Mrs.  Zainab Ahmed is the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National planning. She was past executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

An accountant by profession. She worked at the Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL) where she moved up from senior officer (Finance) and moved up the level of deputy general manager in charge of corporate treasury. She also served as the chief finance officer of the Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications Company.

Mrs. Ahmed has extensive knowledge and diverse experience in public sector management. She has served the Nigerian public in various high ranking positions, including as managing director of the Kaduna State of Nigeria’s Investment Company, and managing director of Kaduna Industrial and Finance Company Ltd. 

She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from ABU Zaria and a Masters in Business Administration from Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye. Her professional qualifications include Fellow, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Fellow, Institute of Company and Commercial Accountants and member, Chartered Institute of Management Taxation, as well as a member, Nigerian Institute of Management

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