In view of the pivotal role of the Nigerian banking industry in the Nigerian economy, much is expected by stakeholders. It is expected that the industry will contribute to economic transformation social progress and infrastructural development.

The maiden edition of the FITC thought leadership discussion series scheduled to hold on 24th May 2018 at Four points by Sheraton will bring together regulators, policy makers, key players and operators in the Nigerian banking industry and within the financial services sector to review the contributions of the sector in line with stakeholder expectations.

Some of the confirmed panellist to discuss and provide insights on how to strengthen the banking system and facilitate sustained economic growth at the #FITCThoughtLeadershipSeries2018 include:


Chief Panelist: Mr. Tunde Lemo,Former Deputy Governor

A former regulator and managing director of Wema Bank, Tunde Lemo is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) and  Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

He is an accomplished professional with strong leadership and top management experience in both the public and private sectors spanning over 26 years. For his selfless and meritorious service to the nation, he was awarded the prestigious National honour of the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2011.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy (first class division) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1984 where he won seven academic laurels, including the Best overall graduating student in the Faculty.


Panelist 1: Alhaji  Umaru Ibrahim, MNI MD/CEO, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

A graduate of the famous Ahmadu Bello University and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree holder from the same university, Alhaji Ibrahim is one of Nigeria’s leading light in the regulatory space. His expertise and dedication have contributed significantly to the stability of the Nigerian financial system.

In the course of his career, the years, he has attended several technical and management courses organised by prestigious institutions both local and international, notably amongst these are ESSEC Graduate Business School, France; Templeton College of Oxford University, U.K; and International Centre for Banking and Financial Services, Manchester University.

As a consummate professional, Alhaji Ibrahim is a fellow and a member of industry-relevant professional bodies such as the Nigerian Institute of Management Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).

Panelist 2: Mr. Abubakar Suleiman MD/CEO, Sterling Bank Plc

Mr. Suleiman had served as Executive Director of Finance & Strategy Chief Financial Officer of Sterling Bank Plc.  He was also the executive sponsor of the Bank’s Non-Interest Banking business (Sterling Alternative Finance).

Prior to joining the Bank, he had worked at Arthur Andersen (now KPMG Nigeria), before moving to MBC International Bank (now First Bank), and later to Citibank Nigeria in roles spanning Treasury and Asset & Liability Management.

Panelist 3: Mrs Hamda Ambah (MD, FSDH Merchant Bank Ltd.)

Mrs. Hamda A. Ambah was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of FSDH Merchant Bank Limited (formerly First Securities Discount House Limited) in 2017. She had served as the Bank’s Executive Director and General Manager at different times.

In her previous role as Executive Director, she superintended the bank’s marketing division which covered the following Corporates (comprising the multinational, middle-tier corporations, telecommunications and the energy sector), Investors (comprising of Non-bank Institutional Investors and Private Clients), as well as the Port Harcourt and Abuja Regional Offices

She graduated from the University of Lagos in 1980 and later proceeded to the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London for her Postgraduate qualifications. Mrs. Ambah is a member of the Nigerian Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers and was awarded the 1999 IBTC award for the best examination candidate in Corporate Finance.

Panelist 4: Prof. Segun Ajibola, FCIB, President, CIBN

Deacon Ajibola had served as the President/Chairman of Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).   Prior to this, he had been 1st vice President, 2014-2016, 2nd Vice President, 2012 – 2014; National Treasurer, 2008 – 2010; Chairman, Finance & General Purpose Committee.

His work experience spans academics, banking and legal practice. Specifically, Prof. Ajibola had lectured at the Obafemi Awolowo University before joining First Bank, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank), from where he retired as General Manager. He is a boardroom guru, serving on the boards of several organisations, including Accion Microfinance Bank Limited (2010 – 2011) and He is Chairman Bowen Micro Finance Bank Limited (owned by the Nigerian Baptist Convention).

Deacon Ajibola attended University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he graduated with a First Class B.Sc. Degree in Economics in 1983 and M.Sc. Degree in Economics in 1986.  He later enrolled for a degree in Law at the University of Lagos in 1995 and graduated with LLB Second Class Upper in 2001 and subsequently proceeded to the Nigerian Law School for the mandatory Barrister at Law (BL) Programme and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2003. He also earned a Ph.D in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2011 and boasts membership of acclaimed professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and UK Accredited Mediator.

Panelsit 5: Mr. Olusegun Joseph Ajayi-Kadir, DG Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN)

Ajayi-Kadir currently serves on several government boards such as Tariff Technical Committee (Federal Ministry of Finance); and National Council on African Peer Review Mechanism (NEPAD), among others.

He is a highly experienced and widely travelled technocrat who has  undergone trainings in notable organisations such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Pan-African University (Lagos Business School), the Centre for International Private Enterprise, Washington D.C, USA, and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.

Ajayi-Kadir holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University and Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University.

Panelist 6: Dr. Uju Ogubunka, President, Bank Customer Association of Nigeria (BCAN)

Dr. ‘Uju M. Ogubunka is a  Chartered Banker who was in banking  practice for twenty three years before venturing into consulting, research, training, mediation and public speaking. He subsequently joined the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) as Director, Consultancy, Training and Research in 1999, and was later appointed the Registrar/Chief Executive of the CIBN in 2006

He retired from the CIBN in 2014 after a very eventful tenure at the Institute. He currently lectures at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria. He is a Fellow in the department of Finance, Faculty of Business Administration and President of Bank Customers Association of Nigeria (BCAN).


The event promises to promote and advance knowledge through the discussion on industry and policy issues.

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