Mr. Sonnie Ayere – Chairman

Sonnie Ayere has over 20 years of in-depth corporate and structured finance, corporate banking and asset management experience working with the following institutions in London – HSBC London, NatWest Bank, The Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, Bank of Montreal – Nesbitt Burns; the International Finance Corporation (The World Bank Group) based in Washington D.C. and Johannesburg, South Africa and finally the UBA Group.

He assumed the role of Structured Finance Specialist for Sub-Saharan Africa at the IFC in July 2002, where he was responsible for developing structured finance and securitisation transactions in addition to developing debt capital markets and instruments for the bank. He pioneered IFC’s interest in developing the Nigerian bond market and was a principal adviser to the Nigerian Debt Management Office on the development of the market. He later joined UBA Group as the pioneer Managing Director/CEO of UBA Global Markets, the investment banking arm of the group in August, 2005. After 4years at the helm of the investment banking arm of UBA Plc., he founded Dunn Loren Merrifield in June 2009.

Mr. Ayere obtained an MA (Hons.) in Financial Economics from the University of Dundee, Scotland in June 1993. He is an Alumni of Cass Business School London (MBA) – July 1996 and London Business School (June 1996). Sonnie is also FSA registered. He was recently conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science (DSc.) from the European-American University in July 2009. Sonnie Ayere was appointed NMRC task manager in December 2012 and was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer for the NMRC in January 2014 and resigned in December 2014. Mr. Ayere also resigned from the board of NMRC in June 2015.

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