Alhaji Mohammed K. Bala
Mohammed began his career in transportation with SCOA Motors Nigeria Limited in 1961. In 1971 he relocated to Sophia, Bulgeria for further studies. He subsequently moved to the United Kingdom to join Freight Liner Limited, London, United Kingdom from 1972 to 1976 whilst concluding his studies. Thereafter he worked in Westminister Transport Limited, London, United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979 before returning to Nigeria to join Premier Plant Leasing Nigeria in 1979, where he rose through the ranks to become Director of Operations and has remained a Director of the company to date. In 1987 he established Bawan Allah Limited, a Transport Company set up to lift Petroleum Products for major Oil Companies, and is presently the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Company based in Jos, Nigeria.
From 1993 to 2005 he served as a Director on the board of IMB Plc (now FIN Bank Plc) former First National Bank Chicago, where he chaired several board committees. A past National Vice President, National Association of Road Transport Owners (North)
He is an Automobile Engineer, with Diplomas in Automobile Engineering from the South London Polytechnic London, United Kingdom 1974 and Trade Unionism from George Dimitrov School of Scientific Studies Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been an avid golfer, having held positions of captain and chairman of Plateau Golf Association Nigeria.
Dr. Kabir Zailani
Kabir is an agriculture specialist (a TSM major focus is agriculture) with 17years working experience in Animal/Livestock Management, he has technical expertise in livestock development strategies for improved productivity. He is experienced in constraint analysis and development research.
He graduated from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom in 1991 with an M.Sc. in Animal Production and Health. Kabir began his career in 1991 as a Production Manager in Mambilla Cattle Ranch in Upper Benue River Basin Rural Development Authority Yola, Nigeria. He was responsible for the development of ranching schemes where he worked for 13years.
He moved on to Land o’ Lake International Development, a division of USAID in 2004 and worked for 2years as a dairy production specialist. He has almost two decades of experience in the Agricultural Sector of the Nigerian Economy. He is currently the Managing Director of IGIC Farms Limited in Kaduna, Nigeria.
He has attended various courses organised by USAID and SON (Standard Organization of Nigeria).
Susan has over 30years experience in the health sector, holding different responsible positions in several Hospitals and Health Institutions. She qualified as a registered nurse in the United Kingdom in 1975 from the Sunderland School of Nursing where she began her career as a staff nurse from 1975 to 1980, and in 1982 she joined the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, United Kingdom as a nurse and rose in 1984 to the position of Senior Nursing Sister, Thoracic Unit.
In 1985, she moved to Nigeria where she further qualified as a registered midwife at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital Benin City, Nigeria, and worked there until 1990. She then joined St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria as its Deputy Matron, Theatre Intensive Care Unit, where she worked from 1991 to 1995.
In 1995 she joined the United States Embassy, Lagos, Nigeria, as the Health Unit Nurse, and in 1997 joined Kamorass Specialist Clinic in Lagos, Nigeria, as its Director of Nursing and Administration, where she is to date
Kamorass Clinic has a devoted laboratory for HIV/AIDS research (A TSM Foundation main project focus)
A past president of Rotary Club, Ikoyi, Susan is also an Assistant Governor, Rotary International District 9110, Lagos Nigeria.
Al Habib Onifade
Al Habib has a B. A. in Economics majoring in quantitative Theory and Policy Pathway from the London Guildhall University in 1993, and an M.Sc. in Corporate and International Finance from Durham University United Kingdom in 1996. He has 10years experience working in the United Kingdom Banking Sector, where he began his career in 1993 with Saudi International Bank Knigthsbridge, London, here part of his work involved developing a VAR (Value at Risk) methodology for High Yield Bonds; providing asset valuation and position analysis support for the Corporate Finance group. In 1997 he joined HSBC Plc London United Kingdom as an Accounting Executive, carried out Financial Modeling and Forecasting. In 2000 he worked with ABN AMRO London, United Kingdom as a research and Financial Analyst.
