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CHIKA MORDI

Chairman
Chika Mordi brings significant experience to the board in the areas of governance, regional knowledge and industry expertise. He has served (often in a supervisory capacity) on the boards of more than thirty companies of diverse sizes in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, the UK and the U.S. Mordi is a member of the advisory board of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. He also served on several government and multilateral committees, including the World Economic Forum’s agenda board . He continues to advise governments, businesses and individuals on competitiveness and strategy.
An avid scholar, Mordi holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, an MBA from IESE Business School, a Masters from SAIS Johns Hopkins, a Masters in Public Communication from American University in the USA, an advance management diploma from Harvard Business School and a Bsc in economics from the University of Ilorin. He contributes regularly to international print and broadcast media outlets and has travelled to over fifty countries.

Peter Ashade

Group Chief Executive Officer
Peter Ashade holds a Bachelor of Science degree the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye (formerly Ogun State University), an MBA and MSc from Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Lagos, respectively. He is a Fellow of three professional bodies namely, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Institute of Capital Market Registrars of Nigeria and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria as well as Associates of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and Institute of Directors.
He has over 30 years of experience in the Nigerian financial market and had served in various committees of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was appointed the Group Chief Executive Officer of United Capital Plc on July 2, 2018.

SUNNY ANENE

Deputy Group CEO
Prior to his appointment, Sunny was the Group Executive Director of United Capital Plc, with responsibility for the supervision of two businesses - United Capital Asset Management Limited and United Capital Securities Limited; and three functional units - Group Finance, Operations and Treasury. He was previously the MD/CEO of United Capital Asset Management Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Capital Plc. He had also served as the Group Chief Finance Officer with responsibilities in Risk Management, Information Technology, Treasury, Finance and two other functional areas within the United Capital Group.
For instance, within one year of assuming the MD/CEO position, he rebuilt the Balance Sheet, grew the PBT from N47million to N1.8Billion and the AUM from N54Billion to N103Billion. Prior to joining United Capital Plc, he was in Chapel Hill Denham where he spent six (6) years in two different roles, first as the Director of Finance and Operations, and then as the MD/CEO for the stockbroking business.
Prior to joining Chapel Hill Denham Group, he was in Zenith Pension Custodian Limited, a subsidiary of Zenith Bank Plc, as Assistant General Manager in charge of Risk Management and Compliance. Before joining Zenith, he was the Head of Operations at FCMB Capital Markets Ltd and, at a time, the Lead Equity Trader of CSL Stockbrokers – the securities trading arm of First City. He has an MBA in Finance from the University of Lagos.
He is a fellow of three prestigious professional bodies: Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), an Associate of the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria, and a member of the Institute of Directors (M.IoD). He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School (LBS) and IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain. He has attended leadership trainings organized by Harvard Business School and General Electric (GE), USA.

EMMANUEL N. NNOROM

Non-Executive Director
Emmanuel N. Nnorom has over 20 years work experience in Accounting and Finance (including at executive levels) in both the real estate and banking sectors in Nigeria. He recently retired from the Board of the United Bank for Africa Plc as an Executive Director.
He is an alumnus of Oxford University Templeton College and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He is also an honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria (CIBN).

SONNY IROCHE

Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Sonny Iroche holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an MBA from the Roosevelt University, Chicago, lllinois. He is a seasoned Financial Executive with over thirty years’ experience in Banking, Power, and Public service. He has served on various boards such as the International Glass Industries Limited and the First Merchant Bank of Sierra Leone.
Prior to his appointment as a Non-Executive Director, he was an Executor at Transmission Company of Nigeria.

SIR STEPHEN NWADIUKO

Independent Non-Executive Director
Sir Stephen Nwadiuko holds a BSc and an MSc in Banking and Finance from Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye and University of Ibadan, respectively. He is a fellow of three professional bodies namely: Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and Compliance Institute of Nigeria, as well as an associate of the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria.
He is a retired Deputy Director of the Banking Supervision Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), a Bank Examiner certified by the CBN and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation of the United States of America. He was a former council member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and Chairman, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Abuja Branch.
He is currently a Member of the Investigating Panels of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Compliance Institute Nigeria. He was appointed a Director on October 2, 2018.

