Macauley Atasie (Mac) started his professional career at Accenture Nigeria where he rose to head the ePayments, Ventures and Strategy Development units of the global Management Consulting firm. Thereafter he became MD/CEO of HEIRS Alliance (a forerunner to the successful HEIRS Holdings Limited).
Mac has championed a number of transformational initiatives in the e-Payments industry with far-reaching impact on the nation. He was amongst the few who led the process for setting the tone for the Nation’s e-Payment sector from the early 2000s, postulating the industry vision at various ePayment summits held in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. At Accenture, Mac led the conceptualisation and setup of Interswitch and eTranzact and also championed the reform agenda for the then ValuCard (now Unified Payments Limited). He influenced the use of modern technology to provide shared operating platform for micro-finance banks and linking them to mainstream branch, ATM, POS and Mobile Banking networks. He also played a key role in the introduction of the first POS network and Agency Banking in Nigeria.
At the national level, he steered the group that defined Nigeria’s eGovernment’s strategy in 2005/6; a process that ushered in the establishment of National e-Government Strategies Limited (NeGSt). The NeGSt is a body chaired by NITDA, a sister MDA to National Communications Commission (NCC). The emergent strategy formed the basis for a lot of eGovernment transformation initiatives the country has seen over the past decade. Furthermore, Mac participated actively in defining the current identity management system in Nigeria, procuring the approval of the Federal Government (under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration), for a concession to cover half of the country under the Chams Consortium organisation. This led to a directive by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to all banks to use the National Identity Number (NIN) as sole KYC platform in Nigeria. The NIN was later replaced by Bank Verification Number (BVN) in the wisdom of the then leadership of the CBN to have a bank-only platform versus a national one that would have forever transformed our nation’s identity management system. Mac has featured in notable technology-related events including the 2018 Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition where he was a panel member in discussing ‘Fintech Disruption: Which Way Africa’ and the Mobile West Africa Conference in 2017 on the development of the Fintech sector. He was a major speaker at the 5th E-Government summit 2016 deliberating on increasing IGR Efficiency and Accountability through Smart Innovations. He also delivered keynote speeches on the vision for E-Payment in Nigeria at summits holding in Lagos, Accra, Nairobi and Johannesburg between 2006 and 2014.
Under Mac’s leadership, Nextzon has supported over 400 clients across leading sectors of the economy including State Governments in Nigeria covering well over ten states, Commercial Banks, Insurance Companies, SMEs, entrepreneurs and regulatory bodies.
Macauley has a BSc. (Second Class Upper Division) degree in Microbiology and an MSc. in Pharmacy, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has attended several courses and executive programmes at some top-rated global business schools such as Stanford University in the United States, Cranfield University in the United Kingdom and Witts University in South Africa. Recent Conferences and summits attended include the 13th World Congress on Healthcare & Technologies, Dublin Ireland.
Mac is currently the President of the e-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (ePPAN), an umbrella body of all e-Payments providers in the country.
As Head of the Financial Services and Payments division of the firm, Segun Olukoya is responsible for leading teams that assist local, international and regulatory institutions in the financial services sector articulate business strategies and implement transformational initiatives. He is also a key member of Nextzon’s African regional expansion team and has been active in assisting Nigerian banks and insurance companies to prospect, acquire and set-up business interests in several African countries including Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Central African Republic, DRC, Guinea and Angola.
Prior to this role, he was the pioneer Head of Strategy and Portfolio Management at the HEIRS Alliance Group (a forerunner to the successful HEIRS Holdings Limited), which was a holding company with interests in several key sectors of the Nigerian economy. At HEIRS, Segun led several project teams involved in designing and implementing strategic initiatives (including setting up new business ventures, mergers and acquisitions) that resulted in the remarkable growth and transformation of all member companies in the group.
He started out his professional career in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc as a member of the Corporate Finance Team after which he proceeded to work with Accenture in the Financial Services Market Unit. During his stay at Accenture, he worked on several business strategies, software implementation and process re-engineering projects for local and international clients. He was also one of the few professionals in the Lagos Office selected to work internationally on projects in Germany and The Netherlands.
