Who is Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, current (GMD/CEO) First Bank
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (SLS) was until his appointment as Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO), the Executive Director, Risk & Management Control. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 1981, after attending St. Anne’s Primary School, Kakuri, Kaduna (up to 1972) and King’s College, Lagos (1973-1977)

and he performed his national service in the then Gongola State. Between 1991 and 1997 he was at the International University of Africa, Khartoum, Sudan where he first studied Arabic before obtaining a second Bachelor’s degree, this time in Shariah and Islamic Studies.

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Sanusi began his working career in academics, teaching undergraduate Economics at ABU (1983-1985). He then proceeded to a banking career, first with Icon Limited (Merchant Bankers), where in a period of about seven years he gained wide experience in Issuing House activities, Financial Advisory Services, Privatisation, Debt-Conversion and Credit and Marketing. He rose to become Area Manager, Kano Area Office, before he resigned voluntarily to pursue higher education. He returned to banking in May, 1997 when he joined the then newly privatised United Bank for Africa Plc as a Principal Manager 2 in the Credit Risk Management Division. He rose to Principal Manager 1 in January, 1998 and
Assistant General Manager by December of that year. He subsequently earned promotions to Deputy General Manager (January 2002) and General Manager (March 2005).

Sanusi is widely recognized in the industry for his personal contribution to the development of a Risk Management culture in the Nigerian banking sector. He had, in his capacity as Executive Director, Risk & Management Control of FirstBank, championed remarkable
developments in the Bank’s enterprise risk and management control mechanisms. Beyond the immediate scope of his primary responsibilities then, he had also made tremendous contributions as a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee, displaying much depth and capacity with his eclectic disposition.

 Sanusi has presented papers at dozens of academic fora on several continents, and many of his papers have been published in academic journals, books and newspapers.

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