Ini Onuk is Group CEO, Thistle Group, an emerging conglomerate of business interests in Management Consulting, Energy, Research, Training and Media. As Lead Consultant of ThistlePraxis Consulting, she oversees various project teams and faculty of experts consisting of leading professionals who work in major regions across the world. She is Country & Regional Lead (Sub Saharan Africa) for The CSR Company, a global CSR Network of organisations spanning four continents – South East Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa as well as Sustainable Square (UAE & India).
Ini played active roles in driving key technical partnerships for the Nigeria Adoption Process of ISO 26000 Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility (ISO 26000:NAP), also as first Organizational Stakeholder (Consulting Services) and Local Coordinator & Certified Training Partner for Nigeria with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as well as a member of the Africa Consortium for Sustainability Training (ACST).
A 2008 Draper Hills Fellow on Democracy and Development at Stanford University California and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, Ini holds a degree in International Relations & Diplomacy and a Masters degree in Management. Her areas of expertise include working in the international development space on Social Performance & Audit, Sustainability Policy & Strategy, Impact & Needs Assessments, Corporate Social Investments & Responsibility, Corporate Governance, Leadership & Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Organizational & Leadership Development, Gender Mainstreaming, Peace-building & Security for over two decades.
Ini curates a Thought Leadership Series on Sustainable Development, Sustainable Conversations™ and has taught at the CSR Centre of the Pan-Atlantic University, served as a think tank member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum and Member, World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Africa.
A member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria, Ini sits on the boards of BudgIT, Speed Meals, SIS Limited amongst others.