Chuka Mordi - Chief Executive Officer
Chuka has over 20 years’ experience spanning investment management, financial advisory and corporate leadership, acquired in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Chuka was a founding partner of CBO Capital and the former Head of Infrastructure Financing at First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Lagos. He began his career at SBC Warburg and subsequently worked as an Equities Analyst for Hardman & Co. Ltd. where he focused on UK AIM stocks. He then moved to Investment Research and Advisory Services at Intersec Research Corporation and subsequently, European equities at Société Générale Asset Management (SGAM). In the last six years at CBO, Chuka was jointly responsible for servicing over 50 client mandates, with a transaction value in excess of $2bn, whilst deploying over $50 million in the capital as a principal investor. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and has a B.A. Philosophy from Kings College, University of London.
Robert Grant - Chief Financial Officer
Robert has over 20 years experience in investment and consulting. Previous CFO role with a West African telecoms operator (Ghana Telecom) and prior to Ellah Lakes, he was Head of Telecomms, and then Infrastructure Financing at FCMB Plc. In that role, he has led various projects and structured finance deals in the Agriculture, power, oil & gas, and telecommunications sectors. Robert Grant holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, New York, NY.
Jamie Rixton – Chief Agronomist
Jamie has over 35 years’ relevant industry and corporate leadership experience acquired across 22 African countries and the United Kingdom. He specializes in mechanized farming of cash crops and has led mechanization of operations of a single farm in excess of 30,000 hectares. He held leadership positions in leading multinational corporations including Massey Ferguson, Challenger, Valtra Africa, John Deere & Co., and Bara Group.
Jamie has a Bachelors from the University of Reading.
Olumide Akpata - Chairman
Olumide Akpata is a Partner at Templars (one of the leading Law firms in Nigeria ) and he is currently the Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group.
He has over two decades of experience in advising clients on various aspects of Nigerian Corporate and Commercial Law, and has been recognised by IFLR 1000 as a leading Mergers & Acquisition lawyer in Nigeria and by Chambers and Partners “as having long experience in representing foreign clients” in his area of practice.
Olu is often called upon to speak at local and international conferences and seminars and currently sits on the Council of the Nigeria Bar Association Section on Business Law. He is also the Vice-Chair (West-Africa) of the International Bar Association’s Africa Regional Forum.
Nnenna Onyewuchi - Director
Nnenna Onyewuchi is a founding partner of Yellow Brick Road, & Blackbox, and has over Fifteen (15) Years of experience in Strategic marketing communications. Starting her career at McCann Erickson, New York, she managed business development activities for the New York office and coordinating offices across the network for global pitches, before moving into Strategic Planning, where she rose to the position of Vice President.
While at McCann, she helped conceive Tag Ideation, a lifestyle marketing practice group, developing a set of proprietary research tools and co-designing a proprietary branding model. She returned to Nigeria in 2004 and worked in experiential marketing, production and pay-TV before returning to advertising in 2007 when she joined ZK Advertsing as Director of Strategy. In 2011, Nnenna and her partners, in an MBO, founded Yellow Brick Road, growing it into one of Nigeria’s most respected agencies.
Hauwa Nuru - Director
Hauwa Nuru was the General Manager of the Finance and Accounts department, EKO Electricity Distribution Company.
She successfully reorganized and restructured the Finance Department to implement effective standard operating procedures for the Finance, Banking and Treasury Departments.
As a member of the Critical Strategies and Implementation Team, she provided fundamental contribution to innovative projects within the organisation by developing, compiling and assessing new projects. These have included the implementation of new policies and procedures and the updating, review and implementation of Regulatory Policies.
Maxwell Oko - Director
Maxwell Oko Studied Architecture at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
He has broad complementary competencies covering Entrepreneurship, Investment, Youth Leadership Development and Management. He is the Executive Vice Chairman of Lake Oko Farms, Nigeria Limited, an Agribusiness, and Real Estate company.
He is an alumnus of the London Business School (LBS) and had a successful career in both public and private sectors. He also served the Bayelsa State Government at various times as Commissioner of Conflict Resolution and Employment Generation; and later, as Commissioner of Energy, before returning to the private sector in 2012.
Shehu Abubakar - Director
Mr. Abubakar serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Unified Payment. He has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry during which time he held strategic positions in different Banks finally retiring as an Executive Director.
In the course of his career, Mr. Abubakar has attended many courses within and outside Nigeria including the Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and Wharton Business School among others and has a wide range of experience in Strategy, Leadership & Executive Management, Customer Relations and Management and Corporate Finance, among others.
Evans Gbugbemi Jakpa - Director
He has a BSc, Psychology and MA in International Business and Marketing from London Metropolitan University. Has over 10 years' experience in oil & gas and senior management and leadership roles with a special talent for negotiating solutions to complex situations. Skilled at establishing and maintaining strategy partnership to generate essential business opportunities.
He was the General Manager Business Development at Energy Equity Resources (EER) a London based Exploration and production company, and then worked for Delta State, on Oil & Gas development. He worked on a $45m of direct foreign investment into the state for the acquisition, restructuring & transformation of a 17 acre, moribund state owned timber company, into a 10,000 bpd modular refinery.