Mrs. Jane Nkechi Egerton-Idehen

Jane Nkechi Egerton-Idehen is the MD-CEO for Nigcomsat, Nigeria’s communication Satellite.  She is a Tech Executive, Author and Angel Investor. She was the  Head of Sales, in the Middle East and Africa, Meta (Facebook). Before that, she was the Country Manager, in Nigeria, and the Regional Sales Director for the West African branch of Avanti Communications Group PLC, a British communication company with a fleet of satellites in space. She worked in various Technical, Sales and Management roles in the Telecommunication Infrastructure giant Ericsson. She also worked as a Cluster lead for Nokia Siemens Network in West Africa.  

She graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She furthered her education at Warwick Business School in the UK, where she received a master’s degree. She received an executive education at both Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management in the United States.  

She has worked in the telecommunications industry in Africa for more than 17 years. Her knowledge of technology, ability to manage complex stakeholder relationships, and skill to manage teams and create strategies to support growth and drive business are keys to her success.  

Being one of the few females heading key business areas in the tech industry has exposed Jane to numerous professional and personal challenges peculiar to women. Spurred by discussions with fellow female executives around the globe, she organised a forum at Ericsson in which emerging and experienced female leaders could support each other in developing their careers. The overwhelming success of the forum led her to found Women and Career, to reach women beyond her organisation and to support girls seeking careers after school.  

In March 2020 published a book she wrote, Be Fearless: Give Yourself Permission To Be You. She drew from her over 15 years of experience as a telecommunication executive in Africa to help women build lasting careers, especially in the male-dominated STEM industries. The book hit seven Amazon bestseller lists on March 17, 2020, climbing to number one in the Business Ethics and Knowledge Capital categories.