Segun is a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow and part of a unique global network of leaders from government, business and civil society who work together to create a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. He is also an associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative and a member of the global Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders for Tomorrow.
He currently serves as an independent member of the investment committee of the Vantage Guaranteed Income Fund (~$10m AUM) and is also Program Director of the Lagos Angel Network (a local network of Angel Investors).
Segun has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and has attended executive education programs at the London Business School and Pardee RAND Graduate School among other notable educational institutions.
HEAD, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Uche Okangba has over 11 years work experience spanning Accounting, Auditing, Risk Management, Credit, Administration as well as Marketing in the financial and consulting industries. At Nextzon, Uche manages Cash Flow and Treasury, Fixed Assets, Financial Account reporting, Administration and Coordination of Budget Activities. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Acuity Microfinance Bank Ltd, Gapbridge Microfinance Bank, Ecobank and Omega Savings and Loan Limited at various managerial capacities.
Uche is a graduate of Accountancy from Abia State University and has attended several trainings both locally and internationally organized by CBN, CIBN, FICT, CMD, GARP-USA and PRMIA-USA. He is a member of the Executive Management Committee, EMCO.
With over 14 years’ experience in market research, Okey has managed several market research projects in various sectors including Governments and Non-Governmental organisations, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Real Estate and Financial Institutions. He has led the Nigerian team of data analysts in partnership with Intelecon research Canada to conduct one of the largest demand surveys conducted in Africa termed Universal Access survey for telecommunication in Nigeria.
Okechukwu is a graduate of Statistics/Economics from University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). He is a member of Nigerian Market Research Association (NIMRA). He is a member of the Management Committee, MANCO.
Victor, a Manager in the Government and Non-Financial Services division of the business, leads the team at Awka, Anambra State. The team works directly with His Excellency, the Governor of Anambra State to advise and support the implementation of key elements of the Economic Blueprint developed by the firm. Having designed intervention strategies with key stakeholders in the administration and restructured some vital MDAs, this has seen to the increase in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
Victor is a graduate of Geography and Planning at the University of Lagos, Akoka. He has attended trainings in Database Management, Financial Analysis and Leadership. He is an Oracle Certified Database Professional and a Sun Java Certified Programmer. Victor is a member of the Management Committee, MANCO.
HEAD, HUMAN RESOURCES
Babafemi Akinlade is an experienced Human Resource Management specialist. Prior to joining Nextzon, he worked as a Human Resource Officer with the former Metropolitan Bank Ltd., (now defunct) and later moved to Stanbic Bank Ltd., (now StanbicIBTC Bank Plc) where he grew to become a team lead in the HR/Shared Services unit. He has also coordinated various levels of high-profile client recruitments on behalf of the firm.
Babafemi, who is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPMN), has a first degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Ado-Ekiti. He is a member of the Management Committee, MANCO.
Gloria is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Mgt. Accountants (CIMA). Her skills span Management Consulting, Project management, Strategy development, Financial analysis and modelling and training.
She is currently the Practice Manager at the firm with the overall mandate to plan and implement corporate strategy, board and management policies and run a profitable practice. She had also worked at IEI Assets where she functioned in the Private Equity, Funds Management and Corporate Finance units. Gloria who has a BSc in Accounting from Bayero University Kano, is also a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). She is a member of the Executive Management Committee EMCO.
HEAD, NON-FINANCIAL SERVICES & GOVERNMENT
David is a seasoned business & financial analyst and marketing strategist; with vast experience in public sector, real sector, and financial services industries. As a Manager leading the Abia State Strategic Business Unit, he leads the team that provides the Governor and the State with Executive Support Services, Secretariat & Project Management Support Services and Research, Analysis & Design Support Services.
He has B.Sc. Philosophy (First Class Honours) from University of Ibadan and MBA from University of Lagos. David is a member of the Executive Management Committee EMCO.