Adaobi Okafor Steps Up To Become Group Finance Director at Futerra

“I really benefited from the group mentoring session, peer group workshops and feedback from the professional mentoring team within GrowCFO’s Future CFO Programme.”

Adaobi Okafor was appointed Group Finance Director of Futerra Sustainability Communications Limited, having previously been their Group Financial Controller for five years. Futerra is a change agency, a product incubator, and a training academy that works across continents and cultures to deliver sustainable development.

Since its formation in 1997, Futerra has been on a constant mission to change the world for the better by making sustainable development so desirable that it becomes normal. 

Futerra, which is majority owned and led by women, has already helped numerous clients to make a big impact on the world’s biggest challenges. They have offices in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Mexico and Europe.

An impressive career background

Adaobi is FCCA and has excelled across each of her four finance function roles prior to this appointment. She has consistently delivered robust systems, processes and controls throughout the company during her five years as their Group Financial Controller. 

Driven by a strong purpose

Throughout her career, Abaobi has always been a big believer in empowering women and brings hope to many through her amazing fundraising and community work. This includes seven years as a Non-Executive Director at Grooming People for Better Livelihood Centre, which has provided fantastic Board room experience.

Adaobi puts relationships at the heart of everything that she does and is very popular amongst her colleagues, local community, family and friends.

Stepping into the leadership team

Adaobi’s amazing career experience, combined with her impressive level of soft skills and strong relationships across the business, made her the perfect choice to become Futerra’s Group Finance Director.

Having a seat at the Board table now provides Adaobi with even more opportunities to influence the strategic direction of the company and to help Futerra deliver its impressive business plan.

Why Adaobi joined GrowCFO

Adaobi first joined GrowCFO as a Future CFO Programme participant and has benefited from a range of workshops that have helped position her for a step up into the finance leader role. These include a group mentoring session, peer group workshops and direct feedback from GrowCFO’s professional mentors who have over ten years of experience at delivering Board level CFO roles.

Making a big impact is really important to Adaobi and she is constantly looking for ways to further develop her finance leader skills. Adaobi highlighted The GrowCFO Competency Framework as a fantastic toolkit for helping to build a robust learning and development plan.