Halima Aliko-Dangote is an Executive Director, Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) and also Executive Director Commercial (EDC), NASCON Allied Industries Plc, a subsidiary of DIL.

Halima holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Marketing from the American Intercontinental University, London, United Kingdom (2005), and a Masters’ in Business Administration obtained from Webster Business School, London, also in the United Kingdom (2006).

She started her career as a Business Analyst with KPMG Professional Services, Lagos, Nigeria, in 2007, and was primarily involved in business performance improvement processes, development of strategy and models for financial and operational improvements, policy formulation and implementation for public and private sector clients.

In 2008, she joined DIL as a Management Trainee, where she demonstrated competence that led to her being assigned the role of Special Assistant to the President/Chief Executive, with a wide span of responsibilities including attending all meetings—both local and international—with the President/Chief Executive, providing strategic support, and advising on strategy and management decisions.

Halima, who was later appointed pioneer MD/CEO of MHF Properties Limited, Lagos, Nigeria, in 2011, was responsible for setting up and managing the company. She was elevated to the position of Executive Director at NASCON, in 2013, and Executive Director, DIL, in 2014, with specific responsibilities that include: enhancing performance of DIL’s subsidiary companies by ensuring shared services across companies; supporting capital raising initiatives; and putting in place, Group-wide human resources and administration policies and systems.

She is, in addition, responsible for new business development and project management; working closely with the President/CE and other members of the Executive Team to develop geographic and sectoral expansion plans for the Group. She currently serves as a member of the project management team that is overseeing the development and financing of the Group’s newest businesses including an $8billion refinery and a $1.5billion fertiliser plant, both in Nigeria where she scrutinizes and monitor systems, process and outcome. She also represents DIL on the board of directors of NASCON, which generated revenues of $82million and profit after tax of $17million in 2012; focusing on quality, safety, performance and effective governance systems.

Halima was appointed a Trustee of the Dangote Foundation in 2011 with specific mandates that include helping to develop and shape the vision of the Foundation, and working closely with the head of the foundation to define the Foundation’s strategy, set annual targets, monitor performance and impact of grant recipients.

She has attended a number of high profile leadership development programmes both within and outside the country. Some of them include Programme for Leadership Development (PLD) of the Harvard Business School (ongoing); Executive Development Programme, Kellogg School of Management (2013); Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Executive, Columbia Business School (2013); and Company Direction Course, Institute of Directors Lagos, Nigeria (2012).

Halima is bringing her diverse international exposure to the business, which is currently at the cusp of a major expansion drive designed to position the Group as a Fortune 100 Company within the next few years.