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President Buhari’s Three Hottest Technocrat Ministers

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*Highly educated outstanding technocrats Onyeama, Kachikwu and Enelamah*

*These are the technocrats that will change Nigeria and make the nation proud*

(1) Minster for Foreign Affairs—-Geoffrey Onyeama his father is late former Chief Judge Justice Onyeama; from Enugu State. His father is a close confident and adviser to Dr. Azikiwe former Nigerian president

Geoffrey Onyeama, Assistant Director General, Coordination Sector for External Relations

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of the 17 specialized agencies of the United Nations. WIPO was created in 1967 “to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the WORLD. Responsible, during various periods, for the WIPO External Offices in Brussels, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

CURRICULUM VITAE OF MR. GEOFFREY ONYEAMA

Date of Birth: February 2, 1956

Nationality: Nigerian

Family status: Married with three children

Education: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Political Science, Columbia University (Columbia College), New York, USA, (1977)

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Law, Cambridge University (St. John’s College), Cambridge, United Kingdom (1980)

Master of Laws (LL.M), Law, University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, United Kingdom (1982)

Master of Arts (MA), Law, Cambridge University (St. John’s College), Cambridge, United Kingdom (1984)

Academic Recognition:

• Dean’s List of Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, USA

Professional Qualification:

• Barrister-at-law, Gray’s Inn, London, United Kingdom (1981)

• Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Nigerian Law School, Lagos, Nigeria (1983)

Work Experience:

• Research Officer, Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Lagos, Nigeria, (1983-1984)

• Law Practitioner, Mogboh and Associates, Enugu, Nigeria (1984-1985)

1985 to present – World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

1985-1986 – Assistant Program Officer, Development Cooperation and External Relations, Bureau for Africa and Western Asia (The Bureau was renamed the Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Africa at the end of 1985)

1986-1990 – Program Officer, Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Africa

1990-1996 – Senior Program Officer, Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Africa

1996-1998 – Senior Counsellor, Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Africa

(The Bureau was renamed the Cooperation for Development Bureau for Africa at the end of 1997)

1998 – Deputy Director, Cooperation for Development Bureau for Africa

1998-1999 – Acting Director, Cooperation for Development Bureau for Africa (The Bureau was renamed the Economic Development Bureau for Africa at the end of 2003)

1999-2006 – Director, Cooperation for Development Bureau for Africa

2006-2009 – Assistant Director General, Coordination Sector for External Relations, Industry, Communications and Public Outreach.

Responsible for: coordinating relations with United Nations (UN) organizations, other intergovernmental organizations, industry, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); and responsible for communication, public outreach, media relations and gender focal point.

* In this capacity, initiated, in 2008, with the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO), the process within WIPO that culminated in the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled 2006-2012 Responsible, during various periods, for the WIPO External Offices in Brussels, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

1/12/2009 to – Deputy Director General, Development Sector.

Present Responsible for: the regional bureaus for Africa, Arab Countries, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean; the Least-Developed Countries Division (LDCs); the Development Agenda Coordination Division (DACD); the WIPO Academy and the Special Projects Division.

Languages:

• English, French, German and Ibo

(2) Minster for Industry, Investments and Trade— Okechukwu Enelamah

Dr. Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah

Co-Founder and CEO, African Capital Alliance, Africa largest equity and hedge fund firm.  

He is from Umuahia in Abia State, Nigeria

His father is late Methodist Church Reverend Enelamah from Umuahia.

His father was a close confidant to Dr. Michael Okpara former premier of eastern Nigeria. A graduate of UNN, Nsukka medical school.

Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah

Co-Founder and CEO, African Capital Alliance==Africa largest equity and hedge fund firm

He is from Umuahia in Abia State, Nigeria

Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah is a Medical Doctor and the Chief  Executive Officer, Partner, and Founder of the African Capital Alliance.

Okechukwu founded the firm in the year 1997. He was among the original principals of Zephyr Capital and South Africa Capital Growth Fund, Ltd. In the past, Okechukwu was an employee of Arthur Andersen and Goldman Sachs. He was an investment professional at Zephyr Management, L.P. Okechukwu  Enelamah was as a Director of Dorman Long Engineering Limited, and was a Non-Executive Director of UAC of Nigeria Plc since 2010. He has been a member of  the Board of  several companies including Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA), eTranzact, Cornerstone Insurance Plc, Technoserve, Inc., and Business Day.

