OLUWADARE OWOLABI takes a vision and transforms it into reality through a comprehensive result-oriented approach & strategic growth. He instinctively identifies opportunities in any organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, drives the thinking process of others and intensifies material business advantage. He is an inspirational leader who creates a stimulating pathway for his company brand while at the same time is grounded in financial information and technology that levers the business. Respected as a reliable voice in decision making, discovering strategic business partners, and establishing administrative frontiers, Oluwadare earns a seat at the table wherever he serves.
Currently, as the CEO & Managing Director at Xpress Payment Solutions Limited, a financial technology company, Oluwadare oversees the operations of this colossal organization. He led the successful implementation of the business from inception and transitioned the company to a successful organization navigating towards a profitable future. He spearheads major strategic revolutions for transforming the day to day process from a functional focus to an enabler of innovation for the business and integrates business investment so that it supports & represents an international company.
Previously, in managerial positions at various organization within and outside the country, Oluwadare has excelled and was part of the team that orchestrated the IT transformation at UBA; a move directed by Tony Elumelu, the Managing Director at the time. Once his mission had been accomplished in the IT Transformation, he moved into the mainstream IT operations and led the software development, testing and business analysis group. He also operated in the same role at Access Bank; driving the Solution Delivery, Project Management Office (PMO) and the Software Architecture teams of the bank. In 2011, he left Access Bank to start up a mobile payment company called Funds & Electronics Transfer Solutions (FETS), one of the first companies to be granted a mobile payment license from the Central Bank of Nigeria. He left FETS in 2014 to lead and grow a software development and testing firm called Quality Certain. Oluwadare rose through the ranks of companies such as Equifax, BearingPoint (USA) and Hewlett Packard (USA). He began his career as a seasoned software developer and systems analyst at Lucent Technologies & has a track record spanning over 20 years' experience.
Oluwadare holds an MBA from the Southern Polytechnic State University GA, USA and a BSC in Computer Information System from the University of Bridgeport, CT, USA. He is a one-time Chairman of the Association of Licensed Mobile Payment Operators of Nigeria (ALMPO) and a notable member of various Associations such as EFInA Mobile Money Working Group (MMWG), E-payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN), Central Bank of Nigeria Financial Inclusion Management Working Group and Central Bank Steering committee on Mobile Payment.
Toyin Albert is what many will describe as an acute brand story teller. She has helped clients, peers and subordinates recognize their unique capabilities and position themselves as top performers. With contagious enthusiasm and passionate belief in people that inspire them to become better, stronger and ultimately more valuable to their organizations, she has also led innovative initiatives to build top-performing individuals and organizations with great perceptions in their industries.
Prior to her role as Divisional Head of Sales, Marketing & Product Development at Xpress Payment Solutions Limited, Toyin was in charge of the business operations from the inception of the same business; a role which she diligently carried out. Her current role ensures she has an all-inclusive view of the company from the internal and external perspectives. She started out her career at Unified Payment Services Limited as a trainee. She grew in the ranks moving across various roles in the organization, like Operations, Information Technology, Customer Service, Human Resources, Sales, amongst others. This all-rounder approach to the business earned her a seat at the table of the decision makers. Toyin was instrumental in setting up the Incentive Program for Merchants while being a member of the Industry Committee and in conjunction with NIBBS.
Toyin manages the sales team, the marketing team, corporate communications & branding team and the product development team. With seamless processes set in place, she ensures the creation of innovative products from the IT team, delivering these products to the marketplace, communicating and advertising to the target audience and smooth transitioning of leads to the sales team. It is safe to say that she is indeed a great asset to the organization.
She obtained High Performance Leadership certificate from Cornel University, USA in 2015 and she serves as an associate member of Nigerian Institute of Management. She is also a certified Customer Service profession; Service Quality Institute, USA. With a degree in Computer Science from Ondo State University (now University of Ado-Ekiti) and a masters' degree in Business Administration at the prestigious University of Lagos, Toyin has proven that her versatility is actually an advantage for the company.
Temitope Ajanaku is a seasoned Accountant and Finance professional whose dedication to her work is impeccable. With a rich experience in corporate finance, she has earned the respect and trust of corporations, individuals and colleagues through her contributions within and outside her scope of work. She has particularly taken a vested interest in ensuring that the financial processes in the company work seamlessly with operations and the workforce in general. She is a forward thinking individual and drives the people she comes in contact with to be their best.
Temitope joined Xpress Payment Solutions Limited as Chief Financial Officer in September 2017. In this position, she is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction at the company as well as ensuring the smooth operations of internal processes through her support in Human Resource Management and Administrative Services. Within finance, she guides the operations, treasury, shareholder relations, accounting, tax, and internal audit functions to pursue the company's aggressive growth strategy and meet its clients' and investors' expectations.
Prior to joining Xpress Payments, Temitope held a previous role as a Risk Advisory Consultant with Ernst and Young Nigeria. Throughout her nearly 10-year career in accounting, auditing and financial planning, Temitope has established a reputation for building world-class teams and for aligning financial and business metrics to support business strategy and high-growth. Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation and growth, she brings a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in areas such as financial reporting systems, profit and loss reporting (P&L) and both financial strategy & long term budgetary oversight. With an abundance of international & local experience, Temitope has a strong understanding of various markets and uses that to the advantage of the company.
