Abubakar Suleiman
Non-Executive Director

Abubakar Suleiman is an economist and a banker with over 20 years of 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 Financial Officer of the bank and was the executive sponsor of the Bank’s non-interest banking business (Sterling Alternative Finance). Abubakar holds a Bachelor’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. He is also an Alumnus of IESE Business School.

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 Advisory Boards of Lagos Business School (LBS) and the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan Atlantic University.