Our thanks and appreciation to our former Chairman, Board of Trustees, Chief Babatunde O. Benson, who retired from the Board of Trustees at the end of 2015.
Chairperson: Mrs. Funke Adekoya, S.A.N., is a legal practitioner and partner in the firm of Aelex. She graduated from the University of Ife in 1974, and received her LLM from Harvard Law School in 1977. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1975 and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2004. In 1986 she was appointed a Notary Public, and in 2001 was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (S.A.N.). She has been a member of the Body of Benchers since 1999 and was elevated to Life Bencher in March 2007. In 2007 she was voted the Most Outstanding Female Legal Practitioner of the Year by Financial Standard Newspaper and Women Entrepreneurs African Network. She is very active in the field of arbitration and is a Vice President of the LCIA African Users Council and a member of Nigeria’s ICC National Committee. She lectures regularly on arbitration law and procedure.
She was the 1st Vice President (2002/04) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); a past President and member of Council of the NBA’s Section on Legal Practice; the immediate past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nigeria Branch), and a life member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).
Professor (Mrs.) Muriel Oyediran qualified as a medical doctor in 1965, and started her career at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (“LUTH”), later moving to the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos. She was appointed an Honorary Consultant to LUTH in 1972, and subsequently appointed Professor of Community Health in the Department of Community Health. From 2003-2005, she was Ag. Chairman of the Institute of Child Health and Primary Care of the College of Medicine. She held numerous academic and administrative positions in the College of Medicine and University of Lagos during her 40 odd years of service before retiring in 2006. She was then appointed Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community Health and Primary Care, a position she held until 2011.
Professor Oyediran was elected to the Corona Schools Trust Council in 1981, and in 1992 was appointed a Trustee to the Council and elected as Chairman for 2 consecutive terms of office (2001 - 2009). She relinquished her membership of the Trust Council in 2011, but remains active as a Trustee and was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2011.
Mrs. Ifeoma Lilian Esiri is a co-founder and executive co-chair of Zaccheus Onumba Dibiazue Memorial Libraries (ZODML), a non-profit organisation in the education sector established in 1998. She is a legal practitioner and holds an L.L.B. and LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also a non-executive director of Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a director of Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd, a notary public and a life trustee of the Capital Markets Solicitors’ Association.
She retired from legal practice in 2011 and now devotes most of her time to ZODML.
Hajiya Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman is an architect and real estate developer and management professional. A graduate of both Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A., she holds a M.Sc (Arch.) in Economics and Management of Construction from the UCL, University of London. She is an active member of IFMA (International Facilities Management Association), and Chief Executive Officer of the Filmo Group, comprising Participant Properties Ltd., FilmoRealty Ltd. and Filmo Facilities Management Ltd. She is the Deputy President, Housing Finance Professionals Association of Nigeria and serves on the boards of BGL Limited and the Advisory Board of the Chapel Hill Denham Fund for Women. She was recently appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the OANDO Foundation, is a WIMBOARD Lead Ambassador (WIMBIZ Initiative) and a member of the Presdential Committee for Flood Relief and Rehabilitation.
Mr. Rilwan Belo-Osagie is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FSDH Merchant Bank. He graduated from Imperial College, University of London in 1979 with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and in 1982 obtained an MSc in Production Management & Manufacturing Technology. In 1990, he obtained a MBA from London Business School, and in 2006 attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He started his career in banking in 1990 at Chartered Bank (now Stanbic IBTC PLC as a result of a merger) and in 1998 moved to First Securities Discount House (FSDH) as Managing Director and CEO. In 2013, FSDH converted to a merchant bank, and he became Manager Director and CEO of FSDH Merchant Bank."