Meet Central Bank of Nigeria’s New Deputy Governor, Aishah Ahmad

The new Central Bank of Nigeria Deputy Governor, Aishah Ahmad, was nominated last year October 2017, and confirmed by the Nigerian senate to take over from her predecessor, Dr. Sarah Alade, who served as deputy governor until she retired from the apex bank on March 22 as Deputy Governor, Economic Policy Directorate. 39-year-old Ahmad is mother of two comes to her job with a rich banking background, spanning experiences in investment banking, retail banking, wealth management, consulting, and financial advisory. Her confirmation makes her a lone female in the committee of CBN deputy governors, same as her predecessor.

Born October 26, 1977, Ahmad was until her appointment Head, Consumer Banking and Privilege (Wealth) at Diamond Bank Plc Nigeria, a post she had held since June 2014. Before her nomination, she served as the chairperson, Executive Council, Women in Management, Business and Public Service, a Nigeria-based non-profit organization established in 2001. WIMBIZ is dedicated to addressing issues affecting women professionals in business, particularly with regard to the promotion of leadership development and capacity building. It was founded by 13 women and one man who sought to resolve issues concerning women in the workplace and in business.

A graduate of Accounting from the University of Abuja, Ahmad started her banking career with First Interstate Bank Plc as Executive Assistant, Treasury Group. She holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Management from the Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration with specialization in Finance from the University of Lagos. She also holds the award of Chartered Financial Analyst, a gold standard financial market qualification for professionals with careers/trainings as investment managers, financial analysts, credit analysts, portfolio managers. Ahmad also has the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst award.

Ahmad has also worked with Bank of New York Mellon (UK) and Synesix Financial Limited (UK). Ahmad had worked with NAL Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, and Zenith Bank Plc. She was Head, Private Clients/Private Banking, Stanbic IBTC; Head of Business Development, Zenith Capital Limited; Head, Retail Banking (Energy Group), Zenith Bank Plc; Private Banker/Head Private Banking Unit, NAL Bank Plc; and Chief Financial Officer, Manstructs Group.

She was in May 2017 appointed as member, Board Of Directors, SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, an organization dedicated to providing “quality care, education & health services to at-risk children and families in 135 countries and territories.”

She served as a member of the steering committee for Cherie Blair Foundation’s Technology for Growth project, a learning programme for female entrepreneurs developed in conjunction with the Enterprise Development Centre of Lagos Business School.

Ahmad says she has been inspired by a generation of successful women leaders, like former United States First Lady and ex-presidential candidate Hilary Clinton who apart from being her birthday mate, she credits as being a strong influencer who has made an impact on the world. She credits her success and drive to strong female role models in her family including one of her grandmothers who distinguished herself in the nursing field, being one of the early recipients of an international education, and her mother, who was successful at diverse careers in pharmacology, accounting, in business and at home.

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