Our Mission at NEXIM BANK is to become a First Class Institution promoting a diversified export base through the provision of Finance, Risk Bearing and Advisory Services in line with Government Trade Policy.”

Executive Management Team

Abubakar A. Bello, Managing Director / Chief Executive

MDAbba Bello has 26 years’ experience in banking, where he has held senior management positions in corporate banking, regional and commercial banking, and public sector banking in more than a decade. Abba also had a brief stint in auditing.

Abba is a graduate of accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He also holds post-graduate degree in Business Administration from University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Until his appointment as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Export-Import Bank in April 2017, he was Executive Director, Unity Bank Plc, in charge of Corporate Banking, Agriculture and North Directorate.

Abba has cognate experience in international banking. He was the pioneer Managing Director/CEO of United Bank for Africa Plc’s subsidiaries in the Republic of Chad and Zambia for several years.

Abba has attended several courses in Nigeria and abroad in leadership, advanced management, and executive management. He is a member of Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria, and a Fellow, Institute of Credit Administration.

Bala M. Bello , Executive Director (Corporate Services)

ED_CSBala M. Bello has about two decades experience in the financial services industry, including banking, capital market and pension fund management. He has worked in senior executive level in the last seven years prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Corporate Services, Nigerian Export Export-Import Bank.

Bala holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, and an MBA, both from The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Bala began his banking career with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc; and later joined the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2005, he joined Sigma Pensions Ltd, and was appointed the Executive Director/COO in 2011 and ED Operations from 2013 to 2014. In this capacity he had direct administrative responsibility of over N260 billion ($1.5 billion) funds/assets under management (A-U-M).

Bala established, and served as the founding CEO of the Marine Capital Limited, a real estate development and business/pensions advisory firm  in February 2015; and subsequently joined Apricot Investments Limited in March 2016 as the pioneer Managing Director/CEO.

Bala has completed the High Potential Leadership Program at Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts and Executive Development Program at Wharton Business School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania both in the United States of America. He also holds a certificate in Operations Leadership from the prestigious Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada, as well as Portfolio Management Academy Certificate, New York Institute of Finance

Hon. Stella Okotete Executive Director (Business Development)

EDBD PhotoHon. Stella Okotete possesses significant experience in public policy design and implementation, public-private partnership management, international development and general administration.

A graduate of the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, from where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy, Stella also holds a Diploma in Law from the Rivers State College of Arts and Sciences.

Until her appointment as Executive Director, Business Development, Stella had a rich mix of professional experience in both the public and private sectors. In 2015, she founded and led a start-up company where she was responsible for providing local and international clients with expert advice, scalable industrial solutions, and opportunities to utilise turnkey solutions for various industrial needs and requirements.

Between 2011 and 2015, she served as the Special Assistant and Adviser to the Executive Governor of Delta State on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) where she provided leadership in establishing and executing programmes with agency groups to ensure that the goals as well as targets of the United Nations Millennium Declaration were met. In this regard, she championed the Review and effective management of the Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) business policy to tackle poverty and create employment in line with MDGs mandate. She also supported the M&E team of the State’s CCT Scheme and Social Development Policy that aided the growth and expansion of business clusters in the state.

Prior to leading the Delta State MDGs, Stella had a brief stint in politics, having served as an elected Councillor in Ughelli North Local Government Area, a position that helped sharpen her understanding of the socio-economic needs of neglected communities. She was able to deploy this knowledge to ensure that neglected communities in the state were positively impacted by the state’s MDGs strategic intervention programmes.

Stella is the Co Founder E’Girls Right Foundation and an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School certificate program for Emerging Leaders as well as the Lagos Business School’s Enterprise Development Centre program in Entrepreneurial Management. She is keenly involved in volunteer work and has worked with Internally Displaced Persons at IDP Camps in Ughelli, Maiduguri and Abuja.

Very Rev. Ifeanyichukwu Chidiadi Nwade, DGM/Head, Enugu Regional Office

VERY REV VERY REV. IFEANYICHUKWU CHIDIADI NWADE graduated from the prestigious University of Lagos in 1988 with B.Sc. (Honours) Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of Calabar and obtained Diplomas in Theology and Computer Operations. He joined the services of NEXIM on March 4, 1992 and has worked in various departments of the Bank. He was Head of Corporate Affairs from 2000 to 2001, Head of the Underwriting Department of the Bank from March 2007 and later in January 2009 was redeployed to Head the Credit Administration – Project Finance Department of the Bank. Very Rev. Nwade is presently the Deputy General Manager/Head of the Project Finance Department of NEXIM Bank. He also represents the Bank as President of the West African Bankers Association (WABA) Nigerian Chapter. He is a Professional/Chartered Engineer (MNSE), a Chartered Manager (MNIM), a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN). He is also a Senior Associate Member of the Risk Managers’ Association of Nigeria (RIMAN). He is a Fellow of The Institute of Credit Administration (FICA). He has skills and competencies in Marketing, Credit Appraisal, Project Supervision, Treasury, Foreign Operations, Underwriting, Corporate Communications, Trade Finance, Corporate Finance and Project Finance. Very Rev. Nwade’s working career, which spans over twenty eight (28) years, commenced in 1986 at Volkswagen of Nigeria, Guinness Nigeria Limited and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Very Rev. I. C. Nwade is an Ordained Minister in the Methodist Church Nigeria and is currently stationed in the Abuja Archdiocese of the Church. He harmoniously combines his Banking Occupation with his calling as a Clergy Man. Very Rev. I. C. Nwade is happily married with children.

Ahmed Dahiru Modibbo, DGM/Board Secretary/Legal Adviser

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MODIBOAhmed D. Modibbo joined the services of NEXIM Bank on 8th March 1993 and is currently the Secretary to the Board/Legal Adviser. Modibbo holds an LLB (Honours) Degree from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, in 1990, a BL (Barrister at Law) professional qualification from the Nigerian Law School Lagos, in 1991. Between 2004 to 2006, he obtained the International Bar Association/ College of Law of England and Wales International Practice Diplomas in International Mergers & Acquisitions, International Business Organizations, International Competition Law, International Intellectual Property Law and International Joint Ventures. In March 2007 he became the first Nigerian to attain the status of a Fellow of the International Bar Association in International Legal Practice. In October 2005, he acquired a UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training & Research) Certificate in Negotiation of Financial Transactions. He is an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association and is also a Student Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) and was at one time a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria Technical Committee on Realisation of Secured Credits in Nigeria. In addition to his primary responsibilities, he had carried out several key assignments for the Bank such as the coordination of the Banks Corporate Transformation Programme [2010-2011]. Before joining the services of NEXIM he had a brief stint as a Legal Officer with the Voice of Nigeria, Lagos and was also in private legal practice. Mr.Modibbo is married with Children.

Olatayo Omidiji, AGM/Head, Strategic Planning Department

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Tayo-pic Mr. Tayo Omidiji obtained the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Agricultural Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria and also holds a Master’s degree in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. He is a research executive with very deep knowledge of the Nigerian and global business environment. His work experience spans over 20 years in the Nigerian financial services sector during which he has served as economic/policy analyst, business information specialist, investment analyst and strategy/ planning manager. Prior to joining NEXIM Bank, he has worked in various organizations where he held prominent positions, including Research Manager at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Head, Research & Financial Advisory at the Financial Derivatives Company Limited; Head, Strategic Planning at NAL Bank Plc and Head, Research & Strategy in Sterling Capital Markets Limited (then the Investment Banking Arm of Sterling Bank). He has attended several seminars and training programmes in Nigeria and overseas and is an alumnus of the United States International Visitor Programme.