Management Team

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David Edevbie

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Principal Consultant

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David Edevbie is the Principal Consultant at Avantgarde Financial Consultants. He founded the firm in late 2010 after serving as Principal Secretary (PSP) to the late Nigerian Head of State, President Mallam Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. From July 2008, while at the Office of the President, Edevbie assumed the responsibilities of the outgoing Chief of Staff. He played a key role in restructuring the State House and introduced professionalism into its operation by bringing in expertise from the private sector.

With the additional responsibility for managing the offices of the President and Vice‐ President, Edevbie also assisted in the development and implementation of several policy initiatives. He had previously served as Director of Finance and Strategy in the election campaign of the late president, and led the team that developed the policy priority document that resulted in the highly successful ‘7‐Point Agenda Campaign Slogan’.

Edevbie had previously served as Commissioner of Finance and Economic Planning in Delta State for six years. Prior to that he worked for over four years at the UK’s Commonwealth Development Corporation, now known as CDC Group, where he rose from being an Investment Officer responsible for the Asia & Pacific Region to being appointed Deputy Country Head for the Philippines and finally a Country Investment Manager, Minerals, Oil and Gas Department in the UK.

His professional career also includes a three year tenure at Hill Samuel, a UK merchant bank, and four years with Barclays Bank plc, UK. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB) and a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK (GCIM). He holds an MBA in Corporate Finance from Cardiff Business School in Wales UK, and a BSc (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Edevbie also attended the prestigious Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme of 2003.

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Adewale Alli

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Chief Operating Officer

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Adewale is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Avantgarde Financial Consultants. He was formerly a partner at UnderStone Advisory Partners and was in charge of origination, client and investor relations as well as investment management. Prior to UnderStone, Adewale was Vice President in charge of corporate finance at Fountain Head Group, an advisory boutique dedicated to the development of the media & entertainment industry in Nigeria. Before Fountain Head, he worked at Synergy Capital a leading business and financial advisory boutique in Nigeria. Adewale joined Synergy Capital from Nice Capital in the United Kingdom where he was an investment associate in a team that was responsible for managing a multi-million pound portfolio.

His professional career also includes a 3 year period with Metropolitan Bank in Nigeria where he started his career. Adewale holds a B.Eng. [Honors] in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) in Paris, France.

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TEAM

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