Alhaji Yinka Yahaya, Group Executive Director, Harmony Holdings Ltd, holds HND (Business & Finance) from Stockport College of Technology, Stockport England (1984), PG.D (Accounting & Finance), London School of Economics (1985) and Msoc.Sci. (Development Finance) University of Birmingham England (1986). He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria. He is also an Alumni of Lagos Business School (Pan African University).
Alhaji Yahaya is a versatile banker/investment adviser with over 2 decades experience in banking. He started his banking career in 1980 working briefly with Bank of the North before proceeding to England in 1982 for further studies. He was with the Bank of Credit & Commerce International for his youth service in 1987. He joined Continental Merchant Bank in 1988 and worked in Corporate Finance, Capital Market and Investment Banking Departments of the Bank. He was at Equitorial Trust Bank briefly as Head, Investment Banking and later joined Liberty Merchant Bank in the same capacity. He participated majorly in Capital Market and Investment Banking activities in those banks.
He qualified as a Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1996 and left Liberty Bank in 1997 to pioneer the take-off of Capital Assets Limited (a stockbroking firm and a Member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange) as General Manager/Dealing Clerk. He left Capital Assets in1999 for African International Bank to join the pioneer team that set up the Bank's Corporate Finance Department where he stayed briefly before joining First Interstate Merchant Bank as Head, investment Banking Department. The Bank later merged with others to form Unity Bank Plc. At the bank, he held various positions including Regional Manager Abuja, Group Head, Retail & Consumer Banking, Regional Manager, Apapa and Regional Manager, Victoria Island. He joined Harmony Holdings Ltd in October 2012 as Group Executive Director, Financial Services & Investment.
He has attended many relevant courses.