Profile of Contestants

Profile of Contestants

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1 –Mrs. Abiola Laseinde FCIS.

Abiola is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Edniesal Consulting Limited, a dynamic firm offering unique corporate services to clients. She is also the Founder/Convener of the CIO Club Africa and the CIO Awards. She is a lawyer, Chartered Secretary and a Governance Professional with over 20 years’ experience garnered from different industries in Nigeria, with a stint in Dubai, UAE.

She is a certified IFC Corporate Governance Trainer and a member of the UK Institute of Leadership and Management. She was the Group Company Secretary/Head of Corporate Services of PZ Cussons Africa where she had responsibilities for the Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana Corporate Services Units of the Company. She was also a Director/Executive Secretary of PZ Cussons Foundation. Previously, she was the Legal Counsel, West Africa/Deputy Company Secretary of Cadbury Nigeria Plc and Cadbury Ghana (members of the Mondelēz Group of Companies).

Abiola is a Fellow and a Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) and currently serves as the Chair of the Corporate Members & Training Committee of ICSAN. She is a past Chair of the Lagos State Chapter of the Institute. She is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), Nigerian Branch, the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).

She is the Immediate Past President of Caring Sisters Inc, an NGO for the empowerment of women and children and equally serves as a non-Executive Director on the Board of the Strap & Safe Child Foundation, an NGO promoting the safety of children on the road, school and at home. She is a member of the Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria and serves with the Legal Directorate Committee of the association. For Abiola, ICSAN is a professional qualification that has given her invaluable leverage in advancing her career post-qualification. She is therefore passionate about giving back to the Institute and has served different committees with varying functions and deliverables. She has consistently demonstrated ownership and exceptional performance on assignments including the following:

  • Chairman, Corporate Members & Training Committee
  • Vice Chairman, Membership & Branch Liaison Committee
  • Faculty, ICSAN Training Unit
  • Examiner, ICSAN Professional Exams
  • Former Chairman, ICSAN Lagos Chapter
  • Former Chairman, Corporate Members Committee
  • Former member, Public Lecture Committee 
  • Former member, Conference Planning Committee

Over the years, Abiola has facilitated corporate sponsorships for various programmes of the Instituting include the Companies Secretary & Registrars Forum, National Conference, Public Lectures, Roundtable on Corporate Governance etc.

She has used her resources and influence to attract support and sponsorship for the Institute’s programmes.

As a resource person with the Training Unit, she has been involved in various training and experience sharing sessions and mentoring of student-members. Under her leadership, the Corporate Members & Training Committee has been running the Graduate Internship Scheme successfully since its inception. She has also successfully organised the Company Secretaries & Registrars Forum since the forum was revived in 2018.

For the Governing Council, Abiola has been actively involved in developing and promoting the professional ideals, standards, ethics, code of conduct and interests of the Institute. During Council debates, she has been spotted as a thought leader with a penchant for adding fresh perspective to issues while leveraging the dynamics of disruptive thinking and innovation. Abiola has delivered over 60 presentations in 4 countries in the last 10 years on a range of topics including Strategic Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Future of Work, Enterprise Governance, Corporate Secretaryship, Risk Management, Compliance, Stakeholders Management, Sustainability and CSR.

Abiola hails from Lagos State and is married with two boy

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2 – Andy Aniedi Sunday Amos

Mr. Andy Aniedi Sunday Amos is the past Chairman of ICSAN, Akwa Ibom State Chapter. He is a graduated of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma with a degree in Business Administration. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and a Master of Science degree (M.Sc.) in Business Administration from Michael Okpara University, Umudike, Abia State. He is a member of many professional bodies including, Fellow of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (FCIS), an Associate Member of Institute of Financial Accountants, London (AFA), a Graduate Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and he also holds a Professional Diploma in Corporate and Public Administration. 

Mr. Aniedi Sunday Amos is the immediate past Chairman of ICSAN, Akwa Ibom State Chapter. He is a graduated of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma with a degree in Business Administration. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and a Master of Science degree (M.Sc.) in Business Administration from Michael Okpara University, Umudike, Abia State. He is a member of many professional bodies including, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (FCIS), an Associate Member of Institute of Financial Accountants, London (AFA), a Graduate Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and he also holds a Professional Diploma in Corporate and Public Administration. 

