Founder / Managing Director / CEO
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 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank.
Co-Founder / Executive Director – Business Development
Sherif Idi is a seasoned banker with over 20 years experience in Operations, Branch Management, Business Development and Public Sector banking.
He started his career at Inland Bank Nig. Plc, Abuja in 1999 as a Supervisor, where he worked in various units of the Bank.
After the merger of Inland Bank and First Atlantic in 2004, which became First Inland Bank (and subsequently FinBank Plc), he became Senior Operations Officer and was later saddled with the responsibility of Branch Manager.
He was a Group Head in the Public Sector Division at First City Monument Bank Ltd before embarking on the journey to set up TAJBank.
He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director – Business Development TAJBank Limited.
Saheed Adeluola Ekeolere
Chief Compliance Officer
Saheed Adeluola Ekeolere is the Chief Compliance Officer at TAJBank Ltd. With over 23 years’ experience in banking, his expertise cuts across all aspects of Operations, Compliance and Internal control. He is the pioneer Divisional Head of Operations of TAJBank before becoming the Chief Compliance Officer of the Bank overseeing the activities of both Compliance and Internal Control Departments.
Before joining TAJBank Ltd in November 2018, he was the Regional Operation Service Supervisor of the Northwest I & II regions of Fidelity Bank Plc and also served in acting capacity as the Group Head Operations of the North Directorate of Fidelity Bank. His years of prolific experience have been defined with the setting up, growing and stabilizing banking businesses in Nigeria.
Saheed Ekeolere holds a BSc in Accounting from Lagos State University and a Masters in Banking and Finance from Bayero University, Kano. He is a Fellow of Institute of Information and Strategy Management (Nigeria), an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and has attended Executive Management and Leadership programmes in leading institutions around the world.
Tajuddin Ahmed Mahjoub
Chief Risk Officer
Tajuddin Ahmed Mahjoub is the Chief Risk Officer of TAJBank Ltd with over 30 years’ experience as a Risk Manager. His experience cuts across all aspects of risk Management and has proven ability to valuate related risks of large corporate banking credit portfolio, assessing in-depth the specific business needs/risks, and responding with the appropriate products/solutions in an increasingly competitive financial market environment.
Before joining TAJBank as the pioneer Chief Risk Officer, he worked as the Head of Risk at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) Khartoum, Sudan, Head of Risk at United Capital Bank (UCB) Khartoum, Sudan as well as Risk Manager at Emirates Sudan Bank.
Tajuddin holds a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting Division from Cairo University and a Master of Accounting & Finance from Geziera University Sudan
Head of Sharia Audit
Usama Saleh has over 20 years Professional experience in the Banking Industry spanning Branch Operations, Domestic Operations, Treasury Operation, Clearing and Electronic Settlement, Payment Operations, General Services and Business Development.
A consummate Banker, Mr. Usama started his banking career in 2001 with First Bank Nigeria Ltd as an officer and resigned in 2008 to take up an appointment with First City Monument Bank Plc as a Branch Operations Manager. In the pursuit of his passion for Non-Interest Finance, Usama left FCMB in 2011 to join Jaiz Bank Plc as one of the pioneer staff, where he served at various units and projects.
He holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Master of Banking and Finance from Bayero University Kano and has attended several local and international courses in Islamic Finance, Investment Banking, Management, leadership amongst others at some of the prestigious institutions, such as School of Government and International Affairs Durham University UK, Commerzbank Germany, IFSB Malaysia, REDMONEY Malaysia, Texem UK, Phillips Consulting – Nigeria and Lagos Business School.
Usama Saleh is a Member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and Member Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered).
Mr. Usama is a strong team player with multifunctional capabilities. He was the former Group Head, Banking Operations at Jaiz Bank Plc before joining TAJBank as the Head of Sharia Audit.
Mr. Aminu Habu Alkassim
Chief Internal Auditor
Mr Aminu Habu Alkassim’s fifteen 15 years’ banking experience spans Internal Control, Internal Audit and Compliance at two commercial banks in Nigeria, namely UBA and JAIZ Bank.
He holds a certification from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Austin – USA), where he was certified as a Fraud Examiner. He is also a Forensic Accountant and a Professional Chartered Accountant with requisite certifications from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). In addition, he possesses a B.Sc. in Accounting and equally hold three (3) Masters degrees in different disciplines namely: MBA, Masters in Islamic Banking and Finance, and Accounting and Financial Management all from Bayero University, Kano (2002, 2008, 2013 & 2014 respectively).
Currently he is the Chief Internal Auditor at TAJBank.
