OUR TEAM

TAIWO SONOLA

PRESIDENT

Taiwo Sonola has over the years built a wealth of experience in custodianship of financial instruments, trusteeship, litigation (specifically in commercial law), skilled and experienced in drafting, vetting of agreements and all other legal documents in a financial/commercial environment. She bagged a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the prestigious Staffordshire University, United Kingdom (UK) in 1990 and Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business Law from the University of Manchester also in the UK in 2001.

 

Back home in Nigeria, Taiwo attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and did the compulsory National Youth Service at Segun Adegoke & Co. in 1992. Taiwo started her promising career as a counsel at S.M. Olakunrin & Co. in 1993 where she amongst many other things, represented clients in litigation matters, conducted research and wrote legal opinions, processed incorporation of companies at the Corporate Affairs Commission and filed annual returns, drafted/perfected legal agreements, contracts, trust deeds, terms of settlement etc. Later that year, Taiwo moved to Strachan Partners (formerly known as J.B. Majiyagbe & Co) also as a counsel and in 1994, she picked up a more challenging job at A.G. Leventis Nigeria Plc where as a Legal Officer, she assisted the company secretary in the management of the company’s legal/company secretarial matters.

 

In 2001, Taiwo started her journey into the financial sector with the then Magnum Trust Bank, (now Sterling Bank) as a Client Relationship Officer and in 2007, she moved to UBA Trustees Limited in 2007 as Assistant Vice President, Trust Services. Later that year, Taiwo rose to become the Head, Business Development & Relationship Management, UBA Global Investor Services (GIS) at the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, the role she has actively played until February 2013 when she became the Head, Global Investor Services till date.

 

Taiwo is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the CMC Retreat Planning Committee of the Securities & Exchange Commission, an Associate of the Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers, represents the Association of Assets Custodians on the Board of Trustee of the FMDQ OTC PLC Investor Protection Fund. She was the General Secretary of the Association of Assets Custodians from May 2009 – December 2014 where she rose to become the Vice President of the Association. She is currently the President of the Association.

 

In 2003-2004, she received an award for “Best relationship officer” from Magnum Trust Bank Plc and in 2013, the award of excellence in media for her dynamic and invaluable contribution to the media and the Nigerian people by the Institute of Certified Communicators. Taiwo is an experienced researcher on the Nigerian Capital Market with considerable experience in private, commercial and consumer banking and allied advisory services.

ADERONKE ADETORO

VICE PRESIDENT

Aderonke Adetoro is the Securities Services Head for Direct Custody and Clearing (DCC) at Citibank Nigeria Limited; she joined the team in September 2016. Citi’s Direct Custody and Clearing (DCC) business provides asset servicing and core custody functions to corporates, banks, fund managers, insurance companies and global investors through our proprietary network in over 60 markets. Citi has offered DCC services to clients in Nigeria since 2008,  providing clearing and settlement services for the trading and investing activities of our local clients as well as offering domestic market sub-custody services to banks and global custodians around the world.

Aderonke started at Citi Nigeria in 2001, as a Management Associate.  For over 15 years, she held positions across various Markets functions. Within Fixed Income, she was instrumental in setting up the fixed income trading desk and drafting the maiden Two-Way-Quote Guidelines that governs the trading of bonds in the secondary market. She also worked in Currencies and Risk Treasury, where she supported the franchise trading foreign exchange and managing the balance sheet. As a member of the Corporate Sales & Derivatives Marketing team, she formulated relevant solutions to clients’ foreign exchange and liquidity needs. This range of experiences gives her a unique perspective on clients‘ custody needs.

 

Aderonke holds a Master’s degree in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford, St. Cross College, UK and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University College London, UK. She is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation awarded by the CFA Institute in 2013.

BENEDICT ADOMOKAI

GENERAL SECRETARY

ADEBOLA ADEDEJI

FINANCIAL SECRETARY

Adebola heads the Custody business at First City Monument Bank (FCMB). She started her career with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc in 2007, and has also worked with NatWest Bank and Citibank UK in various capacities spanning Treasury Asset & Liability Management, Operations, Sales, Cash Management and Reconciliation. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiology from the University of Lagos and an MSc in International Management from the University of Southampton, UK. She is currently the Financial Secretary of the Association.

 

Adebola has a curious mind and constantly seeks ways of increasing her knowledge in every area of life. She is a firm believer in mentoring, using a ono-on-one approach at influencing her generation and generations after. She is natural at organizing people and events, doesn’t take herself seriously and loves listening to music, watch movies and spending time with family.

BABATUNDE MAJIYAGBE

PUBLICITY SECRETARY / PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

Babatunde Majiyagbe is the Executive Director for Stanbic IBTC Nominees Limited, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Bank and a member of the Standard Bank Group.

He joined the team in January 2017 and is currently responsible for the Product Management agenda focusing on Project delivery, Market advocacy, Risk Management and future growth strategy for the Investor Services business.

 

He has over 12 years’ experience in Transactional Banking, Information & Communications Technology, Product Management, Cash Management with specialization in liquidity management, Payments & working capital optimization. His technical skills have enabled him to Implement complex working capital initiatives, deliver electronic banking Solutions using appropriate Project Management methodologies.

 

Babatunde has a BSc. in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Managerial Psychology from the University of Lagos. He is also an executive alumnus of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Boston where he bagged a Certificate in Strategy & Innovation. He also has a Certificate in International Cash Management (CertICM) from the Association of Corporate Treasurers UK (ACT UK). His core competencies include Product development, Product Management, Project Management, Risk Management, Sales, Product Innovation etc.

 

Babatunde is involved in various capital market initiatives including:

  • The eCCI (Electronic Certificate of Capital Importation) Steering committee which saw to the upgrade, digitization & revamping in the process, issuance and management of the Foreign Exchange Control tool
  • Member of Focus Group of CEOs of Dealing Member Firms who are looking at creating more liquidity in the Capital Market leveraging Security Lending and Short Selling. He led the team responsible for the first Securities Lending transactions in Nigeria in December 2017
  • Project Managed an effort by the FMDQ OTC Exchange in creating an alternate Fixed Income Securities market for smaller financial institutions called the Dealing Member Specialists (DMS) initiative.
  • Played a key role in the Proof of concept with the Depository (CSCS) to use Blockchain for Corporate Action announcements. Member of the Focus Group on Market-wide Know Your Customer (KYC) amongst others.

 

He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Affiliate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers UK (ACT UK) and Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS).

He loves reading, running, photography and hiking. He recently summited “Uhuru” on the top of Mountain Kilimanjaro; the highest peak in Africa.

AKEEM OYEWALE

EX OFFICIO

Mr Akeem Oyewale is the Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC Nominees Limited, a member of the Standard Bank Group and the Head of Investor Services at Stanbic IBTC Bank. Stanbic IBTC Bank is the largest custodial bank in Nigeria for non-pension assets. Standard Bank is also the largest bank in Africa in terms of assets.

 

An Arthur Anderson Scholar, Mr. Oyewale also serves as a Non-Executive Director at both Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited (Nigeria’s largest asset management company) and Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited (Nigeria’s premier investment banking firm). He was previously the Head of Global Markets Sales in Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, and Director of Equities Brokerage in the Standard Bank Group.

 

He holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, United Kingdom and a B. Sc (Hons) degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. He is an authorised Dealing Clerk on The Nigerian Stock Exchange and holds a professional certificate in Islamic Capital Markets from the Global Islamic University Malaysia.

 

He has more than 20 years extensive Investment Banking experience and a vast experience in Credit/Marketing and Trade Finance, which involves structuring short- and medium-term facilities. He also managed the Stanbic IBTC Nigerian Equity Fund, Nigeria’s largest mutual fund and was responsible for the launch of the Stanbic IBTC Ethical Fund.

 

Previously the CEO of Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited, Mr. Oyewale was nominated as “Young Manager of the Year in Nigeria” at the prestigious ThisDay Annual Awards 2006. Mr. Oyewale was also the pioneer CEO of Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers Limited from 2009 to January 2012.

 

Mr Oyewale has participated in numerous market developmental activities and was a Member of the SEC-appointed committee that crafted the 10 Year Master Plan for Nigeria’s Capital Market 2015 – 2025; and also a member of the Technical Committee for Financial Literacy of the SEC. He was a Council Member of The Nigerian Stock Exchange and also sits on the Council of The Chartered Institute of stockbrokers of Nigeria. He was a Vice President of the Association of Asset Custodians of Nigeria. He also served as a Technical Committee member for the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

 

Akeem is a Trustee of the United for Kids Foundation, a charity that seeks to bring smiles to the faces of Nigeria’s indigent children, one child at a time.

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