Dozy Mmobuosi, Co-founded Tingo Mobile PLC (Nigeria) in the year 2001 and is the Group Chief Executive Officer. Dozy has vast global experience in South- East Asia, China, United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, USA and the UK. An adviser to corporate clients, steering the strategy and design of business plans (investments, acquisition, and organic growth) into new global markets –across three continents he has directed significant operating growth of Tingo with over $500 million in annual revenue. In 2001 Dozy founded Fair Deal Concepts Limited, now Tingo Mobile Plc (Nigeria). In 2002 he led the design and launch of Nigeria’s first SMS Banking Solution (Flashmecash), later sold to FMCB who still use it today.
From 2013 Dozy Led a team of 123 Chinese and Nigerian engineers to setup 2 mobile phone assembly facilities in Nigeria (Lakowe and Lugbe). These facilities have produced over 20 million mobile devices which have been distributed across Nigeria. Dozy is currently co-sponsoring a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC (Africa Acquisition Corp, Inc), targeted at acquiring a natural resources company in Africa. Mr. Mmobuosi received a BSc in Political Science in 2001 and an MSc Economics in 2003 from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State (Nigeria). In 2007, he received a PhD in Rural Advancement from UPM Malaysia.
Dakshesh Patel, is currently Group Chief Financial Officer and has extensive experience in banking. Mr. Patel was formerly Chief Financial Officer of NatWest’s Global Debt and Investment Banking division with 110 staff under his stewardship and structured and led the first CDO in Europe for the NatWest Corporate Debt book with two placements with a total value $10 billion. Following acquisition of Greenwich Capital in 1996, Mr. Patel assumed responsibility for all aspects of the finance function for both the capital markets and structured finance activities. Mr. Patel at NatWest as also the Finance Director of the Global Structured Finance & Investment Banking (NatWest Markets) responsible for global team of 50 people and also served as Financial Controller, Banking & Specialised Finance (NatWest). From 1991-1994 Mr. Patel was manager, leasing and tax (NatWest) where he set up new leasing unit in conjunction with business head.
Mr. Patel also Co-founded Longbridge Capital, a finance consultancy operating in Europe, Africa and Asia, e-Logistics, a transport management business, and Yespay, a payment gateway acquired by Worldpay. Mr. Patel additionally, has worked with NBW Partners UK where he was advising a leading global shipping group in the management of their treasury operations and as Managing Director Gerken Capital Associates, a San Francisco based alternative asset fund manager with core focus on venture capital and private equity investment products. Mr. Patel was also Co-Founder and Board Member of eLogistics UK where he raised $10m in VC financing to develop the initial business concept and led an MBO of the business Mr. Patel has also worked at Deloitte Haskins & Sells, London, Abu Dhabi, and Southern Africa where he was lead manager responsible for major listed corporations in Southern Africa and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Mr. Patel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance from Ealing College, London and also has a Certification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Zimbabwe.
Rory Bowen serves as the Company’s Chief of Staff. He started his career in 2011 spending the majority of this time in traditional financial markets working for Moneycorp and Compagnie Financière Tradition (Tradition UK) in both European and Emerging Markets across foreign exchange (FX), interest rate derivative and government bond markets. His most recent role from April 2019 to April 2020 was Chief of Staff at FinTech Alliance in London, an organization established in partnership with the UK Government to support the combined missions of HM Treasury and the Department for International Trade foster innovation, growth and foreign direct investment (FDI) in the financial services sector and facilitate greater public/private cooperation.
Rory Has also spent time with one of Europe fastest growing Fintech’s Banking Circle and as served as an advisor to Society Financial (SocFin) both in the FX, payments and the alternative banking space. He joined the Company in April 2020. Rory takes great fulfillment from helping executives and next generation leaders achieve their full potential and works closely with our executive team to develop innovative strategies to ensure growth.
