MBA Banking (1986)
B.Sc. Finance (1984)
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria and Head of ACCION Microfinance Bank Limited
Member of Governing Board at The International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation until 2018.
2017 Forbes Best of Africa Innovative Banking Award
Ziks Leadership Award
Emefiele has over eighteen years of banking experience. Emefiele served as director at Zenith Bank Plc and Zenith Bank (Gambia) Limited. Prior to his joining the CBN, he spent over 26 years in commercial banking culminating in his tenure as Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank PLC, one of Nigeria’s largest banks with over 7,000 staff, US$3.2 billion in shareholders’ funds, and subsidiaries in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, South Africa, China, and the United Kingdom.
Under Emefiele’s leadership, Zenith Bank had strengthened its position as a leading financial institution in Africa, winning recognition and endorsement at home and abroad for giant strides in key performance areas like corporate governance, service delivery and deployment of cutting-edge ICT.
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