Elizabeth Abubakar is a Future Africa Forum contributor and expert. Elizabeth Abubakar is an astute legal consultant, researcher and an advocate for sustainable development goals. She provides advisory in areas to include Public Policy and Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Corporate and Impact Investment.

She is a legal and development consultant at the Secretariat to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (under the Office of Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria) on the Ease of Doing Business Project. With a particular focus on the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), this reform project seeks to deploy innovative and sustainable solutions to removing bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria and improve the nation’s economy and investment climate.

In working with governmental bodies and international organisations, Elizabeth serves as the youngest reform leader on the team, providing strategic advisory support on initiating and implementing sustainable reforms to drive the implementation of the World Bank Doing Business reforms indicators to include Starting A Business, Enforcing Contracts, Resolving Insolvency, Protecting Minority Investors as well as legislative interventions. she has consistently championed the ease of doing business agenda with success which is contributory to the upward movement of Nigeria by on the World Bank Doing Business Index in the past years that she has been with the reform team at PEBEC.

Prior to this role, she worked as a legal associate with the Corporate and Investment team at Ikeyi & Arifayan ( a commercial law firm in Lagos) where she co-managed acquisition deals in Power, Agriculture and Telecommunication.