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Governing Board

Mr Cyril Odu - Chairman Governing Board

Mr. Cyril Odu was the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Mobil Producing Nigeria and Chief Financial Officer of the ExxonMobil Upstream Companies in Nigeria. He has served in management positions including, Project Finance Director (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Country HR Manager and General Manager, Planning and New Business Development. He was actively involved in developing and executing ExxonMobil business strategies in Nigeria, as well in as the implementation of several innovative funding and financing solutions, including the first upstream financing deal in Nigerian history.

Ambassador Robin Sanders - Global Advisor & Liaison to the Board

Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee SandersU.S. AMBASSADOR TO Nigeria & ECOWAS 2007-2010; Republic OF CONGO 2002-2005; CEO FE3DS, LLC; Founder FEEEDS Initiative, Adjunct Professor Robert Morris University

Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders is CEO of the FEEEEDS Advocacy Initiative and owns FE3DS, LLC both which work on economic development, human rights, and business strategies for Africa. Prior to this, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to several countries (Nigeria and Republic of Congo) and U.S. Permanent Representative to the West African Regional Organization ECOWAS. As an academic while serving in the U.S. Diplomatic Service, Dr. Sanders was the International Affairs Advisor and Deputy Commander of the Eisenhower Resource College of the National Defense University. A noted international lecturer, she has taught International and African Affairs, National Security Strategies, Conflict Resolution, and Human Cultural Communication. Her business expertise lies in agriculture, aviation security, housing, ICT, Small-Medium Enterprises, and health systems. Ambassador Sanders serves on U.S. Trade Representative Africa Advisory Committees; Chairwoman of U.S. EXIM Africa Committee; and, a member of Human Rights Watch Board and the prestigious Academy of Diplomacy.

Ambassador Sanders holds a Doctor of Science degree from Pittsburgh’s Robert Morris University (RMU); Masters of Art and Masters of Science degrees in International Relations, Africa Studies, and Communications, respectively from Ohio University; and, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Hampton University. Sanders is currently on Songhai Integrative Farms Systems Board – a leading African agricultural center. Sanders is the recipient of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Civilian Honor Award (one of the highest U.S. military civilian honor awards); three State Department Superior Honor Awards; four State Department Meritorious Honor Awards; the “Medal of Honor” from the President of the Republic of Congo; several citations in Who’s Who in America; and, received several leadership honors such as the African Advocacy Impact, and Diaspora Awards. She is a member of the U.S. National Honor and Scholar Society for her public policy and academic work.

Mr Ernest Ebi

Mr Ernest Ebi is a National Honor of MFR Awardee. He has held many leadership positions including Chairman, UNIC Insurance, Executive Director, Corporate Banking of African Continental Bank Plc, Lagos, Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Diamond Bank Limited and Deputy Governor, Policy and Corporate Services at the Central Bank of Nigeria. Mr. Ernest Ebi has participated in several Management Development Courses both locally and overseas in the areas of Strategic Planning, Financial and Risk Management amongst others. He also holds a Fellow Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB)

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