Fauziyyah K. Kasim (Kike)

Kike is a Strategist and a co-founder of Pollit Analytics Limited, an information sharing and Polling organization. She is also an Independent Director on the Board of LASACO Plc, a publicly quoted Composite Insurance Company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
A qualified Nigerian Stockbroker with varied experience ranging from Investment & Portfolio Management, transaction structuring & equity/mezzanine financing to Company turnaround strategy. Past work experience include being the Chief Executive Officer of a State owned Investment Company in Nigeria, where she was responsible for Portfolio Management & Investing in new assets. During her stint there she actively initiated, drove, implemented and managed the overall Company turnaround strategy resulting in a 16% improvement on Return on Equity and 5% improvement in Return on Assets in 19 months. The restructuring of the business stabilized cash flows and profitability, enhancing value for the Lagos State Government. Her past work experience include the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) from 2008 till 2013 where she was part of the team responsible for a wide range of equity transactions & structuring to include the Main One Cable Nigeria (US$ 240 Million), the Cabeolica Wind farm power project Cape Verde (~US$ 78 Million), CAPIC Fund (US$ 15 Million) amongst others. She was an Investment Associate of Private Equity and Mezzanine Investing in the Evanston, Illinois (USA), office of Smith Whiley & Company. At Smith Whiley, she was part of the Investment Team responsible for investment analysis, transaction pricing, structuring, portfolio management and fund raising. Prior to joining Smith Whiley & Co, she had 4 years of Capital Markets & investment experience with WSTC Financial Services Limited, Lagos, a non-bank Nigerian financial institution, from 2002 till 2006. There, she managed equity investment portfolios for high net worth individuals (HNIs) and corporate institutions. She possesses extensive treasury experience and has had active responsibilities for relationship management across all investment types and classes.

Kike has a BSc. Degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and an MBA from IIT, Stuart Graduate School of Business Chicago, where she majored in Financial Markets. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS Nigeria) and an authorized dealing member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

An astute reader and volunteer, she is a member of the Go-Girls Chicago, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, Volunteer Toronto, the National Black MBA Association and Toastmasters International (Chicago).