Okechukwu Enelamah is the current Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (MITI). He oversees policy-making and implementation relating to industrialization of the economy, development of small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs), promotion of exports and foreign direct investment, and the expansion of trade. The overall objective of the ministry is to ensure that policies and actions lead to inclusive growth, wealth and job creation, poverty reduction and ensure enhanced service delivery in a manner that will stimulate the growth of the domestic economy for self-reliance and export.
Prior to taking office on November 11, 2015, Enelamah worked as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africa Capital Alliance (ACA), an investment and financial advisory firm which he co-founded in 1998. ACA has now grown to be recognized as a leading private equity firm in West Africa.
He has 27 years of private sector experience spanning finance, consulting and auditing (Arthur Andersen & Co.), and private equity. Before co-founding ACA he gained private equity experience working at Zephyr Management L.P. in New York, and South Africa Capital Growth Fund in Johannesburg. ACA’s five funds – Capital Alliance Private Equity Funds I, II, III & IV, and Capital Alliance Property Investment Company (CAPIC) – have raised more than One Billion US Dollars for investment in companies based in Nigeria and across West Africa.
Enelamah has served on or chaired the boards of Cornerstone Insurance Plc, UAC of Nigeria Plc, eTranzact International, Flavour Foods Limited, and Landmark Property Development Company; as well as industry groups Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), and Africa Venture Capital Association (AVCA).
He holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from the University of Nigeria (1985), and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business (1994). He is also a Chartered Accountant (1992), and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) (1997).
Sani Bello is a businessman and retired Nigerian Army Colonel and founder of the Sani Bello Foundation. He was born in 1942 at Kontagora, Niger State the only child of Bello Mustapha and Hajiya Abu. He attended Central Primary School, Kotangora in 1950 and Government College, Bida in 1957, before joining the Nigerian Army in December 1962 as an officer Cadet at the Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna. He attended Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and graduated as a Second Lieutenant in July 1965.
He returned to Nigeria and was posted to 1st Battalion, Enugu as a Platoon Commander. He then held various posts in the Army as he progressed in ranks, including ADC to Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi. During the Nigerian Civil War, he was a training officer at the 6th Battalion, Ikeja before he was posted to Bonny as the Sector Commander. While in Bonny, Bello was wounded and evacuated to Lagos for treatment, in Lagos, he served as a staff officer at the Lagos Garrison division. He was later posted to various commands including serving as Commander of the Oshodi Resettlement Center and Rear Commander of defunct Third Marine Commando division. He was also General Staff Officer and Assistant Quartermaster General of the 3rd Division. From 1971 to 1974, he was Deputy Adjutant General of the Nigerian army before becoming the Commanding Officer of the 81 Battalion, Kaduna. He retired from the Nigerian army as a Principal Staff Officer.
Bello was also a Military Governor of the old Kano State from 1975 – 1978. During his tenure, he focused on commerce, rural roads, electrification and primary and secondary education. In 1976, he developed a Science Secondary School Management Board establishing science colleges to train Kano State residents and give them the opportunity to qualify for science courses at the university level also to climb to middle and top level grades in the government. His administration was also tasked to implement two key Federal programmes, such as local government reform that led to the creation of 20 local government areas in Kano and universal primary education.
After retirement in 1979, Colonel Bello held various part-time appointments as a chairman of Niger State Green Revolution, Niger State NYSC, Niger State Polytechnic and Niger State Science and Technical School Board. He also served as Nigerian High Commissioner to Zimbabwe from 1984- 1986. On his return home from Zimbabwe Bello became involved with various companies as chairman or director, including former Broadbank Nigeria Ltd, Globe Re Nigeria Ltd, Law Union and Rock Insurance Company Plc, Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company Ltd, MTN Communication Ltd, Equatel Communication Ltd, President of National Association of Indigenous Petroleum Explorers in Nigeria and Mainstream Energy Solutions ltd Nigeria.
