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Board of Directors

Our highly esteemed and intellectually-diversified Board of Directors decides the overall policy of the firm and consists of:

 

Mr. Jim Ovia - Chairman, Board of Directors

Jim Ovia is Co-founder and pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive of Zenith Bank Plc. He has about three decades cognate banking experience.

He is the Chairman of Visafone Communications Limited as well as a member of the Governing Council of Lagos State University, Lagos and also a member of the Board of Trustees, Redeemer"s University For Nations, Lagos. He is the promoter of the proposed University of Information and Communication Technology, Agbor, Delta State; he served on the board of American International School, Lagos [2001 -2003].

Jim Ovia has been involved in many good causes through different Non-Governmental Organisations [NGOs]. At various times, he has been first President of the Nigeria Internet Group [2001-2003]; member, Tsunami Disaster Relief Committee and coordinator Nigerians United To Save Niger Republic [NUSAN]. He is the founder and Chairman of Mankind United to Support Total Education (MUSTE), a philanthropic organization focused on providing scholarship for the less privileged, of which some of the beneficiaries are now qualified Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers and many others. 

 

Jim Ovia is also the founder of the ICT Foundation for Youth Empowerment, which focuses on improving the socio-economic welfare of Nigerian Youths by inspiring and motivating them to embrace Information and Communication Technology. The initiative holds annual Youth Empowerment conferences.

Jim Ovia holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana, Louisiana, USA in 1979 and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Southern University, Louisiana, USA (1977). He is also an Alumnus of Harvard Business School (Executive Management Program). 

 

Elaine Delaney - Director

Elaine began her career with Watson Towers, the largest global actuarial consultancy, advising FTSE 100 companies on both the asset and liability side. She later joined PSolve Asset Solutions, the fund-of-funds subsidiary of Sanlam Bank SA where she focused upon delivering tailor-made liability-driven investment solutions to top UK corporate pension plans, with a focus upon alternative assets. She then moved to Gissings Consultancy Services as Head of R&D, developing derivative based solutions for institutional clients as an FSA approved Investment Advisor.

Elaine was a pioneer staff of Zenith Capital – establishing the fixed income desk, asset management desk and corporate finance desk, joining in 2006. She rose to become the head of Corporate Strategy & Advisory at Zenith Bank Plc, providing advice directly to the Board of Directors. She served on the Investment Committee as an Investment Strategist for the Zenith Bank range of mutual funds, which was awarded the Best Asset Manager in Nigeria in 2008 and 2009 due to having the highest returns in the industry.

In 2010 she co-founded Quantum Capital Partners LP which manages a diverse range of assets in the oil & gas, hospitality, financial services, education and mobile communications. 

Elaine holds a Diploma in Actuarial Management and a BSc in Actuarial Science from the Cass Business School, London. She is a member of the Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Applications.

 

Victor Iyalekhue Abulele - Director

Victor is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Cyberspace Limited Group of Companies. He holds an HND in Accountancy and an MBA in Marketing. He is an alumnus of the Advanced Management Programme from the Lagos Business School, Pan African University. He is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and a student member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria.

 

Joseph Ndidi Onwubuya - Director

Joe Onwubuya is a director of Veritas Registrars Limited. He is also a Director of Cyberspace Network Limited and oversees the growth and direction of the company. He is responsible for the delivery of successful growth strategy for the company. He is highly regarded in the technology industry and has over twenty years of Business, Security and Network consulting experience with several companies in Nigeria.

Mr. Onwubuya has held various positions in large integration and consulting companies, he has also served as IT consultant to numerous financial institutions and Visafone Communications Limited. He is a network veteran in particular and an IT professional in general. 

Engr. Onwubuya holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the University of Lagos in addition to several other IT certifications both within and outside Nigeria, among which are Cisco, Microsoft, and Linux. He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School. He is also a corporate member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE) and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

 

Jubril Enakele – Director

Jubril is the current Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Capital Limited. Prior to joining Zenith Capital Limited in May 2015, Jubril was Director of Corporate Finance and Coverage for Sub Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) at Deutsche Bank AG, London for almost 4 years.

 

Before Deutsche Bank, Jubril worked for Standard Bank (London), Citibank N.A. / Citigroup Global Markets (London and Lagos), Zenith Bank Plc and Prudent Bank (now Skye Bank Plc).

Jubril is an alumnus of University of Oxford, University College London, London Business School and University of Calabar (Nigeria) respectively. 

He is an Approved Person of the Financial Conduct Authority UK (FCA), a member of The  Nigerian Institute of Management and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment UK (ACSI).

 

Simon Bassey – MD/CEO

Prior to taking up the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Simon was overseeing the Capital Markets unit of Zenith Capital and has over 14 years experience in Banking, Equity Capital Markets Execution, Mergers & Acquisition and Financial Advisory Services.  He began his investment Banking career at the Corporate Finance Department of MBC International Bank Limited (Now First Bank of Nigeria Holding Company Plc).  He moved to Zenith Bank Plc (Investment Banking Group), which later became Zenith Capital Limited, then an investment banking subsidiary of Zenith Bank Plc. He holds an MBA from the University of Manchester and a B.Sc. Degree in Economics from University of Ibadan.  Simon is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) and Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (ACS), respectively.