LEAP Africa appoints Clara Omatseye as board chair, Larry Ettah co-chair
*Picks Ayeni as ag. executive director
LEAP Africa, one of the continent’s leading youth-focused leadership
development non-profit organisations has announced the appointment of new Board Chair, Co-chair and an Acting Executive Director.
The group has appointed Mrs. Clare Omatseye and Mr. Larry Ettah as Board Chair and Co-Chair. At the senior management level, LEAP Africa has also appointed Ms. Kehinde Ayeni as the Acting Executive Director.
Omatseye and Ettah are astute business leaders of great repute who have led and managed many successful projects and organisations with a track record of success, innovation and scaling.
Omatseye succeeds Mr Udeme Ufot, who has retired from the board after serving two tenures in that position.
She is the Managing Director/Founder of JNC International Ltd. (JNCI), a leading Turnkey medical equipment solutions company, an organisation she founded in 2003. A seasoned healthcare entrepreneur with an exciting pharmaceutical and medical technology career, spanning over three decades, Omatseye has served in various companies, including, May & Baker Nig. Plc, Aventis Pasteur Nigeria
and Huntleigh Healthcare Limited. She is an independent non-executive director of the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) and Beta Glass Plc; and the chairman of Vaccipharm Ltd. (a company she also founded in 1999).
She is the president of the West African Private Healthcare Federation (WAPHF) and vice president of the African Healthcare Federation (AHF). Omatseye also serves on several other boards, including the Governing Council of the Pan Atlantic University (with its graduate business school being the prestigious Lagos Business School), the Society of Corporate Governance Nigeria
(SCGN), the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN) and the Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation.
Ettah is the Executive Chairman of Barracuda Capital Partners Limited, an organisation he founded in 2018 after his retirement as the group managing director/chief executive officer of UAC of Nigeria Plc (UACN). Before his retirement, he chaired the board of UAC Property Development Company Plc (UPDC), Chemical & Allied Products Plc (CAP), and Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc, among others. Ettah currently serves on the board of Coronation Merchant Bank Ltd.
Both Omatseye and Ettah will be supported by a refreshed board of distinguished industry
experts, including Dr. Joe Abah (Country Director at DAI Global, LLC), Tola Adeyemi (Managing Partner at
KPMG), Uche Pedro (Founder of BellaNaija) and Sadiq Usman (Head, Corporate Business Development at
Flour Mills Nig. Plc.).
The new acting executive director, Ayeni is a 13-year LEAP veteran, who has also served as the Chief Operating Officer in the last three years. Ayeni’s passion, loyalty, drive and excellence have contributed to the growth of the organisation. She is a skilled facilitator and has led impact-driven
sessions in LEAP Africa’s core leadership programmes within and outside Nigeria.
In 2020, she was recognised among 50 African Women Making a Difference in Development by Donors for Africa and a
2021 Praxis Non-profit Accelerator Fellow. Ayeni succeeds Mr Femi Taiwo.