Senior Fellows
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Senior Fellows

Adebayo O. Ogunlesi

Chairman & Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners. Former Executive Vice Chairman & Chief Client Officer of Credit Suisse, New York, USA. Ranked 7th in Fortune Magazine’s list of Most Powerful Black Executives in the Americas.

Asue Ighodalo

Leading capital markets lawyer, Managing Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos, Nigeria.

Ayo Oke

Diplomat & civil servant. Ambassador. Director-General, Nigerian Intelligence Agency.

Balarabe Mahmoud

Managing Partner of Dikko & Mahmoud Solicitors and Advocates. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, since 2001, he was a former Solicitor General, and Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in Kano State. His expertise includes privatization, international investment and trade, mergers and acquisitions, and domestic and international arbitration. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.

Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim

President/CEO, Dirham Group, Abuja, Nigeria. Chairman, People’s Democratic Movement [PDM] Political Party.

 

Bishop Matthew Kukah

Scholar, negotiator and renowned public affairs analyst. Arch Bishop, Sokoto Diocese, Kaduna, Nigeria.

Bola Adesola

Banker. Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank, Nigeria.

Dr. Bola Soyombo 

Co-Founder and Head of Dental Specialist MK in the United Kingdom. She is an expert in Periodontics with specialization in severe forms of periodontal disease and implant dentistry. Her periodontology surgery expertise includes reconstructive soft and hard tissue as well as block bone grafting and sinus augmentations. She is also a Lawyer having completed a law degree (LLB).

Bridget Itsueli

Certified Counsellor & Mediator. Proprietor, Lagos Resource Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.

Prof. Chidi Odinkalu 

Chairman of the Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission. An authority on international law, human rights, and international economy, he is a visiting Professor of Law at the Open University of Tanzania. He was previously a Lecturer at Harvard Law School.

Mrs. Clare Omatseye 

Founder and Managing Director of the International Award Winning Company JNC International Limited. A seasoned Pharmacist, of over 25 years, she is the President of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN). She is an expert on medical device technology, public health policies, as well as business strategy and entrepreneurship. In addition to serving as a Director of Society for Corporate Governance, she is also the Chairman of Vacipharm Limited and 234-Give. She was a former Advisory Board Member of the Entrepreneurial Development Center (EDC) of the Lagos Business School.

Dr Adhiambo Odaga

CEO, Dangote Foundation. Fmr. West Africa Director for Ford Foundation. Recipient of a national honour in 2004 – MFR.

Dr Festus B. Dada

Surgeon. President of Crown Medical Group, California, United States.

Dr Olu Obaro

Head of Department of Radiology at King George Hospital, UK He developed other services such as Nuclear Medicine and Magnetic Resonance at King George Hospital and is now the Chair of Department of Radiology at the Benjamin Carson School of Medicine at Babcock University. He is a Fellow of Interventional and Cross-Sectional Radiology in Canada. His community service includes service to Nigerian Diaspora organizations and as co-Founder of Medical Agricultural Technological (MCT-Bridge the Gap).

Dr Seyi Solebo

Paediatrician, NHS Trust, United Kingdom. Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Dr. Auwalu Anwar

Public Servant. Former Secretary for Education, Federal Capital Territory Abuja (FCTA). Also previously served as the FCTA Secretary for Agriculture & Rural Development.

Dr. Olurinde Lafe

Engineer. Chairman and CEO, Innovative Computing Group Inc. (LAFE Technologies) Ohio, United states. Served as consultant NASA, USDA, USAID, UNESCO, World Vision and Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA).

Dr. Reuben Abati

Journalist. Chairman, Editorial Board, The Guardian Newspapers, Lagos, Nigeria. Recipient of the 2006 Freedom Peace Prize for Journalism Award.

Dr. Titilayo Banjoko

Change Management Consultant. Managing Director, Africa Recruit & Find a Job in Africa, United Kingdom. Board Member, Commonwealth Business Women’s Network.

