Meet Our Brilliant Minds
Dr. Eric Opah is the CEO and founder of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Limited. He is a board member of the Nigeria-America Chamber of Commerce, an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria (IODN), and the President of Eric Opah Foundation.
He holds a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration. He started his career in the logistics industry with Panalpina World Transport Group, and due to his passion for excellence, he soon gained considerable industry experience in the company before setting up his own business.
Over the years, Dr. Eric Opah has gained significant experience in the global forwarding, shipping, and logistics industry. He has also demonstrated a sublime level of entrepreneurial ingenuity uncommon among his peers. Dr. 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 redefine Nigeria’s freight forwarding business by intensifying his advocacy for transparency, trustworthiness, and compliance, upon which his core business values have been built.
Following his years of distinguished leadership and remarkable brilliance in the freight forwarding and logistics industry, Dr. Eric Opah is an outstanding fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Logistics, and a Fellow, of the Nigerian Ports and Terminal Management Academy of Nigeria. Most recently, in May 2023, he was conferred with an honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration (DBA) from the American Heritage University of Southern California, USA, in recognition of his commitment to industry and intellectual excellence.
His record par excellence is not limited to his entrepreneurial and business expertise alone. Dr. Opah is a philanthropist, a grassroots community developer, and a strong youth development and empowerment advocate. His commitment to community development led to the establishment of the ERIC OPAH FOUNDATION (focused on empowering the younger generation through educational grants and diverse support) and the MBUBO TRANSFORMATION GROUP, through which community development projects are championed. Dr. Opah Eric Opah is married to Mrs. Christiana Opah, and they are blessed with three lovely children.
Christiana Opah is an Executive Director of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Limited. She is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, vision, growth, and performance. Prior to moving to the United States in 2017, she founded Fortune Network Services Limited, a company that deals with the sale of mobile phones, gadgets, and accessories.
She also works as the company’s Managing Director and oversees the day-to-day administration. She is well known for her exceptional ability to manage the affairs of a business effectively.
Christiana holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is happily married with three children.
General Manager Corporate Services
Ibem Idika is a global Human Resource professional, Organization Design/Development, and Human Capital Development expert. He is the General Manager Corporate Services, of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Nigeria Ltd.
Ibem has over 20 years of hands-on Human Resources experience spanning the Public Sector, NGO, ICT, Telecoms, couriers, Power utilities, Consulting, and Real Estate.
Before joining Fortune Global, he was the founding Director of SPEED Consulting Limited. A firm of professional advisers with a focus on Organization Human Resource development, HR Technology advisory, implementation, and training.
He has served as Human Resource Leader and Consultant in some notable Nigerian companies such as General Manager HR Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, Afribank Estate Co Ltd, as Head Human Resources and Admin, Maple Group, as Group Human Resources Manager, SystemSpecs as Human Resources Manager. Leading Edge Consulting and SCG Consulting as Senior Human Resource Consultant.
In 2017 he helped develop a competency matrix for critical roles in Nigeria’s Electricity Distribution sector and has personally trained Human Resources professionals who are leading the function in several industries.
In February 2020, he was recognised as among the 501 fabulous global human resource leaders by the World HRD Congress. PeopleHum recognised Idika as one of the top 40 Human Resource professionals to follow in 2022.
He is a graduate of Geography from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and has also attended several trainings locally and overseas. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management and Member, the Nigerian Institute for Training and Development and the Society for Corporate Governance.
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.
General Manager Port Harcourt Branch
Victoria Sonola is the General Manager Port Harcourt Branch
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.
Head of Sea Freight
Mr. Kenneth Onwunali is the Head of the Sea Freight of Fortune Global Shipping & Logistics Limited
With over 25 years of experience in core Freight Forwarding while playing several critical roles across the operations, sales, Customer Service, commercial and finance departments from Panalpina, Premier Logistics, MGM Logistics, Hont Global Logistics to Fortune Global. Kenneth offers the company excellent leadership, negotiation, organizational, people management, and operational management skills.
He oversees the Sea freight department, pricing, overseas unit, and Air Operations. He has demonstrated exceptional leadership and the technical knowledge required for accurately interpreting trends, competitive pricing, effective negotiation, and profit generation.
His knowledge of global freight forwarding and excellent understanding of the day-to-day business operations constitute the significant values he brings to Fortune Global.
He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and an Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration (CIOTA).
Manager (Commercial & Operations) Oil & Gas/Projects
Chidozie Onumaegbu is the Manager, Commercial and Operations Oil & Gas/Project at Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics Limited.
With over nine years of experience in project logistics, he maintains a pedigree of skillfully collaborating with seasoned industry Professionals in planning, coordination, management, and implementation of multi-million-dollar projects for high-profile multinational and locally based companies. Some of the projects where he has been actively involved in providing project logistics support are the EGINA FPSO Inward Clearance, Joseph Abigail FPSO clearance and documentation, project logistics support to IOCs for Escravos, NLNG Train 4 and 5, and a few others.
His knowledge of strategic business principles, Project Management, Pricing, Cost Management, and Key Account Management have supported organizational growth in line with the overall business objectives and improved the company’s customer service ratings.
Chidozie holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Babcock University. He has also attended some strategic training Programmes to keep him abreast of evolving industry trends. He is a certified DGR, Chandling, and freight forwarding professional.
Head of IT
Jane Julius is the esteemed Head of Information Communication Technology at Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics, where she showcases her exceptional expertise in the field of IT. With a remarkable career spanning many years, Jane honed her professional acumen while serving as the System Administrator at Panalpina World Transport Nig. Ltd. for thirteen (13) years.
Her journey continued with a three-year tenure at Worldwide Premier Logistics before eventually joining MGM Logistics in the capacity of a System Administrator.
Jane’s educational background is equally impressive, as she holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Lagos State University, Lagos. Furthermore, she has achieved several industry-recognized certifications, including being a Sophos Certified Administrator and an expert in Managing Office 365 Identities and services. Additionally, she is well-versed in ITIL foundation and CompTIA Security+, further bolstering her extensive skill set. Jane’s academic foundation is rooted in a Diploma in Computer Science from Universal Computer Science Lagos.
With a reputation for being brilliantly resourceful, tireless, and patient, Jane excels in resolving complex IT challenges presented by clients and adapting to the ever-evolving IT landscape. Her enthusiasm, “can-do” demeanor, patience, and ingenuity make her a valued mentor for those seeking assistance with unfamiliar problems, paving the way for groundbreaking, innovative solutions.
Jane Julius is an exemplary professional, continuously pushing the boundaries of excellence in Information Communication Technology. Colleagues and clients admire her contributions to the industry and her commitment to problem-solving.
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).