The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has appointed two senior managers as directors.
They are Obi Emekekwue, who is Director and Global Head of the Communications and Events Management Department, and Chandi Mwenebungu, who becomes Director, Treasury and Markets Department.
Prior to the appointments, Emekekwue and Mwenebungu were heads of the Communications and Treasury at the bank at the level of Senior Managers.
The bank’s Communications and Treasury section, which had operated as units, were upgraded to full departments last year as part of a general reorganisation of the bank.
Emekekwue joined Afrexim-bank in 2012. Earlier, he worked at the United Nations’s Press Office of the Department of Public Information at the New York Headquarters.
His UN career included serving variously as Public Information Officer, Media Specialist and Programme Specialist in several agencies, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and as Communications Specialist at the United Nations Country Team in Papua New Guinea from 2006 to 2007.
Emekekwue began his career at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ibadan, followed by a stint at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, before joining the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) where he served as the UN/North America Bureau Chief from 1989 to 1994.
He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and a postgraduate certificate in International Law and Diplomacy from St. John’s University, New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Mwenebungu, who joined Afreximbank in 2013, has over 20 years’experience in treasury and finance in Africa and Europe. He holds a master’s in accounting and finance.
He is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (FCCA), and an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).