The management team of the group is made up of a crop of seasoned and industry-recognized professionals, with diverse (but complementary) skills in various backgrounds, as well as depth of experience (garnered from national and international institutions). Over the years, these executives have brought their knowledge, experience and leadership to bear on the development and delivery of solutions (through products and services) to meet the needs of our customers and, in the process, contributing to sustaining the performance of the group till date.
Tony O. Elumelu, C.O.N
Tony O. Elumelu is a visionary entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Born, raised and educated in Africa, Mr. Elumelu has been responsible for creating businesses across the continent, in sectors critical to Africa’s economic development.
In 2010, he founded Heirs Holdings, an African investment holding company, with investments in financial services, power generation, oil and gas, agribusiness, real estate and hospitality. In the same year, he established the Tony Elumelu Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropy, dedicated to catalyzing entrepreneurship across Africa.
He is Chairman of Heirs Holdings as well as UBA Group Plc and Transcorp Plc, which is Nigeria’s largest listed conglomerate.
In his early career, Mr. Elumelu turned the financially distressed Standard Trust Bank (STB) into a top-five financial services player in Nigeria. In 2005, he led the largest merger in the banking sector in sub-Saharan Africa, between STB and United Bank for Africa (UBA). Today, UBA operates in 19 African countries, as well as New York, London and Paris.
Mr. Elumelu is the author and leading proponent of “Africapitalism,” an economic philosophy which advocates for the private sector’s commitment to Africa’s development through long-term investment in strategic sectors of the economy, that drive economic prosperity and social wealth.
In 2003, the federal government of Nigeria conferred the honour of Member of the Federal Republic on Mr. Elumelu. In 2012 he was awarded named a Commander of the Order of the Niger for his service in promoting private enterprise. In 2013, Mr. Elumelu received the Leadership Award in Business and Philanthropy from the Africa-America Institute Awards. He was also named African Business Icon at the 2013 African Business Awards.
Mr. Elumelu presently serves as a member of the Global Advisory Board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL) and USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa Partners Forum.
He sits on the Nigerian President’s Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council and serves as Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Global Food Security. He played a leading role in the formation of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria and now serves as its vice chairman. He chairs the Ministerial Committee to establish world-class hospitals and diagnostic centres across Nigeria, at the invitation of the Federal Government.
Mr. Elumelu is on Twitter @TonyOElumelu. For further information, please go to: www.tonyelumelu.com
Amb Joseph C. Keshi O.O.N
Ambassador Joseph Keshi was appointed the Vice Chairman of UBA in 2011. A career diplomat of over thirty-five years; Amb. Keshi’s experience has included serving Nigeria in some of its most eminent government departments. He successfully served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Cabinet Secretariat and The Ministry of the Presidency.
His work has taken him across four continents where he was Charge d’Affaires for the Embassy of Nigeria in The Hague, Netherlands and was Consul-General of Nigeria in Atlanta, Georgia. Ambassador Keshi has also ardently championed Nigeria being better perceived on the international stage, critical to the country’s growth and development. His work at UBA sees him supporting the Executive Management in their steering the organisation to achieving its goal of serving all of its customers. Amb. Keshi is the holder of a BSc in Political Science from the University of Ibadan and an M.A. in Administration and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.
Mr. Kennedy Uzoka is the General Managing Director/ CEO of UBA. Mr. Uzoka has had a lengthy career at the bank, which over the course of two decades has seen him at the helm of a number of critical departments. Prior to his appointment as GMD/CEO, he was the Deputy Managing Director and CEO of UBA Africa.
A keen adaptor of technology and modernity, Mr. Uzoka has supervised two strategic support functions in the bank: Information Technology and E-Banking. Most recently, Mr. Uzoka has spearheaded the Customer Focused revolution in the bank which has created a fully digital, 24/7 user-friendly experience that aims to anticipate and fulfill our customer’s expectations.
Mr. Uzoka’s career commenced at Standard Trust Bank where prior to the merger he served as Regional Director South East and Chief Marketing Officer of the bank. His extensive experience within UBA has given him a birds’ eye view of the organisation’s capabilities and he is committed to enhancing performance, delivery, and processes to ensure that customers, large and small, investors and shareholders see UBA as their preferred financial institution. Prior to his role as CEO, UBA Africa he was Head of Strategy and Business Transformation, Head of Resources and supervised the bank’s businesses in New York and London.
Mr. Uzoka is the holder of a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Benin an MBA from the University of Lagos and an AMP from Harvard Business School.
Currently the CEO Africa, Anglophone, joined the UBA Group in 1997. A member of the Association of Bank Directors in Nigeria and also a Catholic Knight, Oliver had previously supervised the Bank’s Public Sector and Personal Banking businesses. Oliver has over 25 years of banking experience.
Mr. Chiugo Ndubisi
Appointed Executive Director/GCOO
Chiugo holds a first-class honors degree in Engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Lagos. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Chiugo’s career spans over 20 years in the Banking industry.
Prior to UBA, he was an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Diamond Bank Plc, a position he held until the merger of Diamond Bank and Access Bank in April 2019.
In the course of his career, Chiugo has served as a member of the Board of Trustees, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Banking Industry Resolution Trust fund, as well as a member of the Audit Committee of the Nigeria Interbank Settlement Systems (NIBSS).
He has been involved in several transformational projects and has in-depth knowledge and experience in Financial Control, Mergers and Acquisition, Investor Relations, Cost Management, and Business Transformation.
He has attended various international and local courses including the Advanced Management Program (AMP) of the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania), Driving Strategic Impact Program of the Columbia Business School and the HSBC International Bankers’ course in London. He is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School (Pan-African University) Senior Management Program (SMP).
Chiugo joined United Bank for Africa in May 2019.
Chukwuma Nweke, currently the Head of Operations and Information Technology, is an Accounting graduate of the University of Nigeria at Nsukka (best graduating student) and holds an MBA from the same university. Chuks is also a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has over 25 years of banking experience.
The Group Chief Risk Officer, is a Chartered Accountant, with an MBA from the University of Benin. He has been with the Group since 2006 and has served in a number of prominent roles, first as Group Head of Operations in South and South East Banks and then for a period of five years, as General Manager at the Bank’s New York branch. Uche has over 27 years of banking experience.
Isaac Olukayode Fasola
Mr. Isaac Olukayode Fasola is a consummate professional with over 30 years’ cognate experience obtained from Management and Board positions covering banking operations, risk management, credit analysis, insurance, asset management, business strategy/development, performance management, and corporate governance. Mr. Fasola previously served as an Executive Director of a commercial Bank in Nigeria. Mr. Fasola holds 2 MBAs and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Administration.
Mrs. Onari Duke has led a distinguished career which has straddled the roles of lawyer, public servant, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The former First Lady of Cross Rivers State, Nigeria, Mrs. Duke used her position to raise awareness and currently serves as the Country Director of EMPRETEC Nigeria Foundation; a United Nations Centre for Trade & Development (UNCTAD) Private Sector Support Initiative that aims to assist Nigerians to achieve high levels of productivity and competitiveness among SMEs.
Mrs. Duke is also the Managing Partner of the law firm Duke and Bobmanuel. She is a certified Mediation/Dispute Resolution Consultant. In addition to this she serves as the Executive Chairman of Allied Merchants & Brokers Limited, a leading merchandising and brokerage firm.
Alhaji Abdulqadir Jeli Bello
Mr. Abdulqadir J. Bello, a Chartered Accountant, has over 30 years’ corporate experience in the banking sector, during which period he held several senior Management positions in various Banks. He also previously served as the Group Chief Credit Officer of UBA and thereafter as the Executive Director in charge of Risk Management for UBA Group.
Samuel Oni, FCA
High Chief Samuel Oni is a career banker with over 30 years’ experience who has held several senior roles within the Central Bank of Nigeria. Prior to his retirement, High Chief Oni was the Director of Banking Supervision at the CBN and played a critical role during the 2009 banking financial crisis. His timely interventions resulted in him receiving a special commendation from the Board of the CBN.
Additionally, High Chief Oni was the Chairman of the committee set up by the CBN to supervise the establishment of the Asset Management Corporation Nigeria (AMCON). An accountant by training, he is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, London and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nigeria.
High Chief Samuel Oni holds an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ilorin.
Ms. Angela Aneke is a board advisor, banker and a strategic thinker with over 30 years’ experience in financial services, in the areas of financial control, strategy, transaction banking, corporate banking, retail banking, and governance. Ms. Aneke has held executive management and board positions in several international and regional institutions, including Ecobank Transnational Incorporated and the United Bank for Africa.
Erelu Angela Adebayo
Erelu Angela Adebayo who graduated with an M.Phil in Land Economy from Cambridge University is the former First Lady of Ekiti State in Nigeria. Mrs. Adebayo previously served on the boards of several organizations, including the Dangote Foundation, DN Meyer Plc, Wemabod Estates. Mrs. Adebayo is a council member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and has worked extensively on real estate development and She is the Chairman of the Erelu Adebayo Foundation for the underprivileged.
Caroline Anyanwu holds a First-Class degree in Statistics from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria and has worked extensively in the fields of accounting, taxation, credit risk and banking throughout her career of close to four decades. She worked at UBA from 1996-2006, where she held the position of Head, Credit Risk Management. Mrs. Anyanwu also served as the Deputy Managing Director of Diamond Bank with supervisory responsibility for risk management, until her retirement in 2019.
At UBA, we realise that our people remain our most valuable assets. Our people are our competitive edge in a highly dynamic and competitive banking environment. We have invested in the best performance management systems to ensure our people always have the cutting-edge skills to excel in what they do.
We also have in place financial and non-financial incentive schemes, including a staff recognition scheme to reward our high-performance staff members for excelling in their duties.
Our staff is multicultural, multilingual, and highly diverse in outlook, reflecting the richness and diversity of the 22 countries we operate in. Our people strategy is hinged on always seeking to employ the best people, and creating a conducive environment for them to excel in their work and to delight customers, while providing competitive remuneration and reward systems to retain our best hands.
UBA employees are fondly referred to as the ‘UBA Lions and Lionesses’, reflecting the confidence with which they deliver financial solutions to the bank’s customers.