The Inspiring Trailblazer Leaving Her Footprints In Nigeria’s Banking World “My philosophy in life is to do what one enjoys doing and have a passion for it.” Passion: Easily overlooked, yet oh-so powerful. Purpose. FIRE. Impossibilities Happen! The fuel behind the most influential personalities.
Osaretin Afusat Demuren, highly influential and super accomplished, a woman of many firsts.
The financial expert joined Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 1976 where she served for 33 years holding several significant roles in Research, Exchange Control and Trade & Exchange Departments. In 1999, Osaretin Demuren became the first female to be appointed a Departmental Director of the Apex Bank as the Director of Trade & Exchange. “I got to the peak of my career at CBN as the Director of Human Resources. It was a different experience and I enjoyed it. The CBN was my constituency and we made decisions that affected the lives of every Nigerian. I am fulfilled.” April 2015, Demuren would record yet another feat, emerging the first female Chairman of Guaranty Trust Bank.
The top financier is a graduate of some of the world’s top business schools such as Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Upenn Wharton Business School, Moscow Institute of Economics, Statistics and Infomatics, Kiev State University, Kiev. Upenn Wharton Business School amongst others.
Highly accomplished, Demuren also sits on board of companies such as Trust Fund Pensions Plc. and LAPO Microfinance Bank and is also affiliated with the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Society for Human Resource Management of America,
Nigerian Statistical Association and Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria
Ever driven by the need to inspire, to impact her world, a philanthropist, Demuren founded the Alphamen Foundation, dedicated to skill development for children who find it difficult to gain admission into the university.
The 69 year old is married to former Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren.