the “How People Find and Contact You” control could be helpful. We also recommend people do regular privacy checkups to make sure that their settings are in the right place, including who can see certain information on their profile and enabling two-factor authentication.

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Doing Business in Nigeria Conference

This event will attract audiences such as Business Leaders, Senior Executives, Investors, Potential Entrepreneurs and Nation Builders.

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We are delighted to present to you, Doing Business in Nigeria Conference (DBNC) happening on the 17th of April 2021 and organised by Linda Uneze, Co-Founder, Maurice Xandra Solutions.

DBNC is a business initiative established to create a platform where business professionals can share their experiences in addition to addressing some of the gaps and challenges peculiar to a developing nation like Nigeria. With the global influence of Nigeria, its population size and people resources, there is the need for interstate and global partnerships. So, the aim of the discourse is to showcase the will of businesses, the opportunities in the Nigerian market in a bid to attract investors, enlighten potential entrepreneurs and foster collaboration.

This maiden event is themed “Reshaping the Business Environment” and the focus will be on how economic threats can be transformed into business success and the role of talents in driving business sustainability. The Keynote speakers are Valentine Ozigbo, Immediate Past President and Group CEO of Transcorp Group and Mofoluwaso Ilevbare, the HR Director of P & G Australia and New Zealand. Our Panel Discussants consists of Dr Teddy Ngu, the Executive Director of GB Foods, Africa, Marilyn Maduka, People Director West Africa Ab Inbev, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi, Managing Director of Lanre Da-Silva, Eyong Ebai, Zone General Manager GE Healthcare Europe, Middle East & Africa, Amaka Nsofor, Executive Director, Debt Market, Standard Chartered, Ifeoluwa Orioke, Chief Commercial Officer, Flutterwave, Yemi Faseun, HR Head Globacom and Lara Yeku, HR Head, Food Division Flour Mills.

This event will attract audiences such as Business Leaders, Senior Executives, Investors, Potential Entrepreneurs and Nation Builders. This event is sponsored by Flutterwave, a global Fintech company and GB Foods Africa, makers of Gino, Jago, Bama, Jumbo and other household items. Our media partners are BusinessDay, Nairametrics and the Workbooth Magazine.

For free access, please click on the link to register: bit.ly/dbnc

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Dateline – 17th April 2021
Company info –Maurice Xandra Solutions is an HR consulting firm that specializes in providing HR advisory services, team building, recruitment including executive search and soft skill trainings.
Contact information[email protected] [email protected]
09049313488

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