In 2001 he set up INL Consulting, a firm specializing in Treasury Consultancy, Financial Research Analysis and Modeling which commenced full operations in 2005 upon his relocation to Nigeria. He is currently the Managing Consultant of INL Consulting in Lagos, Nigeria.
His vocational qualifications include Utility Finance from the Oxford Economic Research Associates, 2001. Approved Investment Adviser, 2002 from the Financial Services Authority United Kingdom, and has a Certificate in Securities, 2002 from the Securities Institute, United Kingdom. He has co-authored with the Director of Economic Regulation, United Kingdom, a position paper for the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority on the Cost of Capital, and presented a paper on Term Structure of Interest Rates: UK Cost of Capital Implications.
Owelle George N. Uwechue, SAN, FNIALS
George is the current chairman of the honorable Body of Benchers, an honours graduate of London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London) and an alumnus of Rimi (St. John’s) College Kaduna, Nigeria.
In his professional career of over 43 years, he has been appointed to high professional offices of responsibility, including Notary Public (1975), Member Body of Benchers (1990), Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) (1995), Member Rules of Court Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court under Bello, CJN, (Chief Justice of Nigeria) in 1975 and re-appointed by Uwais, CJN, in 1996, Life Member Body of Benchers (1998) and Fellow Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (2006). His Legal practice covers laws relating to Immigration, Exchange Control and Taxation, as well as Commercial Law, Petroleum Law, General Civil and Criminal Litigation.
He has authored many monographs and papers presented at different fora, which include Original and Appellate Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court (Published in “JURISPRUDENCE OF JURISDICTION”, 2005), The Law on International Carriage by Air (Judicial Interpretation and Application and Brief Review of other related legislation in Nigeria, August, 2005). He was elected into the House of Representatives in 1979 and was re-elected in 1983, where he served as Chairman, Committee on Public Petitions, Member Committee on Petroleum and Energy, and Committee on Judiciary, and speaker Pro Tempore in 1982. He led the Nigerian Parliamentary delegation to the United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada in 1980. In 1981 he also led the Nigerian Parliamentary Delegation to the United Nations World Parliamentary Forum, where he chaired one of the sessions.
George is the proprietor and principal partner of the law firm G.N. Uwechue & Co., in Lagos and Abuja.
He has occupied the position of director in several companies amongst them, NEM Insurance Plc (1993-2007).
Sally Yvette Mbanefo
Sally the founder of TSM Microfinance Bank Limited graduated as a Lawyer from the University of Lagos in 1986 and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar. She has 22years corporate experience in the Banking, Manufacturing and Oil & Gas sectors, 17years of which were spent in Banking.
Her corporate journey began in 1987 as a pioneer staff in the Treasury Department of Abacus Merchant Bank Limited, and in 1989 she moved to IMB Plc (Former First National Bank of Chicago, now FIN Bank Plc) where she spent 15years in all units of Treasury, International Trade and Operations departments before being appointed Company Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Board and Head, Corporate Services Division, where she supervised Loan Recovery, Human Resources, General Administration, Corporate Affairs, Board Secretariat and Legal Departments. Managing two public offers for the bank further exposed her to corporate finance. By 2002 she had risen through the ranks to become the Director of Business Development having actively participated in three major restructuring exercises of the baank.
In 2004 Sally was head hunted by Lafarge Cement WAPCO Plc as the most senior female Executive in Africa where she propelled a successful change management exercise. In 2005 she was invited to Coca Cola Nigeria and Equatorial Africa Division as Director, Public Affairs and Communications supervising 10 African Countries.
From mid 2006 till the end of the first quarter of 2009, Sally worked with Allied Energy Plc, a United States based Upstream Oil and Gas Company in a Joint Venture with Nigerian Agip Exploration, as its Group Executive Director, Finance and Administration with the primary assignment to restructure the Nigeria operations of the Group of Companies.