World Bank mourns Nigerian Executive Director, Haruna Mohammed

The World Bank has announced the death of Haruna Mohammed, Executive Director for Nigeria, Angola, and South Africa.

World Bank Group’s Vice President, Human Resources, Mr. Ousmane Diagana, said in a statement that Mohammed passed away on Friday at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC.

Haruna Mohammed, a Nigerian national, was the World Bank Group and Affiliated (WBG) Executive Director for Angola, Nigeria, South Africa since November 1, 2018.  Mr. Mohammed also served as Alternate Executive Director for the same constituency from January 30, 2017 to October 31, 2018.

Mr. Mohammed worked previously at the WBG as Advisor to the Executive Director to Africa Group I (2001) and as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the same constituency (2001-2006).

Mr. Mohammed held senior positions at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Nigeria, including Director and also Deputy Director  at the International Economic Relations, Assistant Director and also Chief Finance Officer at the Multilateral Institutions.

Mr. Mohammed served at the Ministry of Finance in Sokoto, Nigeria as Chief Economist, Principal Economist , Senior Economic Planning Officer (1987-1989), and Economic Planning Officer.

Haruna Mohammed, World Bank Executive Director for Nigeria, Angola, and South Africa

Mohammed was born in Katsina, and before joining the Board of the World Bank, he had a long and distinguished career in the Federal Ministry of Finance where he started as an Economic Planning Officer in 1983 and rose to the positions of Chief Economist and Director of International Economic Relations.

In that capacity, he took part in the Washington DC Deputies meeting in Mexico City in 2008, and his participation was instrumental in the creation of a third African Chair at the World Bank Board.

He was also the co-author of the current Board capacity building programme – the ‘Voice Secondment Program’, which brings officials of developing member countries to work in the World Bank in Washington for six months to acquire skills needed in their work with the Bank.

Mr. Mohammed also held the following positions: Alternate Governor for Nigeria – Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID); member of the Audit Committee – OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID); Director for Nigeria – Board of Directors: ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID); Chairman of the Audit Committee – EBID;  and Alternate Director for Nigeria – Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

Mr. Mohammed earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University, Washington, D.C. in 2004; a BSc in Economics, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria in 1982 and a Certificate in Computer Information Systems, International Statistics Programs, Washington D.C. in 1991.

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