Harvard Business School Interview: In My Humble Opinion by Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank; former Director General of Nigeria's SEC

Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank; former Director General of Nigeria’s SEC

World Bank VP and Treasurer Arunma Oteh (Harvard MBA, 1990) has a clear sense of why she likes her job: “You bring very sophisticated finance tools to tackle the world’s most challenging problems.”

From southeastern Nigeria, she grew up with Nigerians from several different ethnic groups in the country’s north, along with Indian, Chinese, European, and American expats. “My early exposure to people from diverse backgrounds is probably the reason I enjoy such environments,” says Oteh, who served for 17 years at the African Development Bank before her 2010 appointment as director general of Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission.

Today, Oteh and her World Bank team manage more than $150 billion in assets. “Our leadership understands that you can bring innovation from the private sector and capital markets to solve the world’s most difficult challenges,” says Oteh.

Read more: In My Humble Opinion: Arunma Oteh (MBA 1990) – Alumni – Harvard Business School

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