Board Members


Dr. Kingsley Obiora
—   Chairman

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
—   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, 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.

— [Proprietor, Crossroads International Limited And Representative Of Private Export Interests] - Member

Engr.[Hon] Adesina Adegbenro is a politician, public servant, career engineer and a business man. He attended Dundee College of Technology, Dundee, Scotland; University of Strathclyde, Glassgow. He worked as a trainee in British Oxygen Co. Limited and I.C.I Dyestuff Division Nylon Plant and various designations in Mobil Producing Limited. Engr. Adegbenro was elected as a member of Petroleum Committee and a Chairman of the Refinery and Production Sub-Committee. He was later appointed as Commissioner for Agriculture in Ogun State where he implemented World Bank assisted Programmes.
Engr. Adegbenro started his business career following retirement 1979. He attended various professional courses within and outside Nigeria in Production and Drilling Engineering, Reservoir Engineering, Process Engineering and Instrumental Control.

— [Representative of Private Export Interests], Member

Hajiya Ramatu Ahmed is an Administrator and an active politician. She attended Kaduna State Polytechnic, Zaria and Federal College of Education where she attained a certificate in Public Administration and Education. She worked with Lemaco Nig. Limited, British High Commission, Kaduna and served as Special Assistant to the Governor of Bauchi State [Special Duties]; National Coordinator, Buhari Network Organization; Member, APC National Convention Committee; Member, APC National Assembly Appeal Committee, Cross River State; Member, APC presidential Campaign Council; Member, President Muhammadu Buhari Inauguration Committee among others. She has attended the Crown Agents – Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Policies and Projects programme in London.

Dr. Bala M Bello
— Executive  Director (Corporate Services)

Dr. Bala M Bello has about two decades experience in the financial services industry, including 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, Corporate Services, Nigerian Export Export-Import Bank.
Dr. Bala M Bello holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, and an MBA, both from The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Dr. Bala M Bello 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 Executive Director/COO in 2011 and ED Operations from 2013 to 2014. In this capacity he had direct administrative responsibility of over N260 billion ($1.5 billion) funds/assets under management (A-U-M).
Dr. Bala M Bello established, and served as the founding CEO of the 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.
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, New York Institute of Finance

Hon. Stella Okotete
—   Executive Director (Business Development)

Hon. Stella Okotete possesses significant experience in public policy design and implementation, public-private partnership management, international development and general administration.
A graduate of the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, from where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy, Stella also holds a Diploma in Law from the Rivers State College of Arts and Sciences.
Until her appointment as Executive Director, Business Development, Stella had a rich mix of professional experience in both the public and private sectors. In 2015, she founded and led a start-up company where she was responsible for providing local and international clients with expert advice, scalable industrial solutions, and opportunities to utilise turnkey solutions for various industrial needs and requirements.
Between 2011 and 2015, she served as the Special Assistant and Adviser to the Executive Governor of Delta State on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) where she provided leadership in establishing and executing programmes with agency groups to ensure that the goals as well as targets of the United Nations Millennium Declaration were met. In this regard, she championed the Review and effective management of the Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) business policy to tackle poverty and create employment in line with MDGs mandate. She also supported the M&E team of the State’s CCT Scheme and Social Development Policy that aided the growth and expansion of business clusters in the state.
Prior to leading the Delta State MDGs, Stella had a brief stint in politics, having served as an elected Councillor in Ughelli North Local Government Area, a position that helped sharpen her understanding of the socio-economic needs of neglected communities. She was able to deploy this knowledge to ensure that neglected communities in the state were positively impacted by the state’s MDGs strategic intervention programmes.
Stella is the Co Founder E’Girls Right Foundation and an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School certificate program for Emerging Leaders as well as the Lagos Business School’s Enterprise Development Centre program in Entrepreneurial Management. She is keenly involved in volunteer work and has worked with Internally Displaced Persons at IDP Camps in Ughelli, Maiduguri and Abuja.