Jibril J. Aku holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and an MBA from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He also holds a Diploma in Insurance from the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was awarded Doctor of Science in Business Administration (D.Sc.) Honoris Causa of Achievers University, Ondo State in 2014. Mr. Aku is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Banks (FCIB), in addition to, fellowship of other professional bodies in Nigeria. Jibril Aku has over 34 years banking experience with 24 years spent in senior management levels. His banking career has included key positions in specialized departments of Capital Markets, Foreign Exchange and Treasury Management He is the immediate past Group Head of Strategy Management at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated in Lomé, Togo before retiring on December 2016. He had earlier served as CEO of Ecobank Nigeria between 2010 to 2015. Prior to joining the Ecobank Group in 2006 as Executive Director, Treasury & Financial Institutions of Ecobank Nigeria, he served in various local and International Banks for 21 years including Citibank Nigeria where he attained the position of Vice President and Country/ Regional Treasurer and Former Afribank Nigeria PLC where he was the Executive Director Operations and Technology from 2003 – 2005. Mr. Aku is presently the Chairman/ CEO of Marathon Group based in Lagos. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of FMDQ OTC PLC, a Securities Exchange. Other companies where he also served as director includes Nigeria Interbank Settlement System PLC (NIBSS) and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC). Mr. Aku who holds the traditional title of OLIOKO of Uzanu is married with children.
Abubakar Muhammed presents a based skill acquired in the course of his academic and professional education. Commencing his professional life at Arthur Andersen (now KPMG) in 1993 he has strong background in accounting, taxation, auditing, financial risk management as well as investment and portfolio analysis. He had given national service on several committees including the FGN Committee on Capital Markets and Committee on Infrastructure and Code of Conduct for Capital Market Regulators. A certified Financial Risk Manager (GARP) and 1991 graduate of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University and Executive MBA (IWEMBA) graduate of University of Geneva & Carnegie-Mellon University, he currently sits on the Boards of ARM, FMDQ and MoorHouse Sofitel to mention a few.
Nasiru Dantata is a civil engineer and an executive director on the Board of Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company. A graduate of Northeastern University, Boston, his knowledge includes construction, probability and statistics, Financial Reporting and managerial decisions as well as Java computer language. He majored in Civil Engineering with a Business administration minor graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2001 He is a recipient of a number of academic awards including the Sear B. Condit award and made the Dean’s list at Northeastern.
Amal Inyingiala Pepple is a former Head of the Federal Civil Service of the Federation, and Honourable Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. A seasoned public servant and a consummate administrator, Ms. Pepple was born in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State. She obtained a First Class Honours degree in Political Science from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1975 and MSc. degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 1981. Ms Pepple has a very rich experience of service to Nigeria, with a professional career spanning several sectors within the executive and legislative arms of government. She served as a Director first in the Federal Civil Service Commission, then in the Economic Affairs Office, the Presidency, before she was appointed, at various times, as Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministries of Finance, Transport and Information and National Orientation. She further served as a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, in which capacity she doubled as the Governor of OPEC for Nigeria, and a fellow of the Petroleum Training Institute. Also, she served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Agriculture and Commerce. In the legislative arm, Ms Pepple was the Clerk Designate in the Senate and the Clerk of the Senate between 1990 and 1993. Some of the many honours of Ms Pepple in the course of her rich national service were: Governor, Common Fund for Commodities; Alternate Governor, International Fund for Agricultural Development; Governor, OPEC Fund for International Development; Alternate Governor, Islamic Development Bank; Alternate Governor, International Monetary Fund; and Alternate Governor, African Development Bank. Ms Pepple equally served on the Boards of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Zenith Bank Plc and Oando Plc. Her interest in politics and political education informed her engagement as a lecturer in Political Science at Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt, Deputy Secretary of the 1989 Constituent Assembly, Administrative Secretary of the defunct Social Democratic Party, and the Sole Administrator of the then United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP). For her service to Nigeria and humanity, she was conferred with the National Honours of the Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON (2003) and the Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR (2008) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ms Pepple was, in April 2013, elected President of the 24th Session of the Governing Council of UN Habitat. Until her appointment as a Director in SunTrust Bank, she was a Member of the Board of Trustees, Lady Dorcas Orphanage, Diocese of Abuja (Anglican Communion).
The 1986 winner of the Bola Ajibola Prize for Civil Procedure, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Managing Partner of the Law Firm of Alegeh & Co, Mr. Augustine Alegeh’s expertise in legal practice, skills as a mediators and attributes of independent mindedness brings additional value and critical judgement to the Board of SunTrust Bank Limited. With over 30 years at the Nigerian Bar, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and the current president of the Nigerian Bar Association. He is also a member of the Board of Directors in a host of companies with vast interests in Construction, Information Technology, Engineering, Real Estate and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG).
Richard Howarth is a highly experienced senior banker with an extensive network of contacts built up over the past 20 years in Africa. Richard spent 34 years in the banking industry working in a senior management position for Barclays and Standard Chartered. Richard has strong connections throughout the financial services industry. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services and holds their Financial Studies Diploma qualification. He is a keen golfer and enjoys gardening and collecting African art.
With over 25 years of industry experience in banking and governance, Yewande Amusan is an effective communicator with a keen eye for detail. This amiable influencer with strong interpersonal and people skills is a proven agent of change who is able to work with all people and systems across a broad structure. Mrs. Amusan is currently a senior consultant to the Ogun State Government, having also served as Honourable Commissioner in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Her banking experience is spread across Sterling Bank, Trust Bank and Citibank Nigeria and Citicorp Industrial Credit, Atlanta, USA.
Muhammad holds an M.sc in Risk Management from the NYU Leonard N. Stern Business School, New York University, and an MBA from the Imperial College London, a Diploma in General Management from Harvard University and a postgraduate diploma in Financial Management from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Abuja. Muhammad has a rich experience in banking and management having previously held positions in Union Bank of Nigeria and Citigroup N.A & Barclays Bank in four countries across Africa and Europe. Prior to joining SunTrust, he was an Executive Director on the Board of Aso Savings and Loans Plc. and one time the Group Head responsible for growing Bond Bank’s (now Skye Bank Plc.) business in Abuja and the North. He has served on various boards and was at one time the National Deputy President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria, a director, Premium Pensions Limited, Director, Federal Housing Authority Technical Board and a member of the Presidential Committee on Affordable Housing. Also, he served as the Chairman Board of Directors of the Gombe Jewel Microfinance Bank Limited.