Bidemi Zakariyau Akande
- Founder & CEO, LSF PR, Nigeria
- Executive Jury
Bidemi Zakariyau is the Founder & CEO of LSF PR, a full service public relations agency with core competencies in corporate communications and consumer brands. Awarded the Best Law Student during her Business Foundation degree at Brooke House College, Leicestershire, England, Bidemi went on to study Law at the University of Sheffield. After university she worked at two top tier law firms in Lagos, and later enrolled at the Nigerian Law School. While at law school, Bidemi founded LSF PR. Under Bidemi's leadership, LSF PR has received four SABRE awards in Africa and the EMEA region. The SABRE's are the worlds biggest PR awards programme, dedicated to benchmarking the best PR work across the globe. In December 2018, the agency won the PR Campaign of the Year hosted by the African PR Excellence Awards in Dublin, Ireland. Bidemi has been listed as the Top 50 Women in Marketing (Nigeria), Forbes Africa as one of the innovators and game-changers in business on the prestigious 30 Under 30 list (2018), African Woman Leader (CMO Asia), Rising PR Practitioner by the Nigerian Institute of public Relations – Lagos Chapter (2017). In 2016 she won the Future Awards Africa for Media Enterprise. Bidemi is a member of The Nigerian Bar Association and The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. She is an advisory board member of Réle, a contemporary art gallery in Lagos. Bidemi runs a mentorship programme for women between the ages of 18-30 and a career development programme for entry level job seekers.