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. Ifeanyi Odiaka (MD/CEO)

Ifeanyi Odiaka has a degree in Economics from Madonna University, Nigeria as well as a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. He worked as a banker for United Bank for Africa (UBA PLC) and Access Bank PLC at various desks including Economic Intelligence. Ifeanyi was also a Strategy Analyst at Fidelity Bank where some of his roles included the development and implementation of corporate strategy. Before then, he was head of the Risk Intelligence unit under the Risk Management Division at Fidelity Bank.

He is a certified ISO 31000 Risk Manager and also an Associate Chartered Economist (ACE). Beyond his professional successes, Ifeanyi Odiaka is the founder, the Coast of Help foundation which addresses youth unemployment as well as health and education initiatives. Right from his teenage years, Ifeanyi has had the passion to touch and impact lives; as a result, the foundation is significantly and evidently transforming the lives of the homeless, destitute, widows, children of the slums and jobless youths to become independent and better persons in society. The activities of the foundation has been duly recognized by both local and foreign bodies.

Furthermore, he is the author of the bestselling book- "Between the fire & the lake". Ifeanyi Odiaka is happily married and blessed with three (3) lovely kids.

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.

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.

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