Ahmad Rufai Zakari is an Engineer and also has an educational background in Economics. He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to his current role as a Public Servant, Ahmad spent his career at General Electric, working and executing projects in 20 countries across the globe. Ahmad is an alumni of the prestigious General Electric Corporate Audit (and Consulting) Staff (CAS). Ahmad has the distinction of being the youngest African in GE history to attain the title of Executive in the company through the prestigious CAS program.
In 2019 he was appointed as the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure. Ahmad also serves as the Secretary to the Presidential Power Reform Coordination Working Group. As the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure, Ahmad has overseen more than $1 billion in transactions structured and closed. He has designed innovative solutions to execute projects in electricity Transmission, Distribution and On and Off-grid Renewable projects. Ahmad was also instrumental in working with NERC and CBN to design the National Mass Metering Program, as well as a number of policy and regulatory initiatives within the power sector.
Ahmad has worked closely across government agencies and also international partners such as the World Bank as well as global institutions like the United Nations SE4ALL, the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) in executing his scope of work. Ahmad is also working on projects under Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan. Ahmad also worked on the technical committee that established the InfraCorp Nigeria (a recently launched $2.5 billion fund for Infrastructure investment in Nigeria). As part of his responsibilities, Ahmad is a board observer on InfraCorp Nigeria, participates in the National Council on Privatization, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Board and the National Economic Council.
This Leadership and Excellence Award in the Power Sector is presented to Engr. Ahmad Zakari in recognition of his leadership contributions and achievements to the power sector.
We now invite Engr. Ahmad Rufai Zakari to receive this Leadership and Excellence Award.