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Umar Khalifa Yakubu is the Founder of CyberLogik Foundation. He is an Intelligent Systems Engineer with 10 years working experience in Oil & Gas, Banking, and Information Technology. He is also the CEO of Najwa Farms, and the Technical Assistant to the CIO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. (NNPC). 

In 2016, Umar Yakubu was named 1 of 100 Top Arewa Personalities of the year, among other recognitions in the previous years such as FIFA Fairplay Ambassador and Area Youth Empowerment & Enlightenment Initiative Ambassador.


Fatima Yetcha Ajimi Badu is an indegene of Borno state, she is a passionate photographer and one of the drivers of the #UntoldStoriesOfTheNorthEast online photo campaign. She is a fellow of the Northeast Social Innovation Fellowship – NESIF, a project aimed at countering violent extremism in northeastern Nigeria sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development Office of Transition (USAID /OTI) being implemented by the North East Regional Initiatives-NERI.

Fatima is also a program Manager for Youth Network for Revival and Empowerment (You-Net), a local NGO that aims at promoting social Justice and creating opportunities for young people.


‘Tola Onayemi, LLB, LLM (Cambridge), BL, is an international lawyer with expertise in international trade, investment, transactions, technology (specializing in intellectual property) and competition policy. He is currently working closely with the global law firm, King & Spalding, on developing a trade remedy infrastructure to safeguard the Nigerian economy from unfair international trade practices.

Deeply invested in the technology ecosystem, he has provided legal advisory services to technology companies (including start-up and growth phase entities) in West Africa, Europe and North America.

Prior to the NOTN,ola provided technical policy support on industry, trade and investment within the Office of the Nigerian Vice President and served as Reform Leader within the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat. Thanks to team efforts, Nigeria moved up 24 ranks within the World Bank’s global EoDB ranking. 


Dr Amina Abubakar Bello is a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a Master’s degree in public health and an advocate for the reproductive health rights of women.

She is the wife of the Niger State Governor and the founder of Raise Foundation; a nongovernmental organization whose vision is of a Nigerian where no woman dies from pregnancy related causes. Her work at the foundation has led her to become intimately involved with the plight of women with varying reproductive health issues especially women with obstetric fistula (VVF), Breast and cervical cancer. The treatment and rehabilitation of women with VVF is one of the main maternal health interventions her foundation is currently involved in.

In the last three years, her foundation has treated over one hundred women with VVF across the 3 senatorial zones of Niger State which has been instrumental to the integration of these woman back into the society. She is currently planning a centre dedicated to the treatment and prevention of fistula in the state in collaboration with the State government and the Federal Ministry of Health. She provides free birth kits to women in a bid to improve antenatal care attendance and deliveries in the primary health care centres as a way of curbing the complications from home deliveries.

In addition to her work on maternal health, she is involved in empowerment schemes for women and spends considerable time mentoring young girls as part of her girl-child education intervention


Ayisha is a lawyer and consultant with over 18 years experience in the public and private sectors including work with the World Bank, United Nations Children’s Fund, National Democratic Institute and Department of International Development on projects related to good governance, gender equality, women’s economic and political participation and ending violence against women. She sits on the board of various organisations in the public and private sector.

She is a published writer. Her latest book, Love Does Not Win Elections, about her experience contesting the PDP primaries in 2014 was recently released to much acclaim. She collaborated on a series of children’s textbooks on social studies used in primary schools and a children’s reference book on Nigeria. She kept a weekly column for five years, in Thisday’s The Lawyer newspaper and most recently, as the Nigerian Citizen for the Leadership newspaper where she covered legal and social issues ranging from state sponsored marriages to good governance. Ms. Osori is a regular commentator on radio and television and has been involved in numerous campaigns to improve social justice for women and girls and to improve governance in Nigeria.

Ms. Osori, an Eisenhower Fellow, graduated with law degrees from the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School and has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is licensed to practice law in Nigeria and the State of New York.


Jude Abaga also known as MI, an acronym for Mr. Incredible, is a Nigerian Hip Hop Artiste, lyricist, producer, songwriter, instrumentalist and record label executive. He is popularly referred to as the ‘Chairman’ and ‘Africa’s number 1 rapper’ by virtue of his hit songs and impressive track record in the Music Industry.

M.I. has won numerous awards including the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, and was nominated at the BET 2010 Awards in the Best International Act Category, most recently he won the Best Rap Album and Lyricist on a roll at the just concluded Headies award. He is signed to Chocolate City record label where he is currently the CEO of Chocolate City Music.


Gloria Emmanuel is a writer, and news reporter. She is a Fellow of NESIF, which is a project aimed at countering violent extremism in northeastern Nigeria sponsored by USAID Office of Transition being implemented by the North East Regional Initiatives (NERI). She has worked in NTA Jalingo as a news reporter for 3 years and had her first article published in 2013 in Leadership Newspapers.

Gloria is very passionate about adding value to humanity and that has informed her use of the media to change incomplete narratives while advocating for tolerance, diversity, resilience in the face of extremism.


Alkasim Abdulkadir is a Communications Specialist he currently works as the Head of Media and Communications at Presidential Committee on North East Initiative.  He has also worked as a content producer for BBC Media Action and covered stories for CNN International, BBC World Service and as a news analyst and media fixer for Aljazeera and CCTV, his pieces have been featured in Guardian UK and Radio Netherlands. He won the 2012 Future Awards for Excellence in Journalism Award for his work on security and conflicts. He was an RNTC media delegate to the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague 2014.

He is a member of several organisations and think tanks among them is UK based Nigerian Security Network NSN he was appointed a member and spokesperson of the Presidential Committee on Victims Support Fund a 30 Billion Naira interventionist Fund for the North East. In 2015 he was invited as panelist to speak on Africa’s civil society place in a globalized space at the Oxford Africa Union Conference at Oxford University.  He is passionate about youth mentorship and reducing poverty through social entrepreneurship,  among his hobbies are photography and traveling.


Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah is the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria. Bishop Kukah was born on August 31, 1952 in Anchuna, Ikulu Chiefdom in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State. Kukah received his primary education at St. Fidelis Primary School, Zagom, then St. Joseph Minor Seminary, Zaria, before proceeding to St. Augustine Major Seminary Jos, Plateau State, where he studied Philosophy and Theology.

Kukah was ordained a Catholic Priest on December 19, 1976. Bishop M H Kukah also attended the University of Ibadan, where he obtained a diploma in Religious Studies. Kukah also received the Bachelor of Divinity at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome in 1976, followed by a Master’s degree in Peace Studies, at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 1980.

Kukah’s academic pursuits culminated with a PhD from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 1990. Between 1999 and 2001 he served as a member of the Nigerian Investigation Commission of Human Rights Violations. In addition to his work as a parish priest of Saint Andrews’s parish in Kakuri, Kaduna from 2004 until his nomination as bishop, he was secretary of the National Political Reform Conference (2005) and from 2005 onwards he has been serving as the chairman of the Ogoni-Shell Reconciliation. Additionally, between 2007 and 2009 he worked also in the committee for electoral reform set up by the Nigerian government


Kingsley Moghalu is a global leader who has made contributions to the stability, progress and wealth of nations, societies and individuals across such domains as academia, economic policy, banking and finance, entrepreneurship, law, and diplomacy. He is the author of several books, and his latest ‘Build, Innovate, Grow’ lays down a detailed blueprint for his goal to restore Nigeria.

He is the Founder & CEO of Sogato Strategies LLC, and previously worked for the United Nations for 17 years, leading successful work in national reconciliation and nation-building in fractured societies, risk management and management reform in the UN, and raising billions of dollars for social investments in developing countries by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva. He returned to Nigeria and was  deputy governor at the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009 – 2014, leading a team that stabilised the banking industry after the 2008 global financial crisis. In 2015, he returned to the US to become a Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University from 2015 – 2017.

Kingsley was educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Ph.D., M.Phil.), The Fletcher School at Tufts University (M.A.), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (LL.B.), and the Institute of Risk Management in London, UK. He has completed executive leadership programs in economic transformation, macroeconomic management, global leadership, corporate governance, and strategy at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Chicago Booth School of Business, and the International Monetary Fund Institute. A keen philanthropist, Kingsley founded the Isaac Moghalu Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support for literacy, educational institutions, and access to education for underprivileged children in ruralcommunities in Nigeria. He is also presently President of the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation.

He is also an international keynote speaker at industry conferences, and a frequent commentator in the global media including CNN, BBC World TV, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times.