Adaora Umeoji

Adaora Umeoji

Deputy Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc


Dr. Adaora Umeoji is the Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc.

With over 20 years cognate banking and broad executive management experience, Dr Adaora Umeoji rose through the ranks to her current position.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Jos, an MBA from University of Calabar and a Doctorate degree in Business Administration from Apollos University, Great Falls, Montana, USA. Her dissertation was on inspirational leadership and her findings have been recognized as a major contribution in leadership and people management.

She was trained in strategic thinking and management at Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania, USA and also holds a Certificate in Management from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

She is a member of notable professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Institute of Credit Administration, Nigerian Institute of Management, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria and Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators.

Dr. Adaora Umeoji has presented lead papers at major academic conferences and symposia. Recently, she was a keynote speaker at the Zenith Global Economic Forum held in New York City, USA where she delivered a thought-provoking lecture on Financing Growth Drivers in the Nigerian Economy.

Dr. Adaora Umeoji has at different times participated in high-level Bankers’ meetings with impactful contributions towards the advancement of the banking industry and national economic growth and development. She has delivered several motivational speeches at strategic sessions aimed at mentoring youths and managers, especially banking professionals.

Beyond banking, Dr. Adaora Umeoji supports research and learning on inspirational leadership, mentorship, talent development, collaboration, change and adaptability, strategic thinking, innovation and creativity, amongst others.

Dr Adaora Umeoji promotes the Pink Breath Cancer Care Foundation which supports several healthcare programs within the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

Dr. Adaora Umeoji has won numerous awards for excellence and creativity in management. Her contribution towards improving humanity has been recognized by the Nigerian Red Cross, Catholic Women organization of Nigeria and the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators among other non-governmental organizations both within and outside the country.

As a result of her passion in promoting professionalism in the banking industry and improving the well-being of the less privileged, Dr Adaora Umeoji founded the Catholic Bankers Association of Nigeria (CBAN), a platform she uses to promote ethical banking and service to humanity.



27th November 2019.