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Management & Board of directors

The Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria (SCGN)

Management

Mrs. HILDA NKOR

Mrs. CHIOMA MORDI

Board of directors

MR. MUHAMMAD K. AHMAD, OON

President

PROFESSOR PAT UTOMI

PROFESSOR JUAN M. ELEGIDO

PROFESSOR FABIAN AJOGWU, SAN

MR. TIJJANI BORODO, LLM

PROFESSOR CHRIS OGBECHIE

MR ADETUNJI OYEBANJI

MR. IBRAHIM DIKKO

MRS. CLARE OMATSEYE

NKEMDILIM UWAJE BEGHO

Mrs. Hilda Nkor is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Society for Corporate Governance,Nigeria (SCGN). She has over 17 years working experience in the health, banking and corporate sectors of the economy as well as in public, private and not-for-profit organizations. She holds a B.Sc in Sociology from Abia State University. She is a consummate professional who began her career as an HR Assistant and Hospital Administrator at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State. Hilda did a brief stint with the then Chartered Bank during which she was involved in various aspects of banking operations. She later worked as an Administrator at Sovereign Flame Mission, a faith based NGO, from where she joined SCGN in September 2008 as a Programme Coordinator. She became Head, Programmes in 2010, a position she held till September 2015 when she became the General Manager, Business Development. Her continued commitment to the vision of SCGN, hard and smart work earned her the position of Chief Executive officer in January 2017.A fast learner and dedicated worker, over the years, Hilda has successfully designed and executed programmes of learning targeting Board Chairmen, Directors, Company Secretaries, Board Committees (Audit, Risk, Remuneration and Nomination) and Senior Management. She also successfully conducted Board assessment and Evaluation for various companies working closely with renowned boardroom experts to achieve resounding results. The commitment and diligence she put into achieving the Society’s goals have played a major role in the growth of the Society. Her organizational skills are clearly displayed at the Society’s open events like Corporate Governance Conferences, Breakfast meetings, Presidents Dinner and Workshops which have featured veterans in the corporate world, captains of industry, Ministers of the federal republic, past state Governors among others. She strongly believes in the application of global best practices in corporate governance to the board and corporate environment in Nigeria, both in public and private sectors. Mrs Nkor is an associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management and an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School.

Mrs. Chioma Mordi is the Chief Operating Officer of the Society for Corporate Governance. (“Society”). Chioma has over nine years of exceptional operations and research experience with key focus on corporate governance.
Prior to this, she was the General Manager Resource Development of the society, providing leadership and management in the business and primarily responsible for the development of intellectual resource materials. She was also Head of Research and Publications for the Society. Chioma has direct oversight of the Society’s research work namely “ the Directors Handbook on corporate Governance; Company Secretaries Guide on Corporate Governance; Corporate Governance Reporting in Nigeria – a review of the top 25 capitalized companies on the Nigeria Stock Exchange” the Nigerian Observatory on Corporate Governance in publicly quoted companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange”. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Corporate Governance (a bi-annual publication of the society for Corporate Governance) and C- Governance Newsletter (weekly Newsletter of the Society). Mrs. Mordi has brought in skill and experience that have moved the Society to an organization of national and international repute through collaborations with key institutions, like AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development co- operation (a corporation existing under the laws of the federal Republic of Germany), Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and other regulatory agencies in different sectors of the economy. In addition, she regularly engages chief executives, chairmen and directors of blue chip companies and regulators in different fora including breakfast meetings, seminars and conferences for the promotion of corporate governance in Nigeria.
Mrs. Mordi is a graduate of Social Statistics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; and has attended different management courses in some of the country’s prestigious institutions. She is an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management and Alumnus of Lagos Business School (LBS)

Muhammad K. Ahmad, OON, has over 35 years’ distinguished experience leading and working in various public sector organisations and financial services institutions in Nigeria.

As the pioneer Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Pension Commission, Ahmad oversaw the establishment and growth of the Pension industry in Nigeria.  Prior to that, he had worked as a Bank Supervisor at the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) where he rose to become a Director and member of the Interim Management Board, and at the Central Bank of Liberia.

