Buhari’s NSIA Appointee: A Glimpse Of Orji’s Wealth Of Experience

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday appointed Mr. Uche Orji as Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), for a second five-year term.

The NSIA is an establishment which manages the Nigeria sovereign wealth fund and into which the surplus income produced from Nigeria’s excess oil reserves is deposited.

Orji’s wealth of experience is a big asset to the NSIA as he is often referred to as one of the country’s best investment analysts.

Having graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Orji also went on to obtain an MBA degree from renowned Harvard University. However, at only 36 years old, it is the profound professional expertise and his multiplicity of business and managerial talents that qualify Orji for this challenging role.

He joined NSIA as CEO in October 2012, from Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS Securities, where he was Managing Director in the New York branch of its Equities Division.

Prior to his UBS experience, Mr. Orji spent six years at JP Morgan in London, 2001-2006, rising from the position of Vice President to Managing Director within the Equities Division.

Prior to JP Morgan, he worked for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, London, 1998-2001, as an Analyst/Portfolio Manager.

His first banking financial industry experiences were at Diamond Bank Plc., Lagos and Arthur Andersen, Lagos.

Orji received particular acclaim for his development of a ten-point investment framework for semi-conductor investment, causing him to shoot to number five in the world rankings of best brokerage analysts (Forbes).

He also managed recommendations for countless hedge funds, equity funds, and pension funds. His experience in investment and financing and his excellent stead in leadership in his five-years at the NSIA may have led to his re-appointment by President Buhari.

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