Mounir H. Gwarzo became the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in May 2015 and Chairs the Africa Middle East Regional Committee (AMERC) of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). He had previously served on the SEC Board as Executive Commissioner in charge of Operations from January 2013 before being appointed as Director General by the President of Nigeria. Prior to joining the SEC Mr. Gwarzo led the Capital Market initiatives of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) where he facilitated the issuance of Nigeria’s first ever mortgage-backed bond.

Mr. Gwarzo started his career at the Kano State Ministry of Trade and Commerce in 1988 and proceeded to garner a uniquely rich blend of experience as an operator and a regulator. He has worked in well-established institutions in Nigeria’s financial services industry including the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Century Merchant Bank, Empire Securities Limited and MTL Global Investment Limited. In 1999, he joined the SEC working directly with the then-Director General before heading the Commission’s Investment Division.

Mr. Gwarzo has attended Advanced Management programs at INSEAD and SAID Business School. He has been a fellow of the Nigerian Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) since 2000. He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Finance from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1991 and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Economics from Bayero University Kano in 1987.

In the course of his career, Mr. Gwarzo has delivered more than 25 papers at different seminars and workshops. He has served on about 20 high level Committees either as Chairman or Member receiving commendations for exemplary service and uncommon leadership. He devotes his time to pushing for greater visibility for African and Middle Eastern capital markets as well as pushing for greater financial inclusion for all Nigerians.

Rt Hon. Zakawanu

Rt. Hon. Zakawanu Garuba (fondly called Zacks) hails from Etsako West LGA of Edo State.

Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990, he holds a Bachelor of Law from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. The Rt. Hon. Garuba participated in the Mandatory NYSC scheme in 1990, after which he went into active Legal practice which spanned a period of about Twenty One years.

Raised in a family that places values on discipline, Mr. Garuba has used the values acquired from his childhood as a springboard which has seen him achieved so much, no wonder in 2003, the Rt. Hon. Zakawanu I. Garuba was elected into the Edo State House of Assembly. While in the house, he served as the chairman Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and other committees.

In 2007 Mr. Garuba emerged as the Speaker of the Edo State house of Assembly. In his capacity as speaker of the house, he transformed the assembly into a vibrant and progressive chamber that contributed immensely to the face lift of governance in Edo state.

A seasoned lawyer and politician, due to his relentless service at the Edo State House of Assembly, the Rt. Hon. Zakawanu Garuba was appointed into the Board of the SEC to serve as the Executive Commissioner Finance and Administration.

He is also the Oshiote of Auchi Kingdom and Okumagbe of Uzaire.


Mrs. Sa’adatu Muhammad Bello hails from Taraba State, Nigeria.

She had her secondary education at Girls High School, Gindiri, Plateau State between 1976 – 1981.  She is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where she obtained an LL.B (Hons.).

Mrs. Sa’adatu was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986.  She proceeded to Bayero University, Kano where she obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Masters in Business and Commercial Law.

She participated in the mandatory National Youth Service Scheme from 1987 – 1988 in Kano State stationed at the Kano State Ministry of Justice.

She began her career in the banking sector serving in three (3) different banks from 1988-2003. While at Century Merchant Bank she rose to become Head, Century Business & Information Centre.Mrs. Sa’adatu displayed concise professionalism in her work, and this stirred her growth in Oceanic Bank where she grew to become Head Funds Transfer Local and Credit & Marketing. She was also the Deputy Manager Legal Department from 1991 to 2003.

Between May 2010-May 2011, Mrs. Sa’adatu served as the Attorney General/Minister of Justice for Taraba State. She is currently a member of the SEC board serving as the Commissioner Legal and Enforcement Directorate.

A devout muslim with the desire to excel.