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  • Lazarus Okolie
  • General Manager, Chief Technology Officer
  • Fidelity Bank, Nigeria

I have a B. Eng. in Computer Science and Engineering from the then Anambra State University of Technology, Enugu Campus and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos. Additionally, I have attended leadership and management courses at Harvard Business School and Gartner CIO Academy.

I am currently a General Manager and Regional Bank Head for Fidelity Bank and thus, responsible for the business development, operations, control and the entire activities of these branches in nine cities in Lagos and South West Directorate. Prior to this, I was the Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for the management and administration of the Information Technology Division of Fidelity Bank Plc. I supervised the design, management, maintenance and security of the technology infrastructure, software development and implementation, procurement, business process re-engineering, information security and the entire information assets of the bank. I have occupied this position and similar ones in Fidelity Bank for the past eleven years. Thus far, I have brought a lot of cost effective and winning initiatives and strategies for efficient management of the information assets of the bank with amazing “Returns on Investments”.

Achievements:With more than 20 Years of professional practice, he is an active member of The Information Security and Audit Association (ISACA) with such professional certifications as CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CEH, ECSA, ISO27001:2005 Certified Lead Auditor and Lead Implementer. I am an “Honorary Senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HCIB)”, Member, Computing Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and the Nigerian Computing Society (NCS). I have delivered professional lectures at several international and local conferences and workshops, including key note addresses. I consulted for Deloitte and held several strategic positions IT Division of United Bank for Africa Plc., and was the Head of IT for Bank of Industry Limited, where I remarkably restored banking transaction and services within 48 hours after a major disaster and deployed a Core Banking Application (CBA). I also concluded the ISO/IEC27001:2005, ITIL, PCIDSS and IFRS standards’ implementation and certification, the upgrade of the Finacle CBA from v7 to 10 and Oracle Database from v9 to 12c for Fidelity Bank Plc.