Temitope graduated from the University of Central England in Birmingham (now known as Birmingham City University) with a BSc in Accountancy. She holds a Masters' degree in Accountancy and Finance from the same institution. Among many positions, Temitope is a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
Jacklyn Okafor is distinguished by her ability to identify and leverage opportunities for sales and corporate expansion. She is a dynamic Business Development and Sales Manager with a leading-edge perspective in the 21st Century marketplace as regards Innovative Payment Solutions in implementing Cash Lite policies in West Africa with special focus in Nigeria. With a career history spanning over 16 years, she has leveraged well-earned expertise and insights into e-banking, payment solution /automation, product development and location based marketing navigating through the very unique commercialized Nigerian market with the traditional nature of cash and carry mode of commerce. Jacklyn can be described as driven and result-oriented. Her cheerful and energetic nature compliments the successful and high profile business relationships she has built for the company.
In her recent role as Group Head, Sales at Xpress Payment Solutions Limited, Jaqueline leads the different sales teams across the public sector, private sector and PTSP sector. She started her career with ValuCard (now known as Unified Payment Services Limited) as a Merchant Acquisition officer, coordinating the acquisition and on-boarding of POS terminals and merchants. She later joined Intercontinental Bank PLC in 2007 as Head POS where she helped the bank connect the dots in applying its strength in POS deployment in over 300 branches across the ten regions covering the country. Jacklyn was instrumental in the NIBBS/CBN-established team offering expertise to inform sound corporate decision-making, strategic innovations and tactical tools required in the implementation of the Cash Lite policy in Nigeria.
In 2012, Jacklyn joined VeriFone as a Regional Sales/ E- payment business development Manager for West Africa. The plethora of experience she brought to the table earned her the esteemed role to drive the training and development of domestic application and developers by organizing SDK training for local content in conjunction with VeriFone Inc. This she has accomplished strategically in many parts of the world. With robust academic foundation from prestigious institutions of Management and Administration in Nigeria.
Jacklyn is a graduate of Mass Communication with a Master's degree in Public Administration. Highly respected in the industry she operates, Jacklyn is celebrated with accolades and awards for some of the spectacular feats she has accomplished during her career.
Babatunde Ojo combines great technical skill, excellent management abilities with a great personality. He possesses admirabale leadership traits which have led him to meet various business and IT security goals. Babatunde has through his knowledge and intelligence of the industry been able to provide solutions and services that have helped protect the bottom-line of every organization he has worked with.
Babatunde is currently Head of Systems and Information Security at Xpress Payment Solutions Limited where he oversees the enterprise systems. His role at the company cannot be overemphasized as he is responsible for ensuring Xpress Payments customers get value from its (XPRESS PAYMENTS Limited) data and shared infrastructure technology by providing secured telecommunication networks within and across multiple stakeholder's networks and data centers.
Babatunde has over 17 years of experience in the Information Technology field. His experience has seen him work as the head of IT Infrastructure at Unified payments (A financial technology company) where he delivered a secured data center that enables business and future ready, he was also a member of the Committee at Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) where policies were developed on cloud computing. He has also held IT positions in United Bank for Africa Plc, where he was responsible for the interconnection of acquired 18 UBA affiliates countries. Prior to this, he worked for Ecobank Nigeria Plc and Societe Generale Bank Ltd in various IT positions or capacities.
Babatunde holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with honors from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, an alumnus of De Montfort University Leicester (Msc), Cornell University Ithaca New York (High Performance Leadership) and is also a Cisco Certified Network Professional.
Wale Animashaun understands the need to balance risks and inventory decisions to obtain an optimum level for stakeholders. His cautious and calm approach to work has reflected in his credibility within the industry. Wale has over the years developed his expertise in properly communicating, coordinating and administering policy for risks to his team members and organizations. He is strategic in thinking and has been able to attract the attention of high ranking veterans in the industry.
Wale is currently the Group Head, Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance at Xpress Payment Solutions Limited where he guides the Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance program. His role at the company is one of the most crucial ones at management level and entails risk management across all the enterprises of the organization particularly Information Technology, Operations, Market Risk, Strategic Risk, Business Risk, People Risk and more.
Wale has over 16 years' cognate experience working in Electronic Payments and Financial services across Small, Medium and Large Corporations in the country. His experience has seen him work with Cards, EFT-Terminals, IT internetworking, Project Management, IT Security, IT Risk, Operational Risk and Compliance. He previously served as CISO & Head Operational Risk management at Unity Bank Plc, where he provided leadership and direction on risk governance, assessment and mitigation across the Bank's information assets and product reviews. He held similar positions at Keystone Bank, in the IT Risk and Security Department, serving as member Management Risk Committee, Member Board Risk Management Committee while coordinating the Technology Risk, E-Business Risk and Compliance programs. He was a Network Engineer at United Bank of Africa (UBA) PLC and had an illustrious stint at Unified Payment Services Limited.
Wale has a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from the Lagos State University and holds various professional certificates within his field. He is a member of ISACA, RIMAN (Risk Management Association of Nigeria) and PMI. Wale has received learning and instruction from top corporations and academic institutions including Warwick Business School, CFA Institute, IMPERVA, VISA, MasterCard, McAfee, Juniper, FITC.
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