Board of Directors
Alhaji Tanko Isiaku Gwamna
Tanko Isiaku Gwamna began his career in real estate in 1987 before moving fully into the finance sector. His meritorious service to the country has seen him holding several appointments at the government level such as Honourable Commissioner of Agriculture and Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Works and Housing, Gombe State during the Danjuma Goje administration.
He is the Chairman of Grandscope Construction Co Ltd-a successful construction company with annual turnover in excess of N5 Billion.
Tanko Isiaku Gwamna holds a first class degree in Economics.
Tata Shakarau Omar
Mr. Tata Omar started his banking career in 1991 at the Nigerian Agricultural & Cooperative Bank (NACB) as an Assistant Manager. He later joined the defunct Inland Bank Ltd in the year 1996 as a Deputy Manager.
He rose through the ranks to become Principal Manager overseeing the Apapa region and later Zonal Director, Lagos.
Following the merger between Inland and First Atlantic Banks to create the defunct Finbank Plc, Mr. Omar was appointed Zonal Executive in charge of Bauchi region which spans the Bank’s operations in the North Eastern region of Nigeria.
Mr Omar earned an M.Sc in Fisheries and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto. He also holds an MBA from the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and a Senior Management Programme Certificate from the prestigious Lagos Business School.
He has attended numerous courses in Nigeria and abroad across different spheres including Credit Analysis, International and Foreign Trade, Bank Lending and Credit Management etc. He is an honorary senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
Barrister Habib Alkali Esq
Habib Alkali is a Nigerian and UK trained lawyer with expertise in Litigation/Arbitration, International Trade/Maritime and Banking/Insurance services.
He has vast experience in structuring legal agreements relating to commercial transactions and litigation. He is a prolific writer and has authored several legal advisory opinions on transacting business in Nigeria, financial crisis management, financial services as well as dispute resolution reforms.
Habib sits on the board of several companies including Prime Switch Technologies Limited, Nairacheque Insurance Brokers Limited and Zindabad Nigeria Limited and acts as Company Secretary to various organizations.
Habib holds an LLB, BL and LLM in International and Commercial Law (World Trade Specialist) from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom.
He is a member of numerous professional associations including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom.
Mariam Ibrahim’s almost twenty year (20) career spans financial advisory, equity/debt capital raising and fund & portfolio management.
Her financial career commenced at FSB Bank Plc where she worked as an Operations Officer. She has also worked at BGL Securities Ltd as a Senior Investment Executive before leaving to set up Inverness Wealth Management Ltd, a Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) licensed investment bank. The firm has grown its asset portfolio of financial and physical assets to over N10 billion.
Mariam currently serves on the boards of Prosperous Holdings Nigeria Ltd and Noor Takaful Plc.
She holds a degree in Business Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking at the Islamic Banking and Insurance Institute London and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mariam Ibrahim also has a certificate in Disruptive Strategy from the prestigious Harvard Business School.
Ahmed A. Joda has over 25 years’ experience in the banking and oil and gas sectors. He started his banking career in 1992 with the defunct Centre Point Merchant Bank Ltd from where he moved to Fidelity Bank Ltd. His career in the oil and gas industry ranged from HR to Shipping to Production to Commercial and Project functions. He has also had international experience working for Shell in Russia.
He holds a degree in Business Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a B.Sc in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.
He is also a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants of the UK (FCCA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
Adekunle James Awe
Adekunle James Awe’s 21 years expertise in the financial sector spans Internal Control, Internal Audit, Banking Operations, Business Process Review and Compliance.
He was the Head of Compliance at the First City Monument Bank Ltd (FCMB). Prior to joining FCMB, He was the Divisional Head, Internal Control and Ag. Chief Compliance Officer of Finbank Plc. He has also previously worked at First Atlantic Bank Plc. as the Divisional Head, Internal Control.
Adekunle has a Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Human Capital Management from the Lagos State University and a HND in Accountancy from the Lagos State Polytechnic.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate Member Institute of Management and a Certified Fraud Manager.
Mr. Ebienang has had a stellar career in the financial services Industry. He was a Treasurer at Aso Savings & Loan Plc, Abuja, Nigeria and currently provides prudential risk advisory services to banks and other financial institutions within the United Kingdom.
Mr. Ebienang has helped some United Kingdom banks and other investment firms assess the adequacy or otherwise of their financial resources and comply with regulatory requirements. He has at various times provided his expertise to some Tier 1 banks in the United Kingdom including HSBC London, J.P Morgan Chase Bank, London, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe (SMBCE), Santander Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh, and Co-operative Banking Group, Manchester.
As the CEO of Samach Services Limited, London, UK, Mr. Ebienang has been responsible for providing Banks and investment firms with Financial advisory services.
Mr. Ebienang is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a member of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ICMR), Nigeria. He holds a Master of Science degree in Economics (Finance & Investment Management) from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK; Masters in Treasury Management from Bayero University, Kano, Masters in Business Administration (MBA- Finance) from the University of Ado-Ekiti (now Ekiti State University), Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Diploma in Computer Science Programming both from University of Calabar, Cross River State.
