Gen. Martin Luther Agwai is a Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR). He attended Government Secondary School (now Alhudahuda College), Zaria and holds a Post Graduate Diploma Administration with distinction from the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) as well as a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington DC, USA. He enlisted into the Nigerian Armed Forces as a member of Regular Combatant Course 8 in 1970 and was commissioned in 1972. He rose swiftly through the ranks to the position of Chief of Army Staff in June 2003.
He was later promoted to the rank of Four Star General and appointed the Chief of Defense Staff of the Nigerian Armed Forces in May 2006. Since his disengagement from active military service in 2009, he has been a Pro-Chancellor of a Nigerian university, Council member of two Nigerian universities and Chairman of Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P). He is a Chairman and member of several local and international boards. He is presently a Visiting Professor to African Leadership Centre, King’s College, London.
Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale Oye Hassan-Odukale holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration from the University of Houston, and has since 1994 held the position of Managing Director/CEO of Leadway Assurance Company Limited, a leading Insurance Company in Nigeria. His appointment was preceded by several years of experience in insurance brokerage, underwriting, investments and general management.
Oye is a recipient of the national honor, Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) and sits on the board of a number of companies in Nigeria, both for profit and non–profit. He was a Non-Executive Director on the Board of First Bank of Nigeria Plc; and now the current Chairman of FBNBank (UK) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of FirstBank. He is also the current Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) and a member of the Board of Special Olympics Nigeria. Oye is a Munich Re scholar and has attended executive programmes at Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School. He is married with children and enjoys listening to music, reading and travelling.
Mr. Eugene Curley is an accomplished business risk manager, campaign strategist and international affairs professional. He is currently Managing Director of London based CTF Solutions, a division of the CT Group, the leading UK/Australian campaigns strategy consultancy. Prior to being a businessman, Eugene was for over 25 years a senior career UK Diplomat. Eugene has a record of delivery in international operations and negotiations at Ministerial and Head of State level across the globe – having led policy operations for the British Government in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Latin America.
His broad experience covers political and geo-strategic issues, conflict resolution, international finance including sanctions, money laundering, intelligence and counter-terrorism – and his specialist advice is now invaluable for leading figures in all business sectors and services across the world. Eugene combines these skills with detailed economic and markets’ experience gained from his time as an analyst at the Bank of England early in his career. He speaks fluent French and Spanish. Eugene is a graduate of the University of Nottingham, the City Business School and INSEAD.
Executive Director / Financial Services & IT Systems
Mr. Tunde Hassan-Odukale is a graduate of the University of London and City University, London. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Pure Mathematics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science.
He is on the board of directors of various blue-chip companies, which includes First Bank of Nigeria Limited and Digital Jewels Limited.
Mr. Tunde Hassan-Odukale has a strong bias for Information Technology and is the head of our Strategic IT planning committee.
Executive Director / General Business
Ms. Adetola Adegbayi is a Legal Practitioner with extensive experience in legal research, corporate legal practice, insurance and financial services. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree of the University of South Wales and a Master of Laws Degree of the University of Bristol, England, graduating with distinction in Jurisprudence.
She is also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London, Associate, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. She holds an Advanced Management Certificate of the Harvard Business School, Boston Massachusetts.
Mr. Jeremy Rowse is a graduate of the Rhodes University (B. Comm) and the University of Cape Town (MBA), South Africa. He started his insurance career with African Life Assurance as a Marketing Manager in 1983 and rose to become the Chief Executive of the company in 2000. Under his leadership the company expanded its African operations in Botswana, Kenya and Namibia to include Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania.
Mr. Rowse served as a member of the Board of the Life Offices Association of South Africa for over 7 years, as well as serving on President Kufour’s Ghana Investment Advisory Counsel (GIAC) for over 4 years, after being nominated by The World Bank. He is on the board of directors of Nedgroup Life Assurance Company, South Africa. He was appointed to the board of Santam, a leading short-term insurer in South Africa, in November 2006 and now represents the IFC on the board of LEADWAY.
Mr. Oluseyi Bickersteth was Chairman of Diamond Bank as well as a director of the Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce and a director of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group. He was head of tax and regulatory practice and served as engagement partner on major tax advisory and compliance projects. He was National Senior Partner of KPMG in Nigeria and doubles as the Chairman KPMG Africa. He played an oversight coordinating role in KPMG’s delivery of professional services to companies in the countries comprising the Gulf of Guinea including Nigeria, Cameroun, Angola, Equatorial Guinea & Gabon. He was the Head of the Oversight Committee for KPMG Africa and was involved in Vision 2010 of the Federal Government of Nigeria, which prepared a memorandum on the vision for Nigeria, by year 2010.
He chaired a working group on “Nigerian Tax Reforms 2003 & Beyond” for the Federal Government of Nigeria. He served on the technical committee of the Federal Government that prepared the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for the oil and gas sector. Mr. Seyi Bickersteth has a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan and Master’s degree in Economics from the York University in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI). He has also undergone several training programmes within and outside Nigeria on advance business management.
Mr. Odein Ajumogobia is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators FCI, Arb (London) and he is a leading environment and pollution litigator. He is also a former member of ICC, International Court of Arbitration in Paris. He attended University of Lagos with an LLB Honors and the Harvard Law School Massachusetts (LL.M). He served with the Nigerian Liquefied and Natural Gas (NLNG) as a Consultant and is a Partner, Ajumogobia and Okeke, a leading Commercial Law firm.
He became the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Rivers State from 2003 – 2007, thereafter he was appointed Minister of State for Petroleum Resources from 2007 – 2009 and also Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 – 2011. Mr. Odein Ajumogobia is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Nigerian Society of International Law; International Bar Association; American Society of International Law and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association.