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 the immediate past President of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) and during this period, the organisation recorded various milestones which led to increased visibility and growth of the organisation.
Tope also sits on the board of NEM Asset Management Limited, among other companies. In 2014, he was appointed by the Federal Government as Co-Chairman of the Insurance Industry Transformation Committee. He was also recently appointed as Chairman, of the 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. He is also a two-time winner of the Businessday Top 25 CEOs award. Tope is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.