Board of Directors

MR ERNEST EBI, MFR, FCIB
MR ERNEST EBI, MFR, FCIB Chairman
Mr. Ernest C. Ebi is a renowned figure in the Nigerian financial services industry. In a career spanning over four decades, at various times, he has served in executive capacities in the following Nigerian Banks: African Continental Bank Plc, New Nigeria Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc. He was also a Deputy Governor in the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Today, he holds the position of Chairman, Board of Directors at various institutions including Fidelity Bank Plc, Agrited Limited, AIICO Pension Managers Limited and Beloxxi Industries Limited while also sitting on the Board of Dangote Cement Plc. He is an external adviser to Coronation Capital Private Equity Investment Committee and the African Initiative for Governance (AIG).

During his ten year stint with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Ebi maintained oversight functions over Nigeria’s External Reserves, International Economic Relations, Trade & Exchange and Research Departments among other responsibilities. He was a key member of the banking sector reform team that initiated the banking consolidation of 2006 and was Chairman of the Implementation Committee for the legendary Project EAGLES that transformed Central Bank of Nigeria to a leading Global Reserve Bank.

Mr. Ebi has excellent leadership skills and has successfully led high profile turnaround initiatives for challenged organizations.
In recognition of his sound professional background and track record of meritorious service, he was awarded the National Honor of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2007. In 2006, the Chartered Institute of Bankers awarded him a Fellow of the Institute (FCIB).

Mr. Ebi has also served on several national committees including Presidential Committee on the Consolidation of Emoluments in the Public Sector, Presidential Committee on Rural Transportation and Federal Government Task Force on Corporate Governance and Control in NNPC and other agencies within the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

He is an erudite professional and a consummate administrator. He holds a bachelor degree in Marketing from the prestigious Howard University, Washington D.C U.S.A. and an MBA from the same school. In the course of his career, he has attended several leadership and professional courses in high profile institutions including IMD Switzerland, INSEAD Business School, Harvard, Oxford Said Business School and Brandeis University.

Mr Ebi is a member of various professional bodies including the Bank Directors Association of Nigeria and the Institute of Directors. Socially, he is a member of Metropolitan Club, Ikoyi Club 1938 and IBB International Golf Club. He supports various charities and is happily married with children.

NNAMDI J. OKONKWO
NNAMDI J. OKONKWOManaging Director/Chief Executive Officer
Nnamdi is a graduate of University of Benin, Nigeria from where he obtained a first degree in Agricultural Economics. He holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from Enugu State University of Technology, Nigeria. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme of INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France.

Nnamdi has attended business, leadership and management training programs locally and overseas, in some of the world’s leading institutions including Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School and Stanford Graduate School.

Mr. Okonkwo’s banking career started in 1990 at Merchant Bank of Africa, Nigeria. His early career was further nurtured in Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria where he rose to become a Manager and was appointed the pioneer Branch Manager of Onitsha Branch before moving on.

He later worked in other financial institutions, notably United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc where he held various managerial and leadership positions including Regional Bank Head in Lagos, Regional Director, Federal Capital, Nigeria, Project Director, and Head of Corporate Banking and Multinational Corporates Division. The high point of his career in UBA came when he was appointed Managing Director/CEO of UBA Ghana and later elevated to Regional CEO of the bank’s West Africa Monetary Zone covering Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In 2012, Nnamdi took advantage of an existing opportunity and joined Fidelity Bank Plc., Nigeria as Executive Director in charge of the Bank’s businesses in Southern Nigeria, a position he held until January 1, 2014 when he was appointed Managing Director/CEO of Fidelity Bank.

Mr. Okonkwo also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Nigeria Inter-Bank settlement system Plc and Unified Payment Services Limited.

MOHAMMED BALARABE
MOHAMMED BALARABEDeputy Managing Director/Executive Compliance Officer
Mohamed Balarabe serves as Deputy Managing Director and in addition oversees the Bank’s business in Abuja and the Northern area of Nigeria.

Well experienced across various aspects of banking spanning more than 25 years, Balarabe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom, and an M.Sc. in Finance from the University of Lagos. He is a chartered stockbroker and dealing member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Mohammed Balarabe was an Executive Director with Oceanic Bank International Plc and Ecobank Nigeria Limited prior to joining Fidelity Bank Plc. He was also a General Manager in United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc and had been the General Manager & Chief Executive of Newdevco Finance Services Company Limited. He was appointed to the Board in April, 2012.

