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Tony O. Elumelu, CON

Tony O. Elumelu is an economist by training, a serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

He is the Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings Ltd, an African proprietary investment company, with interests in power, oil and gas, financial services, hospitality, real estate and healthcare, present in twenty African countries. 

Tony is known for his significant contribution to entrepreneurship in Africa. In 2010, he created The Tony Elumelu Foundation, which has committed $100m in a 10-year programme to fund, mentor and train 10,000 African entrepreneurs. The Foundation’s mission is inspired by Tony’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions the private sector as the key enabler of economic and social wealth creation in Africa.

He sits on numerous public and social sector boards, including the global advisory board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), USAID’s Private Capital Group Partners Forum (PCG), and is Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Global Food Security Working Group. Tony serves on the international advisory board of the Washington DC based think tank the Wilson Center and is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Centre for Public Leadership. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Community of Chairmen. 

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 Executive 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.

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.

Obong Idiong
Legal Adviser/Company Secretary

Obong Idiong is the Legal Adviser/Company Secretary at Heirs Holdings. A legal practitioner with over 15 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.

Modupe Adesunloye
Group Human Resources Director

Modupe Adesunloye is the Group Human Resources Director, Heirs Holdings, where she oversees human capital management in the Group.

She started her career in Human Resources in 1998 with Optima Sports International. Moving on to Airtel Nigeria in 2002, she held various roles including Consultant Human Resources Operations, HR Business Partner, Senior HR Business Partner and Talent Sourcing Manager. At Airtel, she was the recipient of the Chief Executive Officer’s award for Excellent Interventions & Good Customer Service before leaving the organisation in 2012.

Prior to joining Heirs Holdings, Modupe held the position of Head of HR Operations in Coca Cola Hellenic (NBC) and in 2014, she became the Senior HR Business Partner Manufacturing and Supply Chain Services.

She brings in over nineteen years of experience to Heirs Holdings.

Owen Omogiafo
Director of Resources

She manages the Resources division, which includes 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.