Arunma (AEEM) Oteh
Arunma Oteh is a trailblazing economist and leader who has made significant contributions to the financial sector in Nigeria and around the world.
She is a role model for women and girls everywhere, and she is making a positive impact in Africa and beyond. Oteh previously served as the Treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank from 2015 to 2018. She began her career in the private sector, working as a consultant for the Harvard Institute for International Development and Centre Point Investments Limited of Nigeria.
She joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 1992, where she held various senior positions, including Group Treasurer and Group Vice President. In 2010, Oteh was appointed Director General of the SEC, Nigeria. In this role, she was responsible for regulating the country’s capital markets. She played a key role in rebuilding the Nigerian capital markets after the global financial crisis.
In 2015, Oteh was appointed Treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank. In this role, she was responsible for managing the World Bank’s debt portfolio and assets. She also played a leading role in the development of the World Bank’s financial instruments and policies. Oteh is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), the Africa Investor Capital Market Personality of the Year, and the New African Woman Award in Finance and Banking.
She is a passionate advocate for financial inclusion and economic development in Africa and a strong believer in the power of women to transform their communities and countries.