Finbarr James Zirra was born on 27th September, 1966 in Kaduna State. He attended Primary Education in Demonstration Primary School Bazza, Michika Local Government of Adamawa State; Secondary Education at Government Secondary School Mubi, Adamawa State; he studied Civil Engineering at University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State; he got his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, he bagged his Maters in International Management at University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and finally got his PhD in Management Investment at Universidad Central De Nicaragua.

Finbarr James Zirra started his working career as a Civil Engineer II through ranks to become Director.

He has traveled through many countries and has also attended series of courses that has enhanced his knowledge capacity and has sharpened his leadership quality and widened his knowledge of contact within the Civil Service and Nigeria as a whole.