Aliyu Abdulhameed, the pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the NIRSAL Plc., is a multi-talented Agricultural Economist with varied experience in Institutional Development, Programme Management, and Process Development and Improvement. He 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) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He also holds an Executive Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Project Management College, United Kingdom.

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 Nigeria’s most robust and innovative Agriculture Sector Development Finance Institution. In NIRSAL, he is building an avant-garde institution leading Nigeria’s flight out of poverty and unemployment through the conceptualization and deployment of agricultural programmes to engage and enrich millions of smallholder farmers and other actors in 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. Many reputable global players in the agriculture sector including the African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) demonstrated their appreciation of NIRSAL’s approach through partnerships and joint events. Governments across Africa are also understudying and adopting the NIRSAL model to continue the chain of agricultural development across the continent. 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).