Engr Yusuf Haliru Binj, was born in 1968, in Kaduna, Kaduna state. A chemical Engineer with degrees from Ahmadu Bello University and the University College, London, Engr Yusuf Binji is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria and the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers. He is also a registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK. Yusuf Binji started his career in the cement industry with CCNN working across various departments before he rose through the ranks to become an Executive Director, Technical. He later joined BUA where he held various positions as Executive Director, Cement Porjects/Technical within the Group from 2013 to 2014 and Executive Director, Technical, BUA Obu Cement Company from 2014 to 2017. He was appointed as Managing Director, Obu Cement Company in 2017 and has held other roles including Board Member, Sokoto Energy Research Centre, Energy Commission of Nigeria (2002 – 2013).
An alumnus of the International Directors Programme at INSEAD, France, Yusuf Binji has attended various professional and management courses in Nigeria, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, South Africa amongst others. He speaks regularly at conferences across the world. Engr Yusuf is happily married and has children.
A seasoned finance professional with over 26 years experience, Jacques Piekarski is the Chief Financial Officer/Executive Director for BUA Cement Plc. Prior to joining BUA Cement, Jacques held several C-suite finance roles across Europe and Africa in FMCG, Cement, Trading, and Mining.
Over the course of his career, Jacques has had significant achievements in setting-up or re-organizing finance departments, financing (loans, bond, rights issue, debt restructuring and re-financing), revenue and cost optimization programs, various expansion and projects including ERP implementations, and controlling. He is known as a charismatic, results driven and dynamic leader, with a strong business acumen.
Prior to joining BUA Cement, Jacques was Group CFO for TGI Group Nigeria – one of the largest Food and Agri privately owned conglomerate in the country. He joined this role from Flour Mills of Nigeria where he was also Group CFO. Jacques has also garnered an extensive knowledge of the cement industry form his time as the CFO for Holcim (today LafargeHolcim) in Egypt with a joint venture with the Orascom Group. In this role, he was actively involved in building-up the finance department, financing the plant expansion and monitoring its budget, implementing Holcim financial standards and a vast cost reduction program. During his tenure, the plant was the second largest single plant in the world with 8mt capacity.
A Swiss and French National, Jacques was born in Switzerland. He is a graduate from the Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and holds an MBA from the Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland.
Jacques is the President of the Swiss Nigerian Business Council in Lagos and speaks fluent English and French, and conversational German.
Shehu Abubakar, a Nigerian was born in August 28, 1959. He holds a B.Sc. (Business Management) from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto in 1984 and an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2011. Alhaji Abubakar had an extensive working career in the Banking Industry from 1987 to 2017 where he retired as Executive Director of Keystone Bank Limited after putting in about 29 years in the Industry. He was also at different times a Director on the Boards Global Bank of Liberia and KBL Health Care Limited. Alhaji Shehu Abubakar has attended many
courses in the course of his career within and outside Nigeria at the Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and Wharton Business School among others. Alhaji Abubakar has a wide range of experience in Strategy, Leadership and Executive Management, Customer Relations and Management and Corporate Finance among other things. Alhaji Shehu Abubakar was appointed as an Independent Director on the Board of CCNN PLC on July 12, 2018.
Ahmed Aliyu, a Barrister-at- Law and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, is the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser at Cement Company of Northern Nigeria. He has over 16 years’ experience in Litigation & Arbitration, Legal Drafting, Company Law, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Management and International Business among others.
Mr. Aliyu started his career at a Legal Firm after which he joined the Corporate Affairs Commission where he became a Zonal Manager in various State ofces of the Commission in Nigeria. He later
joined Cement Company of Northern Nigeria PLC as the Legal Manager, and was afterwards appointed as Company Secretary/Legal Adviser.
An alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University, Nigerian Law School and Harvard Law School (Executive Education), Mr. Aliyu is also a member of the International Bar Association, London, Nigerian Bar Association, and the Chartered Institute of Taxation among other professional bodies. He has attended many courses and conferences in the course of his career within and outside Nigeria.