Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President & Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, is listed by Forbes magazine as a billionaire and the richest African. In 1978 he began trading in rice, sugar and cement, before he ventured into full-scale manufacturing. Currently, the Dangote Group has 13 subsidiaries spread all over Nigeria. The subsidiaries include cement, sugar, salt, flour, pasta, noodles, poly products, logistics, real estate, telecommunications, steel, oil and gas and beverages. The Group operates in 14 African countries including Senegal, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Congo (Brazzaville), Ethiopia, Cameroun, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia and Ghana, among others. Alhaji Dangote is a graduate of Business Studies from the Al-Azahar University, Cairo, Egypt.
Louisa Eni-Umukoro, Director, CIS, Securities and Exchange Commission, has worked as a regulator for over 20 years. Prior to that she had worked as a researcher at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research. Currently the Director responsible for supervising and developing collective investment schemes at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), she has introduced changes in the industry to facilitate the growth of assets under management and total number of investors. Louisa started her career and spent a considerable length of time, in Research. She later worked in Surveillance and Financial Standards, and the Corporate Governance department. She has served on numerous committees and projects, within the commission which resulted in the current code of corporate Governance, the format for capital market returns and the minimum capital requirements etc. She has also served on various inter-ministerial committees and is currently serving on the Private Equity and Venture Capital Project set up by the Honourable Minister of Trade and Investment. She also represents the SEC on the Investment Management Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commission (IOSCO). Louisa holds degrees in Economics and Business Studies from the United Kingdom.
Oscar Onyema, Chief Executive Officer, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), resumed his current role in April 2011. Before joining the NSE, he served for over 20 years in United States financial markets and the Nigerian information technology sector. He is the Chairman of Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc, the clearing house for the Nigerian capital market, a Council member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria (CIS), Vice President of the African Securities Exchanges Association, and a Global Agenda Council member of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Onyema served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), which he joined in 2001. He was the first person of colour to hold that position, and was instrumental in integrating the AMEX equity business into the NYSE Euronext equity business after their acquisition of AMEX in 2008. He then managed the NYSE Amex equity trading business, which he helped position as a premier market for small and mid-cap securities. For approximately five years, Mr. Onyema served as Adjunct Lecturer of Economics at Pace University, New York. He remains active in the Security Traders Association of New York, and in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, USA. In the late 1990s, he held various positions at New York Mercantile Exchange where he managed futures market structure initiatives. Mr. Onyema holds an MBA in Finance and Investments from Baruch College, New York. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Ag. Director General, Nigerian Pension Commission, served in the Fola Adeola Pension Reform Committee set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whose work led to the enactment of the Pension Reform Act 2004, and received a presidential commendation for the quality of work done on the 2004 pension reform. Prior to joining PenCom as the pioneer Commission Secretary/Legal Adviser, Mrs. Anohu-Amazu consulted for many private sector initiatives as well as non-governmental organisations and public institutions. Since her assumption of duties as Acting Director General of the Commission in December 2012, she has successfully completed the process of a major review of the Pension Reform Act 2004 which culminated in an Executive Bill, the Pension Reform Bill 2013. Under her watch, Pension fund assets have grown from N2.9trn in December 2012 to N3.7trn. She continues to promote the development of secure investment vehicles for pension funds to impact on the ongoing Government efforts at reducing Nigeria’s infrastructure gaps. Mrs. Anohu-Amazu holds an LL.B. in Law from the University of Nigeria. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar and holds a Masters degree in Telecommunication & Information Technology Law from the London School of Economics. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London and has attended the Executive Education programme in the Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University.
Uche Orji, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), joined the NSIA as CEO in October 2012, from UBS Securities, where he was Managing Director in the New York branch of its Equities division. Prior to UBS Securities, he had spent 6 years at JP Morgan Securities in London, from 2001-2006, rising from the post of Vice President to Managing Director within the Equities division. Prior to JP Morgan, Uche was at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, London, from 1998-2001, as analyst/portfolio manager. He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, graduating in 1990, and also obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998. Prior to his Harvard MBA program, Uche Orji worked at Diamond Bank Plc., Lagos, Nigeria and Arthur Andersen & Co.
Michael Oyebola, Managing Director, FBN Capital Asset Management joined FBN Capital in January 2011. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer of Guaranty Trust Assurance (GTAssur, now Mansard Insurance) for 4 years. Michael headed Assur Asset Management (the asset management subsidiary of GTAssur) and led the investment management team that managed over US$106m. He successfully launched and managed a series of investment linked funds and products for Assur Asset Management, each out-performing relevant benchmarks. Prior to GTAssur, Michael was Head of Investments at Crusader Sterling Pensions and Head of Treasury, Hedging & Derivatives, at Laxey Partners in the Isle of Man where he was responsible for managing over US$350m. Michael also held a number of roles in the UK at Mellon Bank, Legal & General, Regent Fund Management, Investec Asset Management and Thornhill Investment Management, where his team was responsible for managing over US$800m. He is an Associate member of the CFA UK, a member of the CFA Institute, and an Advanced Management Program (AMP) alumnus of the Lagos Business School. Michael obtained a Masters degree in Finance from Middlesex University, UK and an MSc. in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling, UK. He was elected as President of the Fund Managers’ Association of Nigeria (FMAN) in October 2013.
Sadiq Mohammed, Managing Director, ARM Pension Managers, was until his appointment as Deputy Managing Director of ARM Pensions in January 2011, the Chief Operating Officer for ARM Investment Managers (ARM). Prior to this, he was the Managing Director in charge of ARM’s Proprietary business, overseeing the firm's Proprietary Investments & Principal Investments division. He worked for 3 years as a tax and business advisory consultant with Arthur Andersen Nigeria before joining ARM Investment Managers in October 1996. He is a Fellow of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and an Industrial Chemistry graduate of Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University, Bauchi. Sadiq currently serves on the boards of ARM, ASL Plc, Lekki Concession Company (LCC) and the Moorhouse Sofitel, amongst others.
Mr. Tunde Alao-Olaifa, Investment Manager, Leadway Assurance has a particular focus on proprietary investment and unquoted assets. In addition to his investment function, he is also tasked with managing the firm’s Corporate Finance, which includes maintaining an optimal capital level and structure to support the firm’s growth plans as well as the firm’s overall corporate strategy. He graduated from University of Ibadan with a degree in Political Science and an MBA from Pan Atlantic University (Lagos Business School).
Mr. Okey Enelamah, CFA, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, African Capital Alliance, brings private equity experience gained in New York and Johannesburg from Zephyr Capital and South Africa Capital Growth Fund (the predecessor to Brait) to his current role. His previous experience was with Arthur Andersen in Nigeria and Goldman Sachs in New York and London. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Africa Venture Capital Association and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association and a Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He also currently serves on the board of various companies including eTranzact, Cornerstone Insurance and Business Day. After qualifying as a medical doctor, Mr. Enelamah qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Nigeria, winning two national prizes in the qualifying examinations. He has an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Bola Onadele, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FMDQ, is a member of the Board of Trustees of FMDA and former Chairman of the Market Development Committee of FMDA. He is the founder & former President of FDHL (a financial markets & risk management consulting firm). He served as a Consultant on major financial markets transformation and empowerment initiatives, including a World Bank-IFC initiative on the development of the Nigerian corporate bond market. He was also World Bank-IFC Country Manager of the Efficient Securities Market Infrastructure Development (ESMID) program. During his banking career, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Leadbank Plc, Treasurer of FCMB, MD/Chief Executive of Trust Bank of Africa and Chief Dealer at Citibank Nigeria.