Before being appointed Acting Minister of Finance in September 2018, Zainab Ahmed was the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning. She previously served as the Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
An accountant and public sector executive with extensive knowledge and diverse experience in public sector reforms, and management, Zainab has served the Nigeria Public Service in various high ranking positions. She was the Chief Finance Officer the Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTEL) and until her appointment by the President of Nigeria in 2010, the Managing Director Kaduna Investment Company Ltd.
She holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and 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.
Zainab Ahmed has earned national and international commendations for her accomplishments in re-positioning NEITI as a courageous voice and agency in the growing agitation for good governance of Nigeria’s abundant natural resources in oil, gas and mining industry within a short time.