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Berger Paints Nigeria Appoints Mrs. Ereomajuwa Gbadebo, Aisha W. Umar as Independent Non-Executive Directors

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Berger Paints Nigeria Appoints Mrs. Ereomajuwa Gbadebo, Aisha W. Umar as Independent Non-Executive Directors

Berger Paints Nigeria Plc on Monday announced it has appointed Mrs. Ereomajuwa Gbadebo and Mrs. Aisha W. Umar as Independent Non-Executive Directors.

According to the statement signed by Ayokunle Ayoko, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Berger Paints, through the Nigerian Stock Exchange and seen by Investors King, Mrs. Gbadebo and Mrs. Umar will bring on board extensive real estate and legal experience, respectively.

The statement read, in part, “This is to inform our stakeholders and by extension the public, that at the meeting of the Board of Directors of Berger Paints Nigeria Plc held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, the Board considered and approved the appointments of Mrs. Ereomajuwa Gbadebo and Mrs.Aisha W. Umar, as Independent Non-Executive Directors.

The profiles of the newly appointed Directors are as follows:

Ereomajuwa Gbadebo

Mrs. Gbadebo is a Chartered Architect and Chartered Surveyor with 34 years of international experience in strategic and executive management, project design, and onsite project and program administration, in both the construction and real estate industry.

She has undertaken several courses on ethics, finance, law, and the role of Independent Non-Executive Directors as run by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK, the Institute of Directors, Nigeria and Women on Boards, UK.

She holds an MBA from Henley Management College, UK, with an emphasis on strategic marketing, and financial and project management. Mrs. Gbadebo possesses experience in the management and leadership of people, time and resources, plus the coordination of multi-disciplinary external teams of consultants, support staff and contractors.

She served as the Chief Executive Officer of Broll Property Services Limited, Nigeria (Broll NG), a subsidiary of Broll Property Services Group (Pty) South Africa, between June 2008 and Sept 2013. She also served as Executive Director of Propose, Design and Implement (PDI) Limited, a boutique real estate consultancy and advisory firm, between October 2013 and January 2015.

Thereafter, she served as Managing Director of Alpha Mead Real Estate Partners Limited – a strategic business unit of Alpha Mead Group (formerly Cluttons International Limited– the Nigerian subsidiary of Cluttons LLP, United Kingdom), between January 2015 and January 2020. She is currently the Managing Director of Propose, Design and Implement (PDI) Limited.

Aisha W. Umar

Mrs. Umar is a Legal Practitioner, Notary Public and Social Entrepreneur with vast work experience in the public sector, private sector and the academia. She holds a postgraduate diploma in Global Business from Oxford University, and is currently a Doctorate Student at the University of West Scotland-Centre for Africa Research and Enterprise and Economic Development – CAREED, researching Africa’s engagement with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and strategies for boosting value added exports from the continent.

Over the past 15 years, Aisha has provided legal and technical advisory services to the Federal and State governments on various projects in the education, transportation, agriculture and water sectors, some of which have been funded by international development agencies including the Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank.

Coupled with her law practice and her doctoral research, Aisha also manages other roles including agribusiness consultancy and social entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Inara Foundation, a non-governmental organization established to support communities affected by the conflict in North East Nigeria. She is also the CEO of Inara Enterprises, an Agribusiness company promoting trade and value addition of agricultural commodities.

Earlier in her career, she was in academia, and was a lecturer on Company and Commercial Law at the prestigious Nigerian Law School, Lagos. She is the co-author of a book entitled Quick Reference Materials on Nigerian Law & Practice -the leading reference book used by legal practitioners and law students.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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AfDB Appoints Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President

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The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has announced the appointment of Dr. Beth Dunford as its Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development. The appointment becomes effective from July 1, 2021.

A statement explained that Dunford, a national of the United States of America, brings extensive experience to this role. She has held senior-level leadership positions in the US government, where she managed large and complex programs, working with the private sector, civil society, and multilateral and bilateral institutions, as well as with African governments, to deliver agricultural, social and human development impact at scale.

Prior to her appointment, Dunford worked as the Assistant to the Administrator in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, as well as the Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

“In this dual role, she coordinated Feed the Future across multiple U.S. government agencies, oversaw a $1 billion annual budget and leveraged millions of direct private sector investment annually. In this capacity, she also coordinated a $2.3 billion Feed the Future presidential initiative across 11 US government agencies and forged partnerships within the private sector and civil society targeted at reducing hunger and poverty.