At present, Aniedi is a Director of Administration at ITF and also the Chairman of Dukandid Concepts, a firm of Company Secretarial Practice. Prior to his present appointment, he worked for many years with Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria in different capacities. 

Mr. Andy Amos is currently the Vice Chairman of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN), Akwa Ibom State Chapter. He served as the Secretary of APBN, Akwa Ibom State Chapter between June 2016 to June 2018.

Contributions to ICSAN:

  • Immediate past Chairman of ICSAN, Akwa Ibom State Chapter.
  • Former Member, ICSAN National Executive Committee (EXCO).
  • Former Member, Membership and Branch Liaison Committee.
  • Former Member, Visitation Committee.
  • Fund Mobilizer for ICSAN events.
  • Initiator of ICSAN Students’ forum.
  • Initiator of ICSAN Linkage program with Babcock University.
  • Initiated and implemented ICSAN foreign workshops.
  • Coordinated the setting up of ICSAN office, recruitment of staff and establishment of examination center in Benin City, Edo State.
  • Initiated the establishment of ICSAN, Akwa Ibom State Chapter.
  • Coordinated the reactivation of ICSAN, Rivers State Chapter, recruitment of staff and establishment of examination center in Rivers State.
  • Coordinated the setting up of ICSAN office and establishment of examination center in Enugu.
  • Initiated the Building and furnishing of the 1st lecture Theater at ICSAN National Secretariat.
  • Initiated visit and establishment of relationship between ICSAN and EXXON Mobil as well as Chevron.
  • Play a pivotal role in marketing and propagating the ideals of ICSAN

Manifesto

If elected into this noble Council, my plan contributions to the Institute are:

  • Work with other Council members to realize proper listing of ICSAN qualification in the scheme of service of the federation.
  • Ensure the actualization of ICSAN linkage program with University of Uyo, Obong University, Ritman University and Michael Okpara University.
  • Work with other Council members to see ICSAN repositioned as a highly regarded Institute and premium brand.
  • Support the attainment of ICSAN’s vision: “To be the foremost professional Institution in the country in the area of corporate and public governance administration.”
  • Utilize visibility, knowledge, network and influence gained in the course of my career to add value to the Institute’s activities.
  • Showcase ICSAN as an Institute that promotes diversity at leadership level.
  • Support management to ensure strategic objectives of the Institute are implemented.
  • Use my vast network and experience to support Institute’s consultancy department.
  • Continue to play a pivotal role in marketing and propagating the ideals of ICSAN in Nigeria.
  • Continue to mobilize fund for ICSAN events.
  • Continue in my passion for service and quest of taking ICSAN to an enviable height in Nigeria.

Aniedi is a member of the highest socio-cultural group in Ibibio Land, that is, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio and a member of Uyo Club respectively.

Mr. Amos is a Jerusalem Pilgrim (JP). He is happily married to Barrister (Mrs.) Idorenyin Aniedi Sunday, a lawyer and an Associate Counsel with Ministry of Justice, Akwa Ibom State and the marriage is blessed with three children.

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3 – Benedicta Ovoke Sadare, FCIS

I am a Chartered Secretary/Administrator with over 27 years’ experience. My knowledge spreads across different and various  businesses and Industries- Communication Industry, Consumer   Market, Energy/Gas & Natural Resource Industry, Construction/Export/Import/Financial/Mortgage/Banking services Industries.

I am a Fellow and member of the Governing Council of the Institute as well as a member, ICSAN Executive Committee. I presently serve as Chairman of the Public Practice Committee. I am an active member of the Institute, both on the Chapter and National levels.

At the Lagos State Chapter level, I served as follows:

i) Assistant Honorary Secretary, 2003-2005,

ii) Honorary Secretary 2005-2007,

iii) Honorary Treasurer, 2007-2009,

iv) Ex-Officio   2009-2011, 2016-2018.

I presently run the first indigenous Firm of Chartered Secretaries And Administrators in Nigeria (not affiliated to any firm of Auditors/Legal Practitioners), S. E. NOMUOJA & CO., now 45 years in existence (A Firm i took over from my father-a renowned/astute Chartered Secretary of blessed memory); due to integrity, forthrightness, accountability, transparency, dexterity and the equity with which i tackle both major and minor assignments. I am capable, dependable, a goal-getter, result-oriented, people-oriented, passionate, who thrives for excellence on all fronts, a turnaround specialist, a team player, a woman of sterling qualities with impeccable character who handles and accomplishes any given assignment with excellent results.

At the National level, I have served in various capacities with commendable and verifiable results. Some include:

  • MEMBERSHIP/BRANCH LIAISON COMMITTEE 2007-2014
  • PUBLIC PRACTICE GROUP(PPG) 2011-DATE
  • ICSAN CONFERENCE & AGM COMMITTEE 2007-2013  
  • ICSAN COMMITTEE ON ROUNDTABLE FOR CORPORATE
  • GOVERNANCE 2011-2014
  • MEMBER, PUBLIC LECTURE 2013-2015
  • CHAIRMAN, PUBLIC LECTURE, 2017-2019
  • MEMBER, IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING
  • COMMITTEE 2017- 2019
  • MEMBER, REMUNERATION COMMITTEE      2016-2017  
  • MEMBER, REMUNERATION COMMITTEE      2019-DATE 
  • MEMBER, ICSAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE  2018-DATE CHAIRMAN, PUBLIC PRACTICE COMMITTEE 2018 – DATE MEMBER, FINANCE & GENERAL-PURPOSE COMMITTEE,
  • ICSAN, 2018-DATE  
  • INVESTIGATION PANEL 2011
  • IFC/ICSAN CERTIFIED CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
  • TRAINER   2017
  • RAPPORTEUR AT SEVERAL OF THE INSTITUTE’S CONFERENCES, BOTH AT THE COMMITTEE, NATIONAL AND STATE CONFERENCES.

I have trained several Chartered Secretaries who are excelling in their respective industries and doing very well, courtesy of the unparalleled training they received from S.E. NOMUOJA & CO., – the Firm’s doors are always open to receive and train willing Chartered Secretaries who are desirous of having first-hand-core practical training in secretarial practice.

As a Council Member, I have not only been very regular at Council Meetings, but also made meaningful contributions to discussions.

  I have represented the Institute at the CAC Lagos Forum, a regular and dutiful evaluator of the “WORLD BANK EASE OF DOING BUSINESS’ appraisal.

 I have continually opened my office to members to train/gain practical experience.

 I have expediently trained two members under the GIS (Graduate Internship Scheme) and trained other members as well, outside this scheme; they have functional/successful Chartered Secretarial Firms in operation.

I have conducted several free in-house-training for Chartered Secretaries  and I have been adjudged to be passionate for the profession.    

I successfully carried out the assignment as Chairman of Public Lecture Committee-The programme was termed, in all ramification, “over-successful”, based on the quality of discussions, organisation, participants, Guest Speakers and discussants, etc. 

As the Chairman of PPG, I have successfully encouraged members to establish their practice as Chartered Secretarial Firms, based on the programme titled “A, B, C OF ESTABLISHING A CHARTERED SECRETARIAL FIRM”.

