The Women's World Banking Team

Zouera Youssoufou

Managing Director & CEO of the Aliko Dangote Foundation


Zouera Youssoufou is the Managing Director/CEO of the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), the largest private Foundation on Africa, based in Lagos. In this role, she leads the Foundation’s efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education and economic empowerment outcomes for the needy, primarily in Nigeria and in Africa.

In addition, she sits on several Boards including SE4All, Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, ONE Global Leadership Circle, Center for the Strategic Studies on Africa, and ABC Health. Since March 2020, Zouera coordinates the Secretariat of CACOVID – the Nigerian Private sector coalition against Covid-19.

Prior to joining ADF, Zouera was the World Bank Country Manager for Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tomé and Principe. As such, she was the front-line person in the relationship with all three Governments and conducted day-to-day dialogue with all levels of Government, donors and civil society.

Zouera joined the World Bank Group in 2005 and spent 6 years at the International Finance Corporation (private sector arm of the World Bank Group), where she led the Global Women in Business Program (WIN).

Her previous experiences include working with the European Union on private sector development issues, and management consulting with Deloitte in Ghana. Zouera holds an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Isenberg School of Business. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Hausa.