Abubakar Suleiman

Abubakar Suleiman

CEO, Sterling Bank.

Abubakar Suleiman, fondly called Abu, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience working in the banking industry. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc. Currently, his top priority is to optimize the impact of financial intermediation in critical sectors that can catalyze growth and create a future of shared prosperity for all Nigerians. These priority sectors are Health, Agriculture, Education, Renewable Energy and Transportation, and are at the H.E.A.R.T of Sterling.  

    Before his current role, he served as an Executive Director and Chief Finance Officer of the bank and was the executive sponsor of the Bank’s non-interest banking business (Sterling Alternative Finance).

Abu holds a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc) in Economics from the University of Abuja and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Major Programme Management from the University of Oxford.

His previous work experience includes tax advisory at Arthur Andersen, management training at MBC International Bank (now First Bank) and financial markets with Citibank Nigeria. 


He is a firm believer in the role of efficient markets, emerging technologies and small businesses in unlocking productivity, improving national competitiveness and driving inclusive economic growth. 


He currently serves on the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), and the Advisory Boards of Lagos Business School (LBS) and Enterprise Development Center (EDC).

When he is not on the job, which is rare, he enjoys poetry, driving and music.