Our Board of Directors
Ms. Tinuade Awe
Ms. Tinuade Awe is the Executive Director, Regulation at The Nigerian Stock Exchange. Prior to attaining the position of Executive Director at The Exchange, she was the General Counsel and Head of the Legal and Regulation Division, overseeing the activities of five (5) Departments. She is responsible for ensuring that The Exchange’s policies, business operations, and its relationships with regulators, its members, issuers, and other stakeholders are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. She has responsibility for the regulation of the two primary stakeholder groups of The Exchange, i.e., the Dealing Members that trade on The Exchange and issuers that have securities listed on The Exchange.
She served as Secretary to the National Council of The Exchange from January 2011 to October 2015. During this period, she played a key role in building the governance structure of The Exchange. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Investors’ Protection Fund of The Exchange and was recently re-appointed to the Board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria(FRC) for a second term where she heads the Corporate Governance Committee of the FRC Board which has the responsibility to review and implement the suspended 2016 National Code of Corporate Governance. She is also a member of the Finance and General Purpose Committee of the FRC Board. Additionally, she was recently appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the Board of the Central Securities Clearing System Plc.
She previously worked withBanwo & Ighodalo, Lagos; the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in The Hague; the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva; andSimpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York. She has a wealth of experience spanning over twenty-four (24) years.
She has an LL.B Degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, graduating as the Best Female Studentin the Faculty of Law. She finished at the Nigerian Law School with First Class Honors, graduating as Best Overall Student. She also holds LL.M Degrees from Harvard Law School, where she was a Landon H. Gammon Fellow, as well as The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she graduated with Merit. At the LSE, she was a British Council Scholar. She is admitted to both the Nigerian and New York Bars.
Ms. Awe’s interests include education, travelling, African art, and gender and development.
Soji has over 30 years working experience establishing ventures and working in more formal settings. He was Managing Director of SAP Nigeria Ltd. and West Africa Regional Director for SAP Africa (Pty) Ltd. He is a co-founder of the Convention on Business Integrity Ltd.(Gte.) and Integrity Organisation (1995).
For the last 20 years he has designed and implemented anti-corruption initiatives in Africa. Soji was appointed in May 2008 to the International Working Group of the UN Global Compact on the 10th Principle (anti-corruption). He was on the editorial board of the 2009 TI Global Corruption Report and was member of the Organizing Committee of the 12th International Anti-Corruption Conference which took place in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He was for 3 years, consultant to the Governance and Institutions Policy Commission of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG). He has worked on very high profile, sensitive assignments for many years and is the author of several research reports on different aspects of governance. Soji also led the effort to develop a Corporate Governance Rating System (CGRS) launched November 2014, which forms the foundation of the new Premium Board for the Nigeria Stock Exchange and a tradable Corporate Governance Index. His current work also includes the development of a new Due Diligence Portal and e-Learning Platform for Director anticorruption/corporate governance education.
He is a 2008 Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa (of the Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colorado). He is a respected strategic thinker and implementer whose work is followed internationally.
Cynthia Akpomudiare worked with The Nigerian Stock Exchange in various capacities between 1991 and 2014 and was a member of the steering committee on the Corporate Governance Rating System at the NSE during the developmental stage prior to the launch of the pilot phase. She was instrumental to the introduction and implemented financial penalties to quoted companies for infractions on the NSE’s post listing requirements, involved in the setting up of the call over trading system at the Sierra Leone Stock Exchange as a consultant/Adviser from January to July 2010, consultant/ adviser to the board of the Sierra Leone Stock Exchange from January to July 2010, organised NSE international road shows targeted at the Nigerians in the diaspora resulting in increased foreign investments from the Nigerians into the Nigerian Capital Market between 2004 and 2008. Currently on the steering board of the corporate governance rating system. She is the Project Director for the Corporate Governance Rating System and the Director, Stakeholder Relations at the convention of business integrity.
Wole is an award winning anchor, producer and former West Africa editor at CNBC Africa. He is the presenter of CNBC Africa’s daily markets preview programme Open Exchange West Africa(airs weekdays from 8:30 am WAT on CNBC Africa). Until April 2018, he was a Fellow responsible for Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Nigeria’s leading think-tank focused on advocacy and intervention for a more open and competitive business environment. He remains a technical anchor/secretary and played a leading role in the creation of the Finance, Financial Markets and Financial Inclusion Policy Commission (FINPC) of the NESG. The FINPC comprises five smaller groups that advocate for policy reforms relating to Financial Markets, Financial Inclusion, Fintech and traditional financial services.
