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The Luxury Network Nigeria Learning & Development Programme: Introducing the Speakers

To discuss the intricacies of what luxury entails, join the speakers – Cas Ojo, Eleanor Turner, Ayo Adeyinka, Veronica Ebie, Juan Perez, Heidi Mallace, and Viscount Yves De Contades in a Zoom webinar on the 24th June 2021 at 11 AM


Cas is a seasoned professional in the luxury industry, with vast knowledge of the consumer goods, hospitality, and financial sectors. She has extensive experience facilitating collaborations with global brands such as Porsche, Harrods, Visa, the Financial Times, Roja Parfums, Moet Hennessy, Bvlgari Hotel London, Bicester Village, and more. Her in-depth knowledge, passion, and varied experience of the industry, combined with an innate high level of creativity and strong entrepreneurial skills, have honed her expertise in the field of luxury affinity marketing.

With over ten years of entrepreneurial experience, Cas is also the founder of an international luxury shopping concierge company, MyStyleWindow, based in London, England, where she has grown an impressive clientele of high-net-worth individuals in Nigeria, and organizations including UBA and Fidelity Bank, Visa Infinite, Business Day, The Wheatbaker Hotel, Montaigne Place, The Wells Carlton Hotel, Capital Club, Seattle Residences and Spa. Prior to this, she worked in Accounting and Finance with a number of high-profile companies across Central London, including Hotel Cafe Royal, Harvey Nichols, and Natwest plc


Ellie is a speaker, events specialist and luxury brand consultant having built her career within luxury hospitality and events.

As Head of Events at Bvlgari Hotel London, she’s responsible for developing the hotel’s event sales strategy and managing the day-to-day organization of the team including overseeing all events at the hotel. From intimate social events to product launches for over 1000 guests, she has over a decade of experience in events having also spent time as a freelance wedding planner. 

Prior to this, Ellie worked in marketing and business development after studying French with Business Management at King’s College London, where she also had the opportunity to study at both La Sorbonne, Paris, and Martinique.


Yves de Contades is the CEO of The eXcellence Group, a luxury marketing & media company aimed at high net worth, with a unique network consisting of luxury brands and an international high net worth audience. 

A renowned expert in the luxury industry for over 25 years, Yves was a celebrated fashion photographer in Paris, New York, and London, then a luxury brand expert and entrepreneur in the luxury sector. Yves featured for five years in Channel 4’s “Ten Years Younger” TV Series alongside Paula Reed, fashion editor of the Sunday Times. Also working with Caryn Franklin in the Debenhams videos.

The eXcellence Group has a long-standing relationship with the UK and world media and specializes in luxury brands, travel, luxury villas, watches, jewelry, cars, and yachts. 

In his rare spare time, Yves is an avid reader of technology, history, psychology, thought, and culture and loves swimming in the Indian Ocean, cross country cycling, diving, surfing, and touring in luxury cars.


Veronica is a luxury Retail Consultant and international stylist born and raised in Houston Texas, the USA with a ten-year background in high fashion runway modeling, print, and commercial and Spokes-modelling. After relocating to Nigeria in 2010, she worked as a style correspondent and cover stylist for ThisDay Style and established the brand Vanestyle – a fashion and style agency that offers commercial and personal styling, alongside shopping services.

From red carpets to music videos and more, Veronica boasts a strong client list of high-profile Nigerian celebrities including Genevieve Nnaji, Mo Abudu, Omotola Stephanie Coker, Funke Adepoju, Fashpa Odion Mimonet. She has also worked on a plethora of projects such as Elite Model Look Nigeria, GTBank NdaniTV, MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Ebonylife TV‘s Moments with Mo, Jara, Studio 53 Extra, Vanity Fair Italia, Mania Magazine, ThisDay Style, and more.


