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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
Obumneme Nwafor is currently the Head of Business and International Development for the organization.
He has many years of experience in international business relations and strategic business development. He has worked in this capacity for many world-class organizations based in London, New York, Abuja, Glasgow, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He has successfully managed major sustainable development joint projects involving universities in Nigeria and professional organizations in UK, Canada and Singapore. He worked in a special project team engaging the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City USA, the University of North Carolina and Royal Bank of Scotland to provide sustainable development project for Central Bankers. He has successfully implemented Business Intelligence and Turnaround Projects for major energy companies in Africa. He has featured as speaker and panellist in many international conferences on energy and sustainable development.
He has a degree in Electronic Engineering, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and Masters Degree in Engineering Management. He has many professional qualifications and member of many professional organizations.
Mr. Mathew Ndungu | Board Member
Fiaz Khan | Secretary