Ag. Managing Director/CEO

Hafiz Bakare was until his appointment as Ag. Managing Director/CEO, the Executive Director, Corporate Bank & Treasury at Keystone Bank Limited also overseeing the Lagos & West Directorate. Before joining the Board of Keystone Bank in July 2014, he was running a management consulting and capacity development firm he founded with the objective of assisting organizations across different sectors to deliver sustainable value in an increasingly challenging and dynamic environment.

Mr. Bakare has wide ranging professional experience cutting across management consulting, banking, insurance, manufacturing, health and other sectorslocally and across Africa. He was Chief Strategy Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Plc responsible for bank and group strategy; mergers & acquisition; new business development; conception/incubation of new subsidiaries and group co-ordination; economic intelligence; local/international ratings;  investor relations; brand management and corporate communications.He equally oversaw the Products portfolio in FirstBank at some point covering Consumer Banking Products, Agricultural Business, Money Transfer and Wholesale Banking Products. In the course of his career, Mr. Bakare was also Group Director, Industrial and General Insurance Plc; and Non-Executive Director, Societe Nouvelle d’Assurances du Rwanda (SONARWA), the premier insurance institution in Rwanda.

A qualified Pharmacist, Mr. Bakare has an MBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain and was the best in his class at the preparatory programme, setting a record of 25As in 26 courses. His management consulting experience was nurtured at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he was on the firm’s “Outstanding Track”.

An ex-Consultant at Knowledge Factory International, UK, Mr. Bakare is an alumnus of European Bank Training Network’s International Banking Summer School (IBSS), a Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HCIB) and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM).

Mr. Bakare has received executive education at the Harvard Business School, U.S.A; Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A andhas participated in major international conferences including the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings, World Economic Forum on Africa and Economist Conferences. He has been a panelist at the African Business Conference of the Harvard Business School, USA and is a Council Member, Gerson Lehrman Group, USA, the world’s largest knowledge brokerage and expert network comprising thought leaders and subject matter specialists in diverse fields.