Ahead of Tomorrow on WebTV: Discussions on COVID-19; The Discourse on Health and Economy

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WebTV's Market Review segment dedicated to #Coronanomics will be featuring a robust conversation on 'COVID-19 Lockdown Easing: Implications for Health and Economy'.


Guest:           Zeal Akaraiwe

Date:             Monday, May 04, 2020

Time:            10.00am

Platform:    Livestream on YouTubeTwitterFacebook and Instagram

Topic:           COVID-19 Lockdown Easing: Implications for Health and Economy

Highlights: Available later in the day with link to full video.

Host:             Ottoabasi Abasiekong, Editor, WebTV

Co-Host:      Boason Omofaye, Guest Analyst and CEO Frontier Africa Reports


Key Questions for Discussion

  • The Challenge of Balancing Health Safety and Reopening The Economy
  • Assessing The FG and State Palliatives to Citizens
  • Policy Options for Nigeria to Navigate Post COVID-19
  • How Can Businesses Manage The Challenges of Post COVID-19
  • Forex Management and Business Concerns


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Guest Profile:

ZEAL AKARAIWE currently runs Graeme Blaque Advisory, a financial advisory firm focusing on risk management using derivatives and has 20 years post graduation experience in the financial sector with work experience in Lagos, London and Lusaka.


After a year in Insurance, his banking experience started in 2000 in HR, Admin and Corporate Banking after which his treasury career started with Standard Chartered in 2004.


After joining Standard Chartered Nigeria Treasury in 2004, he moved on to work in Standard Chartered London in 2006 on the Africa Structuring desk where he focused on structuring of derivative transactions for the bank's footprint in Africa and these transactions covered interest rate, commodity and foreign exchange derivatives. In mid 2007, he moved to act as the Head of the Sales team in Standard Chartered Zambia and then returned to Nigeria in 2008 to head Financial Markets Sales and was a key member of Standard Chartered's Wholesale Bank management Team.


In his time as Sales head, he was involved with numerous “firsts”, both in Financial Markets space in Nigeria and in Standard Chartered Africa. In some countries, he was part of the team the executed the first ever derivative transactions/regulations such as:

  • Contributing to the regulations within the CBN 2011 Derivative Manual
  • The 1st Cross Currency Swap (CCS) in SCB in Africa (Kenya);
  • The 1st Interest Rate Swap in Botswana on the local currency;
  • The 1st CCS in Uganda;
  • The 1st structured US Dollar IRS in Tanzania;
  • The 1st CCS in Ghana
  • The 1st structured repo/CCS in Nigeria
  • The 1st Capped Loss Swap in Africa (a structured hedge for an oil producer)
  • The 1st Net settled, Non-Deliverable CCS in Nigeria


Amongst these, he was also involved in various structured commodity hedges in Crude Oil and Agric commodities for various clients of Standard Chartered Bank.


Since 2015, he now runs Graeme Blaque Advisory bringing financial solutions that span from regulatory interpretation and interphase to structuring simple transaction to ensure that the optimal result is obtained without flouting regulations.

The firm has acted as hedge adviser on an oil producing asset valued in excess of $2.5bn and in other financial advisory roles within the oil and gas  and manufacturing sectors.


Zeal plays other roles such as:

  • Member, (interim President) Governing Council of Association of Corporate Treasurers
  • Member, National Assembly Business Environment Round Table
  • Former Member, Governing Council of Financial Markets Dealers Association,
  • Member Derivatives Advisory Group (FDAG) FMDQOTC;
  • Member, Technical Advisory Committee Nigerian Senate
  • Member, Securities & Exchange Commission ISDA Workgroup
  • 2018 Tony Elumelu Foundation Mentor;
  • Author "It is Time";


He can be reached through his social media handles twitter, Linkedin and his email zeal@GraemeBlaque.com 

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