Ahmad is a member of the Board of Directors of MTN Nigeria Communications PLC, and Chairman of the Interim Management Board ofInternational Energy Insurance PLC. He is the founder of Jewel Development Foundation, a graduate assistant platform, and Certium Consulting, a strategy advisory and business applications company. He has also been a member of the Boards of Directors of FBN Holdings PLC, and FATE Foundation, a non-profit private sector-led organisation whose mission is to foster wealth creation by enabling aspiring and emerging Nigerian entrepreneurs.

Ahmad chairs the Technical Committee of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) of which the Vice President of Nigeria is the chairman. Hechaired the Technical Committee of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, which produced the Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance 2018.  Ahmad is a member of the Presidential Committee for the North East Initiative (PCNI), and was chair of the Technical Committee that produced the North East Transformation Strategy (NESTS), a medium-term regional development strategy promoted by the governors of the six constituent states of the region, for its socio-economic transformation and reconstruction.

He has a Masters Diploma in Innovation and Strategy from University of Oxford and has also attended courses and programs in various first-rate business and management schools, including Harvard Business School, IMD and INSEAD.

Ahmad is a Fellow of the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria and was honored by the Federal Government of Nigeria with the award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in recognition of his stellar contributions to the development of the public.

Pat Utomi is a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria and founding Senior Faculty of the Lagos Business School -Pan Atlantic University, he was Director of The Centre For Applied Economics at the Lagos Business School. He has served in Senior positions in government, as an Adviser to the President of Nigeria; the Private Sector, as Chief Operating Officer for Volkswagen of Nigeria, and in academia. He is the author of several Management and Public Policy books including the Award Winning Managing Uncertainty: Competition and Strategy in Emerging Economies, 1998 and the 2006 book Why Nations are Poor. His academic background covers a range from Policy Economics, Business Administration, and Political Science to Mass Communication.

As an entrepreneur he has founded or co-founded companies that are active in fields including financial services, ICT, and media. He was ADC Candidate for office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2007 general elections and leader of the shadow cabinet of a rainbow coalition of political parties. Appointed Professor of the Social and Political Economy Environment of Business and Entrepreneurship Teacher, he has been a scholar-in-residence at the Harvard Business School and the American University in Washington DC.

As leader of Civil Society, he is the founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership; and the Concerned Professionals, which was bulwark against-military oppression, among numerous other social enterprise initiatives. He has served on the key apex private sector associations including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, The National Council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Employers Consultative Assembly (NECA). He is active on the International speaking circuit, especially on the subjects. High growth economics, comparative development economics, Leadership, the Curse of Oil and China’s Economic surge and growing influence in Africa.

He has collaborated fairly frequently with the center for strategic and international studies in Washington and Chatham House in the UK. He has also written commissioned papers for the UK’s DFID including the latest collaboration with Colleagues from Oxford on the Political Economy of growth in Nigeria. (2006) He has studied and written about the Political economy of growth in Latin America and Asia, particularly Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India and Hong Kong, countries in which he is much traveled.

Front-line entrepreneur, founder and co-founded dozens of enterprises; Civil Society Champion and Several Social Entrepreneur and Manager, Pat Utomi is a man of family and faith.

Juan M. Elegido is a professor of Business Ethics and the Vice-Chancellor of Pan-Atlantic University. A member of the LBS faculty since establishment in 1991, Professor Elegido developed and taught the Business Ethics module in all LBS executive programmes, as well as the MBA and Executive MBA. In 2006, he developed a non-credit course on The Nature of Human Beings which is taught in the introductory programme for MBA students, providing a more realistic account of human nature to these future managers.

He has done extensive research on the subjects of Jurisprudence and Business Ethics and is the author of four books: Jurisprudence (1994), Fundamentals of Business Ethics (1996), Una Comunidad de Servicio – Ensayos en Etica de la Empresa (2000) and Business Ethics in the Christian Tradition (2003). His articles on Law and Business Ethics have been published in academic and professional journals, and he has also written several case studies and technical notes on Business Ethics.
Prof. Elegido is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Taxation, a member of the Business Ethics Network – Africa and also a member of the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria. He also serves as director or chairman in several other commercial and non-commercial organizations.

