Bella Disu is a Nigerian business executive, arts enthusiast, and philanthropist with over 15 years of professional experience across industries.
In 2004, she joined Globacom, where she currently provides strategic leadership as the Executive Vice Chairman of the foremost multinational telecommunications company operating in Nigeria and Ghana. In her role, she has steered Globacom on a path of sustained competitive advantage through a focus on quality, efficiency, innovation and customer responsiveness. In 2011, she took on the additional role of CEO of Cobblestone Properties and Estates Limited, a leading property development company which has a robust portfolio of residential and commercial properties in Nigeria.
With extensive experience in high-value contract negotiation and project management, she has successfully constituted and led notable projects such as the development of luxury residential property, Sisi Paris; new customer experience Gloworld centres; and the inauguration of the Alliance Francaise Mike Adenuga Centre by President Emmanuel Macron on July 4, 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria
Mrs. Disu also serves as a non-executive director on the board of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Nigeria’s apex construction company, and as a director at Abumet Plc, a glass and aluminium manufacturing company. As the youngest member on both boards, Bella brings her enthusiasm for innovation and transformation to drive productivity and profitability of both organizations. At Julius Berger, she currently serves on the Board Audit and Remuneration Committees and on the subcommittees for communications strategies, training and development.
She holds a B.A in International Relations from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, an M.Sc in Leadership from Northeastern University, Boston. She is a member of the prestigious Institute of Directors, Nigeria and the Nigerian Institute of Management. She is the chairperson of the Bella Disu Foundation, a non-profit organization she established to improve the potential of children from less-privileged backgrounds by providing access to quality education and employment skills.
Bella is an avid sponsor of the arts, and in this capacity, a director of the Mike Adenuga Centre. She is actively involved in promoting the French and Nigerian cultures through its partnership with Alliance Française. In 2019, the French Government awarded her the prestigious Chevalier dans ‘l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres award in recognition of her efforts at promoting French culture.
A music lover, she plays the Piano and Saxophone and for years has been a benefactor of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) to encourage a better environment for musical learning.
She is married with children. Her desire to see the return of the well-illustrated and richly narrated folk-tales she read as a child led her to write a book for children aged 5-7. The book, a folktale that reflects Nigerian culture and characters, will be published in 2020.