Personality of the week Bukar Kyari, Former Chairman of Nigeria Economic Summit Group

Kyari Abba Bukar is the Co-Founder of Trans Sahara Investment Corporation, a Private Equity Firm based in Lagos Nigeria. He was the MD/CEO of Central Securities Clearing System Plc, the Central Securities Depository of the Nigerian Capital markets. Prior to joining CSCS, Kyari was the MD/CEO at ValuCard Nigeria Plc (now Unified Payments Systems Limited).

He transformed an organization that was erstwhile unprofitable into an efficient, resourceful, more cohesive and customer centric, institution that quickly became extremely profitable. He was instrumental in introducing Visa Cards to the Nigerian payments ecosystem.

He was in FSB International Bank Plc (Fidelity Bank Plc), where he served as Executive Director, Electronic Banking, Information Technology and Operations.
Prior to his return to Nigeria in 2001, Kyari worked at Hewlett-Packard Company in Silicon Valley, Kyari was a member of the Senior Management Team leading a part of $5 billion business unit.

He was responsible for creating and implementing IT initiatives as well as managing marketing programs, some of which saved the company $85 million dollars in annual costs. His role in HP cut across various functions.

Kyari is the former Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG). He is Chairman of SUNU Assurance Plc, Chairman Ventures Platform, Chairman ARCA Payments Ltd, Director CRC Credit Bureau and an independent Non-executive Director of Standard Chartered Nigeria Ltd.

Kyari holds an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Ahmadu Bello University. He is an avid reader and enjoys mentoring and coaching aspiring professionals. Kyari is married with children.

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