Mrs. Maria Olateju Phillips


Chief (Mrs) Maria Olateju Phillips (Née Fernandez) holds ACCA from Aston College of Commerce now Aston University (1973 – 1975); and Huddersfield College (1973 – 1975); She also attended Executives programmes at Wharton Pennsylvania, USA, Columbia Business School and Harvard Business School. Her Articleship as an Accountant was in the globally renowned firm of Peat Marwick & Cassleton Elliot & Co. (Firm of Accountants – Ani, Ogunde & Co.

Chief (Mrs) Teju Phillips started her career in Nigeria at UAC of Nigeria Plc (1983-1992) where she was the Divisional Commercial Manager of Property division of the company.

Prior to joining the Board of Lasaco Assurance Plc, she has served on the Boards of several public and private institutions which include: Keystone Bank; Lagos State Lottery Board; Alma Beach Estate Limited (a subsidiary of Rims Merchant Bank Limited); Maridot Ventures Limited.

Her passion and dedication to work singled her out in the private sector and earned her an appointment as the Honourable Commissioner for Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations as well as Commissioner for Commerce, Industry & Tourism in Lagos State.

Her other appointments include but not limited to the following: Chairman, Federal College of Agriculture Ibadan; Chairman, Organizing Committee of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria; Council Member, Bank Directors Association of Nigeria; Board Member, Women In Boardroom; Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) Presidential Committee; Member, ICAN Annual Conference Committee; Member of 100 Eminent Persons Group set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria for the ‘Nigeria 2010 World Cup Bid’; Board Member, State Primary Education Board, Ogun State; Chairman, Accommodation Committee FIFA 1999, Junior World Cup Championship held in Lagos; Chairman,
Accommodation Committee of IMO ’98 Federal Annual Sports Festival, held in Imo State; Chairman, Accommodation Committee, 1st African Women Championships, Ogun State, Member, 2015 Presidential Campaign Organization (Fund Raising Committee) for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; Deputy Coordinator,
2011 RETCO (Remi Tinubu Campaign Organization); Chairman, 2007 Campaign Fund Raising Committee & Chairman, Inaugural Ball Committee for His Excellency, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, Governor of Lagos State; Chairman, Inaugural Ball Committee for Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999 & 2003.

She has several years of experience in private and public sectors and has contributed extensively towards Public Policy/Administration, Financial Management and Corporate Governance within and outside Nigeria.

She is a descendant of the Olumegbon Family of Isale-Eko, in the Lagos Island of Lagos State. She is the daughter of Ambassador Chief Antonio ‘Dehinde Fernandez (His Imperial Highness, Garsan Fulani). She is happily married to Engr. Olanrewaju Phillips and are blessed with 4 (Four) children.

She joined the Board of Lasaco Assurance Plc on the 9th September, 2020.




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