Wole studied at the University of Lagos, Nigeria where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance. This cultivated his keen interest in economics and financial markets. Between 1999 and 2010, he pursued a career in investment management and research. Over this period, Wole worked at FSDH Securities, Lead Capital, Afrinvest and PHB Asset Management and was the head of investment research at all these organisations. He also had a brief stint as head of investor relations at the former Bank PHB. He joined CNBC Africa in June 2010 and, until August 2017, he was the Markets Editor for West Africa, managing the editorial team and responsible for news/content from the region. He was also the presenter of Mind your Business, a radio show focused on entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
Wole is also a highly sought after moderator at events and panel discussions on a wide range of business topics. He has moderated numerous live/recorded dialogues and events that featured African business and political leaders as well as many international speakers.
Prior to joining CNBC Africa, Wole was a freelance analyst for the Economic Intelligence Unit, writing/contributing to several reports including the Nigeria Country Commerce and Country Finance reports.
Nelson M. Anumaka
Mr. Nelson M. Anumaka holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration, Second Class Honours, Upper Division from the University of Benin and obtained an MBA (Accountancy) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB) and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA). He is also a Chartered Public Finance Accountant, London (CPFA).
He started his career withFirst Bank of Nigeria Plc. as a Management Trainee/NYSC in Port Harcourt. He left First Bank of Nigeria Plc. in July, 1982 to join NigerianTelecommunications Ltd. as an Accountant II from where he rose to Senior Accountant1 in 1987.
Nelsonjoined the services of Afribank Plc in 1989 as a Pro- Manager and left in 1992 as an Assistant Managermoving on to Trade Bank Plc as the pioneer Manager for Aba branch in 1992. Having established Trade Bank Plc Aba branch as a force to reckon with in the region, he was appointed to open Port Harcourt branch of the same Bank In 1995 where he remained until 1997 when he joined Gulf Bank Nigeria Plc in Commercial Banking and as Onitsha branch Manager.
He had a stint in private practice as a Partner in B.C. Onyiwa& Co. (Chartered Accountants) before joining the then Nigerian Accounting Standards Board which metamorphosed into Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in February 2005, as a Principal Manager in the Technical/Inspectorate Department.At one time he was the Assistant Director/Head, Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) and later Assistant Director/Head, Directorate of Auditing Standards.
Presently, he is Deputy Director/Head, Directorate of Corporate Governance. He has played very active roles in the development and issuance of accounting standards in Nigeria. He has served on various Standard Setting/ Technical Committees set up to develop accounting standards aimed at improving financial reporting in the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.He served on the Corporate GovernanceCommittee that developed the 2011 SEC Code as a member.He was Secretary of the defunct Steering Committee and the Secretary of the National Technical Committee on Corporate Governance.
Mr. Anumaka has participated in various local and international conferences, seminars, and workshops bearing on issues relating to banking, financial reporting, corporate governance, accounting standards, and compliance enforcement and monitoring including the World Accounting Standard Setters, (IASB) London, Meet the Experts Conference (PWC/IASB) London, World Congress of Accountants IFAC, Euromoney Training, IHRDC Boston, UNCTAD –ISAR Geneva, PCAOB Washington D.C. to mention but a few.
He has a published work on Managerial Accounting and Control (Matic Education,2000)
He is happily married and blessed with four children.
Vivien Shobo (Mrs)
Vivien Shobo is the Chief Executive Officer of Agusto & Co, Nigeria’s foremost Credit Rating Agency. Vivien has lead Agusto & Co’s African expansion initiatives by obtaining Credit Rating Agency licenses from the Capital Market Authorities of Kenya and Rwanda. She is a frequent speaker at domestic and Global African capital market conferences.
She has over 30 years experience in audit, tax consulting, corporate banking and Credit Ratings. Vivien holds a B.sc (Hons) in Accounting from the University of Benin and an MBA (Finance) from the Manchester Business School. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). She has also attended several management and leadership programmes at esteemed institutions including Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School and the Lagos Business School.
As part of her contribution to the development of the Nigerian financial market, Vivien has served on various committees including the Securities & Exchange Commission’s Financial Literacy Master Plan Committee, Fixed Income sub Committee, and the Capital Market Literacy / Investor Confidence Sub-Committee, where she was the Chairperson. She is also the Chairperson of the SEC registered Credit Rating Agencies Association. Vivien previously served as the Chairperson of board of governors of Genesis House; a Freedom Foundation (NGO) residential rehabilitation program for girls and young women who have been victims of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Vivien is an avid gardener and loves to travel. She is happily married and has two sons.