Barbara Omowunmi Lawrence
Barbara Omowunmi Lawrence, is the CEO of Insolitus Nigeria Ltd., an Organisation and Talent Development Consultancy set up in 2008, after 20+ years of extensive experience and career with the Shell Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. She is a professional Coach, Trainer and OD Consultant.
A graduate of Chemistry from the University of Lagos, she also has a Masters in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK and a Public Relations Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, UK.
Barbara started her working career with the Vanguard Newspapers, Lagos, where she was a columnist and features writer before joining Shell as an Environmentalist in 1987. After eight years of various environmental positions, she was transferred to the Shell Centre, London as a member of the Nigeria Issue team. She became the Head, External Relations Strategy & Planning for SPDC in 2000, responsible for business planning/strategies for Shell Nigeria’s Reputation Management. She also developed management system to support engagement/communication process, including a first of its kind Stakeholder Engagement Manual in the Shell Group. .
In 2007 she became the Regional OE (Organizational Effectiveness), Change & Planning Manager for Shell Africa, from where she took early retirement in 2008 to explore new opportunities and fulfil her dream of becoming self-employed.