Institute inaugurates new principal officers
The newly appointed principal officers of the National Advisory Council of the Nigerian chapter of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) have been inaugurated.
The CISI is a global professional association that provides certification programs and opportunities for ongoing professional growth across the full spectrum of financial services.
The expanding membership supports professionals working in the capital markets, risk and compliance, wealth management, and operations and settlement. All these functions are represented.
Mrs Ijeoma Onwu of MCSI has emerged as the President, Mr Obinna Okafor of MCSI is the First Vice President and Mr Abiodun Adebimpe of MCSI is the second vice president.
“They have all shown great commitment towards the growth of CISI in Nigeria. They were elected based on their commitment and support over the years to the vision of CISI. With their many years of valuable experience in various capacities in the financial services space, including corporate board room exposure. They are set to promote and deliver the benefits of the Institute across the financial sector in Nigeria. said Dr John Osuoha MCSI CISI Nigeria Country Representative.
Ijeoma Onwu is a senior member of CISI in Nigeria and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
She has vast experience in audit and advisory services, and as a chartered stockbroker and certified information systems auditor, she has over 20 years of working experience and over 10 years in leadership positions. “The CISI has a lot to offer in Nigeria, the importance of professionalism and integrity should be at the heart of our member community here. The knowledge, skills, and behaviour the CISI offers contribute extensively to a practitioner’s employability, and I look forward to working on behalf of and meeting members during my term of office,” said Mrs Onwu.
Mr Okafor holds a BSc and MSc in accounting and an MBA in marketing and is a member of the CISI. He is the managing consultant and CEO of Vicosbin Consult Limited, a firm of compliance, risk management, audit & investigation, strategies, and management consulting, with over 20 years of experience in financial services, where he rose to executive positions in accounting, audit, compliance, and risk management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Fellow of the Compliance Institute, Nigeria (FCIN). Okafor is the Chairman of, Governing Council of The Society for West Africa Internal Audit Practitioners (SWAIAP). He is a Director in Mamoru Digital Technology Nigeria Ltd, a mentor with Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurial Foundation and a Chartered Tax Practitioner (ACTI).
Mr Adebimpe is a Member of CISI, is the West African regional head of Custody Services for Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of First Rand Group headquartered in South Africa. He also worked for Stanbic IBTC and Standard Chartered Bank where he held managerial positions. Adebimpe is a graduate of accounting from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, where he emerged as the best-graduating student in the Accounting & Finance Department and Faculty of Business & Social Sciences for the 2002/2003 academic session. He also emerged as the overall best professional examinations student of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 2004 and he is a Fellow of ICAN and an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
Helena Wilson Chartered MCSI Assistant Director of Global Business Development at the CISI says “We are delighted to welcome such esteemed member practitioners to help us shape the CISI’s growth in Nigeria. We are thankful for the support of our strategic membership partners, the CIS and CIBN as we work together to deliver global continuing professional development.”