Chief Executive Officer Nigeria Exchnage Limited
Temi Popoola is a successful C-suite leader whose unique blend of business acumen, financial expertise, global market growth performance and operational insight has earned him a reputation built on verifiable career achievements.
A wall street trained investment banker, Temi launched his career in London, working as an asset manager where he gained extensive experience researching and assessing publicly traded equity investment opportunities across Africa’s energy sector. In his next professional role, he expanded his expertise as an Equity Derivatives Trader with Bank of America Securities in New York, NY, USA. During this time, he fine-tuned his trading and investment advisory skills, working closely with both large corporations and private clients.
After achieving great success on wall street, Temi returned to Nigeria and accepted a position with United Bank of Africa (UBA) as Head of Structured Products and Investments for global markets. From there, Temi took over as Head of Sales and Sales Trading at CSL Stockbrokers. In both of these positions, he guided growth and advancement for investors across global markets, including South Africa, London, the US and Nigeria. Leveraging his expert knowledge of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Temi quickly became recognized as a leader in the industry and was subsequently recruited by Renaissance Capital in 2015 where he rapidly progressed into the CEO role.
During his six year tenure with Renaissance Capital, Temi supported the continuous growth, profitability and success of the organization by providing strategic market insight and leadership. Temi drove the transformation of the organization by diversifying the company’s revenue streams from traditional business lines to fixed income, derivatives, structured products, financing and wealth management. In addition to influencing change across the organization, he was responsible for overseeing a global workforce, expanding foreign investor capital opportunities into the Nigerian market and introducing new processes, programs and strategies to exceed corporate and client expectations.
Temi is distinguished by his passion for business, his focus on collaborative team building, his commitment to meeting organizational demands and his expertise in the finance/investment banking industry. He finds his greatest motivation leading and guiding others to perform above and beyond expectations and utilizing his influence, he strives to help organizations in exceeding short and long-range objectives.
Temi graduated with a First-Class Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos and holds a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a CFA charter holder and also obtained his NASD series 7 and 63 licensures.