Mr. Ikeme Osakwe (Ike) is a Chartered Accountant and practicing Management Consultant. He holds a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and is an associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants both for Nigeria and for England and Wales.
Initially a product of four years training at KPMG Audit in London, Ike returned to Nigeria in 1980 and established his own financial management consultancy – GRID Consulting Ltd, – specializing in financial management advisory for commerce, industry, governments and NGOs. Thirty eight years later; in 2018, he retired and sold this company to an American Corporation, on whose US Board he now sits.
Ike Osakwe has built up over 40 years’ experience in financial, strategic and corporate planning, as well as organisational and financial management systems development in Nigeria and internationally. He has brought his vast experience in the dynamics of most major industrial sectors, to bear, in his work on corporate governance. Mr Osakwe has held several board appointments and currently serves on the boards of Notore Chemical Industries Plc., Oando Plc., Proton Energy Ltd., and DAI Global LLC (a US-based global development aid corporation).
He previously served on the boards of Leadway Pension PFA, Red Star Express Nigeria Ltd (the Nigerian FedEx operator); and chaired the boards of Thomas Wyatt Nig. Plc. and UBA Trustees Ltd.
He also served on the Presidential Technical Subcommittee for the Commercialisation of NITEL.; as well as the Ministerial Committee established to develop the governance and control systems required in the Petroleum Industry Bills.
He was appointed Board Member of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) representing the South-East Region on the 9th of December, 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari.