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Nabila Aguele MBA'14J

Special Adviser to Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning

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Nabila Aguele is a lawyer and public policy advisor, with an interest in sustainable development work at the intersection of human capital development and public financial management.

She currently serves as a Special Adviser to Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, and supports on international development cooperation; and performance monitoring and evaluation for data-driven policy formulation and implementation. A strong advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, Nabila is supporting the Ministry and its Agencies on interventions to make public financial management systems more gender responsive. In 2020, she joined an international panel of distinguished Judges for the Girl Rising #MyStory Challenge, co-sponsored by HP and aimed at raising awareness on gender, racial, and economic inequalities through storytelling.

Nabila previously served as a Special Adviser to the Nigerian Minister of Finance, and as a Technical/Special Adviser to the Nigerian Minister of State for Budget & National Planning. Before that she practiced law in the United States, representing Fortune 500 companies in complex civil litigations at international law firms Morrison & Foerster LLP and Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal LLP (now “Dentons”).  She was also a Special Assistant Attorney General (on secondment) with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General. Her passion for impact-driven-lawyering and leadership development led her to complete a two-year term as a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and Professor with the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at her alma mater, the American University Washington College of Law.

Nabila has been a member of the INSEAD Campaign Board since 2019, and a member of the INSEAD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Taskforce since 2020. A firm believer in the power of the arts to drive change, she also sits on the Advisory Board for Talentx Africa, a media and entertainment investment platform aimed at empowering African filmmakers and investors. Nabila received her BSc. in Human Biology from the University of Toronto, her Juris Doctor (JD) from the American University Washington College of Law, and her MBA from INSEAD. She is an acrylic artist and has exhibited and sold her work in the United States.