Mr. Alhaji Babale Umaru Girei
Mr. Babale Umaru Girei, President of WASME, holds a B.Sc Degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in Commercial Accounting. He attended a number of International programs at IMD International, Arthur D. Little, Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Business School and many other Institutions. Mr. Girei spent most of his working life in Development Banking and Finance. He also served on the Boards of many companies and corporations. He retired in September 2010 as the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Agriculture of Nigeria after serving for 8 years. He is currently the Chairman of Standard Micro Finance Bank Limited in Nigeria and the President of WASME.
Dr. Friday Okpara
Presently a Deputy Director/Head, Public-Private-Partnership, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Abuja-Nigeria. Dr. Okpara was a Lecturer and is the Founder/ Patron of the Entrepreneurship Club, University of Abuja, Nigeria from 1995-2005. He was an Assistant Professor, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, from 2006/2007, where he impacted and encouraged the students to start an Entrepreneurship/Business Association. Dr. Okpara was the President, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Small Business Management (CEDSBM) and Mega-top Management Ltd (a firm of Management Consultants). Dr. Okpara has published over thirty articles, books of readings, book chapters and books in both the areas of Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management and Strategic Management. He has presented several papers in conferences, Seminars and Workshops in the same areas both locally and internationally. Dr. Okpara has worked with, advised and consulted for over 200 small business owner managers, entrepreneurs, cooperative societies, and business membership organizations on a variety of topics.
Mr. Indra D. Narayan
A fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Mr. Narayan is Founder and Senior Partner of reputed Chartered Accountant Firm Indra D. Narayan & Co and has experience of professional practice as a Chartered Accountant of over 27 years. His experience has emanated almost entirely from the variety of operations having been handled all these years. Over the years he has acquired high level of expertise in dealing with matters relating to Direct Taxation, Corporate Governance and Company affairs, audits including bank and management audits, business advisory services and other assignments in addition to his acumen in handling merger, acquisition, etc. A Rotarian, Mr. Narayan is widely travelled and an active participant in social activities. He is member of governing bodies of international professional organizations in the area of business development, financing and education and also associated with several charitable organizations working for the cause of disabled and underprivileged children. He is:
• Founder-Chairman, IDN Corporate Advisors
• Vice President, CA Cooperative Thrift & Credit Society Ltd.
• Founder-Member of Governing Body of International Society for Human welfare and Rehabilitation (ISHWAR)
helping destitute and physically challenged
• Founder-Trustee Sant Kaur Memorial Trust, supporting orphanages, providing health and medical services to poor
and disadvantaged in the state of Uttranchal
Mr. Gyan Prakash Agrawal
Chartered Accountant by educational background, eminent businessman by profession and social activist by nature is leading World Association for Small & Medium Enterprises as Secretary General. In his proactive and efficient guardianship WASME has not only achieved its pre-defined goals, rather touched the new heights. As an International organization, WASME is serving SMEs throughout the globe from past 32 years. Mr. Gyan Prakash Agrawal is also on the panel of various civil society organizations
M. Phil from Delhi University and MA from Vinoba Bhave University ,Ms.Sampa Banerjee has an experience of more than 15 years in the field of Civil Society Organizations. She is also an expert of Training, Capacity Building, workshops, R&D and international activities. Till date she has organized 100 of such activities on various platforms. She was also the key expert behind WASME’s well known EDP, RSBDC and in her great leadership WASME established more than 100 of units of SME.
WASME has made significant contributions to the development of small and medium sized enterprises by taking up their cause at all important international fora, serving as their mouthpiece and bringing them together under its umbrella by disseminating information and organizing various events at regular intervals. All this has been possible mainly due to the support it has received from, among others, the Permanent Representatives located in various member countries.
Permanent Representatives (PRs) are the honorary officers created in various countries to serve as mouthpiece of the SME sector and voice their concerns as Representatives of WASME.
WASME strives to create even a better and effective team of Senior Advisors having vast experience and expertise in the field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), who could substantially help WASME adopt novel ways and means to steer its growth. Eminent personalities and experts are appointed as honorary Advisors in various countries to extend advisory services to WASME in furtherance of its aims and objects.