Irene Ochem, Founder/Managing Director, ICO Conferences & Events Limited, Nigeria
Irene holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of London and a Diploma in Translation from the prestigious Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori (SSLMIT) of the University of Trieste, Italy. She received her undergraduate degree with honours in Archaeology/History from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and holds certificates in Project Management from University of Cape Town and Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI), Milan. A seasoned International Civil Servant, Administrator, Management Professional, Translator, and a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO), she has diverse expertise and experience.
Irene had a long career of over 10 years with United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Italy, where she held various positions in administration management. Subsequently, she was Research Administration Manager at University of Cape Town, South Africa and worked as an International Consultant for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union Commission (AUC) in Ethiopia. More recently, she was a Conference Producer and Programme Director with a leading South African-based conference and event management company where she has produced Africa’s largest power and utilities conferences and exhibitions.
Irene has produced and managed numerous large international and high profile conferences, conventions, summits, and forums in Europe and Africa in various industry sectors including health, natural sciences, energy and power, international development, education, agriculture, high technology, and entrepreneurship.
Irene is passionate about excellence and quality, and is a strong believer in Africa’s transformation. She is a member of Southern African Association of the Conference Industry (SAACI) and the South African Translation Institute (SATI).