Dr. Christopher Cleverly, serves as the Company’s President and as a member of the Board of Directors. After completing a law degree at Kings College London LLB, Chris was called to the Bar in 1990, following which he established Trafalgar Chambers on Fleet Street, becoming “the youngest head of barristers’ chambers in the last century” according to the Sunday Times. During this period Mr Cleverly was a regular presenter on Channel 4 and contributor to the other main channels, radio and newspapers. Since then, he has been board member of a number of companies in UK, India, China and Africa both listed on regulated exchanges and private in a number of sectors. As CEO of Made In Africa Foundation, Mr.Cleverly was co-architect and founder of the $1.5 billion Africa50 fund with the African Development Bank which has been lead investor in a number of large scale renewable energy projects.
Chris has advised a number of UK plcs on their entrance into African markets, including negotiation of oil blocks, mineral concessions and banking licenses. He also advises the UK Government on development issues and African governments on investment issues. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Reading University in 2014 and has recently completed a course in Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. His portrait is held by the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Leslie Nabunya Kasumba, age 40, is an Africa Creative Industry Specialist and Culture Anthropologist. Ms. Kasumba’s work as Head of Channel O Africa has put her at the center of the Nigerian music movement that has now become a global phenomenon, while also working in other key music territories across Africa, making her one of the most influential voices and forecasters in this sector. Ms. Kasumba was the youngest, only female and longest standing magazine editor for the award winning YMAG and earlier in her career was part of an Africa Delegation that worked with UN Habitat in Spain, Norway and Canada to address Millennium Development Goals from the perspective of young Africans. In 2020, Ms. Kasumba has been invited to deliver a keynote speech for AUDU-Nepad to talk about the importance of the Creative sector and policy in Africa, moderate a high level panel discussion for WAGS (Women and girls summit) supported by United Nations Women. She was chair for Conversations on Culture in Africa that featured the CEO of Ladol amongst other esteemed panelists.
Ms. Kasumba has been appointed Business Transformation Consultant for Ghana’s largest youth agency, Marketing and Strategy for Dominion TV that broadcasts from Ghana to the African continent and Diaspora, under the leadership of Dr Rosa Whitaker. Ms. Kasumba received a BA in Dramatic Arts Degree from the University of Witwatersrand South Africa in 2004. She is self- proclaimed Afro-optimist who believes in the future of the great continent of Africa
Adewale Adebayo, age 45, has both local and international Investment Banking experience in New York, Dubai and Nigeria. His experience cut across Sales (Fixed Income, Currency, Commodity and Equities), Structuring, Capital Markets, Derivatives, Treasury, Risk Management, Operations and Asset Management. He has also been involved in various mining and mining investment activities in Southern Africa. In 2012, he founded Nissi-Lloyds Capital after leaving FBN Capital where he was the Group Head of Institutional Sales. Prior to FBN Capital, Wale was an Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Global Markets from 2008 to 2011.
He was responsible for the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity Derivatives Sales and Structuring across sub-Sahara Africa and involved in transactions across Sub-Sahara Africa and in South Africa. He later moved to Nigeria to run the Financial Institutions Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity Sales and Derivatives business for Standard Chartered Global Markets. Prior to SCB, Wale also worked at UBS Investment Bank in New York and Stamford, Connecticut, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Oceanic Bank Nigeria Plc (now ECO Bank). Mr. Adebayo received his MBA degree from Columbia Business School in 2008 and his BSc in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in 2000.
Derrick Emeka Randall, age 53, is a seasoned marketing executive with more than 20 years of accomplishments in his field. He is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for vTree, which is a solar charging device that connects to the internet and is able to recharge cell phones, gadgets and electric vehicles coupled with the ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. Mr. Randall was previously head of UK marketing Intelligence for Michelin from April 1997- January 2001. From January 2001 – March 2004 he was Head of global marketing for TDK Systems. During this time, he was a significant contributor to the global education and adoption of Bluetooth technology. From April 2004 – March 2005 he was Head of International Marketing at T-Mobile International. From April 2005 to January 2007 he was Commercial Director for Digicel. From 2007 – 2009 he worked as Marketing Director for two social media app companies EQO Mobile and Palringo.
