Kyari A. Bukar
Founder/CEO, Trans-Sahara Investment Corporation
Kyari Bukar is Co-Founder/CEO Trans-Sahara Investment, (TSIC) a Private Equity firm that originates, develops and actively manages direct investments in sub-Sahara African business, with a focus in West Africa.
Kyari Bukar was also the immediate past chairman of Nigerian Economic Summit Group, a think-tank organization that promotes sustainable growth and development in the Nigerian economy using research based advocacy methods, also serving as a private sector economic advisory organization to Federal Government of Nigeria
Prior to setting up TSIC, Kyari Bukar was the immediate past CEO of Central Securities Clearing System Plc (CSCS). As the Managing Director/CEO of CSCS, the Central Securities Depository for the Nigerian Capital markets, he was instrumental in ‘the transformation of the company from an entity that had a dysfunctional culture to a customer-centric, efficient and resourceful organization with high profitability. Before joining CSCS, Kyari was the MD/CEO of Valucard Nigeria Plc where he was instrumental in turning around the Company. Kyari Bukar also sits on the boards of other leading companies in Nigeria such as Equity Assurance Plc, Chams Plc, and many others.
Kyari Bukar also previously spent 14 (fourteen) years working with Hewlett- Packard (HP); one of the World’s leading IT Companies, where he rose to the position of Senior IT Consultant and Worldwide Technical Marketing Manager, within divisions of the Company. Kyari also possesses a background in Banking having spent a stint working with FSB International Bank Plc (now Fidelity Bank Plc) as Executive Director in charge of Electronic Banking, Information Technology and Operations.
Mr. Bukar holds a B.Sc. Degree in Physics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and M.Sc. Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University, USA. He is at} alumnus of Lagos Business School (LBS), Wharton Business School and Harvard Business School, USA
Kyari Bukar is the Lead Judge of THE NEXT TITAN for the 6th year running.
Co-Founder, Sahara Group
Tonye Cole is the Founder and CEO of Sahara Energy Group, a conglomerate and a multi-national company of repute which has presence in different locations including Africa, The Caribbean, Asia and Europe with interests covering Oil trading, Storage, Energy and Power Resources, Aviation, Farming and Real Estate. From a small office in 1996, with the core business of trading excess fuel oil from the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries in Nigeria, Sahara Group has expanded its tentacles to offices in Geneva, Switzerland -which actively trades in Crude oil, Gas oil, Jet A1, mogas and bitumen in global markets; Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroon, France, Singapore, Dubai and Brazil.
The success of Sahara Group, a company founded by Tonye Cole is simply astounding, more so because it is a 100% indigenously grown company from Nigeria, competing with established giants in the energy industry.
In Tonye’s words “Entrepreneurs require very little to get started, primarily their talents, their dreams, their self-belief and their determination. The myth about access to huge amounts of capital being required to commence is often times proved wrong in the story of all legitimately successful entrepreneurs”
Tonye is an alumnus of the University of Lagos, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil, and Harvard Business School. Before he founded Sahara Group in 1996; Tonye, as an Architect worked in a Brazilian architectural firm Grupo Quartro SA in Goiania Brazil from 1990-92.
Tonye Cole is a Judge of THE NEXT TITAN for the 6th year running
Chairman/CEO, CPMS Africa
Chris Parkes is the founder of CPMS Africa, a Marketing Solutions Company with offices in Nigeria: (Lagos, Kano, Calabar), South Africa, and Ghana. Chris has over thirty five years’ experience in the advertising and marketing industry, eight years in the UK with top agencies, plus his own partnership in London, clients included, American Express International Dollar Card & TC’s, MasterCard, Securicor Granley, and Browning. He spent Fifteen years in South Africa with Lintas and then his own business, working on Levers, Standard Bank, SAA, SAR, Allied, KFC and Kimberley Clarke.
Later, Chris moved to Madagascar where he set up an Advertising Agency, an import export company and finally a billboard company for a South African agency. This proved to be highly successful with the country’s top brands becoming long term clients. He has since then spent over sixteen years in Nigeria, six of them building Tequila Nigeria from scratch to become the largest BTL Company under his management working for British American Tobacco, Guinness Nigeria Plc, MTN and a number of other top clients.
CPMS Africa (Chris Parkes Marketing Solutions) was established in July 2002. Over the years, British American Tobacco, Guinness, Zain, Etisalat and many others have enjoyed the CPMS experience. Nigerian Breweries Plc and Distell South Africa have alos joined CPMS in the last four years to maintain the high quality client portfolio.
In his words “We believe we are the most professional, effective and integrated through the line consultancy specializing in advertising, trade marketing, sponsorship and event marketing in West Africa”.
Chris Parkes is a Judge of THE NEXT TITAN for the 6th year running
CEO, Primera Africa Securities Ltd
Lilian Olubi is a seasoned investment manager with about 20 years of Capital Markets experience. She is a founding Partner and member of the Board of Directors of Primera Africa Finance Group, a leading boutique Investment and Financial Services group which operates four business lines; Securities Trading, Financial Advisory, Consumer Finance and Principal Investments.
She also serves as Chief Executive Officer of one of the group’s subsidiary companies, Primera Africa Securities Limited, which provides Equities and Fixed Income trading and actionable investment research to its Domestic and International clients.
Lilian began her Securities trading career at CSL (a member of the FCMB group), working in various capacities spanning Operations, Investment Management and Research before joining the Sales & Marketing team. Prior to Primera Africa Securities, she worked at Afrinvest West Africa Limited as Head of its Private Client Services overseeing the marketing functions and initiatives across its branches. She is a Chartered Stockbroker and Authorized Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, an Associate of the Certified Pensions Institute of Nigeria and an alumna of the Lagos Business School.
In addition to her passion for the development of the Capital market in Nigeria, Lilian is also passionate about social development in areas of education, image building and youth empowerment; and she volunteers with a few non-governmental endeavours and often trains on personal finance and ‘employability’. She is a member of the board of trustees of Arise Africa Foundation, an initiative that empowers young graduates with technical and soft skills to succeed in the professional and business world. One of her more recent endeavours is the founding of “The Girl Child Global Services”, a business and social venture aimed at offering mentorship, esteem building and entrepreneurial support to a broad age spectrum of the female gender.
Lilian is happily married and blessed with two lovely children.
Lilian Olubi is a Judge of THE NEXT TITAN for the 5th year running.