Board Of Directors

Mr. Olajide Zeitlin / Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Olajide Zeitlin / Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Mr. Zeitlin is a private investor with interests in Africa and the United Africa.
  • He formerly served as a Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he held a number of senior management positions, including that of Global Chief Operating Officer of their investment bank.
  • He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Coach, Inc. and Founder of the Keffi Group.
  • He serves on the Boards of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc, Vascular Biogenics Ltd and also on the Boards of a number of charity and commercial interests.
  • Mr. Zeitlin holds an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in Economics and English from Amherst College and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University.
Mr. Bello Maccido
Mr. Bello Maccido
  • Mr. Maccido is an accomplished Corporate and Investment banker with over 31 years post graduate experience.
  • He had at different times served on the Boards of FBN Holdings Plc, First Bank of Nigeria Plc and Legacy Pension Manager Limited and is currently the Chairman, FBN Merchant Bank Ltd.
  • Mr. Maccido is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
  • Mr. Maccido holds a Law Degree (LL.B) and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA respectively.
  • He is a Barrister at Law (BL) of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and an Alumnus of the Executive Business Programs of the Harvard Business School and the IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ms. Lois Laraba Machunga-Disu
Ms. Lois Laraba Machunga-Disu
  • Ms. Machunga-Disu is a seasoned petroleum-energy economist and analyst, with over 30 years Oil and Gas industry experience and is a provider of consulting and technical services in the sector, as CEO and Director in associate energy companies.
  • Prior to this, She worked for 21 years at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) where she held senior and management positions with experiences in, Exploration and Production (E&P) joint interest management with the major international oil companies (IOCs).
  • She was responsible for Budget and long term Strategic Plan Development, and member of large-scale engineering development Project Management, amongst others.
  • She has been involved in policy formulation and reforms through participation in many, Presidential, National Assembly (the Parliament), Ministerial and private sector Committees and serves as adviser to various international development agencies and local NGOs.
  • She is a member of the Institute of Petroleum (UK), Nigerian Gas Association, Nigerian Chamber of Shippers and the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), amongst others.
Mr. Urum Kalu (UK) Eke, MFR
Mr. Urum Kalu (UK) Eke, MFR
  • Mr. Eke, a consummate financial services expert is the Group Managing Director, FBN Holdings Plc.
  • He is also a non-Executive Director of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and FBN Merchant Bank Limited.
  • He joined the Board of First Bank Plc, an FBN Holdings Company, in 2011 as Executive Director, Public Sector South and until his appointment as GMD of FBN Holdings was Executive Director, South at the Bank.
  • Prior to this, Mr. Eke was the Executive Director, Regional Businesses, Lagos & West at Diamond Bank Plc.
  • He has over 30 years’ experience in financial services covering auditing, consulting, taxation, process engineering and capital market operations.
  • Mr. Eke is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Club.
  • He holds a first degree in Political Science (University of Lagos) and an MBA in Project Management Technology (Federal University of Technology, Owerri).
  • He is also an Alumnus of the prestigious Wharton Business School and a recipient of Nigeria’s National Honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
Mrs. Halima Buba
Mrs. Halima Buba
  • Mrs. Buba is a seasoned financial services expert with nearly two decades of cognate experience spanning diverse functions in the banking industry.
  • She rose to the level of Deputy General Manager at Ecobank Nigeria Limited before resigning to take up appointment as a pioneer Executive Management staff at TAJ Consortium Nigeria Ltd.
  • A committed humanitarian, Mrs. Buba serves as Patron, Community Project Management Committee, Michika.
  • She had previously served on the Board of Adamawa Homes and Savings Limited.
  • Mrs. Buba holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maiduguri.
  • She is a Fellow Chartered Institute of Finance and Control in Nigeria, Institute of Capital Market Registrars and Institute of loan and Risk Management of Nigeria.
  • She is an honorary member of the Nigerian Chartered Institute of Bankers and has attended various courses.
Mr. Asue Ighodalo
Mr. Asue Ighodalo
  • Mr. Ighodalo is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading multidisciplinary law firm; which provides first-class legal advice on numerous aspects of corporate and commercial Nigerian law.
  • He obtained his first degree in economics from the University of Ibadan, a law degree from the London School of Economics; and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in July 1985.
  • Mr. Ighodalo’s core areas of practice are corporate and project finance, securities and capital markets, energy and natural resources, mergers and acquisitions and banking and securitization.
  • Mr. Ighodalo is the current Chairman of Sterling Bank Plc and Dangote Flour Mills Plc; and he also serves on the Boards of Ensure Assurance Company Plc, Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, CardinalStone Partners Limited, Global Mix Limited, Mainstreet Technologies Limited, Christopher Kolade Foundation and Fate Foundation.
Mr Uche Orji - Chief Executive Officer/ Managing Director
Mr Uche Orji - Chief Executive Officer/ Managing Director
  • Mr. Orji is the Managing Director/CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority. He brings a wealth of global experience in the financial services sector to his role as MD/CEO.
  • He joined NSIA as CEO in October 2012, from Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS Securities, where he was Managing Director in the New York branch of its Equities Division.
  • Prior to his UBS experience, Mr. Orji spent six years at JP Morgan in London, 2001-2006, rising from the position of Vice President to Managing Director within the Equities Division.
  • Prior to JP Morgan, he worked for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, London, 1998-2001, as an Analyst/Portfolio Manager.
  • His first banking financial industry experiences were at Diamond Bank Plc., Lagos and Arthur Andersen, Lagos.
  • Mr. Orji studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, graduating in 1990. He also obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998.
Mrs. Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli – Executive Director/ Chief Risk Officer
Mrs. Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli – Executive Director/ Chief Risk Officer
  • Mrs. Ojekwe-Onyejeli joined NSIA following a distinguished tenure as Director and Head of Operational Risk & Control at Barclays covering Emerging Markets and Africa.
  • She served as Vice President and Head of Quality Assurance, Africa at Citibank with direct oversight of the enterprise risk and control environment in 14 countries across Africa.
  • She had a decade-long career at professional services firms Arthur Anderson and KPMG in Nigeria and South-Africa, providing financial advisory and business assurance services.
  • Mrs. Ojekwe-Onyejeli was a Federal Government of Nigeria Scholar, and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria Prize Winner. She is a qualified Chartered Financial and Tax Accountant, who holds a first degree in Chemistry from the University of Lagos.
  • She possesses an M.B.A from Cranfield School of Management in the UK.
Mr. Hanspeter Ackermann, CFA – Executive Director/ Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Hanspeter Ackermann, CFA – Executive Director/ Chief Investment Officer
  • Mr. Ackermann joined NSIA in August of 2013. He brings over 30 years of investment experience with him.
  • From 2010 to 2013 he was Assistant General Manager at Samba Capital in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he performed as Chief Investment Officer and Head of Asset Management. He was responsible for managing an asset pool of approximately US$10 billion invested across multiple asset classes.
  • Prior to Samba Capital, he was co-founder and Principal of Monteverdi International Management LLC, in New York, USA.
  • Mr. Ackermann joined Deutsche Bank in 1996 until 2004 where he was President and Managing Director of Deutsche Bank Investment Management Inc. in New York. He served as CIO and senior portfolio manager for several closed-end mutual funds listed at the New York Stock Exchange.
  • From 1993 to 1996 Mr. Ackermann also served as President and Managing Partner of Eiger Asset Management, New York.
  • He was Managing Director and CIO, and as Senior Portfolio Manager built the institutional fund management business for Swiss Bank Corporation (UBS) in New York from 1983 to 1993.
  • Mr. Ackermann began his career with Banque de L’Indochine et Suez in Paris, France.
  • He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Handelsschule Kaufmaennischer Verein in Basel, Switzerland. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).