Ayo Adeyinka is a London-based art dealer and gallerist. Originally an accountant, with a 10-yr background in financial services, Ayo Adeyinka has since gained recognition as a specialist in modern and contemporary African arts. He is a seasoned cultural entrepreneur and has acted as a consultant for key contemporary art projects. He helped to launch Africa Now, Bonham’s contemporary African art sale in 2009, he has worked on other noteworthy gallery and curatorial projects and continues to advise on several collections focused in this area globally. 

Since founding TAFETA, the gallery has remained a leading purveyor of important 20th-century artists of African descent, whilst constantly showcasing new contemporary talent. The central London gallery continues to place works from established and emerging artists with important private collections, as well as established institutions such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African Arts in Washington, D.C.  The gallery has also gone on to be recognized as a leading force in the contemporary African art space, showcasing in the prestigious European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in March 2020.


Juan Perez is a global affinity marketing expert with over 8years of experience creating hundreds of business development activities for many of the world’s most luxury brands. He is renowned for creating top-end strategic alliances and orchestrating successful collaborations with brands such as Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Bentley, McLaren, Prada, Panerai, The Macallan, ExecuJet Aviation, Serenia, Saxo Bank, Palma Holding, Royal Jet Group, Huriya Private, Rif Trust, Tiffany & Co, Mangusta Yachts, XXII Carat, Luxhabitat, Palacio Versace, Emaar Hospitality Group, Hakkasan, Platinum Auction and many more.


Heidi Mallace is a reputation, brand, and communication coach and adviser with over 20 years in the industry. She has worked with prestigious brands such as Floris London, Chanel Jewellery, Holland and Holland and Asprey, and many luxury hotels including Ritz Carlton, W, Bvlgari, and boutique cruise ships. She has advised high profile and high net worth individuals and multinational organizations on branding and communication, to engage audiences and build brands.

Heidi began her career at Brunswick before joining a strategic communications consultancy called Project Associates. She then headed up Special Projects and the London office for reputation.com, a Silicon Valley-founded company that pioneered the online reputation management industry.


The upcoming programme will seek to explore the 360-dimension of what luxury is and the know-how to advance into the global marketplace. 

To attend, please click here.

The Luxury Network is interested to hear from companies who wish to explore bold and innovative partnership strategies in the Nigerian and UK market. Please get in touch.

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The Luxury Network Nigeria: Exclusive B2B Networking Event

The Luxury Network Nigeria hosted a B2B invitation-only exclusive event on Thursday, 17th June 2021 at The Seattle Residences and Spa, Victoria Island, Lagos. In partnership with Business Day, the event commenced with a warm welcome by the Director of Operations, Samuel Abiola-Jacobs, to an engaged audience of high-profile business leaders.

Managing Director, Cas Ojo, gave a brief introduction to the network and accomplishments to date. The corporate video set the tone and helped to further familiarize and highlight the core objectives to be achieved. Next was Bukky George-Taylor, Director of Strategic Partnerships – a founding member of the network, followed by an insightful presentation by the CEO of Seattle Residences and Spa, Wumi Jubril, presented with much poise and detail. 

The Country Director of the UK Department for International Trade (DIT), Chim Chalamera, gave a speech about the long-standing relationship with The Luxury Network offices around the world, and plans for more strategic alignment with the Nigerian office in the coming months. This was followed by another impactful presentation by Oyetola Okusanya, CEO, C&C Luxury.

The Head of Strategy at Avante Fly, Bisola Otigba, one of the newly onboarded members in May 2021, took the stage next, to introduce their brand and offering to the Nigerian luxury sector. And to round up the event was a Q&A session led by Julius Afolalu; The Luxury Strategist, a recently appointed member of the core team at TLN Nigeria.

In attendance were members and friends of the Network whose sectors range from banking to hospitality, retail shopping to international trade, and many more. Top executives who represented their brands engaged in conversations to discuss the challenges, protocols, methods, and opportunities to scale upward and improve the quality and standard of their businesses to the international luxury standard. With most already fully engaged in the luxury space, there were lots to discuss and share.

