Nkem Joseph-Palmer has over 15 years’ experience in Operations, Leadership, Planning, Strategy and Management Development. He has a passionate belief that people are the key to success in any organization.
Nkem's background was originally in the oil and gas industry (former Managing Director of Savant Energy and Construction Limited, amongst others), as well as in management consultancy and business management. From here Nkem moved into the FMCG and manufacturing sector and was appointed by Strides Edible Oil Industries Limited as Chief Operating Officer. After playing a profound role in the acquisition of the old Rivers State Vegetable Oil (RIVOC) facility, he finally joined New RIVOC Limited as a Non-Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. Nkem lead the revamping of the technology and operations of New RIVOC Limited until his exit in November 2018.
Nkem has worked as a trainer and consultant for a range of private sector and public sector organizations throughout the Nigeria (He is currently a consultant on Technoserve’s SAPFF program funded by the Bill and Melida Gates Foundation, as well as the DFID’s PDF 2 program amongst others). He largely influenced a number of the private sector organizations to implement the Balanced Scorecard and has focused on proactive Balanced Scorecard approaches rather than the reactive performance measurement balanced scorecards. For Nkem, the balanced scorecard is a robust organization-wide strategic planning, management and communications system. These are strategy-based systems that align the work people do with organization vision and strategy, communicate strategic intent throughout the organization and to external stakeholders, and provide a basis for better aligning strategic objectives with resources. In strategy-based scorecard systems, strategic and operational performance measures (outcomes, outputs, process and inputs) are only one of several important components, and the measures are used to better inform decision making at all levels in the organization. In strategy-based systems, accomplishments and results are the main focus, based on good strategy executed well.
He has been involved in market, value chain, technology and product surveys, and has developed reports on strategic niches for clients ranging from the oil and gas, medical, agricultural, manufacturing, and vegetable oil processing industries.
He is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group’s Trade, Investment & Competitiveness Policy Commission (TICPC) (Trade Thematic Group) and Country Representative, African Trade, Investment and Growth Summit (ATIGS) Dubai 2020. Nkem is a Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Management, a member of the Institute of Mentoring and Coaching, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management and has been scheduled to become a Fellow of the International Institute of Management Consultancy in 2019. He is an advisory board member of the Institute of Export and Operations Management with consultancy experience across the private, public and voluntary sectors.