  • Carrying out diligently any assignment that may be given to me by Council.
  • I will continue to encourage an increased number of members in Public Practice. I will continue to support such businesses and mentor members to growth and improved services. I will encourage such businesses to create more jobs for growth and prosperity of members. I will also be available to support and listen to members and assist them to overcome imminent challenges.
  • I will work with Council to continue to interface with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
  • I will continually stand for the common good of members and stand for fairness, equality, opportunity and justice.  
  • I will bring real-life experience to play and work hard to deliver sustainable, evidence-based and economically believable policies. I have been very active in the Institute’s activities and prepared to devote more time to the Institute’s affairs and representations.
  • I am an advocate of more training for Chartered Secretaries in Public Practice. I introduce more practical trainings for Members.                                
  • I will continue to be an advocate of the tenets of the Institute, advertise the Institute, support the Institute’s programmes financially and be committed to change things positively, having practiced as a Chartered Secretary for 27 years. I want us to have a better and stronger Institute, well recognized in the Country and beyond, with greater opportunities for all members.
  • To continue to serve the Institute, for better and further services, upholding the tenets of the Profession in all ramification.
  • To the Country as a whole, to encourage businesses to outlive the owners by heralding “SUCCESSION PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY OF BUSINESSES” and prove that family businesses in Nigeria can thrive to be sustainable and even make the Country a good reference point to other Countries. 

Hobbies: Reading, traveling watching films, creative decoration, digging deep into the word of God, mentoring,

Benedicta Ovoke Sadare, FCIS

 08028275252

Present Position:     Managing Partner, S. E. Nomuoja & Co.

Qualifications: Bsc, MBA, FCIS

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4 – Lady Cheta Nwabuike, FCIS.

Professional Background

Cheta is a Fellow of the Institute and a member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria (IoDN). Cheta has over 22 years’ work experience in business management and administration, company secretarial practice, corporate governance, statutory compliance, ethics, and business sustainability across various industries. Cheta holds a B.Sc.Ed. (Hons) from the University of Lagos, an MBA from the Lagos State University in which she specialized in Human Resource Management and she currently undergoing another Master degrees studies in Business Administration from the University of East London, United Kingdom. She has attended a training on Sustainable Business Strategy at Harvard Business School and has received numerous trainings in Company Secretarial Practice, Board Dynamics, Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Statutory Compliance, Ethics and Business Sustainability locally.

Cheta’s professional experience cuts across various industries within which she has worked, and these include the communications, manufacturing, oil, gas and power industries. She is currently employed at Globeleq Power Solutions Nigeria Limited (Globeleq),where she serves as an Executive Director and heads the Legal, Complinace and Environmental, Social and Governance (E.S.G.) arms of the business.

Before joining Globeleq she worked with Cummins Power Generation Nigeria Limited, a leading power generation company, where she worked as  Company Secretary for many years and was later elevated on the Board of the Company as E.S.G. Director.   She seats on the Boards of five Companies in the group and is the first female and first Nigerian employee to be elevated to the status of Director in the group.

Contribution to ICSAN

She currently serves as a member of the Governing Council of ICSAN.  Ever committed to ICSAN, she has previously served in the Public Lecture Committee as Vice Chairperson and as a member of the Corporate Members Committee of the Institute. She has also served the Lagos State Chapter in the capacities of Ex-Officio and Honorary Treasurer. During her tenure as Treasurer of the Lagos State Chapter, she revolutionized the financial processes of financial transactions and financial reporting in the Chapter through the introduction of online approvals, online banking, POS terminals and monthly financial reports to the executive team. These went a long way in the judicious management of Exco’s time and the Chapter’s funds.  Cheta currently serves on two council committees; Governance and Nominations Committee and Implementation and Monitoring Committee.

As an International Finance Corporation (IFC)/ICSAN trained trainer on Corporate Governance, Cheta facilitates various workshops, trainings and MCPE for the Institute. Her facilitation has been instrumental to revitalizing the spirit of disenfranchised members of the Institute and encouraging non-members to try out the qualifying examinations. She has participated in experience sharing and interactive training sessions as well as mentorship of some of our student members. She is ever ready to serve the Institute in other capacities whenever she is called upon to do so.

Cheta believes strongly in the ICSAN brand and believing in this brand for her means advocating for greater publicity of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators as governance professionals. Cheta has used her position in their group of companies to ensure that Chartered Secretaries are considered first for relevant positions and if deserving, are given employment. So far, she has been instrumental to the employment of three chartered secretaries in their group within the last three years. Through her efforts, her organisation has recently partnered with ICSAN on the internship programme as one of their Social Economic Development programs and has engaged the services of a young chartered secretary as an intern. She makes it a point of duty annually to nominate one or two of her colleagues for trainings in the Institute and has also engaged the services of Chartered Secretaries in providing trainings in her organisation at both the leadership levels and supply chain management levels, bringing the ICSAN brand to the forefront of both the leaders and service providers of their business. She has also assisted the institute both at the Chapter and national levels to help raise funds for various programs.

