Meet Our Brilliant Minds
Eric Opah is the CEO and founder of Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics Limited; current Chairman, Nigeria-America Chamber of Commerce, Abia State Chapter; an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria (IODN); the President of Eric Opah Foundation as well as Founder/President of Mbubo Transformation Group.
He holds a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from the University of Calabar. He started his career in the logistics industry with Panalpina World Transport Group, and due to his passion for excellence, soon gained considerable industry experience in the company, before setting up his own.
Over the years, Mr. Eric Opah has gained significant wealth of experience in the global forwarding, shipping and logistics industry. He has also demonstrated a sublime level of entrepreneurial ingenuity uncommon among his peers. Mr. Opah’s additional expertise in Air Cargo handling operations contributed to the establishment of China Southern Airlines in Nigeria where he became the Director of Cargo Operations. Above all, he has helped to redefine freight forwarding business in Nigeria by opening doors for transparency and trust as his core business values.
Country Manager (Nigeria)
DESMOND BALENDRA is a strong advocate of team-based approach to work, sound ethical principles and workplace discipline, Desmond Balendra is the Country Manager of Fortune Global. He has a firm and endearing approach to leadership.
He has a General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) and Diploma in Marketing from Sri Lanka. He also has an MBA in Management Fundamentals from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA, and a CCLP Logistics Professional from the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT)
Desmond has gained over 35 years of experience working across various functions in the logistics industry; Customer Service, Sales and Marketing, and Operations in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, and Nigeria. He has a thorough knowledge of both local and international freight forwarding, Customs, etc.
He has spent the last 14 years working in Nigeria and has gained a good knowledge of NPA regulations, Oil and Gas, and Freight Forwarding. He started his career in Nigeria with Panalpina World Transport Logistics, Nigeria. He also worked with MGM Solutions Services and Intels Nigeria.
Chief Financial Officer (NIGERIA)
Beatrice Idika is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Nigeria Ltd.
She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Lagos; a Higher National Diploma in Business Administration & Management, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Nigeria.
Beatrice is also a motivated Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) with over 20 years Work Experience and 14 years of post-qualification experience as a Professional Accountant in Financial, Cost, and Management Accounting, Finance Management, and Auditing. Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI), offering expertise in management and resolution of Tax matters with State and Federal Inland Revenue Services in-line with the Nigerian tax laws and the Finance Act 2019.
Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC), well versed in Budget and Budgetary Control, and Cost Optimization across various industries as well as Business Process Management.
Also A Certified International Trade Logistics Specialist (CITLS) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. She has a combined professional work experience of 20 years, having also served Vixa Group, Net Solutions, Babatunde Ajala & Co. (Chartered Accountants) at various Management and Professional levels in Nigeria. Her technical competence encompasses Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Cost Optimization, Auditing, and Taxation.
Human Resource and Admin Manager
Nonyelum Orakwue is the Human Resource and Admin Manager of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Limited. With over a decade-spanning several roles including customer service, Office Administration, before rising to the position of Human Resource and Admin Manager, attests to her outstanding personality as a professional with an unwavering commitment to excellence.
She is a graduate of Political Science, from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. She has since gone true several reputable professional trainings and certifications over the last ten years, including Customer Service, Work Ethics, Admin Support, Advanced Human Resource Management etc. She is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).
Her commitment to the company’s core business values and corporate DNA is evident in her approach to HR Operations Management, HR Policy Design and Execution, Talent Acquisition/Management, and employee relations.
An attentive listener with great level of emotional intelligence, Nonye possesses endearing leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. A remarkably successful mentor to peers and colleagues, owing to exceptional people’s skills and always giving them the nudge in the right direction to go the extra mile, while also helping to achieve what seemed difficult with ease.
Sales and Business Development Manager
Victoria Sonola is a Sales and Business Development Manager at Fortune Global.
She holds a B.Sc. in Public Administration from the University of Port Harcourt. She also holds a Master in Public Administration (MPA) and currently studying for her Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administration. Also, a member of the International Institute of Business and Logistics.
She has gained over twenty-five years of experience working in the Logistics, Oil and Gas, and Supply chain Industries where she held various leadership and Managerial positions.
Her work experience spans various Multi Nationals; Panalpina Worldwide Transport, MGM Logistics, Agility (GIL) Nigeria, and Iomaterials Services Ltd (IOM). Victoria is a well-organized Sales and Business Development professional and has the tenacity to provide solutions to problems.
Branch Head (Port Harcourt)
Chetachi Nwaoko is the Branch Head for Fortune Global Port Harcourt Office
He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, Zaria, and a BSc in Accounting from the University of Port Harcourt.
He has gained over 25 years of experience in the Logistics and Supply Chain Industry having worked with various Multi-National Corporations. He started his career with Panalpina Worldwide Transport. He also worked with UNICEF and Haliburton.
His technical competence includes Customer Service, Key Account Management, Logistics and Procurement processes, Transport Coordination, etc.
Head of IT
Jane Julius is the Head of Information Communication Technology of Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics. She gained her wealth of professional experience in IT while working with Panalpina World Transport Nig. Ltd. as the System Administrator for thirteen (13) years.
She also spent three (3) years in Worldwide Premier Logistics and then moved to MGM Logistics also as System Administrator.
Jane holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Lagos State University, Lagos, and also a Diploma in Computer Science from Universal Computer Science Lagos. Jane is brilliantly resourceful, tireless & patient while she works through solutions for IT problems placed in front of her by customers & the constantly changing IT environment. Her enthusiasm, “can-do” demeanor, patience, ingenuity & mentoring are welcomed to those that are in need of unfamiliar-to-them problems as well as trail-blazing through never-before conceived solutions.
Country Manager, Fortune Global Kenya
Stephen Oketch is the Country Manager of Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics Kenya/East African
Projects. He has over 20 years of experience in driving strategic growth and service visibility in the Logistics, Freight Forwarding, and Transport industries. have also served Bollore Africa Logistics (K) Ltd, Panal Freighters, Alpha Logistics Services (EPZ) Ltd, etc in various capacities. He is a highly competitive, passionate, persuasive, keen on details, thorough and articulate professional who regularly achieves results others believe to be impossible. He is also vast in Finance Management & Accounting.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree from Moi University, a Diploma in Business Management & Administration from Cambridge International College. He is a Certified Public Accountant of the Vision Institute of Professionals, Kenya, and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants Kenya (ICPAK).