The core objective of the network is to facilitate unique partnerships both locally and internationally. The company recently launched two tiers of membership: Brand Boost, and Strategic Business Support & Planning, and all present were keen to discuss ways to improve sales, seek new competencies, business opportunities, and expertise.

Giving the closing remarks, Cas Ojo expressed heartfelt appreciation for the great turnout of the event. She added, “We would like to specially thank all our members and all our friends who joined us today. The Luxury Network is at the forefront of changing the luxury narrative in Nigeria and we are excited to kick start a number of projects with our members and partners in the coming months. The pandemic slowed us down for a while, but we are ready to support the bounce-back of the luxury industry both locally and internationally. Join us!”

To join The Luxury Network Nigeria, please email info@theluxurynetwork.ng for more information.

The Luxury Network Nigeria is interested to hear from companies who wish to explore bold and innovative partnership strategies in the Nigeria and UK markets. Please get in touch.

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The Luxury Network Nigeria Announces Exclusive Networking Event

Following the launch of the Learning & Development Training Programme in May 2021, The Luxury Network Nigeria announced an exclusive B2B members-only networking event on Thursday 17th June 2021, taking place at The Seattle Residences & Spa, Victoria Island, Lagos. 

The Luxury Network’s membership programme offers two levels of support: Brand Boost provides various branding opportunities for companies who want to enjoy affiliation with the network and other member brands from within the Nigerian and International luxury space, and, Strategic Business Support and Planning which provides more robust support for companies who want to benefit from our global expertise in business development, marketing and other business areas. The event is set to also provide a platform for members to spotlight their brands to other members while seeking practical methods to drive sales, new competencies, business channels, opportunities, and expertise from other companies. 

In partnership with Business Day, the networking event will cater to only limited slots. 

To join the network and for more information, please email info@theluxurynetwork.ng.  

The Luxury Network is interested to hear from companies who wish to explore bold and innovative partnership strategies in the Nigerian and UK market. Please get in touch.

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The Luxury Network Nigeria Learning & Development Programme Session I: What is Luxury?

The Luxury Network Nigeria is pleased to announce the first session of a much-anticipated Learning & Development Programme, following a successful launch event in May. The L&D programme has been created to facilitate high-level training by international industry experts, and guest speakers from some of the world’s most prestigious luxury companies, for luxury brands in the Nigerian luxury industry. The programme is designed to provide unique insight into renowned brands, places, and people that embody heritage, legacy, and innovation on the global luxury stage. 

The upcoming session titled “What is Luxury?” will take place at 11 am on the 24th June 2021 via Zoom webinar. The panel has been selected from a broad spectrum of backgrounds ranging from hospitality to lifestyle, marketing and communication, art, style, and more, to deliver a multi-dimensional view of the luxury universe.

Cas Ojo, Managing Director, The Luxury Network Nigeria, will host the panel, alongside Eleanor Turner, Head of Events, Bvlgari, the co-host. They will be joined by other guest speakers namely; Viscount Yves De Contades, Veronica Ebie, Ayo Adeyinka, Juan Perez, and Heidi Mallace. This insightful programme promises to provide in-depth. knowledge, insight, and know-how from the world’s leading brands, tailored to Nigerian luxury brands.

To attend, please RSVP at info@theluxurynetwork.ng

Visit www.theluxurynetwork.ng for more information.

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A New Membership Programme from The Luxury Network Nigeria

As the global luxury industry continues to rebound from the impact of the pandemic, The Luxury Network Nigeria has launched a new Membership programme to support companies who wish to maximize the opportunities that lay ahead. 

The new Membership Programme offers two levels of support: a Brand Boost designed to provide various branding opportunities to companies who want to enjoy affiliation with The Luxury network brand and other member brands in the Nigerian and international luxury space, or Strategic Business Support and Planning for companies who wish to have more robust support and our global expertise with business development, marketing, and other business areas, throughout the term of their membership.

