The Board

Mrs. ‘Yemisi Ayeni | Chairperson

‘Yemisi is the immediate past Managing Director, Shell Nig. Closed Pension Fund Administrator Ltd, a position she held for 10 years. She was also a Council Member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and was recently appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Stanbic-IBTC Pension Managers Ltd., and an Executive Board Member of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ).

A graduate of Accounting and Business Finance from the University of Manchester, UK, she is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

She started her career with Price Waterhouse, London in 1985, relocated to their Lagos office in 1991 and joined Shell Nigeria in 1994. She held a wide variety of roles in various Shell companies for 21 years, leading to her appointment as Finance Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo).


Paul Farrer | Managing Director

Paul joined Nascon as Managing Director in 2015, having previously been the Chief Operating Officer and Group Executive Director of Food Concepts Plc.

His experience in the foods business spans 20 years in the South and West African markets; in international companies such as TGI Fridays (Americana Group), Steers Holdings – Debonairs Pizza, Famous Brands and Innscor International.

He is an alumnus of East London Technical College, South Africa.


Fatima Aliko-Dangote | Executive Director, Commercial

Fatima joined the Dangote Group in 2014 as the Special Assistant to the Managing Director-Cement and later worked as a Group Corporate Strategy Specialist. In this latter role, she provided planning and analytical support across all the Business Units of the Dangote Group.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Surrey in the UK. Fatima has been called to the Nigerian Bar, and has worked as an Associate at Banwo and Ighodalo Legal Chambers, on areas related to capital markets, intellectual property, and energy. She was appointed to the Board in 11th of March, 2016.

Abdu Dantata | Director

Abdu is the Executive Director in charge of Logistics and Distribution for Dangote Industries Limited, a position he has held since the Group was established more than 20 years ago. He is also the Chairman of Agad Nigeria Limited, a trading and transportation Company operating throughout Nigeria.

He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Shipping. He brings his extensive experience in sales, logistics and distribution to Board.

Halima Aliko-Dangote | Director

Halima holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the American Intercontinental University, London, United Kingdom and a MBA from Webster Business School, London, also in the UK.

She started her career as a business analyst with KPMG Professional Services in Lagos, Nigeria, before she joined Dangote Industries Limited in 2010. She has held a number of key roles at Dangote Industries including Special Assistant to the President/Chief Executive.

She is currently the Executive Director in charge of Commercial activities at Dangote Flour Mills. She resigned as Executive Director at NASCON in February 2016 but remains on the Board as a Director.

Olakunle Alake | Director

Olakunle is Chief Operating Officer of Dangote Industries. He was appointed to the Board of Dangote Industries in 2001 and has since been instrumental to the growth of the parent company and its subsidiaries.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University lle-Ife (1983) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

He joined Dangote Industries in 1990, after six years at PWC. He has held several management positions in Dangote Industries, including Financial Controller and Head of Strategic Services. He has deep finance and accounting experience and brings substantial experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions to the Board.


Knut Ulvmoen | Director

Knut joined Dangote in 1996 as the Finance Director. He is a management professional with extensive background in finance and administration of multinational companies including Revisor-Centret, Norcem Group, Bulkcem and Scancem.

He has been instrumental in moving the Group from import and trading into a manufacturing conglomerate with tentacles across the African continent. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Business and is a Member of the Norwegian Association of Authorised Accountants.

Sada Ladan-Baki | Director

Sada’s experience spans thirty years in public service and fund administration.

He sits on the board of several companies and belongs to many professional associations including the Institute of Logistics and Distribution (Chartered Fellow) and the Nigerian Institute of Marketing (Chartered Member).

He is a graduate of Economics with an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.


Chris Ogbechie PhD | Director

Chris has wide experience in marketing, strategy and corporate governance derived from his work as Head of Marketing/Sales at Nestle Nigeria and from his consulting work with Nigerian, Ghanaian and Kenyan firms over the years. He is the Director of First bank Sustainability Centre, Lagos Business School and Chairman, Board of Directors, Diamond Bank Plc.

He teaches strategy and corporate governance at the Lagos business School and Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya. Chris has a first-class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester University, an MBA from Manchester Business School and a PhD in Business Administration from Brunel Business School in the UK.


Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman | Independent Director

Fatima is an architect, real estate developer and management professional. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Filmo Group and Deputy President of the Housing Finance Professionals Association of Nigeria.

She 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 Presidential Committee for Flood Relief and Rehabilitation. 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 University of London.