Babajide Ibironke

Chief Finance Officer

Babajide is an accomplished and award-winning Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Futurist and Strategic Business Leader equipped with distinguished track records of excellence in Executive and Finance Leadership roles garnered for over 2 decades from the academics, banks and non-bank financial institutions, healthcare, manufacturing, bellwether FMCG and energy sectors, enhancing best practice in governance, rock solid controls with commercial acumen that aids Board level decision making.

He is a fiscally conscious and goal driven executive with areas of expertise that spans Audit, Climate and Energy Finance including sustainable energy, Treasury and Financial Management, Corporate and Development Finance with proven track record in M & A and Deals Structuring - arranging complex, first-in-kind transactions, as well as both the raising and deployment of capital (equity, mezzanine and debt), Strategic Business Reporting, Taxation, Budgeting, Investor Relations and General Administration.

His career achievement, decorated with professional accreditations such as Fellowships of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom (ACCA), The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, (ICAN) and The Chartered Institute of Directors of Nigeria (CIoD Nigeria) among others, buttresses his expansive financial knowledge and capacity.

His passion for developing talent and imparting knowledge makes him a well sought-after facilitator by various professional bodies and organisations such as ACCA Global and Regions, ICAN and ANAN for their Continuous Professional Developments (CPDs), IFRS - both Financial and Sustainability Reporting as well as IPSAS certifications. He is also a regular speaker at CIoD Nigeria and CITN events. He was chief promoter and co-founder of two out of the three ACCA Approved Learning Providers in Nigeria.

Prior to joining AEDC, Babajide was the Group CFO at Viathan - a leading integrated power and gas company, providing captive and embedded energy solutions to governments, commercial, large and industrial customers. He was also the CFO at Mantrac Nigeria Limited – the Caterpillar representative as well as the CFO at Kakawa Discount House Limited (now FBN Quest) in additional to other Senior Finance Leadership positions in First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Nestlẽ Nigeria Plc and Guinness Nigeria Plc- a Diageo Company among several other bellwether companies.

Babajide is a well-respected leader, occupying strategic leadership positions in several esteemed professional organisations such as the Global Governing Council of ACCA in the United Kingdom, Board membership of ICT & Consultancy Faculty, Corporate Reporting Faculty and Electoral Matter Committee member of ICAN.

He was elected as the Chairman of ACCA Nigeria Advisory Committee in 2004 and have been representing Nigeria at ACCA International Assembly in UK since 2012 before joining the Global Governing Council in 2020. He recently served out his second term as an Audit Committee member at ACCA and currently serving as a member of Nominating and Governance Committee.

He is also a Board Member and the Secretary of the Trustees of IFRS Experts in Nigeria as well as Member of the Adoption Readiness Working Group (ARWG) for Sustainability Reporting of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria.

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