Arunma Oteh, former Director-general of the Security Exchange Commission (SEC), has been appointed Vice-President and Treasurer of the World Bank.
Mrs. Oteh holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), from Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A. and a First Class Hons. Degree in Computer Science, from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
In 2011 she was awarded the “Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON)” a national honour. She also received the “Distinction In Public Service” Commonwealth Business Council/African Business Award in 2011 and the Eminent African Business Leader Award from the China Foundation for Global Partnership in 2013 while the SEC received the Africa Investor(AI)’s “Most Innovative Capital Markets Regulator” award in 2011, 2013 and 2014. She was also named the 2014 AI Capital Market Personality of the Year and the 2014 AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year.
Arunma Oteh became the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria, in January 2010 and was elected Chairperson, Africa Middle East Regional Committee (AMERC) of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in June 2010. She was re-elected Chairperson in June 2012 and in September 2014.
Her appointment as Vice-president and Treasurer of the World Bank has been confirmed by the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, in a press statement.
The statement reads:
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Arunma Oteh as VP and Treasurer of the World Bank.
Arunma, a Nigerian national, was most recently the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria. Appointed to a five-year term by the President of Nigeria in 2010, she led the transformation of the country’s capital markets industry into a major global presence.
She was a member of the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Chairperson of the Africa Middle East Regional Committee of IOSCO. “Prior to joining the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria, Arunma was Group Vice President, Corporate Services, at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).
In this role, she oversaw a number of departments, including human resources, information and communications technology, and institutional procurement. From 2001 to 2006 she held the role of AfDB Group Treasurer, where she led AfDB’s fundraising and capital market activities across the world.
Earlier roles at the AfDB, which she joined in 1992, included trading room management, investment portfolio coverage, and public sector lending. She also held other positions in capital markets and lending during the course of her career at the AfDB. Arunma began her career in 1985 at Centre Point, where she executed debt and equity offerings in the Nigerian capital markets.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Nigeria and her Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University. As VP and Treasurer, Arunma will manage and lead a large and diverse team responsible for managing more than $150 billion in assets.
Her top priorities will be to: (i) maintain the World Bank’s global reputation as a prudent and innovative borrower, investor and risk manager; (ii) manage an extensive client advisory, transaction and asset management business for the Bank; (iii) engage, in her capacity as one of the World Bank’s key representatives, with outside stakeholders including global private sector financial institutions, the financial media and the sovereign debt and reserve managers in client countries, as well as ratings agencies; and (iv) collaborate extensively with the Finance Partners throughout the WBG, including with IFC and MIGA, expanding shared approaches, in particular around innovative financing for development and for key new projects.
Ms. Oteh was selected to this position through an international competitive search. Her appointment is effective on September 28, 2015.”