Fabian Ajogwu, is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Lagos Business School Professor of Corporate Governance. He is the Author of the books – ‘Corporate Governance & Group Dynamics’; ‘Corporate Governance in Nigeria: Law and Practice’; ‘Commercial Arbitration in Nigeria: Law and Practice’; ‘Fair Hearing’; ‘Mergers & Acquisition in Nigeria: Law and Practice’; and ‘Law & Society’. He is the co-author of ‘Petroleum Law and Sustainable Development”; and ‘Legal & Regulatory Aspects of Commerce’. He is an Alumnus of the Said Business School of Oxford University, and an Alumnus of the Lagos Business School. Professor Ajogwu holds a doctorate degree in law from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, an MBA from the IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona; and law degrees from the University of Nigeria, and University of Lagos.

The Learned Senior Advocate has been lead Counsel to the Federal Government of Nigeria in several cases of national importance with emphasis in aviation, defence, energy, and financial services sectors. He serves on various boards and chairs the boards of a number of Nigerian companies. He has served as Honorary Counsel to the State of Israel in Nigeria, and Republic of South African in Nigeria. Professor Ajogwu assisted the Securities and Exchange Commission in drafting Nigeria’s pioneer Code of Corporate Governance. He chaired the Nigerian Communications Commission Committee on Corporate Governance that produced the 2014 NCC Code of Corporate Governance for the Telecommunication Sector. He is a Fellow of the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria; a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria, and a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative West Africa, Henry Crown Global Leadership of the Aspen Institute. He is a Fellow of the AIFA Reading Society.

Mr. Borodo is a lawyer with over thirty years’ experience in both public and private sector. He holds an LLB from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria 1979, a BL from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1980 and an LLM from University of Essex, United Kingdom in 1985. He is a seasoned solicitor who honed his expertise by participating in various professional courses both locally and overseas, including Company Direction Seminar by Lagos Business School, Making Corporate Boards More Effective and Leadership Best Practice both at Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A., Leading and Managing People program at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., Corporate Governance: Effectiveness and Accountability in the Boardroom at Kellogg School of Management of the Northwestern University, U.S.A, Management Assessment of Proficiency Programme by Philips Consulting, Law Relating to Banking Operations by Boyle-Street Consulting; to mention a few.
Mr. Borodo is a Member, International Bar Association (IBA), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Honorary Senior Member, Chartered Institute of Bankers (HCIB) and Fellow, Institute of Directors, Nigeria (FIoD). He held Directorship positions spanning over two (2) decades on the Boards of First Dependants Nigeria Limited, First Nominees Nigeria Limited and First Registrars Nigeria Limited and is current a Director on the Board of In-sourcing Nigeria Limited and a Director at the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria (SCGN). His professional career began with the Ministry of Justice, Kano in 1979 where he rapidly rose from Pupil State Counsel to the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1988. He later joined the services of First Bank of Nigeria Limited in late 1988 and served for 24 years out of which he was the Company Secretary/Executive Vice President of the Bank until his appointment as the pioneer Company Secretary of FBN Holdings Plc in June 2013.

Professor Chris Ogbechie has a first-class honours degree in mechanical engineering from Manchester University, an MBA from Manchester Business School and a PhD in Business Administration from Brunel Business School in the UK. He has wide experience in marketing, strategy and corporate governance derived from his work as Head of Marketing/Sales at Nestle Nigeria and from his consulting work with Nigerian, Ghanaian and Kenyan firms over the years. While in Nestle he had wide international exposure in Malaysia, Singapore and Switzerland. He has been involved with several start-ups and he is on the board of several companies, private and public.
He teaches strategy and corporate governance at the Lagos business School and Strathmore Business in Nairobi, Kenya. His current research interests are in strategy in turbulent environments, strategic leadership, board effectiveness, and sustainability. He has several publications in financial services marketing, strategic planning, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance. He has also presented papers on corporate governance at international conferences. His paper “Corporate Governance Practices of Publicly Quoted Companies in Nigeria” is published in the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics. And his journal article “Board Characteristics and Involvement in Strategic Decision Making: The Nigerian Perspective” is included in Emerald’s peer-reviewed reading list of top quality journal articles and book chapters. He is currently the Chairman on the Board of Diamond Bank Plc.

