An economy at a crossroads:



Felix Onwuchekwa Nwabuko, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Presco Plc and Siat Nigeria Limited has over ten years of professional practice at KPMG and eighteen years of experience in strategic and operational management of large scale industrial oil palm plantation and processing enterprises. He is a key member of multi-disciplinary expert management teams of the two leading enterprises in the Nigerian oil palm and vegetable oil industry. He also has seven years of project finance management experience in the United Kingdom. Nwabuko acted as the Ag. Managing Director, Ghana Oil Palm Development Company Limited (GOPDC); Chief Financial Officer, GOPDC; Director, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Presco Plc; Finance Controller, Okomu Oil Palm Plc. He is a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Associate of Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria, Alumni of Manchester Business School, United Kingdom and University of Benin, Nigeria and a Member of the Institute of Directors, United Kingdom.

Agada Apochi, Managing Director/CEO, Unified Payment Services Limited has worked in Unified Payments in different capacities including Executive Director, Group Head, Corporate Services, General Counsel and Company Secretary. He worked previously with Union Bank of Nigeria Plc and Fidelity Bank Plc (formerly FSB International Bank Plc). Apochi attended Bank Card Business School in Cambridge and the University of Jos where he obtained his LL.B. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992 after his qualification as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He is a Certified International Cards & Payments Professional (CICPP), a fellow of International Academy of Cards & Payments, and a Chartered Mediator & Conciliator, Barrister & Solicitor. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the International Bar Association.

Kofo Akinkugbe, Managing Director/CEO, SecureID Limited, has taken SecureID into the international global market by attaining the most desired VISA and Mastercard International certifications, making it the first in West and Central Africa. She is a prize-winning graduate of Mathematics from the University of Lagos. Prior to SecureID, she spent 12 years in banking, first at International Merchant Bank (local affiliate of the First National Bank of Chicago) and then as a pioneer staff of Chartered Bank, during which time she was awarded a British Government Scholarship to study for an MBA at the Strathclyde Graduate Business School in Scotland, UK. Akinkugbe is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Smartcard Society of Nigeria and has been the recipient of awards including the 2012 Africa Award for Entrepreneurship, Wimbiz and the Financial 2012 Technology Awards for the female IT personality of the year.

Rahul Savara, Group Managing Director, TGI Group, an international investment and holding company with diversified interests and investments in Nigeria and several other emerging markets, has spent over 26 years in the firm. His previous roles include Director, Marketing at CHI Ltd (Coca-Cola - TGI JV) and Executive Assistant to the Group Managing Director at Tropical General Investments, Nigeria (CHI Limited). Savara is an alumnus of Delhi University, India.

Danladi Verheijen, Managing Director, Verod Capital Management was a Vice President at Citibank Nigeria where he led corporate finance and investment banking transactions and also had responsibility over Citibank’s equity investment portfolio. Prior to that, he held roles at Ocean and Oil Holdings and at McKinsey & Company. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.Sc. in Engineering Economic Systems & Operations Research from Stanford University and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Calvin College. He is also a Director of SacOil Holdings, Spinlet, Rotoprint, Niyya Food and Drinks, and Shaldag. Danladi was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.