CHIJIOKE UGOCHUKWU
CHIJIOKE UGOCHUKWUExecutive Director
Chijioke Ugochukwu started her work life as a Youth Corper at Fidelity Union Merchant Bank Limited in 1989 and has over 28 years industry experience. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Hons.) degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Barrister at Law (BL) from the Nigerian Law School. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from IESE, Barcelona, Spain.

Ugochukwu was General Manager, Legal Services and Company Secretary of Fidelity Bank Plc until April 2012, when she joined the Board of the Bank as Executive Director, Shared Services and Chief Information Officer with responsibility for Information Technology, Operations, Corporate Services, Human Resources, Legal Services and Service Excellence. She is a regular speaker on Personal Financial Planning and Wealth Preservation and has written several enriching and educating papers on these topics.

She has attended several Executive Education programs globally at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Oxford Said Business School and The Wharton School amongst others.

Chijioke is also an Honorary Member, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Associate Member, Institute of Directors and Member, Chartered Institute of Registrars. She is currently the Executive Director, Shared Services & Products with additional responsibilities for Retail Banking, Small and Medium Enterprises as well as Export & Agriculture.

AKU P. ODINKEMELU
AKU P. ODINKEMELUExecutive Director
Aku Odinkemelu is an alumna of the prestigious Harvard Business School, Cambridge Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Hons) degree from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus and a Barrister at Law (BL) from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos as well as Dual MBA degrees from IMD Switzerland and CKGSB, China.

With over 30 years top notch experience in first class banking Institutions including Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc, Equatorial Trust Bank Plc, and Continental Merchant Bank, formerly Chase Manhattan Inc., Aku is skilled in most key areas of banking including Legal, Documentation and Credit Control, Business Development, Credits and Loan Structuring, Strategy, Relationship Management and Marketing.

She served as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Mansard Assurance (formerly Guaranty Trust Assurance) and Guaranty Trust Bank, Sierra Leone, prior to her appointment as Executive Director in Fidelity Bank Plc in August, 2014. She currently oversees the South Directorate of the Bank.

NNEKA CHINWE ONYEALI-IKPE
NNEKA CHINWE ONYEALI-IKPEExecutive Director
Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe was appointed to the Board of Fidelity Bank Plc on July 2, 2015 and currently oversees the Lagos and Southwest Directorate. Since joining the Bank, she has returned the Directorate to profitability and sustained impressive year on year growth.

She has over 27 years industry experience across various banks namely Enterprise Bank Plc, Standard Chartered Bank Plc, Zenith International Bank Plc and Citizens International Bank Limited, where she worked in various departments including Legal, Treasury, Investment Banking, Retail/Commercial Banking and Corporate Banking. Nneka has been involved in the structuring of complex transactions in various sectors including Oil & Gas Downstream, Manufacturing, Aviation, Real estate and Export.

As an Executive Director at Enterprise Bank Plc, she received formal commendation from the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) as a member of the management team that successfully restructured and turned around Enterprise Bank Plc.

Nneka holds Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Kings College, London, respectively. She has attended executive training programs at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD School of Business and Chicago Booth School of Business amongst others.

MR. ROBERT NNANA-KALU
MR. ROBERT NNANA-KALU
Nnana-Kalu holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations as well as Bachelor of Laws from University of Kent, at Canterbury, Kent, England. He also obtained a Master of Laws from Kings College, University of London, England.

He practiced law in the firm of Chief K. K. Ogba Chambers, Owerri, before joining Star Paper Mills Limited as Manager, Legal Services & Corporate Affairs. He rose to the position of Executive Director in the company in 1995 a position he holds till date.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr Nnana-Kalu was the Chairman of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) Imo/Abia Chapter and a National Council Member of the Association. He joined the Board of Fidelity Bank in July 2012.

PST. KINGS C. AKUMA
PST. KINGS C. AKUMANon-Executive Director
Kings C. Akuma currently heads the Non-Oil & Gas business of ALCON Nigeria Limited, a major player in the oil, gas and power sector. Prior to joining ALCON, he was the Managing Director of Hammakopp Consortium Limited, an affiliate of Nestoil Group Plc, where he served as the Executive Director in charge of Operations and Quality. He holds a B.Sc in Accounting from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Lagos.

