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Board of Directors

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Adewale (Ade) Audifferen

Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director

Ade is a seasoned business leader and energy sector executive with more than twenty-five (25) years of professional experience spanning Rail, Power, Oil & Gas, and Water technologies. Ade’s direct experience in power technology solutions over this period includes business development for sales and services of power plants within Nigeria and sub-Sahara Africa.

 

Previously, Ade held senior business development executive roles at Wartsila Marine & Power Services (Nigeria) leading new units technology sales and services at different times and also at the General Electric Company, USA (GE). While at GE he worked across two (2) key GE businesses notably GE Capital (Railcar) and GE Energy (Gas Turbines). Due to his stellar performances, he was nominated as Managing Director, GE International Operations Nigeria where he led and delivered growth initiatives in lifecycle energy solutions across GE Power, and Oil & Gas segments.

 

He holds a master’s degree in Structural Engineering from The George Washington University, Washington D.C., the USA, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil & Structural Engineering from the University of Cardiff, Wales U.K and has participated in numerous executive leadership development courses.

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Jubril Adeojo

Non-Executive Director

 

Jubril has over 14 years extensive professional experience in investment banking, commercial banking, and corporate finance, enterprise development and financial inclusion having garnered his professional experience from the Nigerian banking industry where he had stints at Oceanic International Bank, Sterling Bank PLC, and Heritage Bank PLC, covering various strategic functions roles.

 

He is currently the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at OneWattSolar, a clean-tech company in Africa. As Managing Director at SMEFUNDS Capital Limited, he led the consortium that set up the $100million Nigeria-Green Energy Fund programme backed by the African Guarantee Fund. A senior fellow at the Trans4m Center for Integral Development, Switzerland, and a certified climate & sustainable energy finance expert. He has published over fifteen (15) articles relating to integral banking, development finance, SME development and financial inclusion.

 

He holds a PhD in development finance and community development from the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management, a master’s degree in Strategic Finance Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom (Merit), and a First-Class Degree in Business Administration (Accounting as major) from the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

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Akinola Akinyelure

Non-Executive Director

 

Akin possess over twenty (20) years cognate professional experience spanning strategy development, operational experience, governance, and project & structured finance.

 

At Vista Advisory, he has direct oversight for originating high-valued mandates such as tax optimisation for Huawei that led to significant savings as well as other critical Public Private Partnership (PPP) mandates spanning healthcare, infrastructure, education sectors.  Previously at Asoil Nigeria Limited, he led structuring of multiple oil and gas trade transactions in partnerships with reputable firms such as Oando Energy Resources, Total and Mobil. Between 2015 and 2019, Akin served as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State, a position he executed with excellence.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of Reading and a Master of Science Degree in Energy, Trade and Finance from the prestigious Cass Business School at the City University, UK.

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Soibi Ovia MCI Arb

Independent Non-Executive Director

 

Soibi is a thorough-bred commercial litigator and dispute resolution lawyer with specialisation in civil and commercial litigation, Arbitration, Negotiation and Mediation. She has represented clients in various industries such as Banking, Energy, Intellectual Property, Real Estate across the Superior Courts of records in Nigeria.

 

A Partner at Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe Law Firm, Soibi leads the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of the Firm. Over the course of her career, she has advised and provided legal representation for numerous local and international firms operating within oil and gas and finance sectors. Recently, she successfully advised and represented an indigenous Oil and Gas company on the recovery of a debt of over ₦5bn.

 

She holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the River State University of Science and Technology and a B.L. from the Nigeria Law School. Soibi is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Justice, Nigeria and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

Executive Management Team

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Ayokunle Ilesanmi

Managing Director/CEO

 

Ayokunle possesses over 16 years professional experience spanning Corporate Development, Corporate & Commercial Banking, Capital Markets Advocacy/Develop-ment, Strategy Execution & Investor Relations, Business Development and Project Finance.

 

He began his career at Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited as a Youth Corper and transitioned into the finance space with stints at Aquila Capital Limited, First City Monument Bank Limited (FCMB), Heritage Bank PLC, and FMDQ Securities Exchange PLC (FMDQ). He held senior leadership position at Berkshire Advisory Partners Limited and was Group Head, Financial Sector Development at FMDQ with responsibility for managing the Debt Capital Markets Development Project 2025 and the UK-DFID funded Nigerian Green Bond Market Development Programme.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science degree from Babcock University and Master of Science Degrees in Information Systems and General Management obtained from University of Sheffield and Imperial College, London respectively. In 2016, he completed the Management Acceleration Programme (MAP) at INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

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Adetola Odusote

Chief Operating Officer

 

Adetola has over 16 years experience spanning Pensions, Insurance, Asset Management, and the Capital Markets, where he served in various capacities. He is a well-seasoned professional with robust knowledge and specialties in risk management & compliance, treasury and finance, business strategy, compliance, corporate sales, and marketing.

 

He began his career in Guaranty Trust Assurance PLC (now AXA Mansard Insurance PLC), where he grew through the ranks and was very instrumental in the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) across the AXA Mansard business. From his experience in the insurance and investment space, he transitioned to the Nigerian capital markets, where he spent over four (4) years in FMDQ Group and served as Group Head, Strategy, Risk & Compliance, manning key roles in strategy, enterprise risk management, compliance, internal control, and finance functions across six (6) Entities within the Group.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ibadan and a United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP- FI) Certification in Environmental and Social Risk Analysis (ESRA). In 2019, he completed an Executive Management Development Programme at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, USA. He is also an alumnus of International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland, where he completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) in 2023.

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Ogochukwu Mba

Group Head, Assurance Services

 

Ogochukwu is an assurance services specialist with over twelve (12) years’ professional experience spanning financial control, expense monitoring, business development, internal control and audit, inspection, and compliance functions.

 

Prior to joining Berkshire Finance Company Limited, she had oversight responsibility for the Internal Control function at Africa’s first vertically integrated financial market infrastructure group, FMDQ Group, where she encouraged compliance with Management’s Policies, Procedures and ensured adequacy of controls across six (6) Entities within the Group. She also had stints as reconciliation specialist at Guaranty Trust Bank Limited and Spring Bank PLC (now Heritage Bank PLC) where she ensured zero discrepancies in the Banks’ NOSTRO accounts.

 

A Chartered Banker, she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Covenant University and Master of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Lagos.

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