TITUS OLADIPUPO FATOKUN

Independent Non-Executive Director
Titus Oladipupo Fatokun holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Ilorin and the University of Lagos, respectively
He is a fellow of two professional bodies namely: Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
He is a retired Director, Banking Services Department as well as the Banking and Payment Systems Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director on February 14, 2020.

HAJIYA SUTURA AISHA BELLO

Independent Non-Executive Director
Hajiya Aisha Bello holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Maiduguri; an MBA and MSc from the Southern New Hampshire University USA.
She has over thirty (30) years’ experience across industries such as Investment Banking, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Commercial Banking with reputable institutions including the World Bank, OPEC Fund for International Development in Vienna, Austria, Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission, Debt Management Office etc.
She was the Public Private Partnership (“PPP”) Lead on the £72.8 million DFID-funded UK-Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Fund to support the development of the $3 billion pipeline of bankable PPP projects, $1billion of which is expected to close by 2023. She is currently the Managing Partner INFRAGAP, Executive Director, Infrastructure at Vista Resources and was appointed a Director in United Capital on December 14, 2020.

LEKE OGUNLEWE

Non-Executive Director
Leke Ogunlewe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan and an MBA University of Lagos. Leke is one of Nigeria’s most experienced and leading bankers with exposure and leadership in Banking Operations, Corporate and Investment Banking, Energy Banking, Retail/Commercial Banking, Capital Markets, Project Finance as well as Financial Advisory Services. He has over 37 years in banking which cut across several financial institutions such as NAL Merchant Bank Plc (Sterling Bank Plc), City Trust Merchant Bank Limited (Union Bank), Manufacturers Merchant Bank Limited (Fidelity Bank Plc), Royal Merchant Bank Limited, United Bank for Africa Plc and Standard Chartered Bank Limited. He retired as Head of Global Banking (MD) and Executive Director, Corporate and Institutional Banking for Standard Chartered Bank with responsibility for Financial Markets/Treasury, Financial Institutions, International Corporates, Corporate Finance and Transaction Banking. He was appointed a Director in United Capital Plc on October 29, 2021.

LEO OKAFOR

Group Company Secretary
Sir Leo Okafor holds a Bachelor and Master of Law degree from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (FCIS) and the Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers. Prior to Joining United Capital Plc, he was the Managing Director of Zenith Trustees Limited (a subsidiary of Zenith Bank Plc) and PHB Capital & Trust Limited (subsidiary of Bank PHB Plc and later Keystone Bank Limited). He has over 24 years’ experience in legal practice, trusteeship, investment banking and company secretarial practice. An avid scholar who has authored several books and publications in the area of trusteeship and company secretarial practice. He was appointed Company Secretary and General Counsel on March 1, 2013.

Managing Director, Securities

Managing Director, Securities
Bawo is the Managing Director of United Capital Securities Limited. His experience spans over 20 years in Securities Trading and Asset Management. He started his career in financial services with Cashcraft Asset Management Limited where he rose to become the Head, Stockbroking Department. He later joined the UBA Plc Group in 1998, with the then UBA Capital & Trust Limited, which later changed to UBA Asset Management Limited (UAML) where he was the Head, Capital Market Unit, the Investment arm of UAML. Bawo holds a B.Sc. Accounting degree from the then University of Ife (now known as Obafemi Awolowo University). He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, having qualified in 1996 as a Certified Broker – ACS. He has also participated in executive educational courses including the Capital Markets and Derivatives & Options Trading in Nigeria, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

ODIRI OGINNI

MD/CEO at United Capital Asset Management
Odiri Oginni is currently the MD/CEO at United Capital Asset Management Limited. She has over 12 years’ relevant experience in the financial services sector in the areas of audit and compliance, portfolio management, financial analyses and reporting enhancements, tax and regulatory management, strategy and investor relations, treasury and cash flow management, business process automation, capital raising (equity and debt), budget preparation and analysis, corporate rating management and finance team training and development.
Her past roles include Group Chief Finance Officer, Head, FINCON and Head, Financial Planning, Strategy and Investor Relations at United Capital Plc. Odiri was also the CFO at UBA Capital Limited (the defunct investment banking arm of United Bank for Africa Plc), Portfolio Analyst at BGL Plc and Audit Senior at Akintola Williams & Deloitte (now Deloitte and Touche). She is a First Class graduate of Accounting from Babcock University, an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a CFA Charter holder.

