PROFILE OF FATI ATTAHIRU

Mrs Fati Attahiru is a development practitioner with over 20 years of experience designing and building solutions that have transformed the lives of individuals and institutions.

She stands at the forefront of change and is currently the National President of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association, (NAOWA.). A philanthropic, non-governmental organization with the objectives of assisting the poor and the needy and raising the standard of living in Nigerian Army barracks.

As Divisional Chairperson of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association 82 Division Nigerian Army, Mrs Attahiru established a fully-fledged Solar-powered ICT center for youths in the barracks; launched and set up the Barrack Investment Initiative Programme (BIIP) for six cooperatives, which has helped women engage in small-scale businesses. She initiated and implemented the Support Orphans and Widows (SOW) project, which provided revolving interest-free loans for small businesses and scholarships for orphans of army personnel amongst others.

In her previous role where she served as the Operations and Coordination Specialist at UNDP, she provided strategic programmatic and operational oversight for the UNDP North East program in Nigeria. She was instrumental in jointly organizing a high-level AU-LCBC Ministerial conference with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, managing responsible party agreements, drafting donor progress reports amongst others.

Often described as a passionate leader with a deep interest in economic development, Mrs Attahiru has championed many innovative paths while on the job. She built a reputation for developing business strategies and embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth, which made her highly successful in prior roles held at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), British High Commission Nigeria, EDF Energy Limited UK, HSBC Bank Limited UK and more.

She is a recipient of the Commonwealth Chevening Scholarship and holds a masters degree in Development Studies with specialization in Power, Participation and Social Change from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; an MSc in Information Technology, from Cranfield University, UK, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of Leicester.

She is passionate about empowering others and her life’s work is dedicated to consistently designing solutions that affect lives while actively contributing to nation-building.

Mrs Attahiru is an avid reader who also enjoys traveling and seeing the world. She is married to Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru the current Chief of Army Staff, and has three lovely children.

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