Tara Fela Durotoye
Tara Fela-Durotoye is a Beauty Entrepreneur who pioneered the professional make up industry in Nigeria in the late ’90s. She is the founder and current C.E.O of House of Tara International. She is considered a major force in the Nigerian female entrepreneurship community having created an impact business that has empowered tens of thousands of beauty entrepreneurs through the “Tara Beauty Entrepreneur” initiative. She continues to be a thought leader and major influencer through several in the classroom and online courses that focus on sharing her 20+ year experience with other budding entrepreneurs.
As a game-changer in Nigerian business, Tara has served as a powerful role model for women in business and worked as an advocate for creating awareness of the importance of building businesses that positively impact society. She’s a huge advocate of impact entrepreneurship and is considered the poster girl for female entrepreneurship in West Africa. Under her leadership, House of Tara emerged one of Jobberman’s best 100 companies to work for in Nigeria 2017 and continues to be considered the number one indigenous makeup brand for Nigerian women.
She has received several national and international awards for her contribution to the industry and active role in Entrepreneurship and Empowerment; the Most Outstanding Business Woman of the Year 2018 by the African Economy Builders Awards Abidjan. Also in 2018, Tara received the African Makeup Icon by Ghana Makeup Awards as well as the Leadership Award for Entrepreneurship by Harvard business school Association of Nigeria, and the most recent in 2019 the award of excellence for Social Impact and Job Creation, a National Recognition by the Vice President of Nigeria. In 2013 she was on Forbes list of 20 young power women in Africa and more recently in 2020 top 50 Africa most powerful women alongside the President of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde, Chairman of First Bank, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Ngozi Okonjo Eweala, Chimamanda Adichie, Lupita Nyongo, Obi Ezekwesili amongst others.
She is an alumnus of the of Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme, INSEAD Abu Dhabi, Yale University, The Stanford SEED Transformation Programme, and the Harvard Kennedy School has completed the Global Leadership and Public Policy in the 21st century, She is a member of the France/Nigeria Investment club which was incorporated in 2018 by the French President Emmanuel MacronShe serves on several boards which includes Bridge International Academies, African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) New York and So Fresh Neighborhood and Sheisan associate member of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ). She was recognized by • The World Economic Forum as a young global leader (2013) • Choiseul Institute of France Top 100 young African business leaders under 40(2014)Tara enjoys gardening and loves experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. She is happily married to Fela Durotoye and is blessed with three sons.