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Ahmad Rufai Zakari

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Special Adviser on Infrastructure

Born February 25, 1984, in Kano, Zakari is the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure (Office of the Vice President).

Zakari bagged a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY in June 2006.

His career build-up started at General Electric in the Transportation Division. He was on the Edison Engineering Development Programme (EEDP) from August 2006 to August 2008.

He was admitted into a well regarded internal training program the GE Corporate Audit Staff. Between September 2008 to September 2012 he served as a Corporate Audit Staff Associate I and II, Audit Manager and Senior Audit Manager exposing him to multiple business models and regions across the globe.

The program was a high intensity 4 month at a time rotational assessment of different businesses in GE to gauge performance and compliance.
From September 2012 to January 2014, Zakari was promoted to the Executive Audit Manager of GE Corporate (aligned to Oil and Gas, Sub Saharan Africa & Middle East). He was the first African to be promoted to the position of Executive Audit Manager.

With a rare knack for excellence, the young professional also served as the Regional Liaison for all business units in the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa. Over $7B of Oil and Gas acquisitions were executed during the period (including Lufkin), requiring increased scrutiny and monitoring of the business unit.

He was also the Business Ops Executive (Houston) at GE Oil & Gas Onshore between January 2014 to September 2015. Zakari’s brilliance in his chosen career, until this federal appointment, got him the job of Chief Operating Officer for General Electric in Nigeria in September 2015.

In February 2016 he added scope as the Executive Director at Gas Power Business managing the Installed Fleet in Nigeria/South Africa. This amounted to over 150 turbines and up to 8GW of installed capacity.

As a go-getter Engineer with economic training, Zakari has also partnered with NBET and Ministry of Power in 2017 to structure a payment scheme for brownfield customers that resulted in 300MW incremental power to the grid (Ibom-Ikot Abasi, FIPL – Afam, Pacific), a project said to be ongoing.

Zakari also oversaw the construction of the $100MM Calabar facility constructed by GE as a potential hub for Manufacturing and Repairs in Africa.

Engr Zakari is a recipient of several awards including the coveted GE Global Chairman’s Circle Award. His wealth of experience and global exposure as an engineer in the energy sector has no doubt, prepared him, for a greater national assignment as the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure.

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