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Chief Marc Wabara was born 67 years ago at Ohambele, Ukwa East LGA of present Abia State

He had his secondary school education at Federal Government College, Sokoto WASC (Division 1) between 1970 - 1972, from there he proceeded to obtain Higher School Certificate (HSC) in June 1974. He obtained Bachelor of Science (Banking and Finance) from the University of Lagos in 1977; and between 1981-82 he bagged the Master in Business Administration from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York with another MBA - Finance which he obtained in January 1983 with Distinction.

Marc Wabara has had a robust career, working in different sectors with profound professional experiences and expertise; among them, Accounting Trainee, Finance and Accounting Department between 1977-1978 with the Nigeria Ports Authority; an Accountant, Cash and Banking/Joint Interest Accounting with Mobil Producing Nigeria between 1979 and 1981.

Chief Wabara joined Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York as Manager-in-Training, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Long Island Branch between 1982 and 1983 and in January 1984, Chief Wabara came to Nigeria to serve at the International Merchant Bank (Nig) Ltd working at its International Banking, in the Commercial Debt, Rescheduling, Credit and Marketing (Equipment Leasing) department.

He was Senior Manager, Head Correspondence Banking International Treasury at the African Continental Bank Limited between 1983 and 1989 before joining Chartered Bank Ltd of Hallmark Bank in 1999 and later the bank's Chairman and Chief Executive Office until 2006.

Chief Wabara has since taken to consultancy as Executive Consultant in Finance Services, Oil and Gas and Real Estate Industry. He is the Chairman of Overt Energy Ltd. (Oil & Gas). Former Member, Governing Council, Federal University Gashua, Yobe State; former Member, Board of Directors/Chairman, Technical/Projects Monitoring Committee, Cross River Basin Development Authority.

Chief Marc Wabara is a recipient of many awards, including; Zik Price Award for Leadership in Banking (2004); Alumni Achievers Awards of University of Lagos, 2004; Distinguished Chief Executive Award (Credit News), 1997; Excellence Award in Banking and Finance by the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), 1995; Banker of the Year (Finance Post), 1994; National Award in Business Administration Member, BETA XI Chapter of DELTAMU DELTA (Honors for Excellent Academic Performance, 1982.

Chief Wabara is a proud global citizen. Apart from English, he speaks German, Igbo, and Yoruba fluently. He is also a member of many reputable associations amongst which are; University of Lagos Alumni, Chartered Institute of Banks of Nigeria (CIBN), The Institute of Management Consultants.

As a lover of sports, Chief Marc Wabara enjoys Football, Tennis, Reading, Travelling. He is happily married to Lady Obioma Ngozi Wabara, and the marriage is blessed with four lovely children and three grandchildren.