The Foundation has appointed Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano as the Director-General/CEO replacing Adeniyi Karunwi. He resumed office on April 4, 2018.
Dr Aminu-Kano is an astute and experienced natural resource management expert with more than thirty-years cumulative experience in management, advocacy and research in the fields of protected area management, wider biodiversity conservation, climate change, agriculture, humanitarian work and poverty reduction in Nigeria, Africa and globally. He, at different times in his professional career worked as an Assistant Director, Lake Chad Research Institute, Maiduguri (Jan 1990 – Sept 1998), Project Director, Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Project, Nigeria (Jan 1993 – Mar 1995) and Executive Director/CEO, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria (Oct 1998 – Feb 2003).
He was also the Senior Adviser on Policy & Advocacy at the Birdlife International Secretariat, Cambridge for Eight Years and one of his deliverables was to ensure that Policy & Advocacy work on Multilateral Environmental Agreements are integrated with and contributes substantially to the work of other components of the Environment and Sustainable Development Division, as well as relevant thematic and regional programmes.
Dr Aminu-Kano is a trained leader and administrator and has varying experiences in NGO management and Government - NGO partnerships and policy formulation and implementation through national, regional and international work. Before joining the Foundation in April 2018, Dr Aminu-Kano served as the Senior Policy Adviser, Poverty Reduction & Climate Change, Islamic Relief Secretariat, Birmingham, UK (July 2011 – Dec 2013) and most recently as the Head of Research & Development at the Humanitarian Academy for Development in Birmingham, UK (Jan 2014 – March 2018).
Dr. Aminu-Kano bagged a BSc in Zoology (1st Class Honours) from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria in 1981. Also obtained a Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) in Entomology, in 1987. He thereafter capped it with a Doctorate Degree in Applied Ecology from Imperial College, University of London in 1987.
The Council is confident that Dr Aminu-Kano’s appointment will be a beneficial one which will position the organization for greater achievements locally and internationally and also strengthen our partnerships. His wealth of experience in nature and biodiversity conservation will contribute immensely to the positive change in the burning environmental issues.