BEN AKABUEZE, Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Nigeria Holds a first class B.Sc degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an Advanced Management Programme Certificate from the Lagos Business School. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators (FICA), and Honorary member, Chartered Institute of Bankers (HCIB), he has over 23 years experience in Accounting, Consulting and Banking, and over 11 years in public financial management. His professional career started at PriceWaterhouse (Vhartered Accountants), and spanned Citibank Nigeria, United Bank for Africa and NAL Bank Plc, where rising to the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive of NAL Bank Plc (2000- 2005), and Executive Director – Sterling Bank Plc from January to August 2006. He
previously held the positions of Assistant Vice President (Citibank Nigeria), General Manager
(Fidelity Bank Plc) and Deputy General Manager (United Bank for Africa Plc).

He went into the public sector, serving as Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget from January 2007 till May 2015, having first been appointed by Governor Tinubu and then re-appointed for two terms now by Governor Fashola. Ben was the Chief Executive Officer of BIA Consulting Ltd, a Financial and Strategic Management Consulting firm, with a strong focus on public financial management (PFM) from May 30, 2015 until February 15, 2016 when he was appointed Special Adviser (Planning) to the President of Nigeria. On June 9, 2016 President Buhari appointed Ben the Director-General Budget Office of the Federation.

Ben Akabueze is very passionate about societal transformation and actively participates in programmes designed to bring the desired change in his country. In this respect, he serves on the Boards of the Apostles in the Marketplace, Society for National Transformation, Africa Missions Global, etc. Ben has also served on the Boards of several private sector companies. Additionally, he is the Pastor-in-charge of Lagos Province 39 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, with headquarters at The King’s Court parish in Victoria Island, Lagos whose congregation consists mainly of professionals and business people. Ben is the recipient of several academic, professional and community service awards. He is a member of Metropolitan Club and Ikoyi Club, among others, and loves to play squash and to swim. Ben is married to Ngozi and blessed with children.