Board of trustees



LLB (BUK); LLM (BUK); LLM (Essex, UK); Ph D (ABU)

A Professor of law with over 2 decades of experience in academia, legal practice and community service. With his vast experience in teaching, research and community outreach for promoting social justice, Prof. Usman is the Co-founder of Funtua Community Foundation for Health Education, an NGO that develops and implements skills acquisition and relief outreach programs for female health workers in Northern Nigeria.

He is an alumnus of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program and prominent among the youth opinion leaders in Northern Nigeria. Thus, he participated in the International Visitors Leadership Programs (IVLP) of the United State. He has also,  over the years, participated and made presentations at several national and international conferences. Professor Usman is currently the Dean of Law, Bayero University, Kano and National President of National Association of Law Teachers (NALT).



Alkasim Muhammad is a private-public sector development expert with over eleven (12) years of professional experience. He is currently a stakeholder engagement consultant for Technical Assistant to Office of the Vice President on SDGs, also Business development and Innovation unite lead for To-Be-Connected Nigeria, a social enterprises business platform, He also saved as community and stakeholder engagement consultant for Digital development Hub for North East project, Alkasim was contracted between in 2015 by Northern Nigeria Skills Development (DFID/MAFITA) – a DFID funded program. His core responsibility with MAFITA was to facilitate the development of informal skills amongst youth across the targeted states including Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states. Haven worked