Dr. Enelamah was also the Director of African Venture Capital Association; a Member of the Board of Africa Venture Capital Association and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association; a Director of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association; a Member of the Advisory Boards Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa; member Board of Flavours Food Limited and Landmark Property Development Company; a Director of Associated Bus Company Plc (ABC).

Professional Qualification/Membership:

Dr Okechukwu Enelemah is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute;

A qualified medical doctor;

A Chartered Financial Analyst;

A Chartered Accountant;

Holds an M.B.A. degree with high distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah is a Co-Founder and the CEO of African Capital Alliance. His previous employers include Zephyr Capital, South Africa Capital Growth Fund, Ltd., Arthur Andersen, and Goldman Sachs. He serves as Director of Dorman Long Engineering Limited, UAC of Nigeria Plc, and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. He also serves on the Board of eTranzact, Cornerstone Insurance Co. Plc, Technoserve, Inc., Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (ALIWA), and Business Day. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He is a medical doctor, a C.F.A., and a Chartered Accountant in Nigeria, winning two national prizes in the qualifying examinations. Enelamah holds an M.B.A. degree with high distinction from the Harvard Business, where he was a Baker Scholar.

8 Things You Absolutely Need To Know About Okechukwu Enelamah

Okechukwu ‘Okey’ Enelamah emerged as a surprise addition to President Buhari’s list of ministers.

His emergence has sent waves of enthusiasm and a sense of renewed goodwill for the President among the investor and analyst community.

Professionals see him as one of the very bright spots in the cabinet and are excited about the prospects of having his invaluable insight and global financial expertise in Nigeria’s government. Some have tipped him to bag the position of finance minister.

Here is what we know about him:

 1. He was nominated by VP Osinbajo:

Among the 37 nominees put forward by the various interests groups within the presidency, he was the only candidate nominated by Vice President Osinbajo.

 2. He is a pastor

Just like the Vice President Osinbajo, Okey Enelamah is active in his local church, serving his congregation in a pastoral capacity.

 3. He is one of the first few to hold the CFA certification in Nigeria

Okey was one of the first few people in the country to bag the designation of a Chartered Financial Analyst.

 He was awarded his CFA charter as far back as September 1997.

 4. He is a luminary in the world of finance and investment

With five funds and an excess of $700m of assets under management, Okey’s firm, Africa Capital Alliance (ACA), is the largest Private Equity firm in Nigeria, and one of the largest in West Africa.

 He cofounded the Private Equity firm after his time in Goldman Sachs, after which he cofounded Zephyr Management LP in New York in 1993. He became a principal at Capital Zephyr in South Africa between 1995 and 1997, where he helped launch a $150 million fund for direct equity investments in South Africa.

 After Zephyr, he co-founded ACA.

 5. He is also an academic luminary

He is a qualified chartered accountant and chartered financial analyst. He was elected George F. Baker Scholar and designated Loeb Fellow for academic excellence in the area of finance at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he earned a Masters in Business Administration [MBA] with distinction in 1994.

6. Asides from being a finance and management consulting expert, he is trained as a medical doctor

Although he is a medical doctor by training, Enelamah started on in finance in 1988 at Arthur Andersen & Co. now KPMG, where he led project teams as senior consultant and audit senior.

7. His Private Equity firm is known for its ground-breaking investments

His firm ACA says its mission is to create value by mobilizing capital, to unlock Africa’s private sector potential.

 The firm was responsible for birthing MTN Nigeria, a subsidiary of South Africa’s MTN Group.

 It started its investment in MTN Nigeria in 2001 with $5million, followed up by a $5.7 million second investment round. It later organized local investors and raised $70 million for further investments.

 After helping to see Nigeria’s telecoms industry outgrow South Africa’s as the continent’s largest, his company exited in 2012, with a whooping Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 77 percent (according to an ACA Presentation).

  8. He is a familiar face in many boardrooms across corporate Nigeria

 Okey is on the board of UAC of Nigeria, Cornerstone Insurance Plc, e-Tranzact Global Limited, TechnoServe, Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa and Africa Venture Capital Association. He is also the Chairman of the Boards of Flavours Food Limited and Landmark Property Development Company (LPDC

(3) DR. Ibe Kachikwu (Delta) as Minister of State for Petroleum

He is from Anioma,  Delta State

Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu Takes over as GMD of NNPC

Newly appointed Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has assumed duty as the Chief Executive of the Corporation at a brief handover ceremony held at the NNPC Towers, Abuja on Tuesday.

