Dr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman FICMC is a lawyer by profession, with a law degree (LLB) from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a Masters degree (LLM) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.
Dr. Suleiman has served in various capacities in both the public and private sectors, commencing her career as a State Counsel with the Ministry of Justice, Sokoto (1982-1988). She thereafter worked with the Continental Merchant Bank Lagos (1988-1996), NAL Merchant Bank (1996-1997), served as Secretary Legal Adviser with the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (1997-2001) and Director Legal Services, Securities and Exchange Commission from 2001 to 2008.
In 2008, Dr. Suleiman was appointed as the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in 2010 as Minister of State Foreign Affairs. From 2012 to 2016 she served as Commissioner Political Affairs Peace and Security at the ECOWAS Commission, representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In addition to contributing in the formulation and implementation of various strategic development policies while serving, she actively supports gender and humanitarian issues, particularly the empowerment of women and the less privileged through ALKALI HUSSAINI FOUNDATION, a charity organization she founded in 2007.
She currently works as a private legal practitioner and serves as Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Flour Mills Nigeria Plc, West African Network for Peacebuilding, as well as member of the ANAP Foundation Think Tank on Covid 19, among others. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators.
Dr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman is a family person with children and grandchildren.