Tuesday, 27 March 2012

TEDxEuston - Kola Karim - Pushing entrepreneurial boundaries

Are great entrepreneurs born or made, is it nature or nurture? For Kola Karim - it is probably both. His unshakable believe in the power of entrepreneurial activities to liberate the continent is infectious. He brought his infectiousness to the TEDxEuston stage. From the energy sector to fast selling consumer goods, Kola continues to explore new opportunities to create economic opportunity in Africa – creating jobs, redefining and reimagining the continent.

Kola Karim is the Chief Executive of Shoreline Energy International. Shoreline Energy International is a leading energy holding company operating in Africa with a diversified portfolio of holdings in Construction, Oil and Gas, Power, Telecommunications, Engineering, and Manufacturing, and with a current valuation of over $120m. Shoreline has grown rapidly through strategic acquisitions in the Nigerian Infrastructure Sector. Key acquisitions include ABB Electrical Systems (Nigeria), Costain (West Africa), Schlumberger Testing and Production (Nigeria - 17%), Premier Paints Plc (Nigeria) and Alumaco Plc. His current portfolio consists of business in the construction, commodity trading, agro-allied products, oil and gas, engineering and power sectors. In addition to his role at Shoreline Energy International, Karim is the Chairman of Costain West Africa and serves as director in seven subsidiary companies, including Schlumberger Testing & Production Services Nigeria and Trans Amadi Facilities, and is Chairman of Nigerian Ropes. Karim has delivered opinion and position papers at international conferences and investment forums. Kola is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2008 honoree.

Watch his talk here. 

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