Folusho Phillips

Management Consultant & Industrial Economist. Chairman & Founder, Phillips Consulting Group, Lagos, Nigeria. Active speaker on Human Resource Management at Key International Conferences.

Funke Opeke

Founder and CEO of Main One Cable Company. An experienced telecommunications executive, she was the Chief Technical Officer of MTN while subsequently serving as the Chief Operating Officer of NITEL. Under her leadership, Main One has improved internet access and lowered wholesale prices in West Africa.

Gbenga Oyebode

Lawyer. Managing Partner, Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos, Nigeria. Chairman, Access Bank Nigeria Plc. Serves on the Board of MTN and Crusader Insurance Plc. Recipient of National Honour – MFR.

Gboyega Delano

Entrepreneur. President & Chief Executive Officer Ilora L’Original Beauty Concepts Inc, Chicago, United States. Former Vice President Soft Sheen / L’Oreal (the largest manufacturer of beauty products in the world). 2006 Chicago Minority Business Man of the Year.

Jacobs Moyo Ajekigbe

Fmr. Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria (FBN). (One of Nigeria’s biggest Banks). Also Chairman, Kakawa Discount House ltd. and Director, First Pension Custodian.

Jide Zeitlin

Private investor. Founder, The Keffi Group. Previously a senior investment banker and Partner Managing Director of Goldman Sachs & Co until December 2005. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Amherst College, USA

Jim Ovia

Co-founder and Fmr Chief Executive Officer – Zenith Bank Plc (one of Nigeria’s leading banks). Serves on the boards of many organisations including the Transnational Corporation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Investment Promotion Council. Recipient of a national honour – MFR.

Jimi Morgan

Founding Member, Temple Crest, Chartered Accountant and Financial Analyst, London, United Kingdom.

John Momoh 

Chairman and CEO of Channels Television. A renowned broadcast journalist, with over 35 years’ industry experience, he is a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. He was a former General Secretary of Nigeria’s Independent Broadcasters Association and Chairman of the League of Nigerian Broadcasters. Among several other accomplishments, he is a Fellow of US International Visitors Program, African Future Leaders, and a Chevening Scholar.

Kabiru Abdullahi Yusuf

Journalist and Media Consultant- Editor-in-Chief/CEO of Media Trust Limited, Abuja, Nigeria.

Prof. Kamar Adeleke 

President of Tri-State Cardiovascular Institute, P.A, Wilmington, Delaware, US. Additionally, he is the Chair and Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases at Ben Carson School Of Medicine, Babcock University while also serving as the Chief of the Division of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Laboratory, University College Hospital (UCH), Nigeria, where he performed the first cardiac catherization, Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) and coronary stenting.

Kunle Iyanda

Vice President, Development and Strategy, Babcock University. He has extensive experience in designing financial and strategic direction to different kinds of organisations in achieving their goals.

Major–General Sarki Mukhtar

Fmr National Security Adviser to the President of Nigeria – Retired military officer & diplomat. Has held many senior positions in the Army and the public service including military Governor of both Kaduna and Katsina States and member Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council. Recipient of a national honour – CFR.

Maryam Uwais

Lawyer and Human Rights activist – Principal Partner, Wali-Uwais & Co., Abuja, Nigeria.

Dr. Muhammad Pate

Visiting Professor at Duke University, US. He was a Minister of State for Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from July 2011 to July 2013. In addition to serving as a member of the President’s Economic Management Team, he has played other significant roles such as the Chief Executive of Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). He is an American Board-Certified MD in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an MBA (Health Sector Concentration).

Nasir El-Rufai

Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria. Former Chief Executive of the Bureau of Public Enterprises and Member of President Obasanjo’s Economic Team. Recipient of a national honour – OFR.

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Founder & Chief Executive Office – Leadership Effectiveness Accountability & Professionalism (LEAP), Lagos, Nigeria. Recipient of a national honour in 2004 – MFR.

