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Rukaiya El-Rufai breaks record, becomes 1st female northerner to be PwC Partner

Rukaiya El-Rufa Rukaiya El-Rufai has joined the elite partnership of PricewaterhouseCoopers Nigeria, making her the first female person from the northern region to be elevated into such a position in a ‘big four’ accounting firm. On Thursday, the company announced its class of 2020 partners, which also includes Akinyemi Akingbade, Chioma Obaro, Kunle Amida, Olusola Adewole, Tosin Labeodan, Wura Olowofoyeku, and Yinka Yusuf, a statement from its publicists say. Banditry: El-Rufai assures farmers of protection El-Rufai links good policy making to reliable data Prior to the admission, Rukaiya worked at the company as the Associate Director of Risk Advisory and Head of Sustainability.

37-year-old Rukaiya, who describes herself as results-oriented and having a keen eye for value creation, studied accounting at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating with second-class honours, upper-division. She is certified by the UK-based Financial Training Company and graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Master of Public Administration in 2007. The following year, she got a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Germany. She had interned both at the Lagos and Abuja offices of the PwC in 2005 and 2006 respectively. She also worked at various times as Group Financial Analyst at IHS Nigeria; Specialist, Corporate Quality and Excellence at Etisalat; Associate, Management Consulting at KPMG Professional Services; and Senior Manager, Risk Advisory at Deloitte & Touche ㅡ the last two also members of the “big four”.

Working with Nigeria’s finance minister as a special adviser, she led the development of the Strategic Revenue Growth Initiatives (SRGI), a revenue growth and management blueprint for the country. “It’s been a very insightful opportunity I will always cherish,” she said about the project, which led to the review of tax laws after many years among other key reforms.

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