One of the novel things following after the 50th anniversary of the West African Insurance Companies Association is the appointment of Mr. Davis Ebelechukwu Iyasere of Nigeria as the new Secretary General/Chief Executive Officer of the West African Insurance Companies Association (WAICA) following the approval by the sub regional governing body.
Iyasere takes over the incumbent Secretary General/ CEO, Mr. William Coker. and he becomes the first Nigerian to occupy the exalted position in WAICA’s 50 years of existence from its base in Accra, Ghana. Before to his appointment, Mr. Iyasere was the Deputy Director in charge of Corporate Communications, Human Resource, and Administration at the Nigerian Insurers Association where he had a career spanning almost two decades.
Iyasere joined the Association as Corporate Affairs Manager in 2004 and rose by dint of hard work, strength of character, pursuit of excellence, humility, and strong intellectual capacity. He started his career as a freelance sports journalist with Vanguard Newspapers and later with National Times Newspaper before he joined the Guardian newspapers as a sub editor in year 2000.
He later joined Sporting Champion, then Nigeria’s highest selling weekly sports newspaper from where he joined the Nigerian Insurers Association as corporate affairs manager in 2004.
His mark as a journalist was sharpened the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos for a professional diploma in Journalism. Later he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State with a second-class upper division and was the president of the Faculty of Arts Students Association (FASA).
His unquenchable quest for knowledge led him to pursue a master’s degree in communication studies from Lagos State University. Not satisfied, he proceeded to university of Lagos where he obtained a second master’s degree in industrial and labour relations.
He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in public relations in Babcock university, Ilishan, Ogun State.
He is widely travelled and belongs to many professional bodies and associations including Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Advertising Practitioners Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), Chartered institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), USA, and Association of Corporate Governance Professionals of Nigeria.
The West African Insurance Companies Association (WAICA) is the umbrella Association of Insurance and Reinsurance companies as well as brokers in Anglophone West Africa.
As Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer, he will oversee the activities of insurance institutions in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia.