Mohammed Datti Yola is a retired General Manager at the National Pension Commission (PenCom) and the pioneer Head of the Surveillance Department. In that capacity he was responsible for the licensing of all Pension Fund Administrators and Custodians as well as monitoring on an on-going basis. Under his stewardship the Surveillance Department gave birth to an industry that is now a cornerstone of the Nigerian economy managing financial assets of over N9 trillion.
Datti was a regulator for most of his over 35 years professional career. He started with the Central Bank of Nigeria where he rose to the rank of a Senior Bank Examiner before a brief sojourn with UBA Plc and Habib Nigeria Bank Limited where he served as Senior Manager and Financial Controller, respectively.
He is also a Certified Director of the INSEAD Business School, Paris and has attended several leadership courses over the last two decades in top Business Schools in the USA such as Columbia University, Darden Business School, University of Virginia, Chicago Booth, University of Chicago and Kellog Business School, Northwestern University, Chicago.
His expertise is mainly in Financial Regulation and Supervision, Contributory Pension Scheme and its regulation and supervision, Financial Accounting, leadership programmes and global best practice in running a company’s Board and has been a facilitator for both CBN Bank Examiners and Pension Examiners Programmes at the Central Bank of Nigeria and the National Pension Commission as well as being a Director of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) up to his retirement from Pencom.
Datti is a chartered accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and holds a degree in accounting and an MBA both from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.