Safiya Stephanie Musa is a Banking professional, a Social Entrepreneur and a Humanitarian with excellent track record in various spheres of endeavour. She’s a graduate of Economics from the prestigious Bayero University Kano, and has also received further education at several world class institutions, including Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School, and INSEAD Business School.
Safiya is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria, Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Member of the Project Management Institute, Fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative, a Member of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), and a Mentor, Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP)
She has held various positions at First Bank of Nigeria Ltd, and her philosophy of an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence ensured that she consistently surpassed expectations. Safiya also has International banking experience in her former role as Chief Representative Officer for First Bank in Abu Dhabi. She was responsible for formulating the strategic leadership direction of First Bank’s growth in the UAE as a preferred trade financing vehicle between the UAE and Nigeria. In this role, Safiya managed the bank’s relationships with a broad range of stakeholders and financial regulators in the UAE.
Safiya co-founded EduShine Foundation to assist students of public schools to maximise their educational potentials by providing extramural classes, mentoring program and online-based educational resources. Through this effort, she helps promote inclusive and quality education and lifelong learning for all, thereby substantially helping to achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 4. The Foundation also provides funding to small-scale business owners. This initiative is called the ‘Power Of N50k’.
She partners with many NGOs focusing on Education and Health Care for the less privileged. She’s a BOT member of the Phenomenal African Women (PAW), Women Empowered in Leadership Advancement and Development (WELEAD) and Emerge Women organizations. She also works in advisory capacity with Smile Missions Health Care (SMHC) in providing medical service support to areas ravaged by Boko Haram terrorism. Internationally, Safiya has participated in fund-raising initiatives for the Institute of Cancer Research, UK and other charitable activities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Safiya is renowned for her intellect, leadership qualities, passionate commitment to worthy causes, versatility, diligence and an impactful results-oriented approach to issues. She is also at the vanguard of numerous initiatives to promote and support the socio-economic development of Nigeria.