Board of Directors
2017 - 2018 Board of Directors
- Ali Safieddine - President
- Henry Bristol (Shell Appointee) - Vice President
- Andrew Nahman - Secretary
- David Love - Member (Chevron Appointee) - Treasurer
- Jacky Hathiramani
- William Steuer - Member (Ambassador's Appointee)
- Sandra Mbanefo Obiago
- Funke Ade-Ojo
- Teddie Brinkley
Originally Lebanese but born in Ibadan, Ali Safieddine has been living and working in Nigeria for almost 20 years. Educated in the UK, graduating from the London School of Economics, Ali has been working for his family business, heading a local cosmetic manufacturing plant in Lagos. Having exited the business in 2014, Ali is now the Managing Director of Numaya Ltd, a trading and IT Company based in Lagos.
Ali is a member of the Young President’s Organisation, a global network of young chief executives with over 22,000 members in more than 125 countries. Ali also sits on the Board of the Lebanese International School in Yaba, Lagos. Ali is a passionate horse rider and a member of the Lagos Polo Club, he can be seen playing polo on most “dry” weekends in Ikoyi.
Ali is married to Fatin and they have four children, three of which are enrolled in AIS, Aya in grade 9, Nour in grade 6 and Mohammed in grade 3. Malik, just 2 months old will surely follow in his sibling’s footsteps one day! Ali is honoured to serve on the Board at AISL and loves being part of the community.
Andrew Nahman is the Executive Director of Nahman Construction and is responsible for establishing and overseeing the day-to-day management of the company. He began his professional career in Nigeria in 2007 after working in the US for 4 years. In 2012, he and his brother brought the first American hamburger franchise to Nigeria when they opened Johnny Rockets. Andrew spent most of his youth in Lagos and attended AISL between 1987 and 1995. In fact his wife is also an alumni to AISL, the two attended AISL during the same period in the early 90s. He currently has a daughter in first grade and another in pre-kindergarten. He loves being part of the AISL community once again. He calls Lagos and Los Angeles his home, and loves the fact that he can be close to the ocean wherever he goes.
Our Treasurer, David Love, is the Financial Controller at Chevron’s Nigeria Mid-Africa Business Unit located in Lagos. David began as Treasurer of the Board in August 2016. He holds two degrees in petroleum engineering, a BS from The University of Alabama and an MS from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an MBA in Finance/Strategy from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. During his 20+ year professional career, David has worked in the US, Angola, Ghana, China, and now Nigeria. David and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Philip (17) and Kaitlin (14), here at AISL and one son, Matthew, in college in the US.
Jacky was born in 1975 in Jos, Nigeria and is the CEO of Dana Group. He graduated from European Business School university in London in 1997. Jacky is married to Amisha (AISL alumni) with two sons, Jai and Shiv. He is honored to have been selected to serve on the AISL board and looking forward to working with the school community.
Will Steuer is the Management Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos. He has been selected by the Consul General to be the official U.S. Government board member at AISL. He has served on numerous international school boards, most recently in Khartoum, Sudan. Mr. Steuer does not have children enrolled at AISL but sees that as an advantage while serving on the school board to examine issues closely and ensure impartiality. His previous diplomatic assignments include Zaire, Bulgaria, Mali, South Africa, Barbados, Slovenia, Sudan and Washington D.C. He is originally from San Antonio, Texas.
Sandra Mbanefo Obiago is a multi-faceted art collector & curator, writer, photographer, and award winning filmmaker. She is a social activist and her campaigns, films, radio programs and publications have touched on themes such as human rights, women’s empowerment, health including HIV & AIDS, environment, democracy and good governance. She has organized conferences, workshops, and symposia for Nigeria’s growing film industry. She received a Bachelor of Education degree in English and German from the University of Manitoba, in Canada (1985) and an M.A. in Telecommunications from Michigan State University (1988). After graduating from college, she worked as a technical director and television producer for Limelight Studios and the European Business Channel in Zurich, Switzerland, before heading the communications program in Sub-Saharan Africa for environmental group, WWF International for eight years. In 1998, she founded Communicating for Change, a media for development social enterprise in Nigeria, which she ran for fourteen years. Obiago produced and directed many films over the years; she was Associate Producer of the feature film, Half of A Yellow Sun, adapted from the award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She currently heads SMO Contemporary Art, an art consultancy that promotes the best of Nigerian creativity through exhibitions and art events in non-traditional spaces. She has been involved in many community initiatives and served as a trustee of the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), was a member of the Advisory Council of the Nigerian National Film Institute, and served as a member of the jury of the Nigeria Media Merit Awards. She has taught Sunday school since her teens and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s African Leadership Initiative for West Africa (ALIWA). She is happily married with three children.
Funke has been an active member of the AISL community in the last six years. She is the proud mother of Sefeoluwa in 6th grade, Ademide in 4th grade and Folajimi in 1st grade.
Funke describes herself as a fulltime wife and mother, and a part time entrepreneur. She is one of the Co-founders of 3Line Card Management Ltd, a payments and transaction processing firm in Lagos. Before her appointment as General Manager in 2009, she served as the Head of Corporate Services, overseeing the human resource, finance, administration, legal and compliance units where structures were formulated from inception.
Funke is skilled in achieving operational efficiencies and increasing revenue. A dependable team player who possess 14 years senior management experience spanning across retail, electronic commerce, electronic payments, and more recently the Agro-allied industries. Her areas of expertise include business process improvements, operational quality control and compliance.
She graduated from University of Westminster, London, with a BA Hon in Economics degree. Thereafter, she gained a Masters degree in Information Technology from the University of Nottingham where she was awarded a distinction in her dissertation titled ‘Using Collaborative Virtual Reality to Gain Competitive Advantage in The UK Tourism Industry’.
She began her career in 1996 as a Sales Executive at DH Evans London the multimillion pound retail business, from where she rose to become an Assistant Manager responsible for the HR, payroll and training of over 200 staff. During the Internet boom, she gained in-depth experience as a Systems Analyst working for Accenture, UK. While at Accenture, she was part of the pioneering project team that rolled out a network transformation for the UK's second largest retail chain, resulting in immediate savings of more than 35 million ($50 million) per year. This exposure to technology and commerce fuelled her next pursuit. She joined Auravita.com, London, an innovative software development company and subsidiary of Healthe Ltd in Zurich. She served as the Business-to-Business Manager overseeing all electronic procurement and electronic invoice financing. Funke relocated back to Nigeria in 2005 and is happily married to Demola Ade-Ojo.
She has served as the Secretary of the Changing Our World Foundation – an NGO working to alleviate poverty in the Obalende area, an organization she still works with to date. Every Wednesday, she teaches ‘Human Values’ at a State run school for the underprivileged in Falomo, Lagos State.
Teddie Brinkley began his career at ExxonMobil 14 years ago in Houston, TX as a pipeline design engineer. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Teddie graduated from his home state school, North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Teddie has held numerous, diverse roles since joining ExxonMobil in 2013, including design engineering, project management, supervisory roles, and marketing. Teddie is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria and holds the position of OBO Asset Manager, responsible for non-ExxonMobil operated oil & gas assets in Nigeria.
Teddie is married and has three boys, two of which are enrolled in AISL, one in second grade and one preschooler. His third child is only a few weeks old. In his spare time, he a dedicated runner and triathlete, likes home improvement/construction projects, and enjoys building and driving radio control cars with his sons.