President & CEO,
Africa Finance Corporation
A champion for African value capture, job creation and industrialisation, Mr. Zubairu has corralled billions of dollars into transformative infrastructure over three decades of leadership. In his five years as President & CEO of the Africa Finance Corporation, Africa’s leading infrastructure solutions provider has almost tripled investments to $11.5 billion—including the biggest renewable energy acquisition on the continent— and doubled membership to 40 African nations, winning AFC the accolade of Best DFI of the Year for Europe and Africa at the recent IJ Global Awards as well as the Local Impact Champion Award at the recent Africa CEO Forum. As the pioneer CFO for Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Zubairu launched Africa’s largest syndicated project finance facility for a local corporation and managed the watershed unbundling of Dangote Industries Limited to listed subsidiaries on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Most recently, as CEO of Africapital Management Limited, Mr. Zubairu partnered with Old Mutual’s African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) to develop the Nigerian Infrastructure Investment Fund1 to drive private equity investment into infrastructure projects across West Africa.