Mr Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, is a Development Economist and Public Policy Specialist, Over the past 12 years, he has built up significant experience in development policy, finance and project implementation in addition to holding several positions of responsibility within Nigeria and abroad.
Academically, he has a first degree in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, an MSc in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester, a second masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and has studied Public Finance at the London School of Economics, Sustainable Development with Columbia University in New York and Advanced Project Management at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Before his appointment as Commissioner, he was the policy adviser at the executive office of the United Nations Secretary General in New York. In that role, he was a member of the Secretary General’s core team designing the next global development agenda that seeks to end poverty, transform economies and enhance shared responsibility across the world. This agenda, named the SDGs, will be launched in September this year and will replace the MDGS having significant impact in the architecture of development across the world.
Prior to his position at the United Nations, he was an Economist and Deputy National Program manager in Nigeria’s presidency where he was tasked with supporting the design and coordination of MDGs projects across Nigeria. He was subsequently appointed economic adviser of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum where he had the opportunity to interact with the country’s 36 elected Governors on issues of development policy. These positions have provided him with valuable experience not only across the world but also particularly around Nigeria having visited and implemented projects in deep rural areas in at least 25 of Nigeria’s 36 states including several hundred project locations in Kaduna. He is a UK Chevening Scholar, member of the University of Oxford Business Alumni Network and a Fellow of the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Institute. He also worked in the APC Transition Committee in various capacities.