By Christiana Ekpa
LEAP Africa, a foremost non-profit leadership development organisations in Nigeria, has announced the appointment of veteran journalist Waziri Adio, Joe Abah,and four new members to its Board of Directors.
Coming from diverse backgrounds and sectors, the new board members are:Larry Ettah, Tola Adeyemi, Sadiq Usman, and Abas Idaresit,and the afore mentioned two who bring in years of experience and leadership to the work that LEAP Africa does across the continent.
Tola Adeyemi is a Partner and Head of Audit Services at KPMG Professional Services. He is a member of the Firm’s executive committee. He has served various companies across various industry sectors, including Power and Utilities, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Consumer/Industrial Markets, Public Sector, Financial Services and Development Agencies.
According to records, Tola has over three decades of extensive experience in providing Audit and related Advisory Services, Process Reviews, Due Diligence Reviews, Sox Implementation, working as Reporting Accountant and IFRS Conversion Services.
Tola has worked in the UK, South Africa and Nigeria and is a regular speaker on contemporary accounting and governance.
Larry E. Ettah is the Executive Chairman of Barracuda Capital Partners Limited, (an Investment firm) he founded in 2018 after his retirement as the Group Managing Director (GMD)/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UAC of Nigeria Plc (UACN).
He holds degrees from the University of Benin, University of Michigan, Stanford University, Harvard Business School and University of Oxford.
Before his retirement, Etta chaired the Board of UAC Property Development Company Plc (UPDC), Chemical & Allied Products Plc (CAP), Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc, among others. Mr. Ettah currently serves on the Advisory Board of Chi Limited.
Sadiq Usman is the Head, Corporate Business Development, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc. He has also served as a Special Assistant to the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, as a Vice-President with JPMorgan Plc, and an analyst with JPMorgan Plc. and Zenith Bank Plc.
Before this role, Sadiq worked with the previous Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as an adviser on Economic Development. He is also a Non-Executive Director of NNFM Plc.
Joe Abah is the Country Director for Nigeria, DAI, Nigeria where he provides technical and strategic inputs to DAI’s existing portfolio of projects, in addition to supporting business development initiatives.