Aliyu Abdulhameed is a multi-talented Agricultural Economist and distinguished Abusite with varied experience in Institutional Development, Programme Management, and Process Development and Improvement. He is the pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the NIRSAL Plc.
Aliyu Abdulhameed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (with specialization in Public Policy) all from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Public Policy from the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) as well as an Executive Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Project Management College, United Kingdom.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed served as Executive Team Member of NIRSAL when it was a Project Office under the Development Finance Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
In a career spanning over 22 years, Aliyu has acquired deep and hands-on experience in important sectors of the emerging African agriculture economy. For instance, as a staff of Kewalrams Afcot Group, pioneer backward integrators in the Cotton Textile Garment (CTG) value chain, he was part of the team that was instrumental to the creation of Olam, the no 1 global commodity trader which links end to end value chains from primary production to industrial users of globally traded agric commodities.
With a rich blend of formal learning, passion, research, and hands-on experience in both the private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy, Mr. Abdulhameed has become one of the foremost Agribusiness Advocates in Nigeria and, indeed, Africa.
His experience cuts across Consultancy Services, Commercial Agricultural Production, and Processing, Commodity Marketing, Input Management, Agricultural Extension Services, Transportation, and Logistics.
This broad exposure in agriculture and agribusiness made him the preferred candidate to lead NIRSAL Plc, Nigeria’s most robust and innovative Agriculture Sector Development Finance Institution.
Through a blend of technical competence, result-focused leadership, and passionate advocacy, he has energized the institution and achieved important initial milestones which have provided a strong foundation for realizing NIRSAL’s unique vision of transforming the agriculture sector through de-risking the agricultural value chain.
A relentless campaigner for the use of technology to drive agriculture in Africa. Abdulhameed’s dexterous leadership has put NIRSAL in the continental spotlight.
Under his watch, NIRSAL has attracted the positive attention of respected global players in the agriculture sector including the African Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and other African countries like Rwanda, Liberia, etc.
Governments across Africa are also understudying and adopting the NIRSAL model to continue the chain of agricultural development across the continent.
Aliyu Abdulhameed is a Fellow of numerous professional associations including the Microfinance Association of the United Kingdom, the Institute of Credit Administration (ICA) in Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Management of Nigeria (CIPSMN), and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.
He is also, a Senior Associate Member of the Risk Managers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN), and an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).