George I. Chima, MBA CPA
George holds a bachelors’ degree in business administration (major/minor – Accounting/Labor Economics) from California State University, Los Angeles, CA and an MBA from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is also a Chartered Accountant (USA). Life (and living) continues to be a significant source of learning to him.
His career encompasses 24+ years in real estate development and telecom industries. 17+ years of international operations experience (including 12+ years in executive management) with demonstrable achievement record in financial planning, risk management, compliance, systems, process and capital optimization. His portfolio of operations spanned 23 countries; invested capital and net income (to Parent Company) were approximately $11 billion and $2.5 billion respectively (denominated in different functional currencies). He has managed revenues and capital expenditures in excess of $22 billion and $3 billion respectively.
He currently leads a manufacturing concern he founded in 2007. His vision as the principal manager of this entity is to lead and guide it to successful and sustainable financial performance through effective and proactive financial and strategic planning built on efficiency, responsiveness to customer needs, and meaningful collaborative partnerships.
Adeline T. Orife
Adeline holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (C.I.P.S). She also has a B.Sc. in Political and Administrative Studies as well a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing. In the course of her professional career, she has also attended various professional trainings, workshops and conferences including customer service, communication skills, project management and procurement.
She is a Procurement and Contract Management professional of over fifteen (15) years experience with a sound commercial, public sector, not-for-profit, and international development background. She has worked both as a generalist and category manager in various public sector organizations including Local Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Central Government, and internationally with the United States Department of State; US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and currently with the Royal British Legion.
In the course of her professional career, she has held various leadership and senior management positions having responsibility for providing strategic direction, managing people, resources and budgets to ensure compliance and achievement of programme and organizational goals. At the US Embassy, Abuja, she supervised a Procurement team of 5 procurement agents and over 15 Administrative staff.
She was a key member of the team that established the Nigerian field office of the US Centres for Disease Control & Prevention. She worked with key stakeholders of the U.S Mission in Nigeria, top Government officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and officials at the head office in Atlanta, USA to introduce and rollout the PEPFAR/CDC Global AIDS Program (GAP) in Nigeria. She developed associated processes and procedures to support the importation of US $100m vaccines, drugs and vehicles for transportation of the medicine.
She has worked with the British charity organization called 'The Royal British Legion'. She is a pioneer member of the Legion’s procurement department and has the historical knowledge of most Legion contracts. She worked with the Head of Procurement in developing a new procurement strategy, processes and standard documents leading to the launch of a new procurement regime in the Legion. She have worked with the Home Managers and the County Managers to put in place trade accounts and national call-off contracts with suppliers to streamline the procurement processes throughout the Legion to achieve efficiency savings and obtain value for money. As Purchasing Manager at the Royal British Legion, She has taken the lead to work with the different departments to develop and prepare service specifications, tender invitations and draft contracts, invite and evaluate tender submissions, make recommendations for contract awards and negotiate contracts and Service Level Agreements.
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