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 is a Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the African Insurance Organization, current Chairman of the Franco Nigeria Chamber of Commerce (FNCC), current Chairman of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) and is a past Chairman of the Nigerian Insurers Association. He is a product of Mayflower School, Ikenne Ogun State and a graduate of the University of Houston, Texas, USA from where he obtained Bachelor and Master Degrees in Business Administration, specializing in Finance. He started his career in insurance with SCIB & Company Insurance Brokers (then an affiliate of Sedgwicks Insurance Brokers) in 1980 and joined LEADWAY Assurance Company Limited in 1981. He became the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company in 1994. He is a Munich Re scholar, being the First West African recipient of the Munich Re Insurance Fellowship at Georgia State University. He has done extensive research on Computerization of Insurance Business. Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale is on the board of a number of reputable companies. He also served on the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Committee for the review of Insurance Laws.
Mrs. Mowunmi Sotubo attended St. Bernardine’s Girls School in Oyo State between1968 – 1972. She holds a diploma in insurance from the Ahmadu Bello University in 1977. She joined Leadway as an underwriter in 1977 and rose to become the Controller, claims department before retiring in 2011 after 34 years of meritorious service. She attended various courses and trainings locally and overseas which includes Advance General Insurance organized by SwissRe, Leadership and Management Training by the Nigeria Institute of Management, Fraud Management in Insurance Industry etc.
She is currently on the board of Directors, Leadway Properties and Investment Limited and also the Managing Director, Sables Nigeria Limited.
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 / 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 Glamorgan in 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.
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 is 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 also the Head of the Oversight Committee for KPMG Africa. He was involved in Vision 2010 of the Federal Government of Nigeria, which prepared a memorandum on the vision for Nigeria, by year 2010. He also 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.