Norfadelizan Abdul Rahman
Norfadelizan Abdul Rahman was a senior Islamic Finance Consultant with experience in Islamic Banking, Islamic Capital Market, Islamic Asset Management and Takaful.
Norfadelizan’s 29 year award winning career has seen him holding several key appointments such as the President & CEO of Maybank Syariah Indonesia, CEO of the Islamic Bank Australia (pending licence), Global Head of Islamic Markets at Bursa Malaysia, Head of Derivatives for RHB Investment Bank, Senior Manager Treasury of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Senior Manager Derivatives at AM Investment Bank and Floor/Trading Team, Head of AM Futures and Head of Treasury Sales at AM Investment Bank.
He is an accredited trainer under the Malaysia Securities Commission (SIDC), Institute of Islamic Banking & Finance Malaysia (IBFIM) and has offered advisory services in the field of Islamic Banking, Islamic Capital Market and Islamic Derivatives. Norfadelizan was the Team Lead Banking Sector for establishing the Finance Professional Qualification Standard under the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA) of Malaysia and was the co-author of the book titled Understanding Islamic Capital Market.
Norfadelizan received his MBA from Charles Stuart University of Australia and obtained his first degree in Business Administration from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
Founder / Chief Operating Officer
Hamid Joda is a banker with over 20 years banking experience covering Treasury, Business Development, Consumer/Retail Banking, Branch Banking and the Public Sector.
He began his career at Niger Insurance Plc in 1999 before moving to City Express Bank Ltd, Lagos the same year where he held the position of Senior Supervisor. He has also worked at Continental Trust Bank Ltd, Kano as a Senior Analyst and at the defunct Oceanic Bank International Nigeria Ltd. He was the pioneer Branch Manager of Fidelity Bank Plc, Kano from where he rose to the position of Area Manager in charge of the North East.
His extensive experience led him to First Inland Bank (Finbank Plc) Abuja as Group Head Retail Banking (North) where he later rose to become the Divisional Head, Retail Banking of the Bank.
Hamid Joda was the Divisional Head, Public Sector, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Ltd.
He holds a BSc in Business Administration (Banking & Finance) from the University of Maiduguri and an MBA from Bayero University, Kano. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Banking of Nigeria. (CIBN)
Mr. Joda is the Founder of TAJBank Ltd. He led the team to realize the vision of setting-up the second non-interest Bank in Nigeria. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of the Bank.
Kogis Jonathan Luka
Kogis Jonathan Luka is a seasoned financial markets expert with over two decade’s professional experience particularly in the Capital Market.
He is a fellow of several professional institutions, such as the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) and an Associate of other professional bodies including the Certified Pensions Institute of Nigeria (CPIN), the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ICMR) and the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN). He is a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration in 1989. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Nassarawa State University, Keffi.
He has participated in various courses in diverse aspects of investment management, organisational change and accounting in Nigeria, South Africa and the United Kingdom. He has presented many papers on various aspects of investment banking and the Capital Market.
Mr. Kogis, along with various teams, has provided visionary leadership in designing and implementing operational structures and systems that have exceeded set objectives especially in restructuring & the critical start-up stages. He was involved in the setting up of Tower Assets Management Ltd (a stockbroking firm), First Alliance Pensions and Benefits Limited, where he served as the Chairman, Audit/Risk Management Committee.
Mr. Lawal Garba, FNIQS (Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors) is the Chairman/CEO of Trobell Interational Nigeria Limited (Trobell). Trobell is currently the largest Crude Oil Pre-Shipment Inspection Company in Nigeria. Mr. Lawal holds B.Sc in Quantity Surveying from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a versatile professional with demonstrated experience in executing transformational initiatives that promote organizational growth
He possesses a wide range of business administrative experience spanning over four decades in various sectors of the economy. These include but are not limited to Oil & Gas Sector, Maritime Industry, Agro-Allied Industries, Finance, Projects Management and Engineering Sectors.
His numerous post NYSC years of experience include an illustrious banking career which began at the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) in 1981. Prior to his banking career which began with UBA, he had offered his expertise in managing various initiatives as member of the Project Implementation Committee, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and also at Water Resource & Engineering Construction Agency, Kano, (with extensive experience in planning and management of various constructed facilities that provided solutions to Hydroelectric-power development, management of waterways-flood and erosion protection as well as the design of various hydraulic structures such as breakwaters and dams and sewage conduit.
Some of the projects he has overseen are Elephant House, Broad Street, Lagos, United Bank for Africa Staff Housing Estate, Satellite Town, Lagos, thirty-two (32) branches of United Bank for Africa, Rural Banking Scheme and more.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the under listed companies with controlling shares in majority of them: Trobell International Nigeria Limited, Trobell Aviation Limited, Trobell Fertilizer and Agro Allied Limited, Quantilex Nigeria Limited Emerald Packaging Company Limited, SPM Electrotechnik Nigeria Ltd, West African Tankers Maritime Limited, Cocoa Industries Limited, TAJBank and Aquifer Capital Management Limited.