Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed
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Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed

Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed
Minister, Finance

As the minister of the largest economy in Africa, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed is the fourth female finance minister of Nigeria, the only country to have reserved this position for women in the last decade. As the Minister responsible for Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab is responsible for everything related to the economy of the most populated country in sub-Saharan Africa.


An accountant by training, Zainab started her career working for the Ministry of Finance in Kaduna State before leaving to pursue other interests. She has served the Nigerian republic in other high ranking positions including being the Managing Director of Kaduna Investment Company Ltd, Chief Finance Officer of the Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTEL) and Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).


Zainab holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Mrs. Ahmed is a Fellow of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and Fellow, Institute of Certified Company Commercial Accountants of Nigeria among other professional organizations.


She was listed in the second publication of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2020 by Avance Media.