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Nigeria gets first Country Chief Data Officer (CDO) Ambassador

Nigeria gets first Country Chief Data Officer (CDO) Ambassador

The first International Country Chief Data Officer (CDO) Ambassador Nigeria Symposium hosted by the Institute of Information Management (IIM) Africa was held in Abuja recently. 

The MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium (MIT CDOIQ), now in its 15th year, is one of the key events where attendees along with government and academia share best practices, experiences and exchange cutting edge ideas, content and discussions.

The first International Country Chief Data Officer (CDO) Ambassador Nigeria Symposium

According to Robert Lutton, MIT CDOIQ Symposium co-director, “the Country Chief Data Officers Ambassador Programme is created so that Ambassadors can be empowered in each Country to build, champion and be the voice of data to the C Suite and data Community. It was created by the three following founding organisations that share the goal of advancing the knowledge and accelerating the adoption of the role of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) in all industries in geographical countries. They are as follows, CDOIQ, the International Society of Chief Data Officers and the CDO Magazine.”

In establishing the Country CDO Ambassador programme, we define the following purpose and Mission; to enrich the global Community with the Country CDO Ambassador successes. To develop a champion of the region, who facilitates bi-directional communication between the Country CDO Ambassador(s) and their community, providing a vehicle for promoting successes, and providing education, while mobilising efforts for the community.”

“The CDO Ambassador strengthens local community ties, serving as the focal point and providing support, assistance and guidance to each other when needed. Also to collaborate with academic, business, and government as well as partners. To leverage all knowledge from all sources and to celebrate successes, and achievement of community members, where everyone can be recognised.”

Panel discussion -- Country Chief Data Officer (CDO) Ambassador

Panel discussion

Robert further stated that the Global Country CDO Ambassadors Community was proud to recognise Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun A. Oyewole as the Nigeria CDO Ambassador and proud of the work he is doing for Nigeria, Africa and the Data Community, most especially for establishing the first international CDO symposium.

Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun Oyewole

Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun A. Oyewole, the Nigeria CDO Ambassador

Dr Richard Wang, founder and executive director Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) CDOIQ Programme, also stated that “part of MIT strategy includes pragmatic and rigorous research in promoting Data leadership Management and Toolkit for CDOs in practice. Knowledge development on various successes already recorded in CDO practice, how organisations can learn and improve CDO practice and ultimately grow the global Community with the Country Chief Data Officer (CDO) Ambassadors.

Each Country CDO Ambassador is charted to establish a local community and grow the recognition of data being truly recognised for the value it brings to organisations. 

In line with the Country CDO mandates (Champion, Connect, Mobilise and Educate), we are excited that the Country Chief Data Officer for Nigeria, Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun having successfully set up a local organising committee shortly after his appointment in August 2021 was able to successfully champion the first International CDO Nigeria Symposium.”

Activities at the event included Panel discussion and conferment of Chief Data Officer Ambassadors on different Chief Data Offers in both Public and Private Organisations across Nigeria. 

Panel discussion - Country Chief Data Officer (CDO) Ambassador

Panel discussion

Among those Honored included the Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Mr Boss Mustapha, Honorable Minister for Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, Hon. Minister of Finance, Dr Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director General, Bureau of Public Services Reforms, Dr Arabi D.I, Clerk to the National Assembly Arc. Olatunde Amos, Statistician-General of the Federation/CEO National Bureau of Statistics, Dr Simon B. Harry, Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) Dr DanAzumi Mohammed Ibrahim, Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Mr Muhammad Mamman Nami, and other key Chief Executive Officers in both public and private organisations across Nigeria.

About the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Chief Data Officer & Information Quality Program (Country Chief Data Officer Ambassador)

The Ambassador programme aims to act as supporter, to mobilise, and provide education to the Data Industry Community, by seeking out fellow CDOs within the country to become part of the CDO Community. Mobilising, assembling and making ready for action, to support the Data Industry. It also aims to educate, by creating and sharing content for the benefit of the CDO Community.

MITCDOIQ Symposium 

The MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium (MITCDOIQ), now in its 15th year, is one of the key events for sharing and exchanging cutting edge ideas, content and discussions. Our purpose is to advance the knowledge and accelerate the adoption of the role of Chief Data Officer (CDO) in all industries and geographical countries. As data is a critical aspect of every organisation, the symposium is focusing on the management and leadership of this critical element for the 21st century that will benefit every organisation.

International Society of Chief Data Officers 

The International Society of Chief Data Officers (isCDO) is the premiere, vendor-neutral, professional society of individuals who serve the role of the Chief Data Officers for their organisations. The Society serves as a peer-advisory resource for all members, as a society of CDOs, by CDOs, for CDOs.

CDO Magazine 

CDO Magazine is a publication that delivers insights essential to accelerating organisational adoption of the enterprise disciplines necessary to be successful in the new digital society. The Magazine grew out of MIT’s annual CDO and Information Quality Symposium (MIT CDOIQ), led since 2007 by the MIT Sloan School of Management, in partnership with the International Society of Chief Data Officers (isCDO) and ComSpark.

The Magazine’s vision and mission are to be the premier global publication, giving a voice to global leaders in strategic data management and analytics capabilities that form the foundation and core of the digital age.

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