Our Board Members

JACQUES

PIEKARSKI

President

 

Jacques is the Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO) of Tropical General Investments (TGI) Nigeria since 2014. TGI is a large privately owned International Group based in Lagos with over 20 companies in 5 main business verticals (Beverage, Agri and Trading, Farming, Specialty Chemicals, Pharma). 

 

Prior to that, he was also the GCFO of Flour Mills of Nigeria and he has got over 20 years of experience as GCFO/CFO in the EEMA Region with large multinational companies (Philip Morris, Kraft, Holcim, Glencore) and other large privately owned business, in various industries such as FMCG, Cement, Trading, and Mining), in Switzerland, Romania, Egypt, Serbia, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria.

 

Jacques was born in Switzerland, is a Swiss National, and holder of a MBA from the University of Wales and RKC Zurich.


SHAHIN

NOURI

 

Vice President

 

Chief Executive Officer Coollink.ng, Lagos

Group Executive Director AIM Group, Lagos

Managing Director Swiss AMC SA, Fribourg

 

Education:

M.A. Economics, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland

 

Previous work experiences: 

UBS AG, Geneva

British American Tobacco, Lausanne

 

Born and raised in Fribourg, Switzerland, the beautiful Land of chocolate and cheese, Shahin moved to Lagos with his family in 2009. He is a well-respected entrepreneur and investments specialist having created and developed successful businesses in Finance, Media and Telecommunications.

 

Mr Nouri is now heading Coollink.ng a leading Internet Service Provider in Nigeria. He is also Board Member and Executive Director of all AIM Group companies active in Construction with Aim-Consultants, broadcasting with Cool FM - Wazobia Fm - Nigeria Info FM - Wazobia Max TV and hospitality with Chocolat Royal.

 

Living his passion for motor sports, Shahin became in 2016 European champion of the ultra competitive Lamborghini championship, competing with a Swiss licence and representing Nigeria.


BABATUNDE

OJO

 

Treasurer

 

Babatunde Ojo is the Country Group Head - English West Africa at Novartis Pharma. 

 

He is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years work experience ranging from Customer/Account Management to several roles of increasing responsibility within finance functions in a number of multinational companies, both within Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). 

 

Babatunde has performance principles resolving around adding value. In today's competitive business landscape, he is of the view that success and relevance can only be guaranteed by continuously adding value in meeting and exceeding the expectations stakeholders.


ADEBOLA

OKUSANYA

 

Ex Officio

 

Adebola Okusanya joined Mercuria Energy Trading in 2008 as country manager and head of business operations in Nigeria. Prior to joining Mercuria, she served as head of administration at Unity Bank of Nigeria for five years and was the Chief Executive Officer at Assets International Limited also for five years. 

 

Adebola had served at Kaduna Chemical and Industrial Products as a marketing and commercial executive for three years. 

 

She holds a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. She furthered her studies and acquired a diploma from the University of Lancaster and a masters in International Relations and Strategic Studies. 

 

Adebola is passionate about rehabilitating and empowering young vulnerable girls while encouraging them to reach their fullest potential. She enjoys reading and meeting new people.


MUYIWA

OLANIYAN


Ex Officio

 

Muyiwa is a seasoned management professional with broad cross-functional expertise. Experienced in Business Operations Management, Project Management, People Operations, Risk Management; especially as it relates to International Trade/Supply Chain/Information Technology and Quality Management. He is highly motivated, passionate and result oriented; astute believer in service delivery excellence and integrity; always seeking value adding & challenging responsibilities! 

 

He joined SGS in 2007, as Technical Product/Trade Analyst, following an earlier career as a  Network Critical Infrastructure Engineer with an IT Start-up in Nigeria. Over the years he has rose through the ranks working as Head of Customs Valuations/Risk Management, CMO Operations Manager (2009 – 2015) and now as Country HR Manager. 

 

Muyiwa has attended senior management programmes in the UK and South Africa, with membership of a number of professional bodies including IRCA, IAPM

 

He has a Masters in International Business Management (UOL UK).


Thomas

Schneider

 

Ex Officio

 

Consul General of Switzerland in Lagos, Nigeria

 

Mr. Schneider was born in Bern. He holds a federal diploma in business administration. After 6 years in the banking industry he joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in 1989. Alongside working for the FDFA he later earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Relations.

 

During his career Mr. Schneider was consecutively posted in Barcelona, Frankfurt am Main, Manila, Paris and Bern. Between 2008 and 2012 he was Deputy Consul General and Head of the Section for cultural, media and educational affairs in Shanghai, China. From 2012 until 2016 he joined the team of the Swiss Consulate General in New York as Head of the Culture and Education Department. After a short stay in Switzerland where Mr. Schneider served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs, he was appointed Consul General of Switzerland in Los Angeles in January 2018. After the closure of the Consulate General in Los Angeles by the end of 2018, he held an interim position as Consul General in San Francisco until the end of October 2019. Since January 1st, 2020, Mr. Schneider serves as Consul General of Switzerland in Lagos, Nigeria.