Duke’s Woman Crush Wednesday: Arunma Oteh

by Duchess Magazine

Arunma Oteh OON is a Nigerian economist. She is of Nigerian/British nationality. She is from Abia State, Nigeria.


She was the Treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank between (2015–2018). She became the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Nigeria in January 2010 where she was responsible for regulating Nigeria’s capital markets, including the Nigerian Stock Exchange.


At the end of her tenure as the Director General of SEC in July 2015, she was appointed the vice president and treasurer of the World Bank and in July 2021, she took over from Zeinab Badawi as the appointed chair of the Royal African Society.


She studied Computer Science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and earned a first class honors. She furthered to Havard Business School where she obtained a master’s degree in Business Administration.


She is a co-editor of the book, African Voices African Visions.


In 2011, Arunma was made an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in honour of her impact on economic development and transformation of the Nigerian capital markets.

In 2011, she also received the “Distinction In Public Service” award from the Commonwealth Business Council/African Business.

In 2014, She won the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) Business Woman of the Year category for West Africa and in 2020, she got listed by Forbes among “Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women”

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