Industry Contribution

Globeleq Power Solution being a leading power generation company in Nigeria is regulated by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). Cheta has continued to interface with the Commission to advocate for a quicker response time for the processing of prospective licencees’ applications and for improved power supply in Nigeria through the advent of more independent power producers in the sector.

National Contribution

She is also an international facilitator for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). She is also a member of the UNGC (Nigerian Network) Working Group on Environment through which advocacies are made to the Nigerian Government for more sustainable actions on the environment in Nigeria.

Intentions

Cheta is re-running for council membership because she has a passion for the Institute and wants to help it break new frontiers by giving visibility to more of its members. She believes she has the ability and the gift to motivate people in general and in particular bring back non interested members to contribute in building the Institute. She believes that through her membership in the Council she will be better positioned to provide the much-needed support to the Institute and its members in particular and to lend a voice to the advocacy of corporate governance and corporate sustainability in Nigeria at large.

She is passionate about leaning and impacting knowledge. She loves to groom and mentor younger people and is currently mentoring younger Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She is a devoted wife and friend and enjoys being a mum to her beautiful children.

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5 – FRANCIS OLAWALE, FCIS

Francis Olawale is a Governance, Compliance, Tax, Investment and Business development practitioner. He is a trained Accountant. He is an Authorized Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. He is people oriented and he is result oriented. He has a strong passion for quality Leadership, Good Governance, Effective Administration, Strategy, Risk Management, Business process improvement and profitable Business Management. He is a trainer. He trains locally and internationally in different functional areas of business operations including: Finance, Governance, Sales, Customer service, Strategy, Fraud prevention etc..

He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments United Kingdom, Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria, the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and Institute of Arbitrators UK and Nigeria. He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance of Nigeria. He is an ILO (International Labour Organization) Trainer. He is an ISO 9001:2015 certified lead Auditor & Consultant. He is also an IFC (International Finance Corporation) trained and certified Corporate Governance practitioner; Corporate Governance and Board Evaluator.

He has enjoyed a career of over two decades spanning from Banking to Investment Advisory, Real Estates, Logistics & Haulage and Transportation; functioning in roles ranging from Executive Trainee level to Managerial Cadre. He was the Managing Partner (Strategy & Business development) of Ark Professional services (A consortium of firms in Legal practice, Accounting and Secretarial practice) before forming his current firms. He has worked with several premium Boards in the areas of Board induction & Training, Board Evaluation and as an independent Governance Consultant

He currently serves on the Board of Knights Recovery Limited, Cristen & Carsten Limited, F&G realties Ltd. DCMS Limited (where he chairs the Finance, Investment & Risk Management Committee etc.). He currently lectures Corporate Governance, Corporate Administration and Corporate Financial Management for ICSAN on various platforms. He has in the past also lectured Banking Ethics and Corporate Governance at the Centre for Law & Business; and Strategic Management & Integrated marketing for NIMN.  He loves voluntary services. He currently serves as the Honorary Treasurer of ICSAN and Pioneer Chairman of the Publications Committee of the Institute, he also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Finance & General purpose Committee of the Institute; member Corporate Governance capacity Committee of the Institute.

He also serves on the Audit Committee of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Audit Committee of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS). He is the Chairman of E-learning Committee of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). He has in the past served on the pioneer Remuneration committee of the ICSAN, Publicity Committee, Round table on Corporate Governance, Nominations committee as a member of the team that executed the first e-voting platform of the Institute; Visitations Committee, Membership and Branch liaison Committee, pioneer Implementation and Performance Monitoring Committee of the council. He is the immediate Past Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the Institute and has in the past served as Chairman, Conference & programs planning committee of the chapter as well as honorary treasurer and mobilization secretary at various times.

