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Dr. Kabir Kabo Usman

Dr. Kabir Kabo Usman

Pro-Chancellor & Chairman of Council


An accomplished administrator and scholar; Dr. Usman parades over three decades of public service experience in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. He was the Assistant Principal for Access and Higher Education at The Manchester College in the United Kingdom, a tertiary institution with over 60,000 students and an income of more than 200 million Pounds. From 2010 to 2018 he served as Director General and CEO at the Nigerian Centre for Management Development in Abuja. The centre is responsible for the accreditation and licencing of Management Consultants (CMD) and institutes in Nigeria. From CMD, he joined the International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education Abuja as Director General, a position he still holds. In 2008, he served as Technical Adviser to the Minister of National Planning on Social Sector Strategy, Coordination of Vision 20-2020.  Presidential Advisor to President Yar’Adua on the implementation of his Seven-Point Agenda. Dr. Usman was also a Consultant to the European Union on Strategy and Policy Coordination involving Vision 20:2020, and National M&E Framework besides the National Implementation Plan for Nigeria.  From 2008-2009 he also served as Technical Adviser to the Minister of Education.


Dr. Usman holds a foundation degree in Chemistry from Bayero University Kano and a Masters and PhD in Chemical Technology (with concentrations in Petroleum Chemistry and Hydrocarbon) from Manchester University UK. Dr. Usman, has presented and published various scholarly papers on different areas. He is also an author of four books.


Dr Usman attended several national and international courses, seminars and conferences on education, leadership and management worldwide, including the OPEC Professional Development Conference in Vienna Austria in 2009. 2009: Leadership in Development conference at Harvard University, USA. In July 2012, he became a licensed Certification and Accreditation professional for Training Institutions and Trainers in Baltimore USA. In August 2010, I attended a conference on China EXPO in Shanghai and a Training on Supply Chain and Logistics Management in Beijing (June 2010). Global Education conference in Dubai in 2015. In 2014 and 2016: World Economic Forum in Nigeria and South Africa. Adviser to the board in Paul de Camp Community College, Virginia USA. Capacity building programme on anti-corruption in Nairobi, Kenya; Capacity Building programme organised by ACBF in Zimbabwe; Delivered a training programme at GIMPA, Ghana in 2013; Conducted a Train the Trainers programme for the University of Gambia and Gambia Technical College. He has served as a standing facilitator for programmes at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) at Kuru Jos. Lead Consultant for Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas on management development courses and at the University of Melbourne in Australia in 2013. In 2014 he led the Nigerian delegation to South Korea on E-government. In June 2016, he presented a paper on the Challenges of Human Capital Development in Africa at the University of Manchester UK.



He was a founding member of the Nigerian Muslim Forum in UK and Ireland and served as the Financial Secretary for three years and an Amir for five years. Dr. Usman is on the board of various public and private sector establishments. He is a recipient of numerous awards, commendations and recognitions from many professional bodies and institutions including:

  • Director-General of the Year (2013) by Public Notice International Magazine
  • Fellow, African Business School (FABS)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Administration (FCIA)
  • Fellow, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (FNIMN)
  • Felloe, National Institute of Planners (FNIP).