BUKY IKEOTUONYE

MD/CEO of United Capital Trustees Limited
Buky Ikeotuonye is the MD/CEO of United Capital Trustees Limited. Prior to joining the Trusteeship business, she was the pioneer Head of Group Treasury within the United Capital Group where she set up the currently running treasury framework. She was directly responsible for the group’s liquidity management, investment strategy and corporate portfolio management. This was in addition to trading financial instruments for the Group. Preceding the Group Treasury function, she had garnered substantive experience for 8 years within the Asset Management Division of the Group.
She has almost 17 years of broad professional experience spanning various functions such as Asset Management & Wealth Advisory, Treasury, Fund & Portfolio Management, Retirement Benefit Administration and Personal Finance Advisory.
Buky is an associate of the Association of Investment Advisers & Portfolio Managers, holds a Masters’ degree in Business Administration (MBA), from the Metropolitan School of Business and Management (MSBM), UK and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree, majoring in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos. She is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School at the executive education level.

Gbadebo Adenrele

MD Investment Banking
Dr. Gbadebo Adenrele holds MBBS and MBA (Finance) degrees from the University of Lagos, as well as MS Global Finance degree from New York University and HKUST.
Post-graduation, Gbadebo worked as a medical practitioner at leading healthcare facilities, including Lagos University Teaching Hospital and Premier Specialists Medical Centre.
Gbadebo has been an investment banker for 16 of his over 19 years’ working experience. His investment banking experience started with the Investment Banking Division at Zenith Bank Plc, where he worked on capital market transactions. He was subsequently a pioneer staff of Zenith Capital Limited, where he was involved in corporate finance and project finance transactions for leading Nigerian corporates.
Prior to joining United Capital Plc, Gbadebo spent over 11 years at Vetiva Capital Management Limited, where he led the Investment Banking team for 8 years and advised/worked with governments, governmental institutions, leading corporates, domestic and global financial institutions on a broad range of transactions across key sectors and jurisdictions.
His last role at Vetiva was as Director and Head, Investment Banking. He also concurrently held Non-Executive Director seats on the boards of the Stockbroking, Asset Management and Trustee subsidiaries, and was Group Coordinator of Digital Business.
Gbadebo's interests include philosophy, wellness and healthy living, life-long learning, and adventure. He is happily married with 2 children, plays tennis and is an ardent Liverpool FC fan.
Gbadebo brings a strong teamwork and leadership ethos, attention to detail, dynamism, and vast experience in transactions to a well-honed and ambitious United Capital Plc team.

Tesilimi Yusuf

Director, Digital Transformation
Tesilimi Yusuf has a BSc in Computer Science with Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University and an MSc in Economics & Finance, Nottingham Business School , United Kingdom. He has over 15 years’ professional experience.
Prior to joining United Capital, Tesilimi spent four years at Venture Garden Group, where he worked in different managerial roles: Group Head (Vibranium Valley & New Businesses), Deputy Chief Operating Officer (Tech & Sales Operations), Head of Engineering Operation & Vice President of Business Development. Before that, he worked as Operations Manager at Splashers Technologies Limited.

SHEDRACK ONAKPOMA

Group Chief Finance Officer
Shedrack Onakpoma was appointed Group Chief Finance Officer in 2019 and oversees the Finance and Treasury departments at United Capital Plc. Shedrack is an Economist and Professional Accountant with over 23 years work experience in Financial Management, Business Planning, Capital raising projects, M&A, Business Combination, and Restructuring within Africa.
Prior to joining United Capital, he had held various finance roles within and outside Nigeria in different industries ranging from Manufacturing to Financial Services. He was the Group Enterprise Manager at Heirs Holdings and the CFO at Tenoil Energy, CFO at Heirs Insurance Limited, CFO and Head of Strategic Management Office (SMO), at Union Assurance (Now Allianz Nigeria) and CFO at IGI Ghana Limited.
Shedrack obtained his Executive MBA from the prestigious Lagos Business School in 2019 and holds a BSc in Economics from Olabisi Onabanjo University in 2009. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAN) in 2013. He obtained his Balanced Scorecard Professional Certificate from the Balanced Scorecard Institute, the USA in 2010 and obtained his License as an International Financial Analyst from International Research Association, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in August 2008.

