Dr. Abdu Mukhtar: Dr. Abdu Mukhtar has acquired extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. Until recently he was the Group Managing Director/CEO of the Abuja Investments Company where he chaired the Boards of a dozen subsidiaries across several sectors and was nominated for the Nigeria’s CEO of the Year Award by Thisday Newspapers in 2009. Prior to that, Dr. Mukhtar had held several positions including Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Economic Matters; Transaction Adviser at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE); Consultant with Pittiglio Rabin Todd & Mcgrath (PRTM) Consulting, Boston; Consultant, Harvard Centre For International Development and Research Associate at the Boston University Medical Centre. While serving in these capacities, Dr. Mukhtar handled very strategic and challenging tasks and transactions in various sectors across Africa, Asia, North America and the Middle East, and gained experience in privatization, public-private partnerships, public service reforms, service delivery improvement initiatives, venture capital, management consulting, entrepreneurship and non-governmental organizations. He undertook several consulting engagements in the pharmaceutical and biotech space with both large and small sized companies.
Dr. Mukhtar attended the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria College of Medicine and the Boston University School of Medicine where he bagged Doctor of Medicine degree (MB.BS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, respectively. He also obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School and attended certificate courses at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, INSEAD, Oxford University and the African Leadership Institute, South Africa.
Dr. Mukhtar is the recipient of several prestigious awards and was profiled in the “2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century” and the Millennium edition of “Who’s Who in America: Science and Engineering”. He is/was a member of the Boston Cancer Research Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, New York Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Gene Therapy and Fellow of the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
On a personal note, Dr. Mukhtar enjoys reading, traveling, non-profit work/community development and sits on the Boards of several non-profit organizations including LEAP Africa, African University of Science and Technology (AUST) Abuja and the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) Global Advisory Board.