Bella Disu is a multipotentialite—a seasoned business executive, art lover, published author, and philanthropist. With 18 years of expertise across various industries, Bella has carved a niche in the business world and beyond.
Her career began in 2004 when she joined Globacom. Today, she serves as the Executive Vice Chairman of the multinational telecommunications giant that boasts operations in Nigeria and Ghana. Bella’s entrepreneurial acumen also extends to real estate as the CEO of Cobblestone Properties and Estates Limited, a renowned property development company with a comprehensive portfolio of residential and commercial properties in Nigeria.
Her proficiency in high-stakes contract negotiation and project management is evident in the successful execution of significant projects. Her portfolio includes luxury residencies, Sisi Paris in Lagos, and the esteemed Alliance Française Mike Adenuga Centre, a cultural hub inaugurated in 2018 with French President Emmanuel Macron in attendance.
Bella’s transformative vision permeates her roles on corporate boards, steering organisations towards increased productivity and profitability. She serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Abumet Nigeria Limited, an innovative glass and aluminium manufacturing company, and as a Non-Executive Director at Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the industry leader in Nigeria’s construction sector.
Bella Disu, a globally recognised thought leader, holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an M.Sc. in Leadership from Northeastern University, Boston. Her affiliations include respected organisations such as Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), the Institute of Directors, Nigeria, and the Nigerian Institute of Management.
Her philanthropic spirit finds expression through the Bella Disu Foundation (BDF). As its founder and chair, Bella directs the foundation’s efforts towards improving socio-economic conditions in underserved communities. To achieve its objectives, the foundation collaborates with organisations, including the International Women’s Society, LUTH Children’s Cancer Ward, and the Regalo Hope Foundation.
Bella’s passion for the arts is apparent in her directorship of the Mike Adenuga Centre, where she promotes the fusion of French and Nigerian cultures. The French Government acknowledged her commitment by awarding her the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres honour in 2019. Bella was also featured in the Choiseul 100 Africa ranking in 2022, highlighting her as a future major player in Africa’s economic development.
A patron of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON), Bella enjoys playing the piano and, occasionally, the saxophone. Her creative pursuits include writing. Her children’s book, Soso and The Kako Leaf, was published in June 2022 and has already received a GOLD Mom’s Choice Award and a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite. Bella Disu remains an active figure shaping narratives and impacting lives.