Leadership and Governance

Profile of the Founding Council Members


Mr Olusegun Aganga – Fmr. Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments – Chairman NCCN Board

Dr. Aganga served as Minister of Finance and then Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments in Nigeria. A qualified Chartered Accountant, he holds degrees from Oxford University and the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Dr. Aganga is the former head of consulting services for Goldman Sachs in London, Board Member of the Nigerian Security and Exchange Commission, Technical Committee on Nigerian Capital Market Structure.


Tony O. Elumelu CON – Chairman United Bank for Africa – Vice Chairman NCCN

Mr. Elumelu is the founder and Chairman of the of Heirs Holdings and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. He sits on numerous public and social sector boards, including the global advisory board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), USAID’s Private Capital Group Partners Forum (PCG), and is Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Global Food Security Working Group. Mr. Elumelu serves on the international advisory board of the Washington DC based think tank the Wilson Center and is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Centre for Public Leadership. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Community of Chairmen.


Chika Mordi  – Chairman United Capital – CEO NCCN

Appointed in 2013 as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria (NCCN). Chika Mordi is an Economist educated at the University of Ilorin. He also has an MBA and four Master’s degrees in public sector leadership and policy from IESE Business School, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Johns Hopkins’ SAIS, and the American University.

An accomplished banker with over twenty years in the industry, leading or co-leading successful turnarounds of three failing banks. His is best known for co-leading the team that built UBA Plc from a small, troubled Nigerian bank into one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest financial groups with over 20,000 employees in twenty two countries. Chika served on the board of over thirty financial institutions across Africa and the United Kingdom. In addition, he served as the alternate president of the West African Bankers’ Association, Chairman of the Board of West Africa’s first Credit Bureau.




Professor Michael E. Porter – Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School 

Professor Porter is a leading authority on competitive strategy and the competitiveness and economic development of nations, states, and regions. Michael Porter’s work is recognized in many governments, corporations and academic circles globally.


Baroness Lynda Chalker – Chairman Africa Matters Limited 

Barrones Chalker is a British Conservative politician who was a Member of Parliament for Wallasey from 1974 to 1992. She served as Minister of State for Overseas development and Africa at the Foreign Office, in the Conservative government from 1989 to 1997.


Juan E. Pardinas es Director General del Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO)

Juan E. Pardinas is director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness. He has previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Secretariat of Finance, and the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru. As a journalist, he was a CNN correspondent in India and Japan. He obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics,




Alhaji Aliko Dangote GCON – Founder Dangote Group

Alhaji Aliko Dangote is the founder of  the eponymous Dangote Group, which he presides over as President and Chief Executive, a company he built into a multi-national conglomerate. Alhaji Dangote is a graduate of Business Studies from the Al-Azahar University, Cairo, Egypt. Alhaji Dangote is highly respected philanthropist. He serves as the President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, a Director of Jaiz Bank PLC, Transcorp Hilton Hotel and Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc.


Bola Adesola, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria

Mrs. Adesola is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria. Prior to this, she was an Executive Director at First Bank of Nigeria PLC, MD/CEO of Kakawa Discount House Limited, and former Treasurer of Citibank Tanzania. Bola Adesola was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. She is alumnus of Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School, and holds a Law degree from the University of Buckingham, UK. Mrs. Adesola is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria and was appointed to the United Nations Global Compact Board by the UN Secretary General in June 2015


Omobola Johnson – Former Honourable Minister of Communications and Technology 

Dr. Johnson served as Minister of Communication Technology in Nigeria. HM Johnson has a PhD from Cranfield University.  Independent Director of Diamond Bank Plc. She has over 25 years’ consulting experience. A former Country Managing Director, Accenture, Nigeria. Served as Director of Custodian And Allied Insurance Plc. Founding Chairperson and Member of Board of Trustees, Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ) Vice-Chair, Appointed to the Global Agenda Council on Africa, World Economic Forum. Dr Omobola Johnson is currently a director at Andela


 Dr Nwanze Okidegbe, Chief Economic Adviser to the President of Nigeria

MBA Graduate from the Universities of London Professor of International Business at the University of Applied Science, Bremen, Germany Previously Secretary to the National Planning Commission and a Senior Consultant with the World Bank and United Nations’ Development Programme


Professor Augustine Esogbue

Professor Emeritus in Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology Director of the Intelligent Systems and Controls Laboratory  His research interests include dynamic programming, fuzzy sets, decision making and control in a fuzzy environment, and operations research with applications to socio-technical systems such as health care, water resource management and disaster control planning


Yvonne Ike – Chief Executive Officer Renaissance Group

18 years experience in Financial services Non-Executive Director of Guinness Nigeria Plc Member of the Board of Trustees of The Bridge Leadership Foundation Former Managing Director at JP Morgan for 15 years


Chief Kola Jamodu OFR– President Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

Harvard Business School Alumnus Former Minister of Industry Long spanning Career at PZ Cussons Former Chief Executive Officer for the group for 10 years Chairman of the Board at Nigerian Breweries PLC Former Chairman of Universal Trust Bank Plc Director of United Bank for Africa Plc, Honeywell Flour Mills Plc. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Nigeria (IMA), the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the Chartered Institute of Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)


Dr Obadiah Mailafia – Chef de Cabinet, African Carribean and Pacific Group of States, Brussels

Completed Doctorate at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom Former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Served as Senior Policy Advisor to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with the rank of Minister of State. Founder/Chairman of the Centre for Policy and Economic Research (CEPER). Dr. Mailafia has been a popular newspaper columnist and current affairs commentator


Funke Adekoya SAN, Head, Dispute Resolution Practice Group at AELEX

Harvard Law School graduate with 36 years practice experience, specialising in Dispute Resolution. Principal partner at Adekoya and company for 14 years which went on to become AELEX in 2001 Active member of the Nigerian Bar Association


Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN Head of Chamber, Pump Court

Honorary Professor of Law at City University. Served on the Criminal Committee of the Judicial Studies Board for England & Wales, the Bar Council Professional Conduct Committee, and Glidewell Committee on Judicial Appointments and Silks. Advises the Nigerian Federal Government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.


Frank Nweke II, Director General Nigeria Economic Summit Group 

A former Non-Executive Director at Nigerian Breweries Plc, Former Federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Special Duties and Youth Development, Coordinator of the Enugu State Community Development Programme and the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Enugu State


Austin Okere, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Computer Warehouse Group 

Founded Computer Warehouse Group in 1992 MBA Graduate from Lagos Business School, Formerly within the sales division at Inlaks Computers Ltd. Member of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group where he serves on the infrastructure development committee. Spoken at the Legatum Centre at MIT, Boston and the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurial Centre at CBS New York.


Dr Isaac Okemini, Managing Director, AMC Consulting Group 

Obtained an Accounting degree from the University of Lagos before moving on to gain a Masters Degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Port Harcourt. Dr Isaac Okemini is currently the Managing Director at AMC Consulting Ltd.  Former CEO of Risonpalm Ltd and Treasury Accountant for Nigerian Agip Oil Company.


 Frank Aigbogun, Publisher Business Day Newspaper 

Frank Aigbogun is a publisher and Chief Executive of Business Day. He is a Director of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG). Former Lagos Correspondent of the Associated Press. Frank Aigbogun started his career at the Guardian Newspaper and an Editor of the Vanguard Newspaper.


Dr Saad Usman, Director Bankasa Microfinance Bank