Dr. Christopher Edordu is a renowned economist, former President and Chairman of the board of Afreximbank, former Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank. He was the former Chairman of the National Agricultural Credit study. He currently serves as the Chairman on the Board of Directors of Elixir Asset Management Limited.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of Bourse Africa. He has significant experience in the banking sector and has several laurels to his name. He has worked across the entire spectrum of banking including the continental, national and rural levels. At the continental level, Dr. Edordu was the pioneer President as well as the Chairman of the Board of the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) based in Cairo, Egypt.
Dr. Edordu served as the Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank. He had a stint in rural banking and was the Chairman of the National Agricultural Credit Study which formed the basis for the establishment of Community Banks in Nigeria. Dr. Edordu also held several positions in the Central Bank of Nigeria from which he retired as Departmental Director. He has also held several Board and similar positions within the Nigerian governmental system. He was actively engaged in international trade finance as well as projects in Africa for many years
Dotun Adegbite is the Managing Director of Elixir Capital Partners Limited. He provides overall strategic leadership to the firm’s financial advisory, capital raising and principal investment businesses. Dotun is a finance professional with over 13 years’ experience spanning Investment Banking, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting.
He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst charter, an MBA (Finance) with Distinction from the University of Leicester, UK and a B.Sc. degree (First Class) in Building from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. In various senior positions at world-class global and Nigerian firms, he has led transactions advising several Nigerian state government cabinets, federal ministries and agencies; and private sector entities on their strategic, operational, financing and capital raising programs. He possesses strong sector expertise in the infrastructure space where he has been involved in structuring, negotiating and raising financing for public-private partnership projects and concessions. He also has had significant exposure in structuring transactions in the energy sector including oil and gas projects and power plants
His power sector transaction experience covers both hydro and gas-powered generating companies where he has advised several clients in their bid to acquire power generation companies, and raise capital for their capacity recovery programs in the recently concluded $3.5billion privatisation of the Government-owned power utility companies in Nigeria. Prior to leading the setup of Elixir Capital as the pioneer Managing Director, Dotun was the Head of Capital Markets and Infrastructure team at Àrgentil Capital Partners, an energy and infrastructure-focused boutique investment firm. He has also had significant capital markets experience leading a team that acted as Financial Adviser, Lead Issuing House or Joint Issuing House to over ten (10) subsovereign bond issues by several Nigerian state governments. He commenced his professional career in consulting where he attained the position of a Manager in the globally respected firm, KPMG Professional Services and led teams in strategy, institutional reform of public sector organisations and business operations’ optimisation for clients in the telecommunications, consumer markets and FMCG sectors
Clara Mshelia-Whyte is the Group Managing Director/CEO of Elixir Investment Limited. She is currently a board member of Spring Life Assurance plc. She was the Managing Director / CEO of BGL Asset Management Limited. Prior to this, she held the position of Deputy Managing Director of the same company.
Clara was also a Vice President of BGL Securities Ltd, holding the office of Chief Marketing Officer in the company’s Northern Region. She has an LLB Law from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State and obtained a BL from the Nigerian Law School in 1998.
Prior to joining BGL Plc, she worked as a solicitor with Ricky Tarfa & Co Chambers and at Admiralty Fleet Limited as the Company Secretary/ Legal Adviser. She has extensive experience in Investment Banking and Asset Management. She has attended various courses on the Nigerian Capital Market and Investment Banking including courses on client relationship management, how financial markets work, pension fund, strategy, marketing, selling financial services and asset securitisation. She attended the Harvard Business School High Potential Leadership Programme in 2008. Clara is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.
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