National Partners

 

UMAR .A. HASHIDU

 

Umar Hashidu has over the last 5 years has been a doctoral researcher, a consulting practitioner and a tutor at the centre for innovation and enterprise at Warwick Business School. His passion for inculcating a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation as a means of creating prosperity and employment for the next generation drove him to teach international perspective on entrepreneurship and innovation in high tech firms to university students. His penchant for teaching made him volunteer to teach at a local school in Coventry as an undergraduate student and to be selected as part of Warwick in Africa education programme to teach in South Africa in conjunction with Witwatersrand University. This has enabled Umar to understand the need to teach students to be inventive to foster entrepreneurship and growth especially in the African continent.

 

Umar has put research into practice by setting up a business process outsourcing firm to provide service to Nigerian firms that lack the skills set and expertise so that they can compete in the global market. Straddling between Europe and Africa has given Umar a nuanced and global perspective on knowledge, innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship and the role of governments/leadership in providing a framework to unleash untapped human potential. Umar in his research, education, and travels has acquired team-building skills, which he put into practice in setting up a firm and winning a multi-million dollar consultancy engagement, as well as mentoring young entrepreneurs through Warwick Ventures; strong communications and analytical skills which he employs in various spheres of life.

 

Umar is a post-viva doctoral researcher in knowledge management and innovation doing his corrections at Warwick Business School; he holds a BEng in Systems Engineering and an MSc in International Technology Management both from Warwick University, UK.

SULAIMAN .M. ABUBAKAR

 

Sulaiman M Abubakar has an extensive background in computer science and information technology and also studied Computer Graphics, Visual Arts and Communication Design at Eastern Mediterranean University in North Cyprus. 4 years prior to moving back to Nigeria in 2012, Sulaiman primarily worked as a creative consultant for companies operating in Cyprus, Turkey, England and Austria.

 

Since returning to Nigeria, Sulaiman has worked and is still working with Companies like Oil Revenue Tracking Initiative, Abuja Investment Company Limited, Heinrich Boell, Capital Agricultural development limited, World Bank assisted Community and Social Development Project, Songhai Aviation Limited and Prima Derma Centre (Skin and laser) as a creative consultant and Visual Communications Designer. Thanks to the versatility and diversity of his skill set, he has gained invaluable knowledge, experience and expertise. 

 

Being an Autodidact has, over the years allowed Sulaiman to learn Digital Image Forensics.  He then went on further to learn more outside his field - things like Philosophy, Psychology and theoretical physics

 

Sulaiman is currently the CEO and Creative Director of Far-Out Media Design - A media design  and visual advertising company he founded (Which is Based in Abuja)

NASIR BABA-AHMED

 

Nasir has reasonable combination of management functionalities with a diversified experience in the field of Computing Information Systems, Cyber Security & Forensic Computing. Nasir Graduated from University of Coventry, U.K. with Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computing Science and I.T, with an Upper Second Class (2-1), and a Master’s Degree in Digital Forensics from University of Coventry, UK as well. A resourceful and a focused Information and communications specialist, with considerable exposure in Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing and Project Management. He had earlier worked as a Computer Analyst at Baze University Abuja, Nigeria, then as an Assistant IT manger, and now the Deputy IT manager and Network Security Officer.

 

With professional Certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacking from the University of Technology Mara Malaysia, AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE), MikroTik Certified Network Associate (MTCNA), Cyber Security First Responder, Incident Response & Forensic Investigation Expert (CSIRT), and Software and Penetration Testing Certification (NITDA-NSQAP). Nasir has implemented many ideas such as the State of the art biometrically driven examination system and policy framework, biometric attendance systems, and Enterprise Resource Planning, both locally and abroad.

 

 

OLUSOLA AKINBOLA

Olusola Akinbola is a Principal in Forensic System Solutions (FSS) - Forensic Advisory Practice.

Olusola Akinbola has over nine (9) years’ experience in forensic advisory practice with professional and industry experience in investigations and forensic audit, regulatory compliance and risk analysis.

He provides integrity advisory services including fraud risk assessments, investigations, development of compliance and ethics programs, and ethics and integrity monitoring for clients in industry and government, dispute advisory services, enterprise risk management, accounting advisory, internal audits, regulatory compliance reviews, internal control reviews, contracts and procurement review etc.

Olusola has facilitated trainings not limited to the following areas highlighted below for various organizations

  • Anti-money laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)

  • Fraud Awareness

  • Due Diligence

  • Financial Due Diligence in Merger and Acquisition

  • AB&C Due Diligence

  • Code of Conduct & Ethics

  • Risk Based Internal Audit

Olusola has served in the following prestigious companies as listed below:

  • Innovius Resources & Solutions Limited, Director, Forensic Advisory

  • KPMG Professional Services, Nigeria, Assistant Deputy Manager, Forensic Accountant

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC), Consultant, Forensic Accountant

  • Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, Compliance and Enforcement Officer

  • Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Senior Investigator

 

His professional qualifications include:

  • Master in Public Sector Accounting

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting

  • Private Member, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS),

  • Member, Certified Forensic Examiners Nigeria and

  • Associate Member, Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE)