Dr. Kunle Akiode: Finance, Governance and Compliance Expert

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CEM PERSONALITY, PROFILE | Akinkunle Ayinla Akiode was born on February 13, 1975, in Lagos Mushin area to Late Deacon and Deaconess Samson Isola and Abigael Akiode of Ado-odo-ota Local Government Area of Ogun state, Nigeria. He is the fourth of the five children born to a nuclear family.

He had his primary education at Community Primary School Satellite Town, Ojo and secondary education at Awori Ajeromi Grammar School (AAGS) Agboju in Lagos State. He obtained an Ordinary Diploma in Computer Engineering Technology and a B.Sc. in Management and Accounting in 2006 from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

He equally holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2016 majoring in Masters in Business Administration Finance from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife and a Doctor of Public Administration from Africa Institute of Public Administration, Accra Ghana.

Kunle Akiode is the Lead Partner of A. A. Akiode & Co. Chartered Accountants, a Small and Medium Practice (SMP) firm providing support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in diverse areas of reporting and consultancy. He holds practice licenses of ICAN, CITN, CIBN, and NIM.

Kunle Akiode is the Ambassador Extra Ordinaire for Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C, an Associate of BRIPAN – Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (ABR), Fellow of the Association of Enterprise Risk Management Professionals (FERP), Fellow of the Society for West African Internal Audit Practitioners (FWAIA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (FIMS).

He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria CILRM, Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy Cipfa of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) London and a Fellow F.IoD at the Institute of Directors Nigeria IoD – An affiliate of the Institute of Directors (UK). He is a Member of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN).

Kunle Akiode is a member of the Executive Council of The Sustainability Professionals Institute of Nigeria SPIN, a Fellow FPEFON and a member of the Governing Council of the Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria PEFON and a member of the Corporate Governance Network Working Group of the Institute of Directors IoD Centre for Corporate Governance – a member of the African Corporate Governance Network (ACGN).

He is an Advanced Africa Regional Consultant with the centre for international private enterprise CIPE in the area of anti-corruption programs supporting Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Nigeria. These include private sector projects designed to ultimately institute a culture of business ethics, integrity, and compliance with international (FCPA, UKBA) and local anti-corruption laws, and public sector projects that promote transparency and limit systemic corruption like the Ethic 1st initiative for companies.

As part of a cross-functional Audit and Risk Management Compliance team, Kunle Akiode work with process owners and business leads in the Financial Planning & Analysis, Treasury and Accounting teams to provide: Regulatory risk management expertise, Risk-based evaluation, Document suspicious activity Investigation and Advise on effective controls protocols.

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Kunle Akiode (Right) receiving CIPE Award

He also Audit Third Party Management processes, Performs due diligence analysis and Performance Monitoring schedule to ensure effective risk mitigation and compliance, Anti-Bribery and Anti Money Laundering investigation and Advise corporate client’s financial regulatory compliance.

As a certified Board Evaluator by the IFC World Bank Group, Kunle Akiode has provided Training on Anti Money Laundering /Curbing Illicit Financial Flow for Board of Directors at Nova Merchant Bank, Board Induction for Directors at Pinnacle Oil & Gas Limited and Finance for Non-Finance Directors with IFRS Components training at Institute of Directors of Nigeria (IoD) as CDC and Workshop Facilitator.

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He has facilitated Virtual Masterclass on Anti-Money Laundering /Counter Terrorism Financing Compliance: Enhancing the Capacity of Gatekeepers. The workshop treated the Role and Responsibilities of Directors and Management in confronting ML/TF, Business Case and Governance Implications for AML/CTF Compliance and Mitigating Risks and Vulnerabilities to Money Laundering: Setting up effective Compliance Structure

Kunle Akiode is A facilitator to the Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCS) JAJI and the National Defence College (NDC) Abuja on Financial Intelligence and SME Businesses in Nigeria. Other facilitation experience include, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on The Fundamentals of International Financial Reporting Standards, among others.

His personal philosophy is in strong tandem with the Nigerian Institute of Management (chartered) Code of Conduct which states: “That I, as a professional manager, will put service above self and will ever seek to find and employ more efficient and more economical ways of getting things done.

“That I, as a professional manager, accept the most scrupulous and transparently honest and ethical process of thought for all decisions in my daily work and be myself free of any fraudulent and/or corrupt practices and within my scope of authority treat all persons as being equal, and refuse to give special favours or privileges to anyone”.

For his Humanitarian Focus, he desires to love and care for his fellow citizen as God cares for them and so make the world a better place to live in.

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