From 2009 to 2011 Mr. Randall worked as Vice President of Upstream Mobile Marketing based in London, and from 2011-2012 he worked as Director of Sales Velti. In both of these companies Derrick worked with many mobile operators in Sub-Saharan Africa. From 2012 to 2014 he worked in the contextual marketing space as Business Development Director for Amplero (formerly Globys). Since 2014 Derrick has worked as Non-Executive for Hiipe, a mobile messenger app company based in the U.S. and also consults on telecoms projects for a boutique consultancy called TKonsult, whose head office is based in Dubai. Derrick is also a Non-Executive Director for a Graduate Recruitment company called the Veea Group. Mr. Randall received his degree in International Relations from the University of Keele in 1992 and went onto to receive an MBA from the University of Sheffield in 1993.
Pedro Romero, has over 15 years of experience in leadership managing operations in IT, Telecommunications and Call Center businesses, with a long track of management of multicultural teams in Central Eastern Europe, Latin America and Eastern Africa. In companies like Huawei, MNT, Telcel, and DELL Technologies, one of the world’s largest personal computer vendors. He focuses on building, leading and supporting an engaged and high performing operational management team capable of driving excellent service delivery at all times. His expertise in operations management extends to different types of projects and operations including but not limited to IT Support for software and hardware products, Customer Service in the Banking Sector, IT Operations in the Telecommunications, Recruiting and Headhunting businesses, and others. He is a graduate of Electronics and Communications Engineering, proficient in the use of waterfall and agile project management, and speaks Spanish, Italian, English and Romanian.
Mr. Romero graduated in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Universidad Tecnologica de Mexico (Mexico).
Dr. Onyekachi Onubogu, age 46, began his career in Procter and Gamble, where he worked between 1995 and 2005, and in the ten-year period worked on various brands and various categories in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. In 2005, Dr. Onubogu joined Diageo to manage the Malta Guinness and subsequently the Guinness brands and was with Diageo from 2005 to 2007 as a Marketing manager responsible for Diageo’s flagship brand in Africa Guinness. Dr. Onubogu has also worked with the paper care business for Kimberly Clark, South Africa, and then Nairobi, Kenya between 2008 and 2010 to lead the consumer goods investment arm of a Russian Private equity firm, Prosperity Capital Management based in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Onubogu returned to Nigeria in 2010 with Promasidor (the largest indigenous African Dairy and consumer brands FMCG business) as General manager marketing and rose to the position of Executive Director responsible for Sales, Marketing and Logistics for the organization and a member of the board. Between 2010 and 2017, he led the launch and repositioning of Promasidor brands and also was instrumental in the Pre-planning and acquisition of Promasidor shares by Ajinomoto Japan in 2017.
In September 2017, he was appointed group Executive Director in the TGI group in Nigeria and in a period of 2 years led the conceptualization, production and market launch of Terra seasoning cubes and Golden Terra Soya Oil. He also created the B2C arm of their business which managed product distribution in categories from Food (Big Bull Rice, Oils and Cubes) to Home Care products. He held that position until September 2019. In February 2020, he was appointed CEO of Frutta Juice and Services, one of the leading fruit drinks manufacturing outfits in Nigeria Dr. Onubogu is also currently a faculty member of the Rome business School in Nigeria, was an Executive Committee member of the Advertisers Association Of Nigeria (ADVAN) and is a Fellow and current council member of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria. Dr. Onubogu holds a B.sc in Physics from the University of Jos (1993), an MBA from the Gordon’s Institute of Business
Sciences in the University of Pretoria, South Africa (2006) and a Doctorate degree from the SBS Swiss Business School in Zurich Switzerland (2019).
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