Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (born 31 July 1961) was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on 3 June 2009.He is a career banker and also a respected Islamic scholar.
Birth and education
Sanusi was born on July 31, 1961. His father was a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the 1960s and his grandfather was Emir of Kano and Islamic Scholar, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi. Sanusi graduated from King’s College, Lagos in 1977 and studied at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria earning a BSc in Economics in 1981. He obtained an MSc in Economics in 1983, and then taught economics at ABU from 1983 to 1985.
In 1985 Sanusi joined Icon Limited (Merchant Bankers), a subsidiary of Morgan Guaranty Trust Bank of New York, and Baring Brothers of London. He moved to the United Bank for Africa in 1997 in the Credit and Risk Management Division, rising to the position of a General Manager. In September 2005, he joined the Board of First Bank of Nigeria as an Executive Director in charge of Risk and Management Control,and was appointed Group Managing Director (CEO) in January 2009.He was also the Chairman, Kakawa Discount House and sat on the Board of FBN Bank (UK) Limited.Sanusi is recognized in the banking industry for his contribution towards developing a Risk Management culture in the Nigerian banking sector.First Bank is Nigeria's oldest bank and one of the biggest financial institutions in Africa.Sanusi was the first Northerner to be appointed CEO in First Bank's history of more than a century.