Industry Leader: Salma Okonkwo

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FOUNDER | BLUE POWER ENERGY

Salma Okonkwo is a senior business executive with over twenty years of experience in Africa’s energy sector. Salma has deep and wide-ranging expertise in energy from oil and gas to renewable energy. Having worked extensively across oil and gas in West Africa, She founded UBI Petroleum in 2007, an energy trading business specialising in procurement, storage, marketing and distribution of petroleum products in West Africa, with a primary focus on Ghana. Her focus is now on the development of a solar power company in Ghana.

This interview was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2021.

WHAT’S THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS YEAR? 

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. It is an inspiring read and I would recommend others to read it. It strikes a personal chord with me as it deals with gender inequality. It encourages us to create our own success stories and support each other, allowing us to remedy the problem for ourselves and the rest of the women in the workplace.

WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A SUCCESSFUL LEADER?

A successful leader is one who inspires and encourages the team to grow and achieve their goals. Whatever the goals are for the organisation, or whatever team you’re leading, being able to inspire, secure people’s buy-in and encourage them to achieve the goal is the most important attribute of a successful leader.

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