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Expert in Strategy, Financial, Assurance, Accounting, Due diligence & SMEs

Expert ID: 729738 Nigeria

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Expert is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA). He obtained considerable Audit, Taxation, and consulting experience while he worked with Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) among others. He managed several clients particularly in the banking and finance sector in the West African sub-region. He leveraged his financial and consulting expertise to join the banking industry. He delivered solutions in financial modeling, strategy and financial control resulting in the attraction of private equity investors from Europe, USA and South Africa who made equity investment in one of the banks he worked for. Expert held positions as Head Treasury Operations, Head Financial Control, Head Policy & Internal Control, Head Strategic Planning and Head of Strategy & Business Development before exiting the banking industry as Executive Assistance to Group Chief Executive (i.e Chief of Staff with strategic group responsibilities) He is a speaker and resource person in financial industry to ECOWAS in many of whose events he presents papers. He also delivers solutions to SME’s in strategy, accounting and business structure which he has enhanced the access of many of them to external financing.

Accounting systems review, documentation, restructuring and implementation of new or optimised system.Bank transition to electronic banking platform and products. Banking application selection.Business strategy, income diversification and cost optimisation. Appropriate growth strategy.Financial due diligence. Tax planningBusiness incubation - Business ideas refinement, feasibility/viability studies and fund raising.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2006 Degree: SMP Subject: Senior Management Institution: Lagos Business School (LBS), Nigeria
Year: 2005 Degree: AOP Subject: Change Management Institution: Institut Européen D'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD), France.
Year: 1998 Degree: MBA Subject: Finance & Banking Institution: Enugu State University of Technology, Nigeria
Year: 1988 Degree: ACA Subject: Accountancy Institution: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria
Year: 1986 Degree: HND Subject: Accountancy Institution: Yaba College of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Managing Partner Department: Management & Financial Consulting Responsibilities: Responsible for: Practice Development, Engagement Management, Strategy, Systems & Financial Consulting
Years: 2008 to 2009 Employer: Intercontinental Bank Plc Title: Executive Assistant (Chief of Staff) Department: Group Chief Executive's Office Responsibilities: Board Paper Review, Performance Review of Subsidiaries, Performance Management of Divisions
Years: 2005 to 2007 Employer: Intercontinental Bank Plc Title: Head of Strategy & Business Development Department: Strategy & Business Development Responsibilities: Strategy, Capital Structure, Capitalization Drive, Financial Modeling, Project Management and Business Development
Years: 1999 to 2005 Employer: Equity Bank of Nigeria Plc Title: Head of Strategy & TQM Department: Strategic Planning & TQM Responsibilities: Strategy, Performance Management and Quality Management
Years: 1992 to 1994 Employer: Fidelity Union Merchant Ltd (now Fidelity Bank Plc) Title: Head of Financial Control Department: Financial Control Responsibilities: Financial Control, Regulatory Compliance and Performance Management
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: Coopers & Lyrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) Title: Assistant Manager Department: Business Services Group Responsibilities: Audit, Consulting and Business Surpport (SME)
Years: 1996 to 1999 Employer: BPS Technologies Ltd Title: Assistant General Manager, Finance & Admin. Department: Finance & Adminstration Responsibilities: Business Systems, Training, Consulting & SME's
Years: 1994 to 1996 Employer: Ivory Merchant Bank Plc Title: Head of Financial Control & Strategic Planning Department: Financial Control & Strategic Planning Responsibilities: Financial Controller, Balance Sheet Restructuring, Regulatory Compliance and Business Strategy

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: to Present Agency: Role: Team lead Description: Most jobs were on consulting capacity as staff of Coopers & Lybrand and the banks.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1990 to 1992 Country / Region: West Africa Summary: He led multinational teams of professionals on various consulting and audit assignments across various countries in West Africa including Republic of Togo, Benin Republic, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire and Nigeria. The focus was predominantly on banks and financial institutions

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)
Licenses / Certifications
ACA, FCA
Professional Appointments
Editor Investment Guide; Former Chairman of the Boards of Oakridge Wineries Limited and EBN Crown Limited, Treasurer Swimming Section Ikoyi Club 1938.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
While with Coopers & Lybrand ( C&L), as a value added service to the audit and accountancy work for a French construction company, SOCEA, executing water pipe laying contract in Lagos, a Lagos State and World Bank sponsored project, he provided tax planning service that saved the company millions of dollars through financing and balance sheet structuring.
He joined then distressed Ivory Merchant Bank Ltd as the Head of Financial Control and Strategic Planning and succeeded in leading the restructure of the bank’s balance sheet, managed its regulatory compliance and together with other members of the team brought the bank to profitability in the first year of their intervention.
Training / Seminars
He prepared and presented papers on (a) business focus of West African Bankers Association (WABA); (b) Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and WABA – A paper on Credit Bureaus; focusing on the need for motivation, participation and championing the provisions of a conducive environment for their evolution across the West African sub-region. A number of initiatives are which already in progress in this direction. At a Capacity Building workshop for Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) he developed and presented papers on Project Modeling and Investment Evaluation for Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the provision of infrastructure.
Vendor Selection
While at C&L he liaised and worked with accounting professionals from host countries of C&L's financial services clients in the francophone West African region, in particular Togo and Benin Republic, where he galvanized their support in C&L's execution.
With the Intercontinental Bank, his team recruited and liaised with American Investment Bankers in Intercontinental equity fundraiser.
Marketing Experience
Having handled audit and consultancy engagements in financial services sector in West Africa, in addition to having been Head of Strategy and Business development in a number of banks in Nigeria he has very good insight in financial sector dynamics across the West African sub-region. As the head of Strategy & Business Development at Intercontinental Bank he was a key member of the team that led the bank from a medium-tier bank to a major player in Sub-Saharan Africa by keen focus on critical growth drivers, other players and benchmarking global best practices.
Other Relevant Experience
He worked in business services consulting where they provided all round consultancies for SME’s and companies in early stages of their evolution. He has also been involved in training and ICT, all resulting in developing a robust array of skills.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English He is very proficient in the use of english language.
French He has a fairly good grasp of french as a working languge. His current skill in the language can easily be refreshed and brushed up.

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