Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli

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Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli

Mrs. Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli is the Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Director of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

She joined the Authority in October 2012 bringing more than 20 years of Financial Advisory, Risk, Governance and Controls Management experience to the Board of NSIA. She was the Chief Risk Officer of the Authority up to January 2018 and whilst in that role, she was responsible for developing, implementing and embedding effective risk management, governance and operating principles and procedures across the business. She is a core member of the Authority’s Executive Committee that assesses and approves investment proposals and works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment officer in the continuous assessment, monitoring and management of project, portfolio and other non-financial risks facing the Authority.

Prior to joining the NSIA, she completed a distinguished tenure as Director and Head of Operational Risk and Control at Barclays, where she covered 15 countries spanning Africa, Middle East and Asia. She also served as Vice President and Head of Quality Assurance, Africa, at Citibank, with direct oversight of the Enterprise Risk and Control Environment in 14 countries across Africa.

Mrs. Ojekwe-Onyejeli is a qualified Chartered Financial and Tax Accountant. She spent over a decade at professional services firms Arthur Anderson and KPMG in Nigeria and South Africa, providing Transaction and Financial Advisory as well as Business Assurance Services to clients in various sectors.

She holds a first degree in Chemistry from the University of Lagos, and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in the UK. Mrs. Ojekwe-Onyejeli is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a member of the Oxford Business & Wharton Executive Education Alumni.

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