Ms Hester Obisi
Secretary General for the 14th World Forestry Congress 2015
Ms Hester Obisi is proudly a South African, affectionately Nigerian and passionately African woman, a Servant Leader ready to serve and receive the global forestry players, in South Africa. She is a highly energetic and analytical individual, with excellent communication and people management skills. She possesses a wealth of experience in business development, trade promotion and negotiation in the international business arena.
A development activist that propagates for the economic empowerment of people, with a strong drive to succeed in facilitating projects that could better the lives of people, particularly the poorest of the poor, Ms Obisi’s philosophy is that of a noble cause, of creating opportunities for the rural poor, and creating an enabling environment for the poor to optimize such opportunities.
Her experience is enhanced by her Bachelor’s degree in Economics (B Econ) with a Public Administration major and several certificates including a certificate in Business Administration (enroute to MBA). After completing her Bachelor of Economics degree at the University of Cape Town in 1993, she joined the Government of the Republic of South Africa and held several high level positions before she co-founded their own company, the Kingdom Highway Consultants which is involved in the promotion, facilitation and development of key strategic sectors and businesses in South Africa and Africa as a whole.
Ms Obisi has been involved in many developmental and poverty upliftment projects and programmes and her select past roles in particular include among many others; identifying potential projects for her company to explore in Africa; Managing government to government relationships between South Africa and countries in West, Central and East Africa; Negotiating market access for South African goods and services into the lucrative markets in West, Central and East Africa; negotiating trade and investment protection agreements between South Africa and the region; facilitating creation of Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME) and tourism development in the province of the Northern Cape, South Africa; serving on various boards created for the development of SMME sector in the Northern Cape province. She also played a leading role in the creation of the Women Builders Association in Northern Cape while also a pioneer member for the establishment of Small Scale Miners in the Northern Cape.