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Abubakar Suleiman is an economist and a banker with over 20 years experience in
consulting and financial services. As the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc, his top
priority is to optimise the impact of financial intermediation in critical sectors that can
catalyse growth and create a future of shared prosperity for all Nigerians. These sectors are
Health, Education, Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Transportation, and are at the
H.E.A.R.T of Sterling.
Before his current role, he served as an Executive Director and Chief Finance Officer of the
bank and was the executive sponsor of the Bankâ€™s non-interest banking business (Sterling
Alternative Finance). Abubakar holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree (B.Sc) in Economics from the
University of Abuja and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Major Programme Management from
Said Business School, University of Oxford.
His previous work experience includes tax advisory at Arthur Andersen and financial markets
with Citibank Nigeria. He is a firm believer in the role of efficient markets, emerging
technologies, and small businesses in unlocking productivity, improving national
competitiveness, and driving inclusive economic growth.
He currently serves on the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria
(CIBN), and the Advisory Boards of Lagos Business School (LBS), Enterprise Development
Center (EDC) of the Pan Atlantic University and the Bantu Blockchain Foundation.