Aishah Ahmad Early Life
Aishah Ahmad, born 26 October 1976, was appointed Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the 23rd March, 2018. As Deputy Governor in charge of Financial System Stability, she is responsible for leading the effort to promote a sound financial system in Nigeria; one of the principal objects of the Bank as specified within the CBN Act.
In this role, Aishah is a member of the Governing Board and Committee of Governors at the CBN and Chairman, Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) – a not for profit organization offering training, consulting and research services for the financial services sector.
Prior to her appointment at the CBN, Aishah was Executive Director, Retail Banking at Diamond Bank PLC, with over 22 years experience as a corporate executive and finance expert. Her banking and investment career spans several financial institutions including NAL Bank Plc, Zenith Bank Plc and Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc (a member of Standard Bank Group, SA) amongst others.
Aishah’s passion for finance fueled the attainment of several academic and professional qualifications over the years. She is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Association and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association.
She also holds an M.Sc. in Finance and Management from the Cranfield School of Management, UK, and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She obtained her B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Abuja, Nigeria.
Advocate For Female and Youth Empowerment
Aishah Ahmad is a strong advocate for female and youth empowerment; she volunteers at SOS Children’s Villages, Nigeria and was former Chairperson, Executive Council of Women in Management, Business & Public Service.
WIMBIZ (www.wimbiz.org); a leading women-focused NGO in Sub-Saharan Africa, under her leadership, launched “The Big Sister Program” — a volunteer-based empowerment initiative focused young females at the grassroots.
It has benefitted 2,224 teenage girls across 52 public schools in three states of the federation, according to the body.
She is also credited with conceiving and helping to develop the WIMBIZ mobile application, a content and engagement platform for global female empowerment. The NGO became more visible under her.
SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria
She was recently appointed to the board of SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, which aims to provide “quality care, education & health services to at-risk children and families in 135 countries and territories”.
Cherie Blair Foundation’s Technology for Growth Project
She served as a steering committee member for Cherie Blair Foundation’s Technology for Growth project, a learning intervention programme for female entrepreneurs developed in conjunction with Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) at Lagos Business School.
Aishah Ahmad and her husband, Abdallah A. Ahmad, a retired brigadier-general, they have with two sons. Aishah Ahmad comes from a long line of very accomplished women within her family who have distinguished themselves across sectors – medicine, pharmacy, accounting and business.
“I was lucky to have very early positive and visible role models of women working outside the home and making a big difference in their careers. One of my grandmothers created a distinguished career in the nursing field being one of the early recipients of an international education and I have many aunties who are doing great things in their various businesses and careers,” she told The Guardian in the interview.
“I must credit my mother for inspiring my strong work ethic – she’s been successful at diverse careers in pharmacology, accounting and as a business woman including managing a family.”
Aishah Ahmad Biography and Profile (CBN)