Board of Directors
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Jim Ovia, CON
Jim Ovia is the pioneer Managing Director / CEO of Zenith Bank Plc, one of Nigeria and Africa’s largest banks by Shareholders’ Funds. He was at the helm of affairs for 20 years until his resignation in July, 2010. Jim Ovia is currently the Chairman and founder of Visafone Communications Limited, a mobile phone company. He is also the Chairman and founder, Quantum Group.
Jim Ovia is a member of the National Economic Management Team of Nigeria as well as a member of the Honorary International Investors’ Council.
He is the founder and proprietor of James Hope College, Agbor, Delta State. Jim Ovia is a philanthropist. He is the founder of the Youth Empowerment & ICT Foundation, which focuses on improving the socio-economic welfare of Nigerian youths by empowering them to embrace Information and Communication Technology. The initiative holds annual Youth Empowerment seminar.
In recognition of his achievements particularly in support of the Nigerian economy, Jim Ovia was conferred with the national award of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in November 2011.
Jim Ovia holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Louisiana, Louisiana, USA in 1979 and a B.Sc degree in Business Administration from Southern University, Louisiana, USA (1977). He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (OPM). Jim Ovia is a writer and motivational speaker. He has been interviewed by the following global networks: CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg and ARISE TV.
Prior to taking up the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Simon was overseeing the Capital Markets unit of Zenith Capital and has over 20 years experience in Banking, Equity Capital Markets Execution, Mergers & Acquisition and Financial Advisory Services.
He began his investment Banking career at the Corporate Finance Department of MBC International Bank Limited (Now First Bank of Nigeria Holding Company Plc). He moved to Zenith Bank Plc (Investment Banking Group), which later became Zenith Capital Limited, then an investment banking subsidiary of Zenith Bank Plc.
He holds an MBA from the University of Manchester and a B.Sc. Degree in Economics from University of Ibadan. Simon is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) and Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (ACS), respectively.
Elaine is a General Partner in Quantum Capital Partners, a Sub-Saharan private equity firm with interests in financial services, insurance, telecommunications, real estate, hotels, petrochemicals and oil & gas.
Elaine began her career with Watson Towers, the largest global actuarial consultancy advising FTSE 100 companies on both the asset and liability side. She later joined PSolve Asset Solutions, the fund-of-funds subsidiary of Sanlam Bank SA where she focused upon delivering tailor-made liability-driven investment solutions to top UK corporate pension plans, with a focus upon alternative assets.
She then moved to Gissings Consultancy Services as Head of R&D, developing derivative based solutions for institutional clients. Elaine joined Zenith Bank Plc in Nigeria within the Corporate Finance & Advisory team and rose to become the head of Corporate Strategy & Advisory. She served on the Investment Committee as an Investment Strategist for the Zenith Bank range of mutual funds.
Elaine holds a BSc in Actuarial Science from the Cass Business School, London and a postgraduate in Actuarial Management. She is a member of the Institute of Actuaries.
Joe Onwubuya is a Director of Cyberspace Network Limited and oversees the growth and direction of the company. He is responsible for the delivery of successful growth strategy for the company. He is highly regarded in the technology industry and has over twenty years of Business, Security and Network consulting experience with several companies in Nigeria.
Mr. Onwubuya has held various positions in large integration and consulting companies, he has also served as IT consultant to numerous financial institutions and Visafone Communications Limited. He is a network veteran in particular and an IT professional in general.
Engr. Onwubuya holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the University of Lagos in addition to several other IT certifications both within and outside Nigeria, among which are Cisco, Microsoft, and Linux.
He has attended the Advanced Management Programme at the Pan-African University, Lagos. He is a corporate member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE) and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Marie is a senior finance professional with over 15 years of experience in the financial service industry spanning across financial control, financial management, financial audit, and compliance.
Prior to joining Quantum Zenith Capital & Investments Limited as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, Marie worked as Senior Manager at PWC Nigeria. She began her career in PwC Nigeria and then went on to work as a Senior Associate at PWC New York in their Assurance & Business Advisory Services and Assurance, Banking & Capital Markets units, resp. There she prepared audited financial statements, analyzed internal controls, and developed audit plans for statutory audit of top tier banking and capital market related clients.
She now sits on the board of the 4 (four) Quantum Zenith entities and works to support the management teams of the entities while overseeing the financial control responsibilities of the entities.
Marie is an alumnus of Covenant University, Nigeria where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School, Cambridge with a concentration in Finance & Strategy and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Dr. Oluwabukunmi Fapohunda
Dr. Fapohunda is a multi-award winning finance professional with over 17 years of multi-industry, multi-geography and multi-cultural experience. She began her career in Deloitte after which she joined Quantum Fund Management Limited as the Head of Compliance and rose to become the Chief Financial Officer and now the Executive Director.
Dr. Fapohunda holds a BSc (First Class Honors) in Business Administration from
Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria, an MBA (First Class Honors/Magna Cum Laude) with specialization in Corporate Finance from Walden University, Minnesota, USA and a DBA (First Class Honors/Summa Magna Cum Laude) with specialization in Finance from Walden University, Minnesota, USA. Dr. Fapohunda is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Dr. Fapohunda sits on the Board of several companies where she has made valuable, significant and strategic contributions to the growth of these companies. Between 2020 and 2022, she has served as the Chairman of the Board, Corporate Finance Certification Sub-Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and as a Board Member of Corporate Finance Management Faculty (CFMF) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) on a volunteer basis.
KENNEDY ICHIBOR, CFA
Kennedy Ichibor is an alumni of the University of Benin and a Chartered Accountant, with over 20 years experience in Corporate and Investment banking transactions within the Zenith Bank Group
He has participated actively in the structuring of high profile debt facilities for multinational companies in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Breweries, Commodities, Agriculture and Steel sectors in Nigeria.
He is currently the MD / CEO of Quantum Zenith Capital & Investments Limited and has been actively involved in sizeable Debt and Equity transactions in the Capital markets over the years in sectors such as Power, FMCG, Financial Institutions and Sub nationals.