Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai is the current Governor of Kaduna State, the third most populous state in Nigeria. Since he assumed office in 2015, his aim has been to lead the state to a position of national economic prominence by focusing on restoring infrastructure, raising educational standards and improving healthcare delivery.
Mallam El-Rufai attended various academic and professional programs at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, Harvard Business School, Arthur D. Little School of Management, and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service all in the USA. Mr. El-Rufai holds a first class honours in Quantity Surveying (1980) a Masters Degree in Business Administration (1984), a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science (1985) and attended several programs on Privatization and Leadership. He also holds LL.B from University of London (2008), Master of Public Administration, Harvard (2009).
He was an adviser to the government of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, where he worked on the Policy Implementation and Monitoring Committee (PIMCO) that designed and delivered the 1998-1999 transition programme.
In 1999, President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him to run Nigeria’s privatisation programme as Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises and he served as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007 where he oversaw an environmental restoration of the city, gave Nigeria its first computerized land registry and initiated the pension reforms process that birthed the new contributory pension scheme.
In 2013 he became the interim Deputy National Security and Founding Member of National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Member of the APC National Elections Planning Committee, Strategy Committee, National Mobilization Committee, and Anambra Governorship Elections Committee amongst other party assignments. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress.
In October 2001, he was conferred a national honour, OFR (Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) by the Federal Government of Nigeria.