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Chapter 1

Introduction

‘One day in my early fifties, I realised that my boss, our CFO and I were approximately the same age and likely would retire at the same time’, said Sola Oyinlola, at that time Vice President and Group Treasurer of Schlumberger, and the only African corporate officer of this world-leading French American oilfield services company.

He continued:

This meant that I was not likely to ever become the company’s CFO and I wondered, what do I do now? Should I stay where I am for the next 10 years or I should I try to figure out how I could create a new career somewhere else? I was also passionately interested in African social and economic development issues, including education and women’s inclusion in the economy. Should ...

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