Nuhu Ribadu

Fmr Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Nigeria. Recipient of 2006 Silver bird Man of the Year Honour.

Oba Nsugbe, QC

Legal Practitioner & Queens Counsel. Joint Head, Pump Court Chambers, United Kingdom. Member, Bar Council Committee and former member, Judicial Studies Board, UK.

Dr. Okey Enelamah 

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of African Capital Alliance (“ACA”). He was a Founding Partner and Principal at South African Capital Growth Fund (predecessor to Brait Private Equity) and Zephyr Capital respectively. He is a Board Member of the African Private Equity Association and serves on the Board of several companies.

Olatunji Lardner

Journalist, Development Communications Consultant. CEO, West African NGO Network, Lagos, Nigeria. Served as consultant for the UNDP, UN, Ford Foundation, DFID and World Bank.

Olusegun Adeniyi

Journalist, and Author – Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, USA; Former Special Adviser to the Presidency on Communications. Former Editor, Thisday, Lagos, Nigeria Member, Nigeria’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

Oye Hassan-Odukale

Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer – Leadway Insurance (one of the largest insurance companies in Nigeria). Chairman of the Insurance Association of Nigeria. Recipient of a national honour – MFR.

Prof. Abdul Raufu Mustapha

Academic – University Lecturer and Kirk-Greene Fellow, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Recipient of the British Academy Small Research Grant and Nuttfield Foundation Small Research Grant

Prof. Lawal Mohammed Marafa

Academic. Professor, Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Recipient of 2005 Exemplary Teacher Award at CUHK.

Prof. Oluyemi Osinbajo

Lawyer. Former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State, Nigeria. Founder & Director, Integrity the Convention on Business Integrity. (1999-Date). Appointed a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2004.

Prof. Omolola Ogunyemi

Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA. Served on the Board of Fate Foundation, Nigeria.

Professor Femi Oyebode

Head of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Psychiatry Hospital. Chief Examiner, Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Research Fellow at the Centre for West African Studies, Birmingham.

Professor Jacob K. Olupona

Chair of the African Studies Committee and Academic Professor of African & African-American Studies and Religion, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Harvard Divinity School, United States.

Professor Tayo Akinwande

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States. Recipient of the 1996 National Science Foundation Career Award.

Dr. Sarah Alade 

Deputy Governor (Economic Policy) Central Bank of Nigeria. She is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Financial Market Dealers Quotation- Over the Counter (FMDQ-OTC), the African Finance Corporation (AFC) and the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM). She has been involved in the preparation of the Nigeria’s Monetary and Credit Policies for several years and was a member of the National Economic Management Team of Nigeria.

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma

Lawyer. Former Chief Whip, of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Leader of the South-South Caucus. Managing Partner, Udoma & Belo-Osagie. Served as Director of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma

Lawyer. Former Chief Whip, of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Leader of the South-South Caucus. Managing Partner, Udoma & Belo-Osagie. Served as Director of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

Mrs. Sola David-Borha 

Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC. Previously, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC. At the same Bank, she had served as Deputy CEO, Executive Director (Corporate and Investment Banking), and Head of Investment Banking Coverage. She is on the Board of several entities including CR Services Credit Bureau, University of Ibadan’s School of Business, Nigeria Private Sector Health Alliance, and CIBN Practice License Board.

Tony Elumelu

Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation; Former Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, United Bank of Africa (one of West Africa’s largest banking networks), Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr. Tunji Olaopa 

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology. A seasoned public sector leader, he has previously served as Permanent Secretary in various Federal Ministries: Youth Development; Career Management Office (CMO); The Presidency, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation; State House; as well as Labour and Productivity. He has published 11 books and a number of which are reference books on public service reforms in Africa and managing complex reforms.

Victor Gbolade Osibodu

Entrepreneur and Management Consultant. Founder & CEO, Vigeo Holdings Limited, Lagos, Nigeria. Recipient of National Honour – MFR.