Our Board of Directors
GENERAL (RTD) T.Y. DANJUMA – CHAIRMAN.
General Danjuma was born in 1937. He rose to the position of Chief of Army Staff in the Nigerian Army before retiring into private business in 1979. He is the erstwhile Minister of Defence of the Federal republic of Nigeria having been appointed in 1999. He is Chairman and owner of various businesses including Nigeria - America Line Ltd., T.Y. Holdings Limited, South Atlantic Petroleum Ltd., Sea Services Ltd, Saham Unitrust Insurance Nig. Limited, Union Dicon Salt Company Plc etc. He also holds many directorships positions in publicly quoted companies.
MR. JOHN O. IJERHEIME – MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO
He holds B.Sc (Hons) Insurance from University of Lagos and an Associate member of The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (ACIIN). He is an alumnus of the Advance Management Programme of the Lagos Business School “Pan African University”.
He started his insurance career with AIICO Insurance Plc in 1981 and left in 1984 for further studies. On completion of his degree in Insurance, he served with Leadway Assurance from where he returned to AIICO and pioneered the establishment of Jos office in 1990 which metamorphosis into a zonal office. He was transferred to Lagos in 1998 to restructure the General Insurance Division and became the head of marketing and underwriting of the division before he joined SAHAM UNITRUST as the Group Head Marketing. He has over 20 years experience in marketing and underwriting including in Oil and Gas. He is versed in local and international reinsurance negotiations as well as efficient claims administration. He joined Saham Unitrust in August 2007 as the Head of Marketing and was appointed Managing Director/CEO in September 2015.
MRS. GRACE .E. DANJUMA - NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mrs. Grace Danjuma was born on the 16th of October, 1944. She attended the School of Agriculture, affiliated to the Ahmadu Bello University. She has served on the Board of Saham Unitrust Insurance Nig. Limited. Ltd. for several years. She is an active member the Risk Management and Audit Committee of Saham Unitrust Insurance Nig. Ltd.
PROF. JOE O. IRUKWU – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Professor Joe O. Irukwu is a lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), educationist, author and chartered insurer. He was called to the English Bar in 1962 and enrolled as a solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in the same year. He achieved an outstanding distinction of being the First African President of the “Law Union” of the school of Law of the four Inns of Court of England and Wales in 1961/62.
Prof. J. O Irukwu is the founder and Chairman of African Development Insurance Company Limited. A pioneer member of Presidential Council of International Association for Insurance Law (AIDA), he was past president of the West African Insurance Companies Association (WAICA). He was the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Reinsurance Corporation between 1977 and 1989.
He serves on the board of various companies amongst which is Saham Unitrust Insurance Nig. Ltd and Guinness Nigeria Plc.
He is the author of fifteen award-winning books on various aspects of Insurance, Law & Risk Management. He is one of the authors of the widely read International Encyclopedia of laws published by Kluwer Law International for the 1st World law conference held in Brussels, Belgium in September, 1998.
He has contributed immensely to the development of the Nigerian legal system in the areas of Insurance law.
MR. ELIAS .J. ATRIB - NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mr . Elias . J . Atrib was born in 1972. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of London in 1996.
He started hi carreer with Kalife Travel Bureau as Operations Manager in 1996. By 1998 he was Operations Director. He is a Director of several establishments including Black Diamond Suites and Apartments, Bayshore Suites, Cactus and Proflex World class Gym. He is also currently a non executive director in Saham Unitrust Insurance Nigeria Limited.
MR. CHRISTOPHER GILBERT CHAGOURY – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
He was admitted to the New York bar in 2006. He holds a master degree (LL.M) in General Legal Studies with specialization in Business law and international Litigation and arbitration from the New York University School of Law and another master degree in Business and Tax Law from the University Paris II, Paris, France.
He is on the Board of several companies including Eko Development Company Limited, ITB Nigeria Limited, Eko Hotels Limited and Courdeau Nigeria Limited.
MR. RAYMOND FARHAT- NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mr. Raymond Farhat is the Managing Director of Saham Finances SA, Morocco since April 9, 2012. He was Managing Director of Colina SA, Cote d’lvoire from 1989 – 2004. He re-structured the Colina Group in 2005 by creating Colina Participation and continued as its Managing Director. He started his professional career with Enst & Young as a chartered accountant from where he joined the Lebanese-Swiss group of Insurance Company as an internal auditor.
He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Toulouse.
He is also on the board of Phoenix Capital Investment and Batim Africa
MRS. NADIA FETTAH – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mrs. Fettah is currently the Deputy Managing Director in charge of operations and finances in Saham Finances SA, Morocco. Before assuming her current position, she was the Deputy Managing Director Finances and M&A and prior to joining Saham Finances she was the Managing Partner of Alfen Conseil where she led in various global acquisition transactions on behalf of Saham Finances. Between 2005 – 2009 she worked with CNIASAADA Insurances as General Manager in charge of Support and Finance Department. She was also the founder and Managing Director of Maroc Invest Finance Group, a private equities firm specialized. She launched her career in 1997 as a consultant with Arthur Andersen after earning her degree from HEC Paris.
She is the founder and treasurer of the Club of the Women board members in Morocco and member of the international network of women corporate directors.
MR. RAOUL DIDIER MOLOKO – NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
He is the Managing Director of Saham Assurance Vie (a life insurance company and subsidiary of Saham Group) in the Ivory Coast. Before assuming his current position he was the Chief Financial Officer of Colina S. A. also in the Ivory Coast.
He holds an MBA Finance from Claremont University, California, USA and an Msc degree in Economics from University Paris 1.
He is on the board of several companies
MERRICK OESCHGER – NON EXECUITVE DIRECTOR
Mr Merrick Oeschger is an Insurance specialist with experience spanning over 15 years. He began his career as an underwriting clerk in 1988 and progressed to hold senior executive positions in some of South Africa’s largest insurance companies. He also worked in various capacities with some of Africa’s largest Insurance companies including Mutual & Federal Insurance Group in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; the Santam/Sanlam Group and has been a Director of more than 25 companies in the Insurance Industry in Africa and other emerging markets. He has since 2009 focused on the Insurance Industry in emerging economics in Africa, India and South East Asia. Mr. Oeschger started his own consulting business in 2012 to focus on emerging insurance markets and is currently an Insurance Industry Consultant. He joined Continental Reinsurance as a non-executive Director representing C-Re Holding Ltd on September 11, 2015 and also serves on the Board of Saham Unitrust Insurance Nig. Ltd.
MR. ADEBAYO ADETUNJI ADELEKE – INDEPENDENT NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mr. Adebayo A. Adeleke is currently the Independent Director on the Board of Saham Unitrust Insurance Nig. Ltd.He is the chairman of the company's Board Audit and Compliance Committee. He holds a Bachelors degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile–Ife and a Masters in Business Administration from Delta State University. He has vast knowledge and experience in several sectors of the economy ranging from petroleum, marketing, depot operations, marine, aviation,asset management, manufacturing and construction. He was the pioneer MD/CEO of 5-Star Asset Management Ltd. and is currently the MD/CEO of Lancelot Ventures Ltd, a real estate development company based in Lagos. He is a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management and Institute of Directors. He has served/serves on the Board Audit committee of several companies like Honeywell Flour Mill Plc, Newrest ASL Plc, Wema Bank Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, Oceanic Bank Plc and Thomas Wyatt Nig. Plc.
Mr. Adebayo Adeleke is currently a Non executive Director of May & Baker Nig. Plc and BOC Gases Plc. He is the President of New Heartbeat Charity Foundation. He is married with children.
MRS. YETUNDE ADENUGA – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL
Mrs. Adenuga is the current Executive Director ( Technical ) of Saham Unitrust Insurance Nig. Ltd. She holds HND (Insurance), MBA Marketing, a Fellow member of chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (FCIIN).
Yetunde is a seasoned professional with experience spanning over 18 years in underwriting and marketing. She started her career in 1989 with Guinea Insurance and later joined Phoenix of Nigeria assurance Plc, where she was appointed Underwriting Manager in 1998.
She has also worked with WAPIC, United Trust Assurance and Guaranty Trust Assurance as a senior member of the management team who restructured and re-engineered a change in these companies before joining Saham Unitrust Insurance Nig. Ltd.