Suleiman Yahyah, OON


Mallam Suleiman Yahyah, is an investor, an advocate of best practices in corporate governance, and an entrepreneurial mentor.


Mallam Suleiman Yahyah, is a Nigerian economist, Turn around Investor, Transformational Leader and an advocate in Corporate Governance. He supports mentorship and charitable causes.

He is INSEAD France first African Certified Corporate Governance Director and its Ambassador for Nigeria since 2016. A former member of The Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) committee that authored the 2010 Nigeria Code of Corporate Governance. He also served as a Member of the Vision 20-20-20 Federal Government of Nigeria Strategy Group.

Mallam Yahyah holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Politics of Development (Mphil) from Cambridge University England, and a First Class Honors degree in Economics from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. He is an Alumnus of the Churchill College, Cambridge.

In 1987 Mallam Yahyah started his career as an investment banker with CHASE Manhattan/Continental Bank of Nigeria. He qualified as a Chartered stockbroker and a specialist in Debt Securitization with experience in Primary and Secondary Capital Market Issues, Capital Market regulation and Arbitration.

In 1994, Mallam Suleiman Yahyah served as a member of the 30 man led Federal Government of Nigeria’s delegation to South Africa to assist and support the 1994 CODESA Negotiations that ushered in a free democratic nonracial South Africa. He actively promotes Nigeria- South Africa regional and bilateral co-operation at the highest levels.

Mallam Suleiman Yahyah served as a pioneer Director that turned around the distressed NUB

International Bank Plc for six years until its successful consolidation driven merger with Finbank in 2006. He also served as a Director on the Boards of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), FCMB Group, and FCAM from 2003 to 2014.

He joined the Board of Nahco Aviance PLC in 2005 as Co-Founder and Vice Chairman and  participated in its turnaround, public listing on the NGX post privatization transformation, expansion and diversification. He retired from the Board as Chairman in 2016 and divested his core investments. He also served as Director and Chairman of Ashaka Cement PLC from 2010 to 2017 and led its merger with LAFARGE AFRICA PLC a subsidiary of LAFARGE HOLCIM and retired from the Board in 2017 following its significant turnaround.

As part of strategic support for business development and synergy, Mallam Yahyah founded the Abuja Business Council in 2015 to promote sustainable investment in Nigeria and serve as a Think Tank for business and economic policy.

Mr. Yahyah is the founder of Rosehill Group Limited (RHG) established in 1999 and involved with

investment in Aviation Handling, Telecommunications, Agribusiness, Infrastructure Development, Real Estate and Hospitality. The Group supports management development initiative and is the master developer of the Asokoro Island Project in Abuja Nigeria.

Rosehill Group has been appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to partner with Nigeria Climate Change Council (NCCC) to develop the Carbon Market Framework in 2023.

Mr. Yahyah is a member of Nigeria Institute of Directors and the London Institute of Directors, Pallmall.

In 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan, in recognition of Mallam Suleiman Yahyah’s entrepreneurship

excellence and significant contribution to employment and development of the Nigerian economy,

conferred on him the Nigerian National Honours of Order of the Officer of the Niger (OON).

RHG Management Support Advisory a Subsidiary of Rosehill Group Limited is assisted the African

Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) towards establishing the African Energy Bank.

Mallam Suleiman Yahyah supports several charities and philanthropic endeavors across Nigeria. For further information, please follow @sulyah, and link up