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Board Of Directors
Nan Brown | Chair
Nan Brown; (Country of Birth: Cote d'Ivoire)
Nan Brown is from Ivory Coast and has been living in Glasgow since 2005. She holds BSc. (Hons) in Events Management and Tourism from the University of the West of Scotland. She is a very active member within the African community in Glasgow, especially in her current role as President of the Ivorian Women Group in Glasgow (AFIG`S).
She strongly believes that working with the Next Step Initiative is a great opportunity for her to contribute her experience and skills to the benefit of the community and promises to give her best towards the success of the organization.
Festus Ogunmola Olatunde | Vice Chairman
Festus is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Business Continuity Practitioner with more than 20 years experience in the Financial Industry both internationally and the United Kingdom.
He has a thorough blend in Cleric, Finance and Poverty Alleviation Projects.
Festus is a seasoned banker with interest in Micro Financing, Audit, IT Systems, Business Advisory, Business Continuity Management, Information Security, Risk Assessment and Project Management. He was head-hunted to work as financial consultant for Her Majesty The Queen Mother of England in the Queen Nursing Institute and won commendation for recommending best financial and IT strategies. In his eight years work experience in Barclays Bank London, He worked as a Branch Manager and led many projects including Barclays and Woolwich integration, Barclaycard and FirstPlus acquisition. He rose to become special Consultant in Business Continuity Management (BCM) and Sabarnes-Oxley (SOX) after successfully managed projects at the branches and head-office. He has to his credit commendations and awards for introducing best practice and contributions to the progress of Barclays. Amongst his recent and past deliverables are implementation of compliance and risk management processes in Lloyds TSB, Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, Cummins Inc, Spirit Euro, Perth & Kinross Council (Special Consultant on Revenue, Budget and IT compliance), FMC Technology, Peoples Bank of Nigeria and International Merchant Bank (IMB) formerly called (First National Bank of Chicago). In addition, Festus has successfully implemented projects in Audit, SAP and SAP BW, Common Look and Feel Management Reports, Change Management, Risk Governance, Business Continuity Management and Sarbanes-Oxley.
Outside the bank work, Festus is a Clergy and co-ordinator of the annual conference on War Against Poverty (A program that runs in partnership with University of Edinburgh, Red-Lynx, African Centre Scotland, and Radio Kilimanjaro).
He is a member of the Association of Masters in Business Administration and an MBA alumnus of the University of Manchester Business School.
Obumneme Nwafor | Financial Secretary
He is also CEO of Energy Futures Capital limited UK. He has spent the last decade acquiring and building on a very strong professional, business and leadership excellence. He was General manager of linkSME Ltd, Africa`s foremost SME-bank interface Company. He was the head of International desk for Tower Assets Management LTD, where was responsible for developing initiatives to build and maintain business partnership with foreign financial firms. He was also responsible for the institutions Hedge Fund Account in New York and Chicago Mercantile Exchanges. He has consulted for many international organisations including securities and Exchange Commission, CB Financial Services London, Mubasher Financial Services Saudi Arabia, and TradeSYS Funds, Abu Dhabi and Intellectual Frontiers LLC, New York.
Mr. Mathew Ndungu | Board Member
Fiaz Khan | Secretary