He has continually deployed his expertise and network to contribute to the progress of ICSAN at Student, Chapter and National levels. He drafted the Institute’s Remuneration policy, Extra- budgetary policy and investment policy before adoption by Council. He was a member of the team that successfully deployed the e-voting platform to foster nationwide participation in electoral process by members. He has facilitated enrichment of ICSAN publications to continually enhance members’ capacity, in this light; he started the Journal of Corporate Governance and Administration, ICSAN Company Secretary Handbook, ICSAN Student’s E-newsletter, ICSAN Guidance note, ICSAN Communiques series.

Through his advice, the Finances of ICSAN have improved greatly as a result of efficient Investment Management. At chapter level, he deployed Membership Management Software, on line real time payment platform and Chapter’s website; He facilitated the conversion of the Chapter’s accounts to IFRS compliant format. He started the ‘Lagos Chapter Prize” for the best student in Corporate Governance in Lagos State. He has personally sponsored students and young members for fee paying events of the Institute.

 He is the founding partner of Franks Management Consulting International – a Management Consulting  firm involved in Financial Advisory, Process Engineering, Business Development, Strategy Formulation and Implementation; training services. He is also the Principal, Franks Nominees- a Governance, Compliance and Business Support firm registered in Nigeria and Ghana.

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6 – MARILYN EZE

Marilyn Eze graduated from the University of Nigeria and the Nigerian Law School with second class upper degrees. She has an LLM degree in International Commercial Law, with Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation focus, from the University of Warwick, as a recipient of the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship.

PROFILE OF MRS. MARILYN C. EZE

FCIS, LLM (Warwick), MCIArb, CGA

Getting To Know Me

Getting To Know Me

  • My name is Mrs. Marilyn Chinwe Eze. I graduated with two second class upper degrees from the University of Nigeria and the Nigerian Law School and was best graduating student in Environmental Law.
  • I have an LLM degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Warwick, UK, with Distinction in Corporate Governance and Arbitration.
  • I am a Fellow of ICSA of London (2016) and Nigeria.
  • I am an International Finance Corporation (IFC) Certified Corporate Governance Trainer.
  • I am an ICSAN Licensed Corporate Governance Auditor/Board Evaluator.
  • I am a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb, UK) since 2010.

I am humbly vying for Council Membership with the following antecedents and transferrable skills and I promise my time in Council would not be any less.

  • My current role as Senior Commercial and Legal Advisory in a subsidiary of NNPC involves providing Corporate Governance advisory and steering

the Company towards robust legal compliance and profitability. I have over extended periods covered the role of Company Secretary/Legal Adviser.

  • I am on the Advisory Board for Lagos Court of Arbitration – Young

Arbitrators Network.

  • I am Legal Adviser, Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria, a global body of scholarship beneficiaries of Nigerian descent by the British Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office.
  • Former Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN), a JV comprising of NNPC, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Total.
  • I was Technical Adviser- Legal, in the Gas to Power Unit of the Presidential Taskforce on Power (PTFP).
  • My work experience includes top 10 London City and “Magic Circle” firms like the Corporate, Merger & Acquisition Department of Slaughter and May. I worked in the Infrastructure, Energy Resources and Projects

department and the Corporate, Merger & Acquisition department of the transatlantic global law firm; Hogan Lovells LLP, being one of five competitively selected participants in UK, for the firm’s bespoke “Africa

LLM Scheme”. While at Stephenson Harwood LLP London, I worked in the Commercial Litigation Department of the firm’s Africa & India Group gaining significant International Arbitration experience.

  • I was Chairperson of Young Member’s Group (YMG) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb, UK), Abuja Chapter in 2016.
  • Former Head Board Matters and Ad hoc Committees in a Public Sector Energy Company
  • Senior Counsel in the Nigerian Law Firm of Chris Uche (SAN) and Co.

