Senior Management

Dr. Mansur Muhtar

Vice President, Country Programs

Mr. Muhtar previously served as Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank Group (2011-2014) as well as Co-Chair of the UN Inter-Governmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Finance (2013-2014). He has served as Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as Chairman of the National Economic Management team (2008-2010), as Executive Director, African Development Bank (2007-2008) and as Director-General of Nigeria’s Debt Management Office (2003-2007).

Earlier in his career, he was Senior Lecturer and Head of the Economics department at Bayero University in Nigeria and served for a decade in various positions at the World Bank headquarters, including as the Senior Economist and Administrator on the Young Professionals Program. He has also served as Deputy General Manager, Strategic Management and Economics division, United Bank for Africa Plc. And as a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for the Study of Economies of Africa in Abuja.

Mr. Muhtar holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Sussex in the UK and a masters degree in the Economics and Politics of Development from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, and King’s College, Lagos.

He has attended numerous leadership and professional development courses at the Kennedy School, Harvard University; the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and the Singapore Civil Service Administrative College. Mr. Muhtar is a recipient of the Nigeria National Honors Award – Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) – for his contribution to national development.

Dr. Zamir Iqbal

Vice President, Finance (Chief Financial Officer)

Prior to joining the IDB, Mr. Iqbal served at the World Bank for 25 years, latterly as head of the World Bank’s Global Islamic Finance Development Center in Istanbul. His experience spans the capital markets, asset management and risk management. Islamic finance has been his research focus and he has co-authored several articles and books on Islamic finance on the topics of banking risk, financial inclusion, economic development, financial stability and risk-sharing. He played an instrumental role in the publication of the World Bank’s and the IDB’s first global report on Islamic finance. He earned his Ph.D. in international finance from the George Washington University and served as Professional faculty at the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University.