Honourary Advisory Board

MEMBERS OF THE HONOURARY ADVISORY BOARD

His Royal Highness ALHAJI IBRAHIM SULU GAMBARI (EMIR OF ILORIN)

He is a notable jurist and retired as a judge of the Court of Appeal in Nigeria after three decades meritorious service. Since his ascension to the exalted position of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari has been deploying his vast experience to bridge the North and South gap. The unique location of Ilorin in Kwara State is the mid-way between Northern Nigeria and Southern Nigeria where he sits has made him a fence mender, peace maker, and a real Royal Father to all.

CHIEF FEMI COKER

Chief Coker is a lawyer and a professional diplomat, a businessman, a frontline Agro Industrialist, and a philanthropist. He has interest in a number leading companies which include Gulf Agency Nigeria Limited, Taifem Enterprises Limited, Abeokuta Farms and Mecotin Industries Limited. He is a leading figure in the efforts o reorganize the National Farmers Association of Nigeria. He is also a leading politician of the South West Zone.He was the gubernatorial candidate for NRC in Ogun State in 1992.

COLIN JAMES FRANCIS:

Born in the UK and studied Thermodynamics and Production Engineering which was put to use in a UK chemical company. Worked for the United Africa Company in Nigeria from 1967 as the Western Area Manager before returning to the UK in the 70's to undertake contracts in Iran and also manage projects on behalf of Ludlam Engineering in Libya, Norway, Sweden and the Middle East before taking up roles with Realm Control Systems as Operations Director. This was followed as General Manager & Business Development Director for GP Elliott / Industrial Control Services in 1989 before being sort for the position of VP EMEA for Triconex later to become a division of Invensys. In all these roles extensive time was spent in the Middle East and Africa developing business and setting up local entities and agreements.

In 1996 decided to operate own consultancy, Global Technology Systems Ltd, to undertake business development in Africa on behalf of third party major international companies such as Invensys, Tyco, and Honeywell winning major projects on their behalf exceeding $250m.

Was invited and sat on the committee for Business Development in Africa for the then Department of Trade and Industry (a British Government Ministry).

COETZEE BESTER

Coetzee Bester is the Director of the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics at the University of Pretoria and the coordinator of the Africa Network for Information Ethics. This network is operational in 14 African countries and includes more than 40 academic institutions.

During the political transition in South Africa he served in the Office of President F W de Klerk. Between 1994 and 1999 he served as a Member of Parliament in South Africa under President Nelson Mandela where he inter alia attended the meetings of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communication and ICT. Up to 1996 he was also a member of the Constitution Writing Assembly that finalise the historic post-apartheid Constitution for South Africa.

Coetzee Bester formally studied Anthropology, Adult Education and Information Science. After leaving Parliament in 1999 he researched the value of information in developing communities in more than 25 African countries. He developed a model for the flow of information in developing communities and completed a Masters degree in Information Science (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria. This model is used by various governments, companies and NGO’s for policy development, project management, community consultation indicators and sustainable development overviews. His current doctoral research focuses on the development of a curriculum to teach Information Ethics at universities in Africa. His current doctoral research is on a curriculum structure to teach Information Ethics at universities in Africa.

He further serves as the Executive Director of the Africa Institute for Leadership, Research and Development that is a multi-national Africa-based leadership development initiative with regional offices in Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Malawi. He is a director of various companies and involved in local government bulk service delivery and housing development projects in the City of Tshwane, the Capital of South Africa.

ALLAN STEWART

Allan Stewart is a marine engineer who after service at sea to chief engineer spent thirty years in ship management and ship owning.

Allan was technical director of Denholm Maclay before becoming commercial director of Denholm Ship Management. He founded Seascot Shiptrading in 1988 which was subsumed into ASP (Associated Steamships Pty) in Australia.

He is presently a Director of Sea-Span Shipping Ltd, a Glasgow based consultancy incorporated in Scotland in 2004 which provides commercial ship management and a broad spectrum of marine services in both shipping and the offshore oil industry He is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineers, Science and Technology.

MR. PATRICK M. EKWENTA Jr.

Mr. Patrick M. Ekwenta Jr., a graduate of Ogun State University with 2nd Class Upper Division in Banking and Finance. Mr. Ekwenta is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (ACIB) and an Associate of the Institute of Cost Management(ACM). He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of Calabar and an MBA, Finance and Accounting from Edo State University.

He joined Pedmacgrek Shipping in 1997 and has a wide experience spanning over 20 years in various strategic management positions in the finance and banking industry. He has also garnered extensive experience in the Oil and Gas industry.He is happily married with children.

CLEMENT OBINNA

Mr Clement C Obinna has a very robust career spanning banking and non banking organizations. He has incisive skills in Bank treasury and international operations, transactions banking, marketing of financial services and Portfolio and Investment management. He began his banking career in African International Bank ltd where he gained valuable practical skills in banking operations, treasury management and international operations.

In October 1998, he moved over to an affiliate of the bank, Pioneer Sorting Company ltd, a currency Management company jointly owned by African International Bank Ltd and other banks as pioneer Business development manager. He joined Manny Bank Plc in 2001 as operations manager and later regional operations coordinator. After the merger with Fidelity Bank Plc in 2006, he transferred to Fidelity Securities Ltd A subsidiary of Fidelity Bank Plc where he was pioneer head of the Investor Relations and corporate finance group from where he joined The Bridge Securities Ltd in January, 2009 as Chief Operating Officer.

Mr Obinna was educated at the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra state and the University of Benin, Benin City and holds the qualifications of Higher National Diploma and Master of Science in Banking & finance from the two institutions respectively. Mr Obinna became an Associate of The Chartered Institute of Bankers Of Nigeria in 1994. He is also an Associate of The Chartered Institute Of Stockbrokers as well as a Dealing Clerk of The Nigerian Stock Exchange. He is married with children.

CHIEF ALEX WILLIAMS: