Alma Okpalefe is the Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd, where she oversees Legal Service, International Cooperation and Corporate Strategy. Alma is a graduate of the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, where she obtained an LLB (Law). In addition, she has an LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from King’s College, University of London.
She has been called to the Bar of England and Wales, and Nigeria respectively, and secured a Masters of Business Administration from Business School, Netherlands. She commenced her legal career in the United Kingdom, where she worked in the area of Immigration and Asylum for the Legal Services Commission. She joined NIGCOMSAT Ltd in 2006 where she has served in various capacities, culminating in her present position. She is considered a repository of knowledge on the law and policy in the satellite communications industry and has served as the project secretary for the NigComSat-1R satellite project and the current NigComSat-2 satellite project.
Alma is a fierce advocate of homegrown technology, indigenous content, women in aerospace/tech and bridging the digital divide. She also has a keen interest in human rights, as evidenced by her winning the International Bar Association Scholarship Award for Law and Individual Rights.