Tope Smart, a graduate and an award winner from the University of Lagos also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is an Associate member of both the Chartered Insurance Institute of London and the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria.
Tope, an astute professional, believes very strongly in the entrenchment of insurance in the minds of all Africans. He is an unrepentant advocate of a better and stronger Insurance Sector in Africa. He is a Council member, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Council member, West African Insurance Companies Association (Ghana), Council member, Nigeria-Britain Association, member of Senate, University of Lagos, and a past Chairman of Nigeria Insurers Association.
Tope is a past President of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO). During his presidency, AIO witnessed phenomenal growth and increased visibility as a result of several initiatives introduced by him.
Tope is presently the Chairman, Alpha Morgan Capital Limited, Chairman, NEM Health Limited, Vice-Chairman, AIO Foundation, amongst others. In 2014, he was appointed by the Federal Government as Co-Chairman of the Insurance Industry Transformation Committee. He was also recently appointed Chairman, Planning Committee of the University of Lagos Alumni Association's Golden Jubilee Anniversary.
In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Tope has won several awards among which are Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Lagos, University of Lagos Alumni Association Golden Jubilee Special Recognition Award amongst others. Tope is the winner of year 2023 (Almond Insurance Industry Award) Insurance CEO of the Year. He is also a two-time winner of the Businessday Top 25 CEOs award. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.