ADETOLA FASUYI

Head, Wealth Management
Adetola is a seasoned professional with experience in the financial services industry as a senior business development and investor relations professional with an emphasis on Wealth Management. Her primary focus is serving the needs of mass affluent and high net worth individuals. She works with clients to help manage their wealth responsibly, grow it tax-efficiently, and maintain it for years to come so that it fulfills the lifestyle they desire.
Before joining United Capital Plc, Adetola was the Managing Director of SCM Capital Asset Management Limited. Prior to SCM, she was the GM/CEO of MBL Financial Services Limited, (the Stockbroking arm of Metropolitan Bank Limited (now UBA Plc) a member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange) where she packaged the company in an attractive position for eventual divestment. Her experience covers Money Markets, Equities, Fixed Income Securities, Real Estate, and Foreign Currency Trading. She is a Licensed Equity Trader on the Nigerian Bourse. She previously served as the Group Head of Operations at Metropolitan Bank responsible for planning, developing, organizing, and supervising all operations activities at the Head Office and Branches nationwide. At Access Bank, she served as head of the foreign operations department.
Adetola is a Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management (FAAFM), and a Chartered Wealth Manager (CWM). She received a Combined Honor’s (BSc) degree in Computer Science with Economics and an MBA both from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Associate of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, and The Certified Pensions Institute of Nigeria.

OLUSEYE KOMOLAFE

Director, Resources
Oluseye Komolafe is a Human Resource Professional with specialties in Organization Development & Culture Management, Employee Experience & Engagement, Change Management & Digital Transformation, Diversity & Inclusion, Competency mapping & Modelling, Learning Management and Recruitment processes.
He has over 15 years of practical experience and knowledge in designing efficient and effective HR interventions targeted at positioning human assets for sustainable competitive advantage within organizations.
Prior to joining United Capital Plc., Oluseye was with MTN Nigeria and worked in various capacities and roles; Manager, Culture & Change, HR Business Partner – IT and Enterprise Business divisions, Organisation Change Manager, Transformation Programme Manager, and Advisor Competency & Change Management. In his 8 years of working with MTN Nigeria, he successfully facilitated the implementation of various organizational change initiatives and people impacting HR programmes in line with the Organization’s change in the Business Operating Model.
Before joining MTN Nigeria, he had worked with Leading Edge Consulting and Michael Stevens Consulting as Senior Consultant and Supervisory Consultant respectively.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and an Executive Masters Certificate in Human Resource Management. In addition, he has professional certifications in Organization Development, Change Management, Life Coaching, and Competency-Mapping & Modelling. He is a Professional Scrum Master and an ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Coach.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management Consultants, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (ACIPM) of Nigeria, Member of the Association of Change Management Professional (ACMP), and an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).

RICHARD AKINDELE

Head, Consumer Finance
Richard currently manages UCPlus Advance Limited, one of the subsidiaries of United Capital Plc. He built UCPlus Advance, the digital retail lending subsidiary from scratch to become a key part of the Group’s strategic agenda and a contributor to the revenue pool. With this start-up, he designed the retail strategy and implemented the operating framework for the business. In addition, he implemented the strategic collaboration with Payment Platforms, Bank, Fintech and led the expansion of United Capital digital lending footprints across Nigeria, increased visibility, and optimized resources.
Prior to joining United Capital, he worked at FCMB Limited as the Lead, Retail Risk Assets Products Management Team, where he helped the Bank to attain market leadership in the consumer finance and personal lending space. He led the digital lab – R&D team by fueling continuous innovation lifecycle and preemptive disruption for value creation for tomorrow’s business. He successfully implemented the digital collection strategies, managed portfolio quality challenges and turned-around the Bank’s asset quality narrative. In addition, he developed and implemented the reward model, which boosted morale for the most successful Direct Sales Network in Nigeria with over 30000 loan disbursals monthly. He championed the first commercial digital micro lending initiative in FCMB and the Banking industry.
As a Chartered Accountant, he had also worked as a Tax Auditor and Relationship Manager at the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service. He served as the Chief Financial Controller in Agora Capital Limited Lagos. He had an overseas experience at Lighthall Consults, London United Kingdom where he worked an Assistant Manager.
His earlier experience was at Access Bank (then Intercontinental Bank) where he worked in different divisions of the Bank including international business operations, treasury operations, corporate marketing, and branch operations.
He has over 20 years outstanding career in banking, accounting and consulting, during which he acquired leadership experience in financial management, enterprise digital strategy implementation and transformation including product road map, market fit and process optimization.
Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria(ICAN) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria(CIBN). He has an MSc. Economics from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom and a BSc from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Richard is passionate about innovation and digital strategy implementation. He specializes in lean business model.

LUCKY OKOKPUJIE

Director, Western Region
Lucky is the Director, Western Region of the company. He has over 20 years working experience in the financial services industry spanning Banking and Capital Market with core expertise in Operations, Corporate Services, Project Management, Business Development and Relationship Management.
Prior to his current role, he was the Pioneer Head, Digital Business, Group Head of Operations and Head of Corporate Services at United Capital Plc, Branch Operations Manager, Ikeja Branch of UBA PlC, and Regional Customers Service Manager (RCSM) at Diamond Bank Plc (now Access Bank Plc).
He obtained his MBA and first degree in Business Administration from University of Benin in 1996 and 1992 respectively where he won the best graduating MBA Student award. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria and Nigeria Institute of Management. He is also an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), United Kingdom.

SEUN BABASOLA

Director, Southern Region
Seun Babasola is the Regional Director, South, where he oversees the Group’s activities at the Southern region of Nigeria as well as providing investment strategies, solutions and product offerings for Asset Management, Trustees, Investment Banking and Securities Trading businesses of the Group. He has extensive cognate experience that cuts across banking and capital markets and as such has played a fundamental role in fund mobilization, origination and execution of several distinguished landmark transactions in the financial market space in Nigeria.
Prior to joining United Capital, he served as the pioneer Head of Business Development/Equity Securities at CardinalStone Partners where he was responsible for driving the firm’s equities trading and sales business in Nigeria. Before joining CardinalStone Partners, Seun served as Relationship Manager at Skye Bank Plc, where he was in charge of strategy, deal origination and execution. He started his banking career with Guaranty Trust Bank as a Relationship Manager.
Seun holds a BSc. Computer Science from the University of Uyo. He has also attended executive/leadership programmes at leading Business Schools like Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School.

KAYODE TINUOYE, CFA

Regional Director, Africa
Kayode is the Regional Director for Africa at United Capital Plc. He is responsible for providing the overall strategic direction to the Pan African expansion plans of United Capital Plc by directing efforts to identify and win new business opportunities in the rest of Africa in line with the Group’s strategic goals and objectives. He was previously Head of Portfolio Management at United Capital Asset Management Limited where he managed multi-asset portfolios in excess of $600million.
Prior to that, he was Head of Research at United Capital Plc where he led a team of research analysts providing equity, fixed income, and macroeconomic research coverage for the Nigerian and other African markets. He was Head of Research at Afrinvest West Africa. He has over 13 years’ experience covering investment research, corporate finance, corporate strategy and portfolio/Funds Management. He started his career with Meristem Securities Limited Lagos as an equity research analyst. He was also a Senior Strategy Officer with Diamond Bank Plc (now Access Bank). He is a graduate of Economics (First class) from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife where he finished top at his faculty. He is a CFA Charter holder and a member of CFA Society of Nigeria.

EMEKA ATUMA

Head, Enterprise Risk Management
Emeka Atuma is the Head, Enterprise Risk Management of United Capital Plc Group. He oversees Risk Management, Business Process and Internal Control. Before joining United Capital Plc Group, Emeka was Head, Depository Assurance Division of the FMDQ Depository Limited, FMDQ’s wholly-owned Depository Franchise. He worked in different capacities in FMDQ Group PLC as the pioneer Group Head of Compliance, Risk Management and Control, later Divisional Head Compliance, Risk Management and Finance. He also worked as the Divisional Head of Strategy and Business Innovation.
He holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, UK and a BSc. degree in Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria. In addition to being certified in Risk and Information System Control, he is a Financial Risk Manager (FRM), a Certified Information System Auditor and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. Emeka has over twenty years’ work experience in FMCG and Banking.
Prior to joining FMDQ in 2014, Emeka was the Divisional Head of Operational Risk Management at Fidelity Bank PLC. He also worked as an Internal Control Officer at FinBank PLC (now FCMB) and a Financial/Treasury Accountant at Great Brands Nigeria Limited.