Pascal Dozie is the Co-Founder, Partner and Non-Executive Partner at African Capital Alliance. He is also the Founder of Kunoch Limited, ADIC Insurance Limited and Aluminium Extrusion Industries. He was the Founder of Diamond Bank PLC and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank until December 31, 2006
Dozie also serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Kaizen Venture Partners and Chairman of MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd. and the Co- Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council board. He served as the Chairman of Nigerian Economic Summit Group and served on the Lagos Business School Advisory Board. He was a Council Member of The Nigerian Stock Exchange.
He serves as a Non Executive Director of Gulf of Guinea Energy Limited and as a Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was a Member of Vision 2010 Council. He is the Recipient of National Award of Officer of the order of the Niger.
Dozie studied at London School of Economics, where he earned his degree in Economics, and then a Masters in Administration from City University in London in 1963.
After his education, Pascal Dozie Dozie set up his own consultancy, the African Development Consulting Group in Lagos Nigeria. As a matter of fact, Pascal never worked for anyone. He was very fortunate to gather a lot of consultancies from big companies including Nestle and Pfizer.
Gbenga Oyebode is currently the Chairman of CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Ltd and Okomu Oil Palm Plc. He also serves on the Board of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and Nestle Nigeria PLC. He is on the Africa Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He was from 2012 to 2014, Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association’s Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL). On 30 July 2015, he retired as a Director and Chairman of Access Bank Plc after 13 years of taking leadership roles at the Bank.
Oyebode has been Managing Partner of Aluko & Oyebode & Co. For over years, he has developed significant experience in the project finance, corporate law, energy and natural resources, telecommunications and aviation law. He was educated at University of IFE (LL. B Honours) and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (LL. M Honours) where he graduated in 1979 and 1982, respectively.
Tunde Folawiyo is the managing director of the Yinka Folawiyo Group, conglomerate with interests in energy, agriculture, shipping, real estate and engineering. His father, Wahab Folawiyo, a well known Nigerian businessman and Islamic leader, started the group in 1957 as a commodities trading outfit and served as chairman until 2008 when he passed away.
The company’s oil exploration firm, Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum, owns a 60% interest in an oil block that contains the Aje offshore field. Other assets include minority stakes in Nigeria’s Access Bank and mobile phone carrier MTN Nigeria.
According to forbes, Tunde has an estimated net worth of $650 million. He was previously a Non-executive Director of Access Bank Plc from 11 October 2005 – January 29, 2014. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1985. He started his law practice in Nigeria with the firm Ogunsanya, but resigned from law in 1989. Tunde has also served as the Vice President of Nigeria Association of Indigenous Petroleum Explorers and Productions (NAIPEC).
He was educated at the London School of Economics, where he obtained a B.Sc degree in Economics in 1980, and an LL.B in 1984. He also obtained an LL.M degree from the University College London in June 1985.
Tunde is a member of the global advisory board of the African Leadership Academy, a pan-African institute dedicated to developing and mentoring new generations of African leaders. He is a fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s World Fellowship. He is also a member of the Governing Council of the Lagos State University and also sits on the Board of Trustees of Crescent University in Abeokuta.
Ahmed Dasuki is Executive Chairman at Quaditect Consultants. He is a Member at The National Geographic Society, Inc, a Member at The National Rifle Association of America, a Member at Kaduna Polo Club, and a Member at Kaduna Golf Club.
He is on the Board of Directors at MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd. and FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc. He is the Chairman of Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club in Kaduna and in Accra, Ghana where he is based; he is reputed for his connections in the high places.
Dasuki was previously employed as Non-Executive Director by Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc from 1989 to 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from Ahmadu Bello University and a graduate degree from Ahmadu Bello University.
Victor Odili is the chairman and executive director of Aeromaritime Group, a parent company to over eight member-companies operating in different sector across Nigeria including shipping, stevedoring and oil and gas. He is also the Director of a several successful companies including Baco Line of Germany and MTN Nigeria Limited.
Odili was educated at Corydon Technical College, London and the London School of Economics where he obtained his first degree. He joined Lonhro limited in London and later deployed to Beirut, Lebanon, where he served for many years. He thereafter ventured into private business and later became the Chairman of Brawal shipping Nigeria Ltd a subsidiary of Aeromaritime Group of Companies. He is a Director of many successful Companies in both Nigeria and overseas.