Founder

Mary Agbu

Mary Agbu

Founder/Executive Director

Mary is a Law graduate of University of London (Holborn College), called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986.  She has worked in Mobil Oil Nig. Ltd. as a legal officer in their Legal department and subsequently as a lawyer in a Private Law firm. She subsequently made a career turn in the sphere of Education when she joined the Nigerian Association for Women’s Advancement (NAWA) as Company Secretary and worked on project coordination towards the setup of The Lagoon School for Girls.  In 2004 Mary joined the British Council as the Learner support Manager with a countrywide budget responsibility for Education marketing.

While at the British Council she was primarily responsible for Education UK Marketing, establishment of various networks (Agents network, Career Teachers network and English Language teachers Network) she organized in-country marketing visits from UK educational institutions and UK Education fairs.

In October 2006 she was invited by Kaplan International Colleges to head its West African operations as the Country Director West Africa.  She had the responsibility to set up the regional office in Lagos and manage the Sales and Recruitment market for Kaplan in the region. She developed and managed a staff team from 2 to 12 members and developed a marketing strategy for the regional market that recorded a consistent annual target goal achievement that saw the operations grow and the Kaplan Brand become strongly established in Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. She led her regional team to win the Best Overseas Kaplan Office Award presented by the UK Parent company.

In October 2012 she proposed and was granted permission to initiate the establishment of a Pathway College in Nigeria.  She was fully responsible for its set up in line with the global standards of the UK Kaplan Colleges.

In 2014 she was awarded the prestigious Kaplan Global Leadership Award for leadership and innovation.

As a member of the Kaplan Senior Management team, she travelled widely across the globe on various capacity building courses such as the Hawkesmere week long MBA as well as participation in organizational planning Events.  She also made various Familiarization tours to new college set-ups, contributing immensely to corporate market planning.

On 30th of June 2017, she took an early retirement as Regional Director Kaplan to establish a first Pathway and sixth form college in Nigeria – Multiplan Pathway College where she currently works as the Executive Director while still providing services as the Principal agent of an international Education Consultancy- The First Multiplan Consultants.