Meet Nigerian Speakers For The Annual ASEA Conference

Meet Nigerian Speakers For The Annual ASEA Conference

Oscar Onyema, the President of ASEA, Association of African Stock Exchange, alongside Tonye Cole, Co-founder of Sahara Group and Kingsley Moghalu, Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria will be joining other bigwigs in the African capital market community as key speakers at the 2016 Annual ASEA Conference.

The Annual ASEA Conference will be holding in Kigali, Rwanda. The theme of the 2016 event is: The Road to 2030 : Making the African Capital Markets Relevant to the real economy. 

See below profile of Nigerian speakers at the event:


Mr. Onyema was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Exchange and member of the National Council in April 2011. Before this, he gained experience for over twenty (20) years in both the United States financial markets and the Nigerian information technology sector.

He is the Chairman of Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) PLC, the clearing house for the Nigerian capital market ; Council member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria (CIS) ; President of the African Securities Exchanges Association, and a Global Agenda Council member of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Onyema also serves on the boards of all subsidiaries of The Exchange, National Pension Commission of Nigeria, and FMDQ OTC PLC.

He served as the senior vice president and chief administrative officer at American Stock Exchange (Amex), which he joined in 2001. He was the first person of colour to hold that position, and was instrumental in integrating the Amex equity business into the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext equity business after the latter’s acquisition of Amex in 2008. He then managed the NYSE Amex equity trading business, which he helped position as a premier market for small and mid-cap securities.

Mr. Onyema is an alumnus of Harvard Business School having completed its Advanced Management Program. He has an MBA from Baruch College, New York and BSc from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.


Tonye P. Cole is the co-founder and executive director of the Sahara Group. An architecture alumni of the University of Lagos and Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program (AMP186), Tonye Cole, together with his partners has grown the company, founded in 1996, from a single entity to a group made up of 10 companies across the energy value chain with presence in 8 countries on 3 continents employing 3,200 people and an annual turnover of over $12bn.

Tonye is also an active member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council for Energy and in recognition of the role his company has played in shaping the Indigenous play in the energy sector in Africa, was appointed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDG-F) private sector advisory group.

He holds several key board position such Independent director, AtlasMara, Bloomberg TV Africa, Nigeria Shippers Council and Digital Jewels.

A motivational speaker, ordained minister, entrepreneur and firm believer in Africa’s inherent greatness, he has travelled vastly delivering numerous papers to the continent’s youth. He is a regular columnist for Thisday Style and the author of Morning Reflections, an inspirational devotional. He is married to Dr. Sylvia Cole with whom they have three children.


Dr. Moghalu is a member of the Board of Directors, the Monetary Policy Committee, and the Committee of Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and is a member of the President of Nigeria’s Economic Management Team. He is a member of the board of directors of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) as well as Chairman of the board of directors of the Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC). He served as Chairman of the board of NEXIM Bank from 2009 – 2011.

Kingsley Moghalu was born in Lagos in 1963 to Isaac Moghalu, a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mrs. Vidah Moghalu. He obtained the LL.B. (Honours) degree in law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1986, the B.L. (Barrister at Law) from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) at the University of London, UK. He also obtained an International Certificate in Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management, London, UK.

He is also an alumnus of executive education programs on leading economic growth and transformation and on corporate governance at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School respectively, and on macroeconomics and financial sector management at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Institute.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Moghalu was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sogato Strategies S.A., a risk management and strategy consultancy firm in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also the Executive Director of the Swiss-Africa Business Roundtable, and served as a member of the global board of directors of Opportunities Industrialization Centers International, Inc., USA.

He previously worked for the United Nations for 17 years, from 1992-2009, in legal, management and strategic planning posts at duty stations in New York, Cambodia, Croatia, Tanzania, and Switzerland, rising to the rank of a Director in the Organization. In 2006 the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed Dr. Moghalu a member of the high-level Redesign Panel on the United Nations Internal Justice System, an assignment at the level of Under-Secretary-General. The Redesign Panel overhauled the transparency, accountability and regulatory compliance system of the United Nations as a key component of the management reform of the UN.

From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Moghalu was the Head and Director of Global Partnerships and a member of the Risk Management Committee of the Geneva-based Global Fund, an international development finance organization with $20 billion in assets and a $15 billion investment portfolio in 140 countries as of 2008. He was Legal Advisor and the Spokesman of the United Nations International Tribunal for Rwanda at Arusha, Tanzania from 1997 to 2002, and served as a Political Advisor at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and in UN missions in Cambodia and Croatia, from 1992 to 1997.

Before joining the United Nations Service in 1992, Dr. Moghalu was a Country Risk Analyst for Political Risk Services (PRS) Group, Inc., USA, Research Assistant in the Global Political Economy Program at The Fletcher School, Tufts University where he was the Joan Gillespie Fellow, General Counsel of Newswatch Communications Ltd., Lagos, and Legal Officer (National Youth Corps Scheme), Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd., Lagos.

Kingsley Moghalu is the author of Emerging Africa : How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter, two previously published books on international politics, and numerous articles on law, banking regulation, economic development, political economy and public policy. His publications have appeared in journals and newspapers such as Central Banking Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. He is a member of the Institute of Risk Management, UK, Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), the American Bar Association (Associate Member), and the Nigerian Bar Association.

Dr. Moghalu has been a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer at numerous global forums including : the Federal Reserve Bank (central bank) of the United States, the South African Reserve Bank, Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, Institute of International Finance (IIF), National Bar Association of the United States, and the African Presidential Roundtable. He has been interviewed and featured on CNN, BBC World TV’s HardTalk, Financial Times, The New York Times and other global media.

He has received several honours including the Nigerian national honour of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB) and Rotary International Distinguished Service Award.
Kingsley Moghalu is married to Maryanne Moghalu (nee Ezike) and their union has been blessed with children.

These Nigerian speakers will join other key speakers such as: Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Former AFDB President, Dr. Mohamed Omran, CEO, The Egyptian Stock Exchange, Mr. Sanjeev Annand, MD of BPR by Atlas Mara and a host of other speakers.