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Board of Directors

Walé Adeosun, CFA

Walé Adeosun, is the current chairman of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation. He is the Founder & CEO of Kuramo Capital Management, one of Africa’s leading investment management firm. He serves on the Boards of several portfolio companies, and he was the former Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee of the $200 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund. In 2014, he was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA). Walé holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he serves as a Trustee of the Board. He received his MBA from John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a concentration in Finance. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1995 and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Ifeoma Nwokorie, DDS

Dr. Ifeoma Nwokorie currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the NHEF. She is a general dentist with over 20 years of experience. Dr Ifeoma Nwokorie is the founder of Cortlandt Manor Dental, a patient focused dental practice in Cortlandt Manor, New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Columbus State University, Columbus, GA & a Doctorate Degree in Dental Surgery from Howard University, Washington, DC. She is an active member of the prestigious American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Ninth District Dental Society, and the Yorktown/Peekskill Dental Group.​

Kamal Pallan

Kamal Pallan serves as Treasurer at the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation. He is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer & Compliance at Kuramo Capital Management. He is a Business leader with over 15 years of experience working at leading financial institutions and a major strategic consulting firm. Previously, Kamal served in a number of different executive roles at JPMorgan, McKinsey & Company, GE Capital and International Finance Corporation (IFC). Kamal received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BSE in Chemical Engineering summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

Titi Odunfa-Adeoye

Titi Odunfa Adeoye serves as the Secretary at the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation. She is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Sankore, One of Nigeria’s leading investment firms. Titi has served in a number of different executive roles at Zenith Capital, Goldman Sachs, KPMG and PwC. Titi sits on the board of FCMB Pensions, Centurion Registrars, One Fi, Saunders Development Co and various other organizations. Titi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BBA in Accounting summa cum laude from Howard University and is a Certified Public Accountant (Gold Award).

Johnbull Okpara

Johnbull Okpara is a member of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Board. He is the Chief Accounting Officer & Controller at Citigroup, Inc. He previously held the position of Vice President-Finance & Deputy Controller at Capital One Financial Corp. He was previously the global head of financial planning and analysis and chief financial officer of the infrastructure groups at Morgan Stanley. He is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business.

Beatrice Hamza-Bassey

Beatrice Hamza Bassey is a member of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Board. She is an experienced C-suite executive of publicly listed companies with over 20 years of multi-jurisdictional experience as partner in a major U.S. law firm, General Counsel. She was a former Chair, Board of Directors, Union Bank of Nigeria. She occupied the position of Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer at Atlas Mara Ltd. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from University of Maiduguri, and an LLM from Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Maiduguri.

Professor Gbenga G. Ogedegbe

Professor Gbenga Ogedengbe is a member of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Board. He is a Professor of Population Health & Medicine and is the Chief Division of Health & Behavior and Director Center for Healthful Behavior Change in the Department of Population Health at the School of Medicine, New York University. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

Samaila D. Zubairu

Samaila D. Zubairu is a member of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Board. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Africa Finance Corporation. He has served as CEO of Africapital Management Limited & Chief Financial Officer for Dangote Cement Plc, Samaila is an Eisenhower Fellow and sits on the Eisenhower Fellowship’s Global Network Council and the President’s Advisory Council. He holds several non-executive board positions including the Advisory board member for KSE Africa. Samaila is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nigeria (FCA) and holds a BSc in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.

Mohammed Ciroma

Mohammed Ciroma is a member of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Board. He is the Managing Director at Four Core Tech Solutions. He is also the Head of Public Sector Banking at Keystone Bank, Nigeria. He is a graduate of University of Maiduguri and Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria.

Obi Nwokorie

Obi Nwokorie is a member of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Board. He is the Executive Vice President, Alternative Credit Products and Chief Investment Officer at Impac Holdings. He previously served as Managing Director of mortgage trading at Seer Capital Management LP and held management roles at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and UBS Securities LLC. He holds an MBA in Finance from University of Baltimore.

Management Team

Claire Jemide

Executive Director

Precious Amah

Strategic Partnerships & Development

Oluwajuwon Obaniyi, PMP

Programs & Digital Transformation

Ladi Adeosun

Donor Relations & Compliance

Ogochukwu Aleke


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