Esther Akinnukawe

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)


I lead the team in charge of hiring the right people, managing them and motivating teams across the entire business. This is a huge responsibility.

Our people must not only carry with them the aspirations of MTN, but also take responsibility for many of the goals and expectations of over 58 million Nigerians.

I hold a Bachelors’ degree in International Relations from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and an MBA from the IESE Business School, Universidad de Navarra Spain. I am also a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), as well as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). I have garnered over 2 decades of experience from consulting, teaching and HR management drawn from positions held at: Andersen Consulting, Lagos (now Accenture); Societe Generale Bank, Trust Bank for Africa and FCMB.

Prior to joining MTN, I was on the Faculty of Lagos Business School of the Pan African (now Pan-Atlantic) University. I joined MTN Nigeria in 2012 as the General Manager, Business Partnering and Services and became the Human Resources Executive in 2018. A company is only as great as its people. As ‘Brighter Lives’ Advocates, our people must ensure that we continue to create a real impact in the lives of Nigerians. For 17years we’ve done just that. And we’re only just getting started.