My Worst Day in Business Ep. 10: Interview with Oscar Onyema, CEO of The Nigerian Stock Exchange

The Nigerian Stock Exchange services the largest economy in Africa and champions the development of Africa’s financial markets. My Worst Day in Business’ Peace Hyde is joined by Oscar Onyema, CEO of the exchange, as he reveals the ‘worst’ day he will never forget of running the capital markets of the largest institution in Nigeria.

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Oscar N. Onyema is Chief Executive Officer and Council Member at the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Onyema served as Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President of American Stock Exchange LLC. Onyema served as a primary liaison among various Amex operating divisions, the trading floor community, and external constituents. In addition, he was responsible for strategy and competitive analysis, Membership and Registration Department and Market Data Services Department. Onyema served as instrumental in Amex’s preparation for Regulation NMS. Onyema joined the Amex in January 2001 and has served in various positions, most recently as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.

Before joining the Amex, Mr. Onyema worked at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) as Senior Analyst for Business Planning and Development. He serves as the Chairman of the Board at Central Securities Clearing Systems Limited. He also worked at DPMS (IBM Business Partner) as a Marketing Executive marketing IBM mid-range systems. He serves on several industry committees including CTA Operating Committee, NASDAQ UTP Plan Operating Committee, and SIFMA / FIF Regulation NMS working group. He served as an adjunct lecturer at the Economics Department of Pace University for five years and is a frequent public speaker on market structure and market data issues.

Mr. Onyema received an MBA in Finance and Investments from Baruch College in New York City and B.Sc Computer Engineering degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

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