Board of Directors

Chief (Mrs.) Grace Ekpiwhre (Chairman)

Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhre is a two-time Nigerian Minister. She was appointed by President Umaru Yar'Adua as Nigeria's Minister of Science and Technology in July 2007, and then became Minister of State for Works, Housing and Urban Development in December 2008.

She graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria with a BSc. in Zoology in June, 1972. She worked with the Bendel State Civil Service as Fisheries Officer and moved up through the ranks, holding positions that included Director General of Women's Affairs and Director General of Government Parastatals. She became a State (Delta State) Permanent Secretary in 1999, in charge of Housing. She was appointed Head of Civil Service, Delta State in 2002, and Chairman, Delta State Civil Service Commission in 2007.

Mr. David Oluwole (MD/CEO)

Mr Oluwole David holds  a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Higher National Diploma in Accountancy, an alumnus of Achievers University and Lagos State Polytechnic respectively.  

He has a sound background and vast experience in corporate and private sectors with outstanding and high level of Professionalism and excellent service delivery both in middle and top management levels in financial industry and Non-Governmental Organizations for over Fourteen  (14) years with various managerial responsibilities.

He is a well-trained and qualified Business Development and Administrative Manager, Risk Asset Manager, Micro Credit expert.

He has over  13 years of experience in Banking and Financial inclusion. He has worked with Standard Trust Bank (2004), United Bank for Africa (2006), Intercontinental Bank (2007) and Access Bank (2012) Hedgeworth Microfinance Bank (2015) in the Operations, Customer Service, Risk Management Group, Sales and Marketing, Business strategy and analysis, Business pro ess Re-engineering, Corporate communications,  Organizational Alignment, Strategic planning and Execution in  the various Banks.

He was a Branch Manager at Access Bank for several years and MD/CEO of Hedgeworth Microfinance Bank, a position he held until May 2018

He has attended many Trainings and Seminars such as Factoring and Supply Chain Finance, Risk Analysis  In  Lending  Decisions, Excellent Customer Service, Retail Banking, Money Laundering Activities. Business Development Techniques.

Mr. Bright Osagbobu (Director)

Mr. Osagbobu is a chartered account with over 30 years experience and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1986) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy.

Through the years, he has served as, auditor, accountant and consultant to numerous organizations and is currently the Managing Partner of Osagbobu Bright and Co. (Chartered Accountants), which he founded in 2007.

Mr. David Matthew (Director)

Mr. David Matthew is an alumni of Nassarawa State University from where he obtained a Bsc. in Business Administrations, an MBA in Finance and currently a PhD student in the same school.

His work experience has cut across various desks in Commercial, Investment and Mortgage Banking, haven started his banking career at Bank PHB, Oceanic Bank, NorthBridge Investment Nigeria Limited and Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank PLC. He is an astute credit and investment analyst with great flair for general customer service, market and consumer research.

He is currently the MD/CEO of Exceeds Klass Group of Companies, a conglomerate of indigenous companies that have made inroads with the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria.

Chief Kemo Gbenedio (Director)

Chief Kemo Gbenedio is a successful business man and a retired management staff of the Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria (DPR). With his many years in business management, he has been able to apply his extensive business experience in management to his companies and has been able to yield much profit for these companies and their stakeholders. A graduate of Economics from the University of Lagos, Chief Kemo Gbenedio has been a highly valued asset to Safe Haven Microfinance Bank Limited since the bank's inception.

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