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FIAU’s 3rd Annual Global Meeting 

Theme: “Strengthening Africa’s Higher Education in a Post COVID-19 World”

Africa’s higher education sector faces a decisive moment post COVID-19. In many respects there have been remarkable success stories to be proud of. But significant gaps continue to constrain, and in some cases curtail higher educational outcomes for our young people. In a day of highly stimulating keynotes, roundtables, and networking, the Meeting will be guided by four sub-themes.

Panel Tracks


Fostering sustainable university-industry partnership in sub-Saharan Africa.


African universities and the global North – pillars for win-win partnerships.


Integrating technology and entrepreneurship in universities.


Strengthening resource-constrained African universities through partnerships.

Welcome Remarks

Mr Andrew David Adejoh 

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education

Keynote Panel

Her Excellency, Prof. Sarah Agbor

African Union Commissioner, 2017-2022. (Guest of Honour)

Sir Joseph Ntung Ari (KSM)

DG/CEO, Industrial Training Fund, Nigeria.

Professor Abubakar Rasheed (Mfr)

Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission,

Mr Peter Riedel

President and COO, Rohde & Schwarz Munich, Germany

Professor Peter Okebukola (OFR)

Director, UNESCO IACIU, Abuja. (Moderator)

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Mr. David Adejo Andrew, a consummate professional with a passion for delivering results, was born on 21st October 1964 in Apapa, Lagos, Lagos State where he completed his Primary and Secondary Education at Army Children School 3, Apapa and Gaskiya College, Ijora-Badiya respectively.

He possesses a Second Class (Honours) Upper Division Degree in Botany from the University of Jos as well as an M.Sc Crop Science from the University of Maiduguri. He completed his mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Muhammadu Kobo Senior Secondary School, Lapai, Niger State.

Mr. Andrew gained employment in the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria in 1988 and was posted to the Federal Department of Forestry Field Office, Maiduguri, Borno State where he learnt the rudiments of the forestry profession. 

In his over thirty-three years of working as a civil servant, Mr Andrew had worked in different agencies of government and international development partners including serving as Special Assistant – Infrastructure and Energy – in the administration of late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua, and Programme Analyst, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He worked as the National Coordinator of the World Bank Assisted Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), his vast experience in Community Driven Development ensured the adoption of a Community-Based Targeting System and Host Community Based Identification Scheme being used for providing support to the poor and vulnerable in all parts of Nigeria and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East.

He rose to the position of Federal Permanent Secretary in 2019 and was first deployed to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation as Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs Office, where he facilitated the process that led to the development of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy, National Policy on Inclusive Volunteerism for Nigeria, National Chemical and Biological Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, amongst others.

Professor Agbor is a Distinguished Professor of African and Commonwealth Literature and the elected Commissioner (2017-2022) Department for Education, Science and Technology and Innovation (ESTI) of the African Union (AU) and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, of Research and External Cooperation with the Business World (DVC-RCB) at the University of Bamenda, Cameroon.

She is currently the AU Global Consultant at Policy Renaissance and the Board Chair, at Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Nairobi, Kenya. She has served as the Inspector of Academic Affairs No.1 at the Ministry of Higher Education Cameroon with strategic responsibility for the evaluation and monitoring of Higher Education Institutions in Cameroon.

Sir Joseph Ari holds a degree in Law (LL B (Hons.), a Masters’s Degree in Law LLM, and Masters’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). His working career spans a period of over two decades, covering different spheres of disciplines and human endeavour.

Sir Ari started broadcasting from scratch at the Plateau Broadcasting Corporation as a News Reporter/Presenter; had a stint with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Lagos as a Newscaster. He moved to the Nigerian Television Authority as a News Editor/Caster. He worked at the National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria,(NICON) as the Public Relations Manager, North. He was the Director of Press and Public Affairs to two Governors of Plateau State before his appointment as the Sole Administrator and later General Manager of the Plateau Publishing Company, (PPC) Jos. He is the DG/CEO, of the Industrial Training Fund, Nigeria.

Born in October 1957 at Makarfi in Kaduna State, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed (MFR) attended the Local Education Authority (LEA) Primary School, Makarfi between 1966 and 1971; School for Arabic Studies, Kano (1972-1976); Bayero University, Kano (1977-1980 and 1981-1983); Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1986-1991) and the University of Nottingham, England, (1989-1990). He holds, among other qualifications, a B.A., two MAs, and a PhD in different aspects of English Studies.

Professor Rasheed returned to teaching at Bayero University, Kano. With his return to the University, he served as Head of the Department of English and French (1999-2000), rose through the ranks and became the Vice-Chancellor (2010-2015). Professor Rasheed also served in several committees and boards as Chairman/Member including the Senate, Committee of Deans and Directors, University/Community Relations Committee, University Admissions Committee, etc.

Born 1965 in Munich. After studying electrical engineering and information technology at the Technical University of Munich and completing various internships at Rohde & Schwarz, Peter Riedel joined the company in June 1991 and first served as a development engineer in the Test and Measurement Division. From July 1997 to November 2005, he headed a lab, where he was in charge of the development of wireless communications T&M systems. During this time he started developing the cooperation with Rohde & Schwarz Singapore.

In July 2010, Peter Riedel took over leadership of the Radiomonitoring and Radiolocation Division and became one of the Executive Vice Presidents of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rohde & Schwarz Asia in Singapore. He has been President and COO of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG since July 2014.

Peter Okebukola is a Distinguished Professor of science and computer education at Lagos State University, Nigeria. He had his higher education at the University of Ibadan where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1973 followed by Master’s and PhD degrees in Science Education at the same university.

He had specialised science and technology training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and Harvard University, both in Cambridge, USA. He is a Fellow of the Science Association of Nigeria (SAN), Fellow and President of the Nigerian Association for Environmental Education and Fellow and past President of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN). He was Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (2001-2006). He has been awarded a number of honorary D.Sc degrees. He is the recipient of the National Honour of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic- OFR.

Ezinne Chidi Anosike is the Head, of Human Capital Business Partnering for Personal and Business Banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank, Nigeria. She is a versatile, intuitive Human Resource Professional with about 17 years of work experience of which twelve years have been in Human Resource Management which spreads across HR specialized roles; Learning & Development, Talent Resourcing, Management & Development, Leadership Development / Team Building & Training.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Nigeria as well as the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Master’s in Human Resource Management from the University of Wolverhampton West Midlands, United Kingdom.