Mr Adetunji Oyebanji obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Lagos in June 1979. He also holds an MBA in marketing from the City University, London (now Class Business School), United Kingdom. He joined Mobil Oil Nigeria in December 1980 and has held several positions in the Company including Branch Manager North, Branch Manager West, Manager Fuels Services, Executive Director, Retail Sales and Managing Director. In addition, he has held several offshore appointments including Executive director, Mobil Oil Ethiopia, Executive Director, Mobil Oil Cameroun and Manager, Industrial and Wholesale fuels (Africa/Middle East), Exxon Mobil Petrol & Chemicals Co. BVBA. He was first appointed to the Board in December 2002. In December 2008, he was appointed Chairman/Managing Director.

Mr Oyebanji has attended numerous training programs at home & abroad including a two-year developmental assignment in 1993 at Mobil’s corporate headquarters in Virginia, USA. He is a member of several professional bodies and a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and the Institute of Marketing of Credit Administration. He is also an alumnus of Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona, USA and the Lagos Business School Senior Management Program.

Mr. Dikko obtained his LL.M (Corporate & Commercial Law) degree from the Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, England after obtaining his LL.B from the University of Buckingham, England. He was called to the Nigeria Bar in 1990. He has a varied background in terms of his professional qualification and work experience. Having specialized in corporate commercial law, he has worked in a variety of roles and industries that span corporate finance, banking and information technology.

He worked in Kenneth Michael & Co between 1991 and 1992 and was on the team responsible for setting up the first discount house in Nigeria. He also worked as an Executive Director in Resourcery Plc. from 2000 to 2007. He was the Chairman of First Securities Discount House; a position he has held for 10yrs until he voluntarily retired in 2013. He is also a non–executive director in Baker Hughes Nigeria Limited and a Director [Government & Regulatory Affairs] with EMTS Ltd (Trading as Etisalat Nigeria). He also serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Custodian & Allied Plc.

Mrs. Clare Omatseye is a seasoned Pharmacist with about 24 years of Pharmaceutical, Public Health and Medical Device experience in Retail & Hospital Pharmacy, Sales, Marketing, Regulatory Affairs, Product Management, Public Health, International Marketing, Strategic Business Development, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. She holds a Bachelors of Pharmacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Universidad De Navarra, Barcelona Spain in partnership with the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS), (EMBA-3 Class of 2009) and has attended at least 40 professional trainings in her field.
Mrs. Omatseye is the Founder and Managing Director of the International Award winning Company JNC International Nigeria Ltd, a 9 year old Turnkey Medical Equipment Project Company, which presently has 18 exclusive Distributorship agreements with prestigious Global Medical Equipment Manufacturers. She was recently elected the Pioneer President of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN), a non-profit advocacy group that brings all stakeholders in the Nigerian private health sector under one umbrella with the aim of influencing healthcare policy and practices in the country, to uplift the private Sector Health landscape and impact in Nigeria. She is a Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and the Society of Quality in Healthcare in Nigeria (SQHN), the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria (SCGN), an Associate Member of the Pediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN) and a member, Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR).

Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho is a seasoned Information Technology professional with over 15 years of industry experience in Africa’s largest emerging economy with a deep purpose and focus on bridging the digital divide and transforming Africa by harnessing the benefits of digital. At home in technology from childhood, Nkemdilim is walking in her fathers’ footsteps as a second-generation Nigerian Information Technology expert. Currently CEO of Future Software Resources Ltd. (Futuresoft), one of Nigeria’s leading digital & technology solutions companies, providing a broad range of solutions for the scaling African enterprise, to consistently attract and retain its target audience, optimize its processes and increase its bottom line. Futuresoft has served over 170 clients across 20 industries and has trained over 1,000 CEOs and executives in Digital & Social Media Marketing.

Nkemdilim is recognized as an Obama African Leader, Forbes’s Top Ten Female Tech Founders in Africa, Global Digital Women top 10 Most Inspiring Women in Africa, Lionesses of Africa top 100 Women and Ventures Africa 42 most Innovative Africans. Nkemdilim also sits on the board of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC and serves in the leadership of the NESG Digital Economy Thematic group; is a member of The Nigerian National IT Software Committee and the Nigerian Electronic Voting Think Tank where she actively contributes to the advancement of digitalization and shaping policy to support its inclusive delivery.