BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

 
Board Member

 

H.E. Atiku Abubakar, GCON
Chairman

H.E. Atiku Abubakar (Wazirin Adamawa), GCON, was elected Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. As Vice President, he chaired the National Economic Council which was responsible for assembling the outstanding talent that transformed the Nigerian economy, more than quadrupling GDP between 2000 – 2007. His political career began with Shehu Yar’Adua’s determination to build a national Read More

 
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Mr. Akin Kekere-Ekun
Vice Chairman

Mr. Akin Kekere-Ekun serves as Director, Africapital Management Limited, an institution that provides financial and investment advisory services to a diversified client base including corporations, financial institutions, governments, state owned enterprises and high-net worth individuals. Mr. Kekere-Ekun is the former Managing Director, Habib Nigeria Bank Limited and former Chairman, Technical Committee. Read More

 
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Lt. General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, Rtd.
Trustee

Lt. General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau (Rtd.) sserved as Nigeria's National Security Adviser (NSA) under successive Presidents, including Ibrahim Babangida, Olusegun Obasanjo, and Goodluck Jonathan. Highlights of his career include serving as Military Governor, Director Military Intelligence (DMI), Coordinator on National Security (CONS), Chief of Army Staff (COAS), and Honourable Minister of Defence (HMOD). Read More

 
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Mr. Yomi Edu
Trustee

Mr Yomi Edu is a qualified Insurance Broker and Attorney, receiving his LLB, Barrister at Law, from the University of Buckingham, England in 1989. He has served on various boards including the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank, African Alliance Insurance Company, Kewalrams Nigeria Limited and Afcot Nigeria Limited. He was appointed Federal Minister for Special Duties in the Obasanjo Administration from 1999 to 2003. Read More

 
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Attorney Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, SAN, OON
Trustee

Attorney Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2001. He is the first Vice President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and Founder of Dikko & Mahmoud law firm. He was the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association and Pro-chancellor of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil. Attorney Mahmoud is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and serves as a Non-Executive Director Read More

 
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Ms. Ayisha Osori
Trustee

Ms. Ayisha Osori is a lawyer, advocate, writer and international development consultant. She has over fifteen years’ experience in cooperate and regulatory practice, business management and administration, communications, civil society and project management. Ms. Osori has consulted for the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Department for International Development, United Nations International Children’s Read More

 
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Chief Dubem Onyia
Trustee

Chief Dubem Onyia was elected Member of the House of Representatives in 1999 and resigned to serve as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2003. During the period he was also appointed Chairman, International Technical Commission for the National Boundary Commission; Chairman, Nigeria Economic Joint Commission and Chairman Sao Tome and Principe Joint Boundary Commission. Read More

 
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Hajia Binta Yar’Adua
Trustee

Hajia Binta Yar’Adua is the widow of late Shehu Musa Yar'Adua. They married on December 27, 1965 after her graduation from Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Ilorin, Kwara State. In addition to Hajia Binta's active participation in guiding Yar’Adua Foundation programmes, she devotes herself to religious and charity work in Kaduna and Katsina States.

 
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Mallam Murtala Yar’Adua
Treasurer

Mallam Murtala Yar’Adua is the eldest son of Shehu Yar’Adua and served as Minister of State, Defence during the Goodluck Administration. He attended Southeastern University, London, England from 1994-1997 and holds a B.Sc. Degree in Business Management and an MBA in Financial Management. He serves as Director of Hamada Holdings Nigeria Ltd, Kaduna and Nation House Press, Kaduna. Read More

 
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Mrs. Jacqueline Farris
Trustee

Mrs. Jacqueline Farris served as Director General of the Yar’Adua Foundation from its inception in 1998 to July 2022. Born in Panama City, Florida, U.S.A., she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Urban Development from Michigan State University in 1977, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Her career achievements include Legislative Staff, Office of Congressman Andrew Young, Washington, D.C. (1976-1977).Read More