Philip Obioha – Chairman
Phillip Obioha is the Chairman, Board of Directors of CWG Plc. Prior to his transition to this current position, he was the Non-Executive Director on the board and served as the Chairman of FARCOM for the company. He has played many key roles in the Organisation from inception, as he led the former Communications Division of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Plc to become the foremost provider of Wide Area, Metropolitan, and Local Area Networks to corporate organizations, which made remote banking possible in the Nigerian banking system. Today, the footprints of CWG Plc can be seen in every transaction made at bank locations and other platforms.
Phillip is a fellow of the Institute of Directors. He has more than 20 years of cognitive experience in the Information Technology industry. He was trained as an Electrical Engineer, with specialization in Digital Electronics at West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia in USA. However, his mastery of Financial Engineering raises the bar in the realm of business finance. He also holds an MBA from the International Graduate School of Management (IESE), Navara, Spain.
He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (IEEE, USA), Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG, corporate) and the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS). He was conferred with the Titans of Tech award by Technology Africa in 2015.
Austin Okere – Non Executive Director
Austin Okere is the Founder and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ausso Leadership Academy. Austin has an MBA from IESE Business School, and over 30 years industry experience, covering roles in Visioning & Strategy, Relationship Management, Leadership Training, Corporate Management, Sales & Marketing, and Systems Analysis, with 23 years as Founder and CEO of CWG Plc (NSE: CWG). Austin is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Columbia Business School, New York, where he received special commendation for his mentorship role in innovation and entrepreneurship. Okere was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network in Washington DC in recognition of his major contribution to the development of business education and knowledge transfer in Africa.
Austin was also recognized with a Lifetime Entrepreneurship Achievement Award by the American University of Nigeria in 2017 for his dedicated service and outstanding entrepreneurial accomplishments. He received the Nigerian Computer Society Special Presidential Award in 2016, and was named ICT Personality of the year by the Society in 2014. He was also named ICT Man of the Decade by ICT Watch Africa Digital Network in 2012 and was listed on the United Kingdom C.Hub Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Creatives in 2016.
Austin is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council and a Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society and the Institute of Directors of Nigeria. His company, CWG Plc has been recognized as a ‘Global Growth Company’ by the World Economic Forum and is the largest security listed in the Technology Sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Abiodun Fawunmi – Non Executive Director
Abiodun Fawunmi is a highly experienced technology expert who, in his professional career, has led multi-cultural professional teams to high levels of effectiveness in a variety of competitive industries and fast-paced environments. Armed with strong technical and business qualifications, Abiodun has created an impressive track record with over 35 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development and resource management.
He holds postgraduate degrees in Engineering, Business Management and Analytical Finance from different universities in Nigeria, the U.K. and the US.
He has also played significant roles in multi-national organizations such as Shell petroleum Development Corporation, Unilever, Unisys Corporation, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Coca-Cola Hellenic Corporation.
He worked for various United Nations Organisations in different countries for almost two decades, at one point being Head of Infrastructure Services at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and later as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) from where he retired in 2016.
He currently consults on Derivatives investments and developmental economics with a focus on energy.
James Agada – Group, Managing Director / CEO
James Agada is a highly innovative and versatile technology expert. He holds both a First Class Degree and a Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, with specialization in Digital Systems, from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also holds an MBA from the International Graduate School of Management (IESE), Navara, Spain.
James has vast experience in consulting, software development, implementation and support. He was pro term president, Lagos Chapter of the Nigeria Computer Society, and was conferred as one of the ‘Nigeria’s Top 50 Tech-Titans’ in 2016 by Technology Africa.
Prior to his appointment as the Company’s Group, MD/CEO, James Agada was the Chief Technology Officer of the Company and was also in charge of the Company’s Research and Development unit. He was also the Executive Director overseeing the Company’s former software division, Expert Edge. He has won a number of awards and recognitions from reputable bodies like; Success Circle Africa for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Tech TV for Commitment to Development in ICT, AMLE’s 2016 winner of the ICT Personality Leadership Prize to mention a few.
He is an ardent reader of all forms of literature, always seeking for best methods of applying technology and spends a good deal of time writing articles to shape the minds of young entrepreneurs, towards thinking of applicable solutions that enable growth rather than wallow in the problems that abound. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Dr. Olusegun Oso – Non-Executive Director (Chairman GENCOM)
Segun represents the Abraaj Group, a leading Private Equity Investor for global growth markets in his position on the Board of CWG Plc. He is a seasoned professional with experience spanning various fields including healthcare delivery, investment banking and private equity. Segun is a member of Abraaj’s investment team in Sub-Saharan Africa where, as Lead Health Specialist on the Africa Health Fund, he focuses on initiatives aimed at increasing access to affordable and good quality healthcare for mid to low income populations in Africa.
Prior to joining Abraaj in 2010, Segun was Co-Head of Investment Banking at Afrinvest, West Africa; where he advised on M&A and capital raising transactions in financial services, telecommunications and manufacturing.
Segun attended the University of Ibadan where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS). He also holds an MBA degree from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He is the current Chairman of the General Purpose Committee (GENCOM) on the Board.
Wale Agbeyangi – Non-Executive Director (Chairman FARCOM)
Wale is a consummate entrepreneur and investment banker with specialist knowledge of Securities Trading, Asset Management and Investment Banking Services. He has an extensive network of Institutional and High net worth clients and investors across the global financial markets. He worked with Great Africa Trust Limited and later Meristem Securities Limited from where he joined Cordros Capital as the founding Managing Director.
Wale holds an MBA from Business School Netherlands, attended the University of Lagos and was enrolled at the Nigerian Law School as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court. He is an Authorized Dealer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (FCS).
He is currently the Group Managing Director/CEO of Cordros Capital and sits as the serving Chairman of Finance Audit and Risk Committee (FARCOM) on the Board of CWG Plc.