Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano has returned to the Nigerian Conservation FoundationÂ (NCF), as Director-General/CEO, after serving as the foundationâ€™s Executive Director/CEO from October 1998 to February 2003.
Aminu-Kano, who resumed office few weeks ago, took over the reins fromÂ Adeniyi KarunwiÂ who was the Chief Executive for more than three years.
Aminu-Kano is an astute and experienced natural resources 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 â€“ Sept 1998) and Project Director, Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Project, Nigeria (Jan 1993 â€“ Mar 1995).
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 with varying experiences in NGO management and Government – NGO partnerships and policy formulation and implementation through national, regional and international work.Â
He also served as the Senior Policy Adviser, Poverty Reduction & Climate Change, Islamic Relief Secretariat, Birmingham, UK between July 2011 and December 2013 and most recently as the Head of Research & Development at the Humanitarian Academy for Development in Birmingham, UK.
Aminu-Kano bagged a BSc in Zoology (1st Class Honours) from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria in 1981. Also, he obtained a Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) in EntomologyÂ in 1987. He thereafter capped it with a Doctorate Degree in Applied Ecology from Imperial College, University of London in 1987.Â
â€œThe Council is confident that Aminu-Kanoâ€™s appointment will be a beneficial one which will position the organisation for greater achievements locally and internationally. His wealth of experience in nature conservation and biodiversity will contribute immensely to the positive change in burning environmental issues.â€Â