IG Ukpaka – A seasoned and accomplished banker with over 28 years’ combined experience in the oil and banking sectors, IG Ukpaka is the Executive Chairman of Taurus Holdings – a company with vast interest in Real Estate (Taurus Shelters), Oil and Gas (Taurus Oil), Investment and Advisory (Taurus Capital) and Luxury brands (T-RJ4). Over the years, IG has demonstrated strong capacity to develop businesses, energize subordinates and carry stakeholders along towards the achievement of organizational goals.
After a brief stint with Agip Energy in Milan, IG commenced work with Nigerian Agip Oil Company upon his return to Nigeria in December 1988. His career trajectory in the banking industry commenced with All States Trust Bank Limited where he was appointed Senior Banking Officer. He later joined Diamond Bank in 1992 as Assistant Manager/ Branch Manager and subsequently rose to Manager Level in 1995, a reward for setting up the two most profitable branches of the bank.
In December 1996, IG joined Zenith Bank as Senior Manager and rose to the level of the General Manager in 2001. During his eight years in Zenith Bank, IG won awards for excellent performance in business development and effective leadership. Based on his performance and recommendation, IG was appointed into Executive Management level in Standard Trust Bank as Executive Director/ Managing Executive Officer of the South Directorate of the bank. IG was to move again in 2005 to take up appointment as Executive Director in Bank PHB. Here, he superintended various strategic business units in commercial, energy and corporate banking and acted on behalf of the CEO on various occasions. In 2010/2011, IG along with a team of professionals set up Taurus Holdings Limited and acts as the Executive Chairman.
On a scholarship from the ENI Group, IG with a first class degree in Economics from the University of Lagos (1986) proceeded for his Master’s programme in Business Economics (Economia Aziendale) at Eni Corporate University – Scuola Mattei, Milan, Italy. IG’s enterprise has been complimented by exposure to quality executive programmes in local and offshore institutions. These include but not limited to Lagos Business School, Executive Management Programme Insead and Havard Business School at various times.