The Luxury Network; the world’s leading marketing group and business club for luxury brands, is on a mission to facilitate dialogue and collaboration, sharing of knowledge, exchange of ideas, and strategic partnership between businesses across the Nigerian luxury Industry, and internationally.

Some of the benefits available under the new membership programme include: 

  • The Luxury Network membership certificate.     
  • Opportunity to host an exclusive Luxury Network event (in partnership with other members of the network).
  • Permission to use The Luxury Network member logo.  
  • Invitation to an annual Business event (at the Residence of the British High Commissioner in Abuja).
  • Complimentary adverts in The Luxury Network global magazine and other partner platforms
  • Invitation to other Luxury Network events around the world.
  • Access to the International Learning & Development Programme. 

To find out about becoming a member, kindly send an email to info@theluxurynetwork.ng.

The Luxury Network is interested to hear from companies who wish to explore bold and innovative partnership strategies in the Nigerian and UK market. Please get in touch.

Visit www.theluxurynetwork.ng for more information.

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TLNN | INTRODUCING THE SPEAKERS

INTRODUCING THE SPEAKERS

To inaugurate the International Learning and Development Programme from The Luxury Network, join the speakers: Cas Ojo, Eleanor Turner, and H.E. Fares Ghattas for a brief conversation on the Fundamentals of Luxury on the 22nd April 2021 at 11 AM.

H.E. Fares Ghatttas is the Global CEO of The Luxury Network International, the world’s leading luxury affinity marketing and business networking group; creating partnerships between the world’s most prestigious luxury brands. He is an experienced trainer and speaker, with over 10 years of experience in the. Luxury industry, developing hundreds of marketing strategies.  
 
Fares has been featured and interviewed by Robb Report, BBC, Q Business Magazine, Gulf Times, and many more. He is a Goodwill Ambassador at IIMSAM United Nations and the Middle East Head for the Diplomatic Council.
Cas is the Managing Director of The Luxury Network Nigeria, and a seasoned professional in the luxury industry. She has broad experience across the consumer goods, hospitality and financial sectors, facilitating collaborations between global brands such as Porsche, Harrods, Visa, the Financial Times, Roja Parfums, Bvlgari Hotel London, Bicester Village and more. 
 
With over ten years of entrepreneurial experience, Cas is also the founder of an international luxury shopping concierge company, MyStyleWindow, based in London, England, where she has grown an impressive clientele of high-net-worth individuals in Nigeria, working with various banks including UBA and Fidelity Bank. Prior to this, she worked in Accounting and Finance with a number of high-profile companies across Central London, including Hotel Cafe Royal, Harvey Nichols and Natwest plc.
 
With one office in Lagos, Nigeria, and another in London, Cas commutes regularly between the two cities. She is an avid reader of publications such as Harvard Business Review and McKinsey Insights in her spare time.  
As Head of Events at Bvlgari Hotel London, Ellie is responsible for developing the hotel’s event sales strategy and managing all events at the hotel, from intimate social events to product launches for over 1000 guests. 
 
Ellie is also a certified coach, career mentor, and member of the National Council of Psychotherapists. She recently completed the Women’s Leadership Programme at Saïd Business School and now designs and leads workshops focused on relationship-building, personal branding, and communication.  
 
Prior to this Ellie worked within marketing and business development after having studied French with Business Management at King’s College London, where she also had the opportunity to study at both La Sorbonne, Paris, and in Martinique.
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A NEW DAWN FOR LUXURY IN NIGERIA

As the world economy faces the biggest economic crisis of modern times, forward-thinking companies must respond to the emergence of the new business environment, by breaking the mould and fully embracing new and innovative strategies.

It has been a tumultuous year for the global luxury industry, and The Luxury Network is repositioning itself to better serve the Nigerian market. The global luxury industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and the future of the luxury industry in Nigeria demands a fresh approach, says Cas Ojo, Managing Director, The Luxury Network Nigeria. “The new approach must focus on promoting a consistent and homogeneous luxury narrative across the country, underpinned by conversation and collaboration with established global luxury brands”.

