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BUHARI NOMINATES AISHAH AHMAD AS CBN’S NEW DEPUTY GOVERNOR

 

On the 5th of October, President Buhari appointed a new Deputy CBN governor Aishah Ahmad, a 40-year-old investment banker who is currently the Executive Director for Retail Banking at Diamond Bank. She is said to be the youngest ever to be nominated for the role.

Aishah was previously the Head, Consumer and Privilege Banking at Diamond Bank and before that was previously the Head, Retail Banking Directorate before that. She joined Diamond Bank in June 2014 as a Deputy General Manager and the Head of Retail Financial Services Division, overseeing Privilege Banking, Consumer Banking Group, Retail Assets, Cards and Customer Engagement & Insight.

Her notable work experiences before joining Diamond Bank include working at Stanbic IBTC Holdings as Head of Private Banking in July 2009 after a 10 month stint as the Head Business Development at Zenith Capital Limited.

She obtained an MSc in Finance and Management from Cranfield School of Management, an MBA from the University of Lagos and a BSc in Accounting from the University of Abuja. She’s also a certified Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

She is also the Chairperson of the executive council of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ – a leading women-focused not-for-profit organization in sub-Saharan Africa) which is no surprise as she’s an advocate for the promotion of women’s roles in Nigeria. She launched “The Big Sister Program” – an initiative for young females at the grassroots which has benefitted 2,224 teenage girls across 52 public schools. She was recently appointed to the board of SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, which aims to provide “quality care, education & health services to at-risk children and families in 135 countries and territories” and is a steering committee member for Cherie Blair Foundation’s Technology for Growth project.

She is also the Chairperson of the executive council of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ – a leading women-focused not-for-profit organization in sub-Saharan Africa) which is no surprise as she’s an advocate for the promotion of women’s roles in Nigeria. She launched “The Big Sister Program” – an initiative for young females at the grassroots which has benefitted 2,224 teenage girls across 52 public schools. She was recently appointed to the board of SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, which aims to provide “quality care, education & health services to at-risk children and families in 135 countries and territories” and is a steering committee member for Cherie Blair Foundation’s Technology for Growth project.

She’s is inspired by Hillary Clinton who she shares her birthday with and her mother and grandmother who have both been successful in their respective fields.

When she’s confirmed by the Senate, she will be replacing the former deputy governor in charge of Economic Policy, Sarah Alade, who retired from CBN in March 2017.

 




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