Until his appointment, Dr. Kachikwu was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil (Africa).

Speaking at the event, the new helmsman expressed gratitude to his predecessor, Dr. Joseph T. Dawha for his hard work in holding the Corporation while pledging to work assiduously in achieving the president’s growth aspiration for the oil and gas industry.

Dr. Kachikwu is a First Class Graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nigerian Law School. He also holds Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Law from the Harvard Law School.

He started his working career with the Nigerian/American Merchant Bank before moving on to Texaco Nigeria Limited from where he joined Exxon-Mobil

TheCitizen was reliably informed that his name made the coveted list because he is a friend to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff Abba Kyari who made a strong recommendation for him.

It was gathered that both attended Cambridge University in the 1980s and have been close friends ever since then. Before the final list was read out on the floor of the Senate yesterday, most observers predicted that Osita Okechukwu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in Enugu State, and an indigene of Eke like Onyeama, would be the nominee from the state.

While some dropped the name of Prof Bat Nnaji, the former Minister of Power as a possible nominee, Onyeama is the fourth son of Charles Dadi Onyeama, who was Nigeria’s first ever judge at the International Court of Justice at the Hague, and younger brother of author Dilibe.

The nominee also read law at Cambridge after a degree in Political Science from Columbia University and has worked with the World Intellectual Property Organisation since the 1980s.

Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu Takes over as GMD of NNPC

Newly appointed Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has assumed duty as the Chief Executive of the Corporation at a brief handover ceremony held at the NNPC Towers, Abuja on Tuesday.

Until his appointment, Dr. Kachikwu was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil (Africa).

Speaking at the event, the new helmsman expressed gratitude to his predecessor, Dr. Joseph T. Dawha for his hard work in holding the Corporation while pledging to work assiduously in achieving the president’s growth aspiration for the oil and gas industry.

Dr. Kachikwu is a First Class Graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nigerian Law School. He also holds Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Law from the Harvard Law School.

He started his working career with the Nigerian/American Merchant Bank before moving on to Texaco Nigeria Limited from where he joined Exxon-Mobil

Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is a distinction graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Nigerian Law School. He bagged first class degree in Law and was best graduand and multiple awards winner from both Institutions. He thereafter obtained a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Law from Harvard Law School USA, with distinctions. He has worked as an Investment Attorney in USA, as General Counsel with Texaco Upstream and Downstream in Nigeria and is now Executive Vice Chairman of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and General Counsel for ExxonMobil Nigeria affiliate Upstream and Downstream Companies in Nigeria.

He has forayed into business, working as Chairman and CEO of his own Companies in Downstream Petroleum, Law Practice and consultancy and Publishing. He has lectured in Nigeria, at Harvard and various Institutions around the world as either a visiting lecturer or professor in Law. He has three published law books in Investment Law and Contracts and numerous articles in various Journals. In his capacity as the Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil in Nigeria, he oversees the Compliance programs of ExxonMobil in Nigeria and advices on issues related to adherence with compliance regulations and Anti-Corruption Laws for the Company in Africa. – www.kennapartners.com, 12 May 2012

Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is a distinction graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Nigerian Law School. He bagged his first class degree in Law and was best graduand and multiple awards winner from both Institutions. He thereafter obtained a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Law from Harvard Law School USA, with distinctions.

He has worked as an Investment Attorney in USA, as General Counsel with Texaco Upstream and Downstream in Nigeria and is now Executive Vice Chairman of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and General Counsel for Exxon Mobil Nigeria affiliate Upstream and Downstream Companies in Nigeria.

He has forayed into business, working as Chairman and CEO of his own Companies in Downstream Petroleum, Law Practice and Consultancy and Publishing. He has lectured in Nigeria, at Harvard and various Institutions around the world as either a visiting lecturer or professor in Law.

He has three published law books in Investment Law and Contracts and numerous articles in various Journals. In his capacity as General Counsel of Exxon Mobil in Nigeria, he oversees the compliance programs of Exxon Mobil in Nigeria and advices on issues related to adherence with compliance regulations and Anti-Corruption Laws for the company in Africa.

[CourtesyAfrica Today]


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