Abdu MukhtarDr Abdu Mukhtar



Occupational Information

Job Title: Director for Industrial and Trade Development of the African Development bank.

Professional History

Dr Abdu Mukhtar PhD is the Director of the Industrial and Trade Development of the African Development bank. Previously, he was the Group Chief Strategy Officer at the Dangote Group of Industries, Nigeria. Abdu has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He has held several positions including Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Economic Matters; Transaction Adviser at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE); Consultant with Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath (PRTM) Consulting, Boston; Consultant, Harvard Centre For International Development and Research Associate at the Boston University Medical Centre.

Abdu is the recipient of several prestigious awards and was profiled in the 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century and the Millennium edition of Who’s Who in America: Science and Engineering.  He is a member of the Boston Cancer Research Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, New York Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Gene Therapy, and Fellow of the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


Medical degree (MB.BS) from the Ahmadu Bello University
MBA from the Harvard Business School
Ph.D. in Pathology/ Laboratory Medicine from the Boston University
Certificate from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Certificate from INSEAD


2006 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

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About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.