Speakers


H.E. Mrs. Kemi Adeosun
Minister of Finance
Nigeria

Kemi Adeosun was appointed the Honourable Minister of Finance (FMoF), Nigeria in November, 2015. Kemi holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Sector Financial Management from the University of London (School of Oriental And African Studies) and a BSc Hons Degree in Applied Economics from University of East London. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants
England and Wales (ICAEW) and has twenty-two (22) years post qualification experience. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Nigeria (ICAN). She attended various Executive Management Programmes including courses in Strategic Leadership at the prestigious Wharton Business School.

Kemi was born and brought up in London, where she spent thirty-six (36) years of her life.She is a seasoned finance professional with over twenty-five (25) years of experience gained in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Her expertise spans through Audit, Risk, Management Consultancy, Investment Banking Pensions Administration and Public Sector Financial Management. She has held senior roles in various institutions including British Telecom Plc and Price water house Coopers in the UK. In Nigeria she joined the Chapel Hill Denham Group in 2002 as Financial Controller and rose to become Managing Director until her resignation in 2010 to start her own consultancy - The Quo Vadis Partnership.

Prior to her appointment as the Honorable Minister of Finance,she was the Honorable Commissioner for Finance, Ogun State, one of Nigeria’s fastest growing states and the first woman to hold that position. She was very key to Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s Mission in rebuilding the State which led to the economic turnaround of the fortunes of the State. Kemi is credited with aggressive growth of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by over 500% using a range of innovative structures. Among her many professional attainments was pioneering the introduction of the Centralized Treasury System (Treasury Single Account) in 2011,culminating in significant fund recovery and reduced borrowing costs in the State. She also spearheaded the Residency Rule campaign which resulted in over 100,000 additional taxpayers who worked outside the State remitting their taxes to Ogun State rather than the State of their employment and was also a key part of the Homeowner’s Charter Project which attracted over 200,000 applicants, increased IGR and supported the State’s Urban Renewal Initiatives.

Kemi is passionate about financial empowerment for women and it is a subject on which she writes and speaks extensively. In 2009 she was invited to speak at the Global Summit for Women in Chile. Prior to her foray into the public service, Kemi authored a popular weekly personal finance column aimed at women published in This Day Style Magazine.


 

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