EXECUTIVE PROFILE OF: MRS CHIKA BALOGUN, DIRECTOR GENERAL/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM (NIHOTOUR)
Mrs Chika Balogun
Mrs. Chika Balogun is the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Nigeria. It is the Apex Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute and Personnel Services Regulatory Agency in Nigeria. An IATA approved training centre, the Institute is currently the 2015 Best Approved Training Centre (ATC), Africa of IATA.
Mrs. Chika Balogun is a Visionary and Strategic Chief Executive Officer and Project Management Practitioner with a strong passion for Education and Training of persons, especially youth. With an excellent and growing experience in the Hospitality and Tourism Sector, Mrs. Balogun is a result–oriented strategic thinker, communications expert and researcher with outstanding problem-solving abilities.
Mrs. Balogun believes in growth and rapid development using a project based technology driven approach in a consistent and reference-able framework while applying continuous improvement techniques to deliver excellent results on all projects handled.
An expert in creating strategic alliances with organizational leaders using excellent interpersonal skills to effectively create partnerships that support key Public Private Partnership (PPP), initiatives and strategic government programs.
Mrs Balogun is currently the Chairperson, National Mirror Committee (NMC)having been elected at the function conducted by the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON). The Committee which is under the auspices of SON, is saddled with the responsibility of reviewing some of the existing standards in the tourism industry and set new ones in all aspects of tourism operations and related services in the country in line with international best practices.
Until her appointment as Director General of NIHOTOUR, Mrs Balogunworked on many projects, some of which include:
* Senior Consultant: NITEX (NIGERIA TOURISM INVESTMENT FORUM & EXPO).
* Senior Consultant: Creating and launching a new Nigeria Tourism Brand, “FASCINATING NIGERIA”
* Project Anchor: Celebration of Nigeria Culture Week in China and in Brazil.
* Project Anchor: Hosting of UNWTO Commission for Africa, CAF in Calabar 2012 (Responsible Tourism: Opportunities For Women and Youth)
She also worked as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Platinum Crest Ltd for several years where she brought her wealth of experience to bear with her management team in delivering quality and excellence in the execution of projects.
Mrs. Balogun has attended many National and International fora on Tourism and Training issues including the UNWTO (General Assembly), UNESCO (General Assembly), WTM London & WTM Africa (Cape Town), WEF (Africa) Cape Town.
Mrs. Balogun holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Kent (1992) and had her First Degree from University of Jos. She is a Certified Project Management Practitioner (PRINCE2® Practitioner) (2007). She also holds a Certificate in Marketing Management from The Business School Netherlands. Mrs Balogun attended several Executive Courses including the Executive Management Training at Harvard University, Boston MA.
A member of several Associations including The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and the National Heritage Council and Endowment For The Arts. She is a Fellow ITP and Fellow Hospitality & Tourism Institute.
Volunteer Experience and Causes:
A firm believer in Social Responsibility, Mrs. Balogun has been engaged in the Support of Widows, Orphans, Destitute Children, Needy Families, Communities, as well as involved in the rehabilitation of local schools to improve the learning environment and empowerment of children educationally.
Mrs. Balogun is a Trustee of Gold Crest Family Centre (NGO) and Grace Business Club (NGO).