Fajimi Olusola Adewale
Divisional Head, Operations
Olusola Adewale Fajimi’s over two decades experience spans Auditing & Investigation, Accounting, Internal Control and Compliance in the manufacturing and banking sectors. Having previously served as the Chief Compliance Officer of TAJBank, he is the substantive Divisional Head of Operations of the Bank.
He started his professional career with Kewalram/Charai Group as an Assistant Manager, Corporate Audit, and rose to become Account Manager in Sunseed Nigeria Plc, (subsidiary of Kewalram/Chanrai).
He joined Gateway Bank in 2002 to begin his banking career as resident control officer, he later joined First Atlantic Bank Ltd in 2003. First Atlantic merged with Inland Bank and two others to become First Inland, then Finbank Plc, where he rose to the position of Group Head, Internal Control, Far North. After the merger of Finbank with FCMB in 2012, he became the Regional Control Head of FCMB for North East and North West. Thereafter, he moved to Compliance Unit as Head, Cluster Compliance, First City Monument Bank Limited, to set up the cluster compliance of the bank, with the responsibility of supervising and coordinating branch compliance activities in all the bank’s branches in Nigeria.
Mr. Fajimi has championed the design and implementation of several Accounting and Compliance initiatives in the areas of Auditing & Investigations, Management Accounting, Internal Control and Compliance.
He has an HND (Upper Credit) in Accounting & Finance from the Yaba College of Technology, a Masters in Business Administration (Finance) from the Lagos State University, he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1998, He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA).
Franklin Okwudili Eboagwu, ACIPM, HRPL
Divisional Head, Human Resources and Corporate Services
Franklin has over 15 years of People Management experience spanning Talent Acquisition and Resourcing, Talent Management, Performance Management and Optimization, Change Management, Policy Design and Implementation, amongst other areas of the people management value chain.
His experience cuts across several sectors: Consulting and Advisory Services, Banking and Financial Services, manufacturing, as well as international development. He has participated in the design and implementation of several HR transformation solutions in the areas of Talent Management, Performance Management Framework Design and deployment, Team Building, Capacity Assessment and development, Organizational Development, People Strategy Design as well as Learning & Development.
Prior to joining TAJBank, some of his previous work experiences include Senior Consultant, People & Change Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Human Resource/Global Mobility Analyst for Central & West Africa at the International Bank for Reconstruction & Development, (The World Bank) and Senior Manager, Human Resources at Nestoil Limited amongst others.
Franklin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree in Managerial Psychology from the University of Benin and Ibadan respectively
Chief Information Officer
Dele Adewunmi leads the Information Technology (IT) Services at TAJ Bank, ensuring the alignment of the Business and IT Strategy in order to drive innovative solutions for the bank’s esteemed customers.
Dele is a well-rounded IT professional who brings a wealth of work experience from Financial Institutions both Locally and Internationally. He displays erudition in the IT field and impeccable Interpersonal and Business skills due to his diverse multi-cultural experience.
Prior to joining TAJ Bank, he was the Head of Enterprise Network at Polaris bank where he was responsible for implementing the digital transformation roadmap which led to application optimization, business process automation and improved customer experience. While in the UK, Dele gathered a plethora of experience working for Global businesses within the Finance Industry such as MasterCard, Thomson Reuters and Credit Suisse. He also worked with Accenture UK on the notable Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) project to deliver cutting-edge network infrastructure to all RBS branches and subsidiaries in the UK. This project equipped the business with agility and improved productivity.
Dele holds an MSc in Telecommunications from University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from University of Lagos. He is professionally trained on several IT frameworks including ITIL (IT Service Management), ISMS (Information Security Management System) and TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework).
Michael Odim is the Acting Treasurer of TAJBank with over 21years Banking and Financial markets experience spanning through Treasury, Investment Banking and Operations. He Started his career with the Operations Group of First Bank followed by then Equity Bank and Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank) where he traded both at the Foreign Exchange and the Local Money Markets and rose through the ranks. Prior to his current role at TAJBank, he was the Chief Dealer with responsibilities of Asset, Liability & Liquidity Management, Foreign Currency Dealing and Investments.
He has also worked as Lead, investment & Foreign Exchange Strategy for a privately owned Corporate Finance Company. His Team successfully anchored the registration of TAJBank as a Capital Market Operator with the Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC”) where he is a registered sponsored individual.
Michael holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Port Harcourt, has acquired trainings and is deeply rooted in areas of ALM, Risk Management, Business Development, Technical & Fundamental Analysis in currency trading, Strategy and Leadership amongst others.