Akuma is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, and is regarded by his peers and contemporaries as a thoroughbred strategic change management specialist with core competence in organisational structure and financial due diligence review. He coordinated comprehensive financial due diligence on several banks and has over three decades of in-depth understanding of banking/finance operations, consulting, manufacturing, oil & gas, due diligence and forensic accounting. He joined the Board of Fidelity Bank on November 25, 2016.

MICHAEL E OKEKE
MICHAEL E OKEKENon-Executive Director
Michael Ezechukwu Okeke holds a B.Sc degree in Estate Management and Post Graduate Diploma in Political Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also holds an MBA in Business Administration from the Metropolitan School of Business & Management, United Kingdom.

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loan & Risk Management of Nigeria and a Member of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors & Valuers (NIESV), with professional specialization in property valuation, project finance, procurements, syndicated asset management and valuation of aviation and navigation installations including aircraft, ships and vessels.

He is currently the Managing Partner of Okeke, Oriala & Co, Chartered Estate Surveyors & Valuers and sits on the Board of Tahila Shelters Limited, a real estate company. He joined the Board of Fidelity Bank Plc with effect from October 23, 2014.

ALEX C. OJUKWU
ALEX C. OJUKWUNon-Executive Director
Alex C. Ojukwu has over 26 years’ experience in diverse fields including Banking Services, Risk Management, Control, Audit, Marketing, Power, Mining, Steel and Manufacturing. He was the Assistant Vice President in charge of Remedial Assets Management in PHB Plc (now Keystone Bank Limited) until 2010.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Ogun State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Federal University of Technology, Akure. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB), an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and Member of the Institute of Risk Management.

He was the Executive Director, Risk Management, Western Goldfields Group Limited and also the founder and Managing Partner of Damos Practice – Risk Management Consultants.

For five years until 2016, he was on secondment from ‘Chicason Group’ to Afro Asia Automobile and Manufacturing Company Limited (a member of the Group) as Managing Director. He is currently the Executive Director in charge of Mining and Special Projects in Chicason Group. He joined Fidelity Bank Plc as a Non-Executive Director with effect from October 23, 2014.

OTUNBA SENI ADETU
OTUNBA SENI ADETUIndependent Director
Seni Adetu brings to the Board, over 30 years of quality private sector experience garnered at the highest levels with John Holt Plc, Coca-Cola International and Diageo/Guinness Plc in different countries within and outside Africa. He holds a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration (with specialization in Marketing), both from the University of Lagos.

He was at various times MD of Coca-Cola English West Africa based in Ghana and became the first African MD/CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of Guinness Ghana Plc; He was Group MD/CEO Diageo East Africa based in Kenya and until December 2014, was the MD/CEO of Guinness Nigeria Plc and Executive Chairman Diageo Brands Nigeria.

He has considerable expertise in commercial, financial and governance best practices. A great marketer renowned for championing innovation in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector, he was named runner-up Forbes/CNBC Business Leader/CEO of the Year 2012 in East Africa.

Adetu is the Founder/Group CEO of First Primus W.A. Limited, an upscale integrated marketing communications company. He is also the Founder and Group CEO of Algorithm Media Limited, a media specialist communications agency in Nigeria and affiliate of GroupM, one of the largest media networks in the world. He is a leadership coach and facilitates on the Chief Executive Program of the Lagos Business School. He joined the Board of Fidelity Bank on April 28, 2016.

CHIEF CHARLES C. UMOLU
CHIEF CHARLES C. UMOLUNon-Executive Director
Charles Umolu, is the Managing Consultant and Chief Executive of Corimol Consulting Limited, a firm engaged in banking and financial consulting. He has over 18 years’ cognate experience in banking. He trained as a banker with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York, United States of America. He obtained a B.Sc degree in Economics from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife and a Masters in Business Administration from the same institution.

Umolu has served on the board of various organizations as Executive and Non-Executive Director, including a five year stint with Keystone Bank Plc as Non-Executive Director. He was the Managing Director/CEO of Comet Merchant Bank Limited (1995-1997) a position he held until he retired in 1997 to set up Corimol Consulting Limited. He currently serves on the board of Profound Finance & Investments Limited – a subsidiary of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). He joined the Board of Fidelity Bank on November 25, 2016.

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