Zacch Adedeji, PhD.


Zacch Adedeji, PhD, an esteemed executive was recently appointed by the President as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), where he’s expected to provide strategic leadership, foster a culture of excellence, collaborate on fiscal policies, and enhance revenue collection. Before this, he had held the vital role of the Special Adviser on Revenue to the President, focusing on refining revenue strategies and conducting fiscal policy analysis. His pedigree extends to his impactful tenure as the Commissioner for Finance in Oyo state, as well as his significant roles at The Procter & Gamble Company, where he excelled in leadership for almost a decade.

Zacch’s academic achievements are equally outstanding, these include an M.Sc. (Hons) in Accounting, a B.Sc. (Hons) in Management and Accounting, and a National Diploma in Accountancy. His commitment to excellence is evident through his consistent top-of-class performance in all academic pursuits.

Adedeji takes pride in his distinction as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and his esteemed membership of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. His professional journey was further enriched by his completion of executive programs at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he acquired expertise in leadership, public policy, and economic development.

Additionally, he successfully undertook specialized training in Internal Controls and Stewardship, Finance and Accounting, and SAP. Zacch Adedeji’s unwavering commitment to excellence rightfully earned him numerous accolades, which include the prestigious Fellowship of ICAN, the Award for Excellence in Financial Management by the Nigeria Institute of Management, the Outstanding Young Professional Award by the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, and the esteemed recognition as the Best Graduating Student in the Department of Management and Accounting at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

Zacch Adedeji stands out as a distinguished executive celebrated for his financial expertise, operational prowess, and unwavering dedication to excellence. His visionary leadership has consistently propelled the organizations where he had had a stint towards success and fostered efficiency and profitability.

Zacch Adedeji PhD,  is from Oyo State. He holds a first-class degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

He proceeded to have a Masters degree in Accounting from the same institution. He didn’t stop there as his quest for more knowledge led him to obtain a PhD in Public Sector Finance at the same institution.

He holds a certificate in Comparative Tax Policy and Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a Fellow of ICAN and CITN.

Adedeji had an impressive career trajectory. He worked at Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) later becoming a Manager.

He became a Commissioner for Finance, in Oyo State during the period from 2011 to 2015 under Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s administration.

He later occupied the position of Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC).

His tenure in Oyo State was marked by significant achievements, including spearheading a team of fewer than 50 individuals to establish a Medium-Term Financial (MTF) strategy that enhanced the overall framework of financial and budgetary management in the state.

This strategy led to financial reporting excellence, resulting in sustainable growth in cash flow for recurrent and capital expenditures, including the timely funding of the construction of over 200 roads and bridges, as well as road repairs across the 33 Local Governments.

Notable accomplishments also include the implementation of a minimum wage increase from N7,500 to N19,000 and the addition of a 13th-month salary for civil servants in the state.

Additionally, his efforts resulted in annual budgetary savings of N7.2 billion through state finance process efficiencies. During his tenure, he maintained a record of not incurring new state debt and reduced the state’s debt exposure by 50%.

Beyond his public service, Adedeji is the co-founder and managing partner of RTR, a financial consulting firm that offers financial advisory and policy development services to public administrators and private institutions in West Africa.