Muhammad K. Ahmad, OON
Muhammad K. Ahmad, OON, has over 35 years’ distinguished experience leading and working in various public sector organisations and financial services institutions in Nigeria. As the pioneer Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Pension Commission, Ahmad oversaw the establishment and growth of the pension industry in Nigeria. Before that, he had worked as a bank supervisor at the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), where he rose to become a director and member of the Interim Management Board.
Ahmad is a member of the Board of Directors of MTN Nigeria Communications PLC and the Chairman of the Interim Management Board of International Energy Insurance PLC. He is the founder of Jewel Development Foundation, a graduate assistant platform, and Certium Consulting, a strategy advisory and business applications company. He has also been a member of the boards of directors of FBN Holdings PLC, and FATE Foundation, a non-profit private sector-led organisation whose mission is to foster wealth creation by enabling aspiring and emerging Nigerian entrepreneurs.
Ahmad chairs the Technical Committee of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP), of which the Vice President of Nigeria is the chairman. He chaired the Technical Committee of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, which produced the Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance in 2018. Ahmad is a member of the Presidential Committee for the North-East Initiative (PCNI) and was chair of the Technical Committee that produced the North-East Transformation Strategy (NESTS), a medium-term regional development strategy promoted by the governors of the six constituent states of the region, for its socio-economic transformation and reconstruction.
He has a Masters Diploma in Innovation and Strategy from the University of Oxford and has also attended courses and programmes at various first-rate business and management schools, including Harvard Business School, IMD, and INSEAD.
Ahmad is a Fellow of the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria and was honoured by the Federal Government of Nigeria with the award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in recognition of his stellar contributions to public development.