Toyin M. Odulate – is the Founder & CEO, Olori Cosmetics, an African-themed cosmetics manufacturing start-up, based out of Lagos, Nigeria. She is a seasoned Consumer Goods and FMCG senior management professional with over 16 years of corporate experience in retail management & distribution, strategic development, operational planning, risk management, business development, product development, branding and marketing across the telecoms, management consulting & Consumer Goods /FMCG industries. She has held past senior roles including missions at L’Oreal, MTN Nigeria & Accenture and most recently as Regional Director Anglophone West Africa at Danone ELN where she worked for the last 7 years.
Toyin is also an entrepreneur and one of the pioneers of organic beauty products made exclusively with African ingredients in Nigeria. Over the last decade, she has gained extensive experience in the international beauty industry including a senior executive role with the French cosmetics giant, L’Oréal. In this role, which included missions in Paris and Accra, Ghana, she managed beauty brands – including Softsheen Carson, LASCAD and Garnier – across Africa and the Middle East, where she honed her skills in beauty, brand marketing, product & business development and distribution and logistics with a focus on the African consumer.
Toyin’s natural affinity for entrepreneurship may be tied to her grandfather, Jacob Soboyega Odulate, the inventor and founder of the iconic Nigerian household headache remedy, Alabukun Powder. As a young girl, she observed this long heritage of blending natural products, and through these calculated experiences, Toyin has quickly become an authority in the business of beauty in Africa. Her company, Olori Cosmetics, was recently featured and awarded in the Companies to Inspire Africa 2019 Report by the London Stock Exchange Group.
Toyin was recently appointed on to the board as an Independent Non-Executive Director of ABInBev West Africa (International Breweries PLC) in May 2019 and is also a Non-Executive Director at Afrinvest West Africa Limited since May 2018.
Fluent in French and Yoruba, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from INSEAD.