TOLU LATUNJI

Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communication
Tolu is a Communication and Marketing Expert with 12 years’ experience in Products Development, Marketing, Brand & Franchise building, Effective management, and communication of strategic objectives whilst ensuring adequate visibility for both Organization and Product/Service offerings through product, content and brand initiatives. With a 360-degree knowledge of Communications and Marketing, which includes but is not limited to – Brand Management and Initiatives, Corporate Affairs, Internal and External Affairs, Product and Brand Marketing, Event Management and Experiential Marketing, Cluster/Segment Marketing, etc., Tolu has served in various capacities on CBN constituted sub-committees on Financial Inclusion.
Prior to joining United Capital, Tolu was the Managing Partner of Ten & Square Media Co., a bespoke creative ideation and Brand/Crisis Management firm, based in Lagos, Dakar and London. Tolu was recently the Strategic Communications lead at FMDQ Securities Exchange, Nigeria’s first integrated financial market infrastructure (FMI), where he had the responsibility of effectively positioning the Group, together with its subsidiaries, as the most sophisticated and technologically driven securities exchange in Africa. Prior to that, Tolu worked in Guaranty Trust Bank for 9 years, with roles in Brand Management & Monitoring, Events and Experiential Marketing, Products and Content Marketing and User Experience. He led the Marketing team to the successful development and launch of various Retail, SME, and Corporate products. He was also instrumental in curating and developing the Bank’s social footprints. Outside the Corporate environment, Tolu engages in various humanitarian activities with food banks and empowerment programmes.
He holds a B.Sc. Economics from the University of Lagos.

OGAGA UWHUSEBA

Head, Audit and Business Assurance
Ogaga Sam Uwhuseba is a professional banker, accountant, and certified fraud examiner with over 20 years’ cognate work experience in Nigeria and the African financial services industry covering areas such as Operations, Audit, Fraud Investigations, Examination, and Resolution. Prior to joining United Capital Plc, he was a Team Lead in the Audit and Control Directorate of United Bank for Africa Plc supporting the bank’s African expansion and Local non-bank subsidiaries.
He had worked in the Audit, Assurance, and Operations Directorates of Sterling Bank Plc, Unity Bank Plc, New Nigeria Bank Plc, Liberty Bank Plc, and Crystal Bank of Africa Limited.
He holds a B.Sc. Banking and Finance from Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye Ogun State, Higher National Diploma in Business Administration and Management, Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, ISACA certifications (CISA and CDPSE), PECB Certified ISO/IEC 27035 – Lead Incident Manager as well as professional membership of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and The Institute of Internal Auditors.

EJIKEME OKOLI

Head, Strategy & Innovation
Ejikeme is the Head, Strategy & Innovation at United Capital Plc and responsible for steering the growth strategy of the Group across its subsidiaries (Investment Banking, Asset Management, Securities, Trustees, Consumer Finance and Wealth Management) and regional businesses in Nigeria and Africa. He is a Strategic Management professional with strong capabilities in designing, leading and implementing business growth and realignment initiatives while dealing with organisational transformation problems towards achieving defined corporate aspirations. His experience integrates a broad spectrum of industries including Finance, Technology, Energy and Manufacturing involving corporate strategy, research, change management, business development and performance analytics.
Prior to joining United Capital Plc in November 2018, he worked in the Enterprise Intelligence & Strategy Division of Diamond Bank (Access Bank) where he led initiatives that contributed towards the successful transformation of the corporate lender to an agile, digitally-driven institution with a retail market focus in alignment with the Bank’s technology-led financial inclusion strategy. He is an astute facilitator and featured regularly on CNBC TV providing in-depth analysis to a global audience on strategic issues as they impact financial institutions and capital markets.
He also worked as a Business Developer for Dragnet Solutions Limited, and multinationals such as Chevron Nigeria Limited and Guinness Nigeria Plc where he worked as HES Officer and HR Officer, respectively. He is a graduate (with honours) of Environmental Engineering Technology and holds Advanced Strategic Management Certifications from top business schools including HEC Paris (Business Model Innovation), Harvard Business School (Sustainable Business Strategy) and Lagos Business School (Blue Ocean Strategy; Competitive Strategy) with specialist programs in Project & Infrastructure Finance (Bocconi University, Italy) and Real-World Macroeconomics (University of California).

