Arunma Oteh

Academic Scholar at St. Antony’s College and Executive-In-Residence at SAID Business School.

Ms. Arunma Oteh has been an Academic Scholar at University of Oxford, since January 2019.  Her research areas of focus are capital markets, economic development and financial technology.  She is also a member of the London Stock Exchange Africa Advisory Group.

She was the Treasurer of the World Bank from 2015 to 2018 where she led a team that managed the World Bank’s $200 billion debt portfolio as well as an asset portfolio of $200 billion for the World Bank and 65 central banks and other public sector clients.  She was also responsible for an extensive public sector financial advisory business and back office operations, administering payments of over $7 trillion. Other notable achievements include leveraging the capital markets for sustainability and leading innovations such as the first ever pandemic bond and the first ever blockchain bond.


Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Oteh was the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria from 2010 to 2015.  During this period, she led the rebuilding of the Nigerian capital markets after the global financial crisis and served on Nigeria’s Economic Management team, chaired by the Nigerian President.  Previous to SEC Nigeria, she worked at the Africa Development Bank for 17 years in a variety of roles including Group Vice President, Corporate Services (2006 to 2009) and Group Treasurer (2001 to 2006). Her career started at Centre Point Investments Limited, Nigeria in 1985.


Ms Oteh has also served on several Boards, notably, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (2010 to 2015), which regulates 95% of the world’s securities markets and the pioneer Board of the International Financing Facility for Immunization (2006 to 2011).  She also served on the Board of the Nigerian Pension Commission, and was previously a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Institutional Governance, and the Africa Advisory Council for World Women’s Banking.  Ms. Oteh holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a First Class Honors Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. 


In 2011, in recognition of her contribution to the economic development and role in transforming the Nigerian capital markets, she was awarded the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) National Honor. In 2014, she was named the Africa Investor Capital Market Personality of the Year, and in 2015, among New African’s “100 Most Influential Africans of 2015”. In 2016, she received the New African Woman Award in Finance and Banking and in 2018, she was honored as the Ai Global Institutional Investment Personality of the Year.  She Is one of PowerList’s 2020 top 100 people of Black Heritage in the U.K. and was named one of Africa’s 50 most influential African women by Forbes Africa in March 2020. 

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