Engr. Ahmad Rufa’i Zakari is the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure. Before his appointment as Special Adviser, Mr. Zakari built an impressive career at General Electric where he acquired extensive experience, expertise, and knowledge of the electricity as well as the oil and gas sector. From 2012 to 2014 he held the position of the Executive Director & Audit Manager of Sub Saharan Africa & the Middle East division of GE Corporate.
In 2015 he was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of General Electric Nigeria. In 2017 he got increased responsibility, being appointed Executive Director for GE’s Power business in Sub-Saharan Africa. In that position, he was responsible for the company’s gas power business in Nigeria and South Africa, with over 150 turbines and up to 8GW of installed capacity.
In 2019 he was appointed as the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure. Ahmad also serves as the Secretary to the Presidential Power Reform Coordination Working Group.
Ahmad has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics. He is actively involved with community and Emirate affairs in his native Jigawa state.