Victoria Osondu Adefala Profile / Bio.
The Board of Directors of Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB PLC has approved the appointment of Mrs. Victoria Osondu Adefala as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the bank. See a Brief Biography /Profile of Mrs Adefala below.
Victoria Osondu Adefala Profile / Bio
Mrs. Adefala is a seasoned professional with over twenty-four (24) years’ work experience which cuts across the Financial, Manufacturing and Transportation Industry as well as the Legal profession, having worked with African Chamber of Commerce, Houston, Texas, Michelin Nigeria Limited and Alstom Nigeria.
She was the Country President and Managing Director of Alstom Nigeria up till 2016, when she set up the WHITGIFT Law firm, where she is the Managing Partner. She has served on the board of other reputable companies.
Education / Legal Career
Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1988 Victoria Osondu Adefala is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme court of Nigeria.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from the University of Lagos Nigeria and attended the Nigerian Law School Victoria Island Lagos.
In 1991 Victoria obtained a Master of Laws in International Law- LL.M (Specialty areas, Energy Law / Technology Transfer Laws / International Transactions) from the University of Houston Bates Law School, Houston, Texas. While there she worked as an Associate with the Law Office of Ken Okorie & Associates, Houston Texas.
Victoria also studied for Post Baccalaureate Credits in International Relations from the University Of Houston Graduate School Of Political Science.
Career in The Manufacturing Sector
Victoria’s career and experience over two decades has spanned the Manufacturing Sector where she spent 16 years with the Michelin Group (the foremost French Multinational Tyre manufacturer).
She actively participated in the business community of Manufacturers and she has strong experience and knowledge of the sector. In this period amongst other departments, Victoria worked at the Legal department of the company at the Michelin Head Quarters in Clermont Ferrand France.
Victoria rose to be an Executive Director in Michelin Nigeria responsible for all Government Relations for the Group in the country. In this role she was extensively exposed to the practice of Lobbying and Government relations through Work Groups, conferences and workshops covering France, Washington, and the European Union Head Quarters in Brussels. Victoria is a founding Partner of Whitgift Law.
She took a leave of absence from the Law firm to answer to an opportunity to be the Nigeria Country President of Alstom Group (the Leading French Power and High Speed Train Manufacturer).
Victoria Adefala has been a key figure in the Nigerian Power sector and her immediate experience in the sector (local and international) is extensive. Victoria is also knowledgeable about the Rail Transport business having participated in several Rail Development initiatives in Nigeria and within the Alstom Group.
Victoria sits on the Board of several organizations and businesses and is continuously in touch with developments in Commerce and industry. Following her voluntary exit from Alstom Group in January 2016 (after nearly 8 years), she has returned to Whitgift Law as Managing Partner.
Victoria Adefala is a keen Leadership Scholar and has completed Executive Leadership Programmes at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business New York, as well as the Stanford University Graduate School of Business California.