Regional Director of Growth, AWA in Anglophone West Africa

Osa Odiase

Osa Odiase is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at Capricorn Digital Limited, where he is responsible for driving innovation and growth acceleration. He sees to the upscaling of the company’s products and services and the quick and smooth implementation of innovative solutions to customer problems.

Prior to joining Capricorn Digital, he held various Senior Management positions in Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) Plc.  At different times, he was the Head of Product Management, Head of Public Sector and Fintech Business, Head of Payment Terminal Operations and Head of Project Management Office.


He also worked in the UAC of Nigeria group, where he held several positions in the UACN Property Development Company (UPDC) Plc subsidiary of the group, including:  Service Procurement Manager, Network and Systems Manager, in the IT division of the company.


He is an accomplished Product Management, Relationship Management, Sales, Project Management and Information Technology professional, with stints in Logistics and Procurement. His experience and training spans over 17 years, covering product management, project management, Sales management, process re-engineering and improvement, Procurement and Logistics, System Administration and Information Technology.  His experience cuts across the Payment, Real Estate and FMCG sectors.  He is proficient in leading and managing large multi-disciplinary teams to deliver complex, multi-faceted projects and results, as evidenced in his handling of pioneer projects in NIBSS, including his involvement in the Cashless Nigeria initiative and the Bank Verification Number (BVN) initiative of the financial industry in Nigeria.


He has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), a Masters of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in computer Engineering Technology. He has also undergone several executive and senior management programs including programs in the University Of Chicago (Booth School of Business), the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), and the Lagos Business School, where he successfully completed the Senior Management Program.  He has attended several other trainings/seminars/workshops in diverse areas both locally and abroad.  He is also a training facilitator and public speaker of repute and is versed in multiple disciplines.  He has earned several recognitions and awards from various institutions for his achievements, hard-work, commitment and dedication to service.