"Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down."
Hon. Stella Erhuvwuoghene Okotete is currently the Executive Director, Business Development of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) as appointed by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on April 20, 2017.
Upon assumption of office as Executive Director, Business Development, NEXIM Bank, Hon. Stella brought with her a lot of diverse experiences and insights gained in both the private and public sectors to her work as Executive Director.Her portfolio at NEXIM includes: ● Providing operational leadership for the bank;● Conceptualizing and developing new products/services;● Planning and overseeing new marketing initiatives;● Supervising the business development division of the Bank for optimal performance, among others.
From Vision to Action
As the Executive Director of the Business Development Directorate in NEXIM Bank, Hon. Stella Okotete initiated viable business products and services for the Bank such as:
● Women and Youth Export Facility (WAYEF): Hon. Stella Okotete initiated the Women and Youth Export Facility to support women and youths in the non-oil export value chain. The blueprint of WAYEF is designed to stimulate and increase deliberate funding to indigenous Women and Youths, and improve access of Women and Youths to concessionary finance in a bid to expand and diversify the non-oil export basket base of the Nation.
● Small and Medium Export Enterprise Facility (SMEEF): Also initiated by Hon. Stella Okotete, is designed to stimulate and increase deliberate funding to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and support Export-Oriented Small and Medium Enterprises in the non-oil exports value-chain.
● Nigerian Export Academy (NEXA): In a bid to upscale growth of the non-oil exports in Nigeria through knowledge, skill acquisition and empowerment, Hon. Stella Okotete developed the Nigerian Export Academy in 2021 as a digital learning platform for all current and potential exporters in Nigeria and beyond, where subject matter experts will host courses and transcribe knowledge about exports.
"Girls are leaders. Girls are change-makers. Girls are driving growth around the world. They are a fundamental source of transformational change for gender equality, and technology is a crucial tool to support their work, activism and leadership.”
Hon. Stella Okotete