Cas Ojo – Managing Director

The Luxury Network has a renewed vision to boost the profile of the Nigerian luxury industry, both locally and globally, and are rolling out new membership packages, geared at delivering robust support package to its Members. The goal is to work with the finest companies in Nigeria and help to set new criteria for the word ‘luxury’ inside Nigeria.

In this regard, The Luxury Network is introducing a world-class Learning and Development program for its members’ leadership teams and employees, specially curated for Nigerian businesses who aspire to an international standard of luxury. Alongside this, there are plans for a plethora of client engagement projects as The Luxury Network aims to raise the bar across the industry, setting a standard of excellence through a well-crafted membership offering.

The Luxury Network is the world’s leading marketing group and business club for luxury brands, operating in 37 of the world’s major cities. Since entering the Nigerian market in 2017, The Luxury Network Nigeria has facilitated impressive partnerships with brands such as Harrods and the Wheatbaker Hotel, Porsche and Deola Sagoe, Moet Hennessy, Roja Parfums, Montaigne Place, Capital Club Lagos, Seattle Residences and Spa and more.

As part of its commitment to the Nigerian luxury Industry, The Luxury Network Nigeria facilitated an exclusive event in Mayfair, London, in October 2019, in partnership with the Financial Times, to stimulate anew conversation about luxury in Nigeria. The event panel included high-profile individuals such as Mo Abudu, Reni Folawiyo, James Benoit, Bola Atta, Jennifer Obayuwana and Alexander Amosu, alongside C-level Executives from many of the world’s leading companies, including American Express, Audemar’s Piguet, Fine & Country, London & Capital, Walpole, JP Morgan, Sotheby’s, Backes and Strauss, and many more – all keen to engage in discussion about the Nigerian luxury Industry. The Covid pandemic put a brake on other post-event plans throughout last year. However, according to Cas Ojo, ‘the time is now to engage the luxury players, in a collaborative effort that will raise the standard and perception of luxury in Nigeria, to our home audience and internationally.”

At the height of the pandemic, The Luxury Network contributed to the national effort, with a campaign to celebrate Nigeria’s Covid Heroes, led by Samuel Abiola-Jacobs, Director, Operations, and supported by the Mbadiwe twins, Looking ahead into 2021, the company is well-positioned for post-pandemic recovery, with plans already underway for numerous events and activities, business development programs and seminars aimed at facilitating co-operation between the finest brands and luxury companies all across Nigeria and internationally.

The core objective of The Luxury Network

is to facilitate collaboration and exciting new business development activities, and direct access to high net-worth private clients between top-end companies, under the umbrella of affinity marketing. Members of the network benefit from global expertise and experience with the world’s most prestigious brands such as Porsche, Ralph Lauren, Sunseeker Yachts, Bombardier Jets, Lamborghini, Cartier and many more. The network initiates brand partnerships, product placements, endorsements, media sharing, B2B and B2C networking, sales and luxury showcase events and numerous other affinity marketing activities designed to leverage the equity of participating brands.

The Luxury Network is interested to hear from companies who wish to explore bold and innovative partnership strategies in the Nigerian and UK market. Please get in touch.

About The Luxury Network Nigeria

The Luxury Network International is the world’s leading private Business Club for luxury brands, high-end businesses and premium service providers, with offices across Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, America and Africa. The goal is simply to create unique partnerships that give the members increased access to new business opportunities and greater market reach. Over the past 15 years, The Luxury Network has had extensive experience working with the most prestigious brands including Aston Martin, Bang & Olufsen, Barclays Wealth, Bulgari, Cartier, Ferrari, Gucci, Jaguar, Kempinski Hotels, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Porsche, Ralph Lauren, Rolls Royce, Sunseeker Yachts, Tiffany & Co., and more.