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Matthias C Mordi

Matthias C Mordi

Adjunct Lecturer in African Studies


Mordi was an active participant in capital markets, He registered as an operator with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1991 and was approved as a director by the United Kingdom FSA. Over the next decade, Mordi managed several landmark transactions in sub-Saharan Africa equities, fixed income issues, mortgage securitization, corporate finance, debt conversion, securities trading and privatization. Between 1995 and 2000, he built and managed the investment banking function at three Nigerian banks. From 2001 to 2005, Mordi spearheaded the viable introduction and growth of electronic and consumer products/channels in Nigeria and Ghana. He helped catalyze banking support industries like switches, card processing, captive communications and credit registries, ultimately changing the banking culture in West Africa.
Mordi functioned as either chief executive or deputy to the chief executive in the turnaround of three ailing financial institutions: Standard Trust Bank Plc, Continental Trust Bank and Metropolitan Bank. In 2005, his team at Standard Trust Bank acquired United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) and retained the name of UBA. UBA remains one of Africa’s leading banks with over 20,000 employees in 21 countries. In 2013 the Nigerian presidency appointed Mordi to run the National competitiveness Council of Nigeria.
Mordi speaks multiple languages with varying degrees of fluency. He has travelled to over sixty countries. Mordi is passionately committed to poverty reduction, a lifelong goal influenced by early-life experiences in a refugee camp. He regularly consults for business and political leaders, and frequently contributes on international media on financial markets and economic policy. He is chairperson of United Capital Plc and serves on several non-profit institutions. In the past, he served on several government committees, thirty-two companies, a World Economic forum agenda board, and was alternate president of the West Africa Bankers’ Association.
Mordi holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, MIPP from SAIS, Johns Hopkins, MBA from IESE Business School, an AMP from Harvard Business School, and an MA in public communication from American University, Washington D.C., and a BSc in economics at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.