“She also led USAID’s technical and regional expertise focused on improving agriculture-led growth, resilience, nutrition and water security, sanitation and hygiene,” the statement added.

President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said he was delighted to appoint Dunford as Vice President to lead the Bank’s work on Agriculture, Human and Social Development.

“Beth is a strategic and effective leader with deep knowledge and impressive track record in designing and delivering highly impactful large-scale programs that have helped in lifting 27 million people out of poverty in 36 countries,” he added.

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The Board of Chemical and Allied Products Plc (CAP Plc) Appoints Vitus Ezinwa as a Non-Executive Director

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The Board of Chemical and Allied Products Plc (CAP Plc) has appointed Dr. Vitus Ezinwa as a Non-Executive Director of the company effective from Thursday June 17, 2021, subject to the approval of the Company’s shareholders at the next Annual General Meeting.

The company announced in a statement signed by Ayomipo Wey, Company Secretary/General Counsel, CAP Plc.

Dr. Ezinwa is a seasoned business manager and human resource professional with experience in leading multinational corporations.

He is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of UAC of Nigeria Plc (“UACN”) and previously, the Group Director of HR at UACN.

Prior to Joining UACN, Dr. Ezinwa worked as Group Human Resources Director for Promasidor Africa; Human Resources Director, CocaCola Nigeria & Equatorial Africa with responsibility for 10 countries and Human Resources Director for British American Tobacco, West & Central Africa covering Ghana, Benin, Niger & Togo.

Dr. Ezinwa was, until recently, the Group Human Resource Director for Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of Afterschool Graduate Development Centre, member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) UK.

He is a co-founder and Director of HR Network Africa and was until 2014, a member of the Lagos Business School’s Advisory Board. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, MBA in Management from Lagos Business School, a Master’s in applied business research and a Doctorate in Business Administration, both from Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland.

In addition to holding an executive director role on the Board of UACN, Dr. Ezinwa is a non-executive director of Grand Cereals Limited.

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African Development Bank Group Appoints Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development

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The African Development Bank Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 1st July 2021.

Dr. Dunford, a national of the United States of America, brings extensive experience to this role. She has held senior level leadership positions in the US government, where she managed large and complex programs, working with the private sector, civil society, and multilateral and bilateral institutions, as well as with African governments, to deliver agricultural, social and human development impact at scale.

Prior to her appointment, Dunford worked as the Assistant to the Administrator in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, as well as the Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. In this dual role, she coordinated Feed the Future across multiple U.S. government agencies, oversaw a $1 billion annual budget and leveraged millions of direct private sector investment annually. In this capacity, she also coordinated a $2.3 billion Feed the Future presidential initiative across 11 U.S. government agencies and forged partnerships within the private sector and civil society targeted at reducing hunger and poverty. She also led USAID’s technical and regional expertise focused on improving agriculture-led growth, resilience, nutrition and water security, sanitation and hygiene.

A career member of the senior foreign service at USAID, Dunford previously served as Director of USAID’s Mission in Nepal, leading the U.S. government’s health, education, agriculture and environment programs as well as its contribution to Nepal’s massive earthquake recovery and reconstruction effort. She also worked in Afghanistan as Agriculture and Alternative Livelihoods Program Director, USAID/Afghanistan, where she directed agriculture, resilience and emergency food assistance programs.

Dunford has also served in Ethiopia as Director, Office of Assets and Livelihoods, USAID/Ethiopia, where she led government officials, scholars, donors and NGOs, to craft the program, now a model used worldwide to map how emergency and development operations can collaborate to build communities’ resilience to recurrent crises.Dunford also held a number of roles in Washington, including Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in the Bureau for Food Security and Senior Development Advisor to the Secretary of State’s Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dr. Dunford also worked as Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Chief Operating Officer and as Regional Development Advisor, East Africa, USAID/Washington.

Commenting on her appointment, Dunford said: “I am excited to join the African Development Bank Group and be part of the senior management team. I am passionate about the Bank’s development agenda that has attracted global attention as bold and innovative for accelerating Africa’s development. I am honored to be part of the team to further achieve social and economic transformation on the continent”.

President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina said, “I am delighted to appoint Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President to lead the Bank’s work on Agriculture, Human and Social Development. Beth is a strategic and effective leader with deep knowledge and impressive track record in designing and delivering highly impactful large-scale programs that have helped in lifting 27 million people out of poverty in 36 countries. With over 20 years experience working and delivering programs globally with a focus in Africa, she brings hands-on leadership and drive that will further accelerate our work to deliver greater development impacts”.

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