OPEYEMI AGUNBIADE

Head, Group Treasury
Opeyemi is an Investment Management Professional with 13 years of experience in the Financial Industry. Her passion for investments and the global financial markets has been her drive. She has an in-depth resource of the financial market in the last decade and has developed over the years ability to adapt to numerous market scenarios regardless of market conditions with an ultimate aim of meeting corporate goals whilst ensuring customer satisfaction.
Opeyemi joined United Capital in 2019 as Head, Group Treasury. Prior to United Capital Group, she was the Chief Dealer at ProvidusBank where she was responsible for the set-up of the Fixed Income Trading and Sales desk, and also the supervision of all trading units in Treasury. Prior to ProvidusBank she worked at Coronation Merchant Bank where she was the Pioneer Foreign Currency Dealer and also traded all Treasury products, developed strategies for dynamic asset allocations, created multiple reports for BUY/HOLD/SELL recommendations to hedge portfolio risk and was very active in various Executive Management meetings where she served as Secretary. She also worked as a Marketing officer at Ecobank Nigeria Limited where she managed treasury products in her branch. Over the years She has gained expertise in Fixed Income Trading, Risk Management, Local and Foreign Currency Trading, Investment Analysis, Business Strategy, Financial Analysis, Market Research and Analysis.
She holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Lagos, an M.Sc in Business Information System from the Royal Holloway University of London, UK and ACI dealing certificate France, Paris.

JOSEPH ONYEMA

Group Chief Information Officer
Joseph is the Chief Information Officer of United Capital Plc. In the last 3 years with the group, he has continually and consistently driven digital transformative projects, leading to large-scale automation across the businesses, focused on driving down the cost of large-scale customer growth acquisition leveraging technology, increasing access channels and partnerships while ensuring business continuity through focused leadership.
Over the last 14 years, he has worked with and led teams whose responsibilities cut across a major spectrum of IT transformational projects and consultancy. Before joining United Capital, Joseph headed the Technology Operations at Cordros Capital where he transitioned the business from a High Net-worth Individual (HNI) focused business to retail-focused business with total leverage on technology to drive B2C sales across verticals while exploring new markets.
Prior to Cordros Capital, he led the Enterprise & Cloud Services team at Soft Solutions Limited, an IT Consultancy firm with a footprint across 15 Nigerian banks on enterprise security, cloud projects, and consultancy where he developed, deployed, and led support teams to manage a number of financial and FMCG application suites.
Joseph is certified across various solutions including Microsoft’s MCITP, Oracle database, McAfee enterprise security, Bloomberg certified technical expert, a certified CommVault expert on data-centre and enterprise-wide disaster recovery to mention but a few.

DAMILARE MESIMO

Head, Digital Business
Damilare is the Head, Digital Business at United Capital Plc, and plays a vital role in steering the digital strategy of the Group. Damilare has over 13 years working experience in the financial services industry spanning Banking and Financial Technology with core expertise in banking Operations and digital product management.
Prior to joining United Capital Plc, he worked as the Team Lead, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at CoralPay Technology Limited where he coordinated several projects which contributed towards the success of the company. He had also worked with Zenith Bank Plc in branch operations and card services department as well as First Bank of Nigeria in customer service unit and e-business department.
He obtained his first degree in Economics from Covenant University in 2007. He is passionate about building payment platforms that facilitate financial inclusion in Nigeria.

OLUWABUNMI OLUSESI

Group Head, Operations
Bunmi is the Group Head, Operations. Bunmi has over 11 years working experience in financial services with core expertise in providing and improving a highly focused level of operational support, research and advice, financial, compliance, statutory duties, and people management.
She has worked in various capacities, proving her solid pedigree in operational roles and people management, which eventually propelled her through the ranks to her current position. She was the Team Lead, Trade & Investments at United Capital Plc. She started her career at UBA Stockbrokers, (now United Capital Securities Limited) in September 2009.
She obtained her first degree in Philosophy from Obafemi Awolowo University in 2008 and a Masters’ degree in Public and International Affairs from University of Lagos. She is also a student member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers.