Apostle (Dr.) Hayford Alile – Chairman: is a graduate of Howard University Washington DC in 1968, and also holds an MBA from Rutgers University. He has a corporate career that has spanned over four decades, beginning in the United States, before coming back to Nigeria to help set up the Consultancy Development unit of the Centre for Management Development in Lagos. He was the Director General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange for over a decade, and a founder of the African Stock Exchanges Association. He is a highly respected elder statesman and serves on the board of several organizations and institutions.
Mohammed Hayatu-deen – Vice Chairman/CEO: is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University and has attended Advanced Management Programs at Harvard Business School, London Business School and INSEAD. He has almost 40 years of experience as an economist and banker.
He started his career working in principal investments and project finance at the Northern Nigeria Development Corporation (subsequently New Nigeria Development Corporation), which at the time was Nigeria’s largest industrial holding company with investments across a range of industries. He rapidly rose to the position of Group Chief Executive of NNDC.
He was subsequently appointed to head FSB International Bank- previously the moribund Federal Savings Bank: with a mandate to turnaround and transform the institution into a viable and profitable commercial bank, a task he achieved outstandingly. He was Chairman and CEO of FSB International Bank for 14 years.
Mallam Hayatu-deen is also a past Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group – Nigeria’s leading economic think tank.
Ballama Manu – Director: is a graduate of Accountancy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and holds a Masters Degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. He started his career at the Bank of the North Limited, and then joined New Nigeria Development Company. He subsequently worked at International Merchant Bank Plc, and as Executive Director at the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation. He retired from Union Bank Plc after serving as Executive Director for seven years.
Ballama also served as Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
Ike E. Okeke – COO: is a graduate of Law of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He holds a Masters Degree in International Law and Diplomacy and is an MBA alumnus of ESUT Business School. He was the head of the Legal Department of FSB International Bank Plc, and has over 20 years of experience in negotiation and structuring of legal agreements across the range of companies, industries and sectors: with particular specializations in the oil & gas, power, infrastructure, real estate and telecoms sectors.
Munis Sobande – Director: is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea. He worked with Shell Petroleum for 35 years in varying capacities, beginning as a Wells Operations Engineer and rising through the ranks before retiring as Head, Corporate Planning and Economics, Shell Nigeria. During his time at Shell, Munis also worked in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Henry Okolo – Director: is a graduate of Accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a fellow of both the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He was the Group Managing Director of UTC Nigeria Plc and CEO of Nigeria Aluminium, and serves on the Boards of a number of companies.
Chief Samuel O Bolarinde – Director: is a graduate of Industrial Chemistry from John Dalton College in the UK. He also has a Masters Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Surrey. He rose through the ranks at Vitafoam Nigeria Plc (then a Unilever Company) from a trainee manager to CEO in 2002. He retired from the company after over 30 years of service. He is also a past Chairman of the Board of Vitafoam, the recipient of a number of honorary awards, and sits on the board of several companies.