RECIPIENT OF THE FOLLOWING AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS;

  • I received Commendation Letter of NNPC Management for the successful launch of its new Lubricant range of product. As Alternate Team Lead for the Lubricants Project Team, the multi-billion-naira project saw to the successful market launch and product entry of NNPC range of lubricant engine oils; “NNPC Nitro” and “NNPC Rhino”, I performed key legal roles, drafting a myriad of bespoke contracting, as well as coordinating other non-legal project activities.
  • I am a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship Award from the British Government.
  • I received the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Award for my role as an Enterprise Mentor to young people for young people engaged in business start-ups under the auspices of the Princes Trust Charity, UK.
  • I received a Commendation Letter of the Speaker of the UK House of Lords; RT Hon. the Lord Fowler, having received an invitation to spend a day at UK’s House of Lords and participate in its Chamber Debate on “UK’s International Relations in the 21st Century”.
  • I have been recognized as one of Africa’s 50 Most Promising Arbitrators – 2020 Award by the Association of Young Arbitrators.
  • I represented Nigeria as a Forum Delegate at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in UK in 2018.

To demonstrate my deep passion in ICSAN’s affairs, I have participated in the following;

Participation at ICSAN;

  • I am a contributory Author in ICSAN’s forth coming hand book.
  • I have facilitated several in-plant trainings in Abuja for the Institute.
  • I was Chairman of the Electoral Committee for ICSAN Abuja Chapter’s 2020 Elections; midwifing the smooth transition of current executives for Abuja Chapter.
  • I was a facilitator at the Abuja ICSAN’s inaugural Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE).
  • I have networked for the Institute in various Public Sector fora resulting in an increased membership by experienced and practicing Governance Practitioners.
  • I was a member of the Corporate Governance Committee, Abuja Chapter.
  • I have participated at National events such as Annual General Meetings, Governance Roundtables and MCPEs.
  • I have given financial support and participated at Chapters events including periodic members’ meeting and Quarterly Governance Breakfast Sessions.

Parts of the interview of Marilyn Eze by the UK Cabinet Office, aired at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (April, 2018) can be viewed at:https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/newsandevents/?newsItem=8a17841b617 a575901618a06b63c622d

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7 – SESAN SOBOWALE, FCIS

My name is Sesan Sobowale, a Fellow of our Institute and currently a member of the Governing Council. I qualified as a GradMember of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) in 2007 and was admitted as an Associate of the Institute in 2008.

Professionally, I was Company Secretary of Guinness Nigeria Plc for ten (10) years from 2006 to 2016. I was also the company’s Legal Adviser for six (6) years and the Corporate Relations Director for six (6) years – many times combining two or three of the roles. I am currently Head, Legal Services at Union Bank of Nigeria Plc where as the Chief Legal Officer, I lead a team providing legal advisory and transactional services to one of the oldest and iconic banking brands in Nigeria.

I qualified as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in December 1990. I spent over 13 years in commercial legal experience in some of Nigeria’s leading commercial law firms including G. M. Ibru & Co., Udo-Udoma & Bello-Osagie and the Law Union. I have over 30 years hands on professional and senior business leadership experience spanning commercial legal practice, telecommunications, FMCG and banking and financial services.

I am also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. I am also currently chair of the Association of Banks’ Legal Advisers and Company Secretaries (ABLACS) and a non-executive director of Unique Venture Capital Management Company Limited, a private equity business, established 3 of Nigeria’s leading banks in 2005 to manage their Small and Medium Enterprise Equity Investment Scheme (SMEEIS) Fund.

At ICSAN, I have been a member of the Library Refurbishment Committee, an ad-hoc Committee comprising member of the graduating class of 2008 set up by the then President to raise funds to improve the Institute’s Library. I have also served as a member of the Public Lecture Committee, which I currently chair and a member of the Nomination and Governance Committee of the Institute. I have also been a participant and speaker at several programmes of the Institute at the National and Lagos State levels.

If elected to serve another term on the Governing Council of our Institute, I promise to continue to contribute my skills, experience and network to the growth and development of the Institute and to leave the organisation better than I met it when I first accepted to serve on the Governing Council.

I look forward to your support at this year’s election to enable me to serve another term on the Council.

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