The Bank of Industry Nigeria is in the news again. This time for the latest academic achievement of one of its executive directors in the person Mr. Waheed Olagunju, now a Doctor.
The Bank of Industry’s Executive Director Small and Medium Enterprises, Dr Waheed Olagunju bagged a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from the Paris School of Business (PSB) during PSB’s graduation ceremony that took place recently in Paris, France.
Mr Waheed A Olagunju joined the Bank of Industry’s precursor institution the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank (NIDB) in 1990 as a Senior Manager and rose to the position of Executive Director (Business Development) in 2012 during which he had responsibilities for Strategic Planning, New Business Development, External & Intergovernmental Relations, Legal Services, Corporate Secretariat and Corporate Communications. He acted as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer between April and May 2014. He was subsequently reassigned as Executive Director, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in August 2014. Under his leadership of the SME Directorate, the bank’s annual lending to SMEs rose phenomenally to N5.6 billion in 2015 which represented 205% increase over the average annual lending of N1.8 billion to SMEs in previous years.
The PSB Paris School of Business is a business school in Paris and Rennes, which offers BBA, MBA, MSc, DBA and executive education courses in English. It was founded in 1974, PSB Paris School of Business (formerly ESG MS), an European elite Grande Ecole management school that combines academic excellence, international awareness and professional experiences.
Cited as one of the top post-baccalaureate schools in France, its Grande Ecole Program offers a 5-year course leading to an official Master level degree which is also internationally accredited by AMBA as of October 2014.
Their Philosophy is
Our academic philosophy revolves around 3 themes: Knowledge, Interpersonal Skills and Know-How:
- Leadership workshops in partnership with the Cours Florent acting school,
- A focus on student life and clubs (a budget of 1 million euros),
- and a unique extra-curricular journey of personal awareness known as U Discover: 400 events organised throughout the year including conferences (business leaders, politicians, intellectuals, etc.), corporate and institutional visits (political, cultural, etc.) and humanitarian actions at the heart of it all.
This philosophy is reflected through the school’s motto “Acting Beyond Knowledge”