Tony Elumelu potrait
Tony O. Elumelu, CON

Mr Elumelu chairs privately held investment firm Heirs Holdings and Nigeria’s largest quoted conglomerate, Transcorp. Mr. Elumelu invests across Africa, primarily in the oil and gas, financial services, hospitality and power sectors. His investments are informed by his philosophy of Africapitalism: the belief that the private sector can lead Africa’s economic renaissance and that investment should create both economic prosperity and social wealth.

Mr. Elumelu sits on a number of public and social sector boards including the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL) and USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa Partners Forum (PCGA). He is also the chairman of pan-African financial services group, United Bank for Africa, and the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, which has seeded $100 million through the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, to champion entrepreneurship across Africa over the next 10 years.

Dr Awele V Elumelu
CEO, Avon Medical Services

Dr Awele V. Elumelu oversees the healthcare investments in the Heirs Holdings' portfolio. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Benin. Her experience as a medical doctor includes medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology and emergency medicine. In Nigeria, Dr Elumelu has worked with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and in the UK, with Grantham and District Hospital, Grantham.

Emmanuel Nnorom
Chief Operating Officer

Emmanuel N. Nnorom is CEO of Heirs Holdings. Prior to joining the Heirs Holdings Group, served as CEO of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, overseeing the Transcorp businesses, including Transcorp Power, Transcorp Hilton, Transcorp Hotel, Calabar and Transcorp Energy. Prior to Transcorp, Emmanuel had held senior positions at Heirs Holdings and had served  as an Executive Director at UBA and Managing Director of UBA Africa, overseeing the Group’s African subsidiaries and executing corporate strategy in 18 African countries. Other senior roles within UBA included Group COO UBA, followed by his appointment as UBA's Group CFO, with responsibility for Finance and Risk. 

Emmanuel is qualified as a chartered accountant, and brings over 3 decades of professional experience in the corporate and financial sectors, working with publicly listed companies. He is an alumnus of Oxford University's Templeton College, and a prize winner and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

Udochi Nwaodu Chief of Staff, Heirs Holdings
Udochi Nwaodu
Chief of Staff

Udochi Nwaodu is the Chief of Staff to the Chairman, overseeing the strategy and executive office of Heirs Holdings, while also driving the group operating mechanism to achieve established goals. He commenced his professional career in 1989 with Coopers & Lybrands (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) before joining the banking industry in the former Allstates Trust Bank as an Internal Auditor. He worked in strategy and policy making in Diamond Bank and Continental Trust Bank, he later joined Standard Trust Bank (STB) in 2004 as Deputy General Manager and was part of the team that successfully handled the merger of United Bank for Africa (UBA) and STB in 2005. Udochi is a Chartered Banker (ACIB) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Management & Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife; an MBA from IESE, University of Navarra, Spain and is also an alumnus of Oxford University, UK.

Sam Nwanze
Director of Finance and Investments

Sam is responsible for the administration and management of the group’s overall financial activities and investment programmes. Prior to joining Heirs Holdings, Sam worked in banking institutions in various roles where he oversaw strategy, financial control, performance management, and Treasury. He also played a key role in the STB-UBA merger. Sam has a Masters degree in Finance and Management from Cranfield School of Management (UK).

Dr. Tony Chukwueke
Director of Energy and Natural Resources

His role is to identify opportunities across the mineral and energy value chain. He has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry in Nigeria and internationally, having served at various times as Chief Geophysicist, Value and Portfolio Manager, and Business Development Manager Africa at Shell companies in Nigeria and the UK. Between 2004 and 2009, Tony was an Adviser to the Minister and then Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources where he initiated reforms to production sharing contracts and fiscal arrangements in offshore leases. He holds a first degree in Physics, a Masters in Applied Geophysics and a PhD in Geology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Owen Omogiafo
Director of Resources

She manages the Resources division, which includes Human resources, Information Technology, Corporate Services and Protocols & Logistics. Owen's work experience includes Director of Human Resources, Chief of Staff, HR Advisor to the GMD/CEO at UBA and as an Organisation and Human Performance Consultant, specializing in Change Management at Accenture. She is a certified Change Manager and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK. She holds a B.Sc. (double honours) in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Benin and an M.Sc. in Human Resources from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Obong Idiong
Legal Adviser/Company Secretary

Obong Idiong is the Legal Adviser/Company Secretary at Heirs Holdings. A legal practitioner with over 12 years of experience in corporate and commercial practice, Obong is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association as well as the Society of Corporate Governance of Nigeria, and has a certificate of achievement in Six Sigma from Villanova University, Philadelphia. Obong holds an LL.M. degree in International Finance and Business Law from the University of Liverpool, an MBA from the Lagos State University, an LL.B from the University of Calabar, and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.