DR.KINGSLEY OBIORA, Chairman
Dr. Kingsley Obiora
Dr. Kingsley Obiora resumed as a Deputy Governor in the Central Bank of Nigeria on 02 March 2020, following which he was appointed as Chairman Board of Directors of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM). Prior to this, he was an Alternate Executive Director in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC, USA. In this capacity, he was a member of the Executive Board, collectively responsible for conducting the daily operations of the IMF. He also assisted to represent the interests of 23 African Countries, including Nigeria, at the Board.
He first joined the IMF through the globally-competitive “Economist Program” in 2007 and worked in both the European Department as well as the Strategy, Policy and Review Department, whilst carrying out extensive work on exchange rate assessment, debt sustainability analyses, decoupling and spillovers, real sector analyses, as well as several reviews of Financial Sector Assessments. Prior to this, Dr. Obiora worked at the West African Monetary Institute in Accra, Ghana and the Centre for Econometric and Allied Research at the University of Ibadan.
While on secondment from the IMF, Dr. Obiora simultaneously served as Technical Adviser to the Nigeria’s National Economic Management Team as well as Special Assistant to President Jonathan’s Chief Economic Adviser from October 2011 to May 2014. During this time, he played key roles in helping to shape the country’s economic policies on several fronts, including on energy subsidies, power sector reform, measurement of job creation, architecture of development financing, diversification of the economy, oil price benchmarking in the budgetary process, regulatory framework for doing business, port reform, and asset-based economic mapping and modeling.
From June 2014 until July 2018, Dr. Obiora served as Special Adviser on Economic Matters to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). During this role, he contributed to the overall analytical and policy work of the CBN, bringing his extensive international and domestic economic experiences to bear in helping the Bank understand the ramifications of, and deal with spillovers from, the external shocks emanating from the significant drop in global oil prices.
Dr. Obiora has a first degree from the University of Benin as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Economics from the University of Ibadan.
ABUBAKAR A. BELLO, Member
Abubakar A. Bello
— Managing Director / Chief Executive
Abba Bello has 28 years’ experience in banking, where he has held senior management positions in corporate banking, regional and commercial banking, and public sector banking in more than a decade. Abba also had a brief stint in auditing.
Until his appointment as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Export-Import Bank in April 2017, he was Executive Director, Unity Bank Plc, in charge of Corporate Banking, Agriculture and North Directorate.
Abba has cognate experience in international banking. He was the pioneer Managing Director/CEO of United Bank for Africa Plc’s subsidiaries in the Republic of Chad and Zambia for several years.
Abba has attended several courses in Nigeria and abroad in leadership, advanced management, and executive management. He is a member of Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria, and a Fellow, Institute of Credit Administration.
PHILIP YILA YUSUF, Member
Philip Yila Yusuf
Philip Yila Yusuf, a professional in a wide range of industry segments: Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Cybersecurity, Homeland Security, Aviation, and education etc.
Currently, he is the Director, Development Finance Department, Central Bank of Nigeria and the erstwhile Managing Director/Chief Executive, NIRSAL Microfinance Bank (NMFB).
He joined the services of the Central Bank of Nigeria in June 2011 from Oando Plc where he was General Manager Operations for the downstream business. He first joined Habib Nigeria Bank Limited in 1998 as the Head Network/Telecommunication, where he championed the design and rollout of 55 branch network infrastructure, full life cycle of projects. In 2004, he moved to Oando Plc as the Network Support Manager, where he rose to General Manager Operations. Whilst carrying out his roles, he developed a long-range technology plan for downstream depots and terminals. He has a proven track record of strong leadership, innovation, and business growth.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) and is an Alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School, Boston. He has also attended several executive courses at Oxford, Harvard Kennedy, Northwestern University, Kellogg Schoool of Management. He attended professional certifications within and outside Nigeria in CIO Pocket MBA, Chief Information Officer, Business Process Reengineering, IS Security, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery amongst others.
He loves Football and has developed an interest in Counterterrorism/counter insurgent, Hunting and Aviation. He is married with Children.
MR. EDE O. DAFINONE, Member
MR. KABIRU HASSAN, Member
DR. BALA M BELLO, Member
Dr. Bala M Bello
— Executive Director (Corporate Services)
Dr. Bala Bello has more than two decades experience in the financial services industry, spanning through banking, capital market and pension fund management. He has worked in senior executive level in the last seven years prior to his appointment as Executive Director at the Nigerian Export Export-Import Bank in 2017.
Dr. Bello holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, and an MBA, both from The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He began his banking career with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc; and later joined the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2005, he joined Sigma Pensions Ltd, and was appointed the first Nigerian Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer in 2011 and later Executive Director Operations from 2013 to 2014. In this capacity, he had direct administrative responsibility for over N260 billion ($1.5 billion) funds/assets under management (A-U-M).
Dr. Bala established and served as the founding CEO of Marine Capital Limited, a real estate development and business/pensions advisory firm in February 2015; and subsequently joined Apricot Investments Limited in March 2016 as the pioneer Managing Director/CEO.
Dr. Bala has completed the High Potential Leadership Program at Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts and Executive Development Program at Wharton Business School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania both in the United States of America. He also holds a certificate in Operations Leadership from the prestigious Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada, as well as Portfolio Management Academy Certificate at the New York Institute of Finance. He has also successfully completed modules 1 & 2 of the highly sought-after GMP programme at the Harvard Business School in March 2020.
He is an honorary senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, a Fellow of the Institute of Credit administration, a member of the Institute of Directors, a member of the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria, and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. He was conferred with Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) in Leadership and Management by ESAE University, Republic of Benin, and Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa) by Commonwealth University in conjunction with London Graduate School.
HON. STELLA OKOTETE, Member