Dr. Nosike Agokei
Dr. Nosike Agokei is the Chairman of the Board. He has over 35 years experience cutting across banking, accounting, corporate governance, legal, strategy, taxation, administration, and company secretarial practice. His career trajectory has seen him through AG Leventis Nigeria Plc, Domino Stores Limited, Nigerian Breweries Plc, FCMB Group, and John Holt Plc., where he held various positions including Assistant Company Secretary, Deputy General Manager, General Manager/Group Company Secretary, Senior Executive/Legal Adviser, Group Executive Director, Legal & Corporate Communications/Development, Deputy Managing Director (Nigeria Group) and eventually became the Group Managing Director in 2009.
He holds B.Sc. Economics, M.Sc. Economics, LLB, BL, and a Doctorate. He is an International Finance Corporation (IFC) – trained and certified expert on corporate governance, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA); Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators of London, United Kingdom (FCIS); Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB); and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (FCIArb). He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (ACTI), and a Member of the Institute of Directors. Dr. Agokei was a visiting lecturer at the ESUT Business School, Enugu State University of Science & Technology from 2008 to 2013.
He was President and Chairman of Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria between 2005 and 2007, and Member, Enugu State University of Science & Technology Business Council from 1997 to 2010. He was also a member of the Delta State Government of Nigeria Vision 2020 Sub-Committee on Commerce & Industry between 2008 and 2009, and is a Trustee & Member of Council, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and the Project on the ‘Big War Against Cancer’ 2014 to date.
Dr. Agokei has undertaken corporate governance advisory services for organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and Ghana, part of which included delivering corporate governance courses: Director and the Law, Directors & Board Dynamics, The Role of the Company Secretary in Corporate Governance and Capital Market, The Director and Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance & Compliance Issues, Demystifying the Challenges of Regulation & Compliance, Change Management for Officers of Organizations, Board Evaluation & Succession Planning, Progressive Boards & Aligning Corporate Governance with Practices, Business Ethics & Risk Management, and Directors & Board Induction, amongst others.
Dr. Tony Anonyai
Dr. Anonyai is a Co-CEO at the Planet Capital Group and the Managing Director. He has extensive practice experience covering corporate finance, corporate strategy, corporate accounting, corporate governance, and investment advisory, spanning over a period of three decades. He was the founding Managing Director/CEO of Strategy & Arbitrage Limited, a brokerage and dealing member firm of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and one of the legacy Companies in Planet Capital Limited. He began his career in the accounting firm of Anjous, Uku, Eweka & Co. (Chartered Accountants), and later worked with the Programme Coordination and Management Unit of the European Union/Federal Government of Nigeria Joint Venture Oil Palm Belt Development Programme as the Project Accountant, and Capri-Martins Finance Limited as an Accountant, before setting up Ouec Investment Limited, an investment advisory firm.
Tony obtained a PhD in International Business (Finance Specialization) from the International School of Management, Paris. In his dissertation, he investigated the impact of Corporate Governance, Ownership Structure, and Board Structure on Bank Performance using evidence from Nigeria for the period 2006 – 2016. He holds a Masters Degree in Banking and Finance from University of Lagos, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He is an associate of the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria, and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
He has attended a number of executive development courses, including: Advanced Accounting & Financial Management, University of North Texas (1998); Chief Executive Program, Lagos Business School (2008); and the Advanced Management Program, IESE Business School (2008). He is on the board of PlanetCap Asset Management Limited, Electronic PayPlus Limited, and Enterprise Leasing Company Limited. He is the Chairman of the Statutory Audit Committee of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc, and Member of the Trade, Investment & Competiveness Policy Commission of The Nigerian Economic Summit Group.
Mr. Efe Akhigbe
Efe commenced his career as a Credit Analyst with First National Bank of Boston in 1988, and later worked with Victory Merchant Bank as a Senior Credit Analyst, and Leverrete Investments Limited as Financial Consultant, between 1994 and 1996. He joined United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc in 1997, and helped set up UBA Securities, the investment-banking subsidiary of the Bank. He was with the UBA Group from 1997 to 2009. In the course of his career, Efe has been involved in transactions covering Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance Advisory. He has also been engaged in Financial Advisory assignments for the Federal Government of Nigeria under its privatisation programmes. Efe was a member of the National Bond Steering Committee set up by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to reactivate the Nigerian Bond Market. He is a SEC- registered-sponsored individual and Capital Market Operator.
Mr. Chidi Agbapu
Mr. Agbapu holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Masters Degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Lagos. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), and an Associate of both the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria and Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).
Mrs. Aderonke Adedeji
Mrs. Aderonke Adedeji is a Director. She has extensive and well-rounded experience in financial services and corporate development. She is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Leadway Pensure Limited, and President of the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp).
Prior to her current position, Ronke was an Executive Director with MBC Merchant Bank, where she was at different times responsible for Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Retail Banking, Private Banking, Corporate Management, Securities and Portfolio Management. She set up and had oversight of the Bank’s subsidiaries – MBC Securities Limited and MBC Insurance Brokers. She started her banking career with ICON Merchant Bankers where she worked in both Treasury and Corporate Finance Departments and was Head of Capital Issues Division. Mrs. Adedeji is a value creation-focused professional.
She is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Nigeria (ICAN), the Chartered Association of Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), and the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria (CPIN). She has attended top-level executive development courses including: the Chief Executive Program of the Lagos Business School, the High Potential Leadership Program at Wharton Business School, the Leadership Awareness through Experience and Practice Program at INSEAD Business School, and the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Program at Stanford Business School.
Mrs. Aisha Azumi Abraham
Mrs. Aisha Azumi Abraham is a Director. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1982, and, thereafter, proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, and was called to the Bar (BL) in 1983. She began her career as an academic and was a Graduate Assistant in the Faculty of Law, and subsequently, a Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration, both at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, between 1985 and 1986. She joined the banking industry in 1986 and worked in the Legal and Company Secretariat Department of the then NAL Merchant Bank between 1986 and 1988; the Credit and Marketing Department of Ivory Merchant Bank (1990); Company Secretary/Legal Adviser at Shelter Savings and Loans (1992 – 1994), and was a Pioneer Director at the then Urban Development Bank Plc., (Now Infrastructure Bank Plc.), between 1992 and 1993. She was Lead Consultant and Senior Partner with Baiyee Abubakar & Co., between 1994 and 2002. Mrs. Abraham has solid practice experience in banking, corporate law, and, corporate governance, with broad board undertakings both as Company Secretary and Board Member.
She was the Project Secretary of Banks in-Consolidation in the merger of Nine (9) Banks leading to the emergence of Unity Bank Plc. She has been Company Secretary/Legal Adviser at First Interstate Bank Plc. (2002 – 2005). She was the Executive Director in-charge of Corporate Planning & Strategy, Compliance, and Corporate Services & Secretariat at Unity Bank Plc., and was a member of various governance committees of the Bank including: Board Risk Management, Board Information Technology Strategy, and Board Finance & General Purpose, amongst others. She was a Non-executive Director at Unity Capital & Trust Limited, and Unity Registrars Limited, and was Chairman, Unity Kapital Assurance Plc.
She has attended several executive development courses and workshops, including “Executing Strategy for Results” at the London Business School (2018), amongst others. Mrs. Abraham is a Member, Nigerian Bar Association; Member, Institute of Directors; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN); and Fellow, Institute of Credit Administration.
Dr. Abdul Buhari
Dr. Buhari is an adjunct faculty of the Lagos Business School, Pan African University, where he teaches the MBA, AMP, and SMP programmes. He has facilitated the Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE) programmes of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). Over a period of 15 years, he was involved in preparing students for the professional examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. He has written four textbooks, namely – ICAN Economics, Monetary Economics, Public Finance and Questions and Answers on Monetary Economics for the professional examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
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