Updated: Mar 30
Dr. Ahmed bin Salawudeen, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Insurance Consultants Limited
At a prestigious hybrid ceremony held in Oxford, England and accessed online, on March 25, the Academic Union Oxford (AUO) conferred an honorary professorship on Dr. Ahmed bin Salawudeen and other distinguished individuals.
Dr. Salawudeen is the President of Standard Group of Companies, a diversified multinational business group with interests that cut across different sectors of the economy.
He is a successful Chartered Insurance Practitioner and Real Estate Investment Adviser.
According to a statement issued by Dr. Vincenzo Costigliola, Honorary President of AUO, Dr. Salawudeen was chosen to receive this distinction for “his role in uplifting professional and ethical standards in broker/insurer relationships, support for systematic continuous professional development (CPD) programs insurance, grooming of generations of executives, and championing of the economic role that risk-carriers play in national prosperity.”
The recipient has also been a key contributor to the insurance industry in West Africa, having served on several professional committees, advised regulators in different capacities, and participated as a speaker at numerous local and international conferences.
He has also written extensively and featured in several media programs on issues related to Insurance, Reinsurance, Loss Adjusting and Claims Management.
Among the companies in the Standard Group of Companies are Standard Insurance Consultants Limited (SICL), independently ranked nationally as a top-5 insurance broker, and Signature Global Real Estate (SGRE), a multinational real estate brokerage and property management company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Over the past 42 years, the honoree has built Standard Insurance Consultants Ltd. into a top-tier broker, recognized for its first-class client service, world-class processes, and inspirational corporate culture. The company is a frontline leader in the placement and management of Oil & Gas, Aviation & Space, Special Risks (Kidnapping & Ransom), Marine Hull Cargo, Protection and Indemnity, Construction, Agricultural, Engineering, Mining, Operational Risks and others.
He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London, a Fellow of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB).
He received a Doctorate of Management (Specialization in Finance) from the Commonwealth University.
He is also a Fellow of the Commonwealth Academy of Leadership and Management.
Dr. Salawudeen is a Melvin Jones Fellow of the Lions Club, a global volunteer organization.
He is a full member of the Global Club of Leaders, and an Honorable Member of the European Business Assembly (EBA) under the auspices of The Socrates Committee in Oxford, United Kingdom.
An unofficial roving ambassador for Nigeria, Dr. Salawudeen is a tireless advocate of the country’s opportunities to foreign investors. He has travelled all over the world wooing business partners to invest capital in Nigeria by setting up operations here.
Watch a recap of the Honorary Professor Title ceremony
Other personalities conferred with the award were Maria Onilce Pereira, CEO of Maryah Onilce Accounting, one of the largest public accounting firms in the State of Pará, Brazil, Professor Halidou Tinto, Regional Director of Institute for Health Sciences Research – Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro, Burkina Faso, Dr. Hugh Keku Aryee, Chief Operations Officer of Hanergy Global Group, a multinational conglomerate with operations spanning energy, e-commerce, and general trading, Gia Kavtelisvili, Rector of Georgian National University SEU, Georgia, Professor Gulnara Svyatova, Scientific Center of Obstetrics Gynecology and Perinatology (SCOGP), Almaty, Kazakhstan, Allan Gachiri Ragi, CEO of Kenya AIDS NGO Consortium (KANCO), Dr. Olasoji Olagunju, CEO of Hurlag Technologies Limited, an industrial engineering company headquartered in Nigeria, and Dr. Lawrence Muganga, Vice Chancellor of Victoria University , Kampala, Uganda.
The honorary professorship title was established by Academic Union, Oxford with the support of the Club of Rectors of Europe as a symbol of credit and expression of honor to people, who have actively promoted social and intellectual progress of modern society, integration and empowerment in the fields of science, culture, and business, economy.
The conferring institution, Academic Union Oxford is an international academic association of over 350 university Chancellors, scientists and researchers. As a body, it is committed to disseminating its core values through its worldwide community.
Images from the Honorary Professor Title Ceremony celebration which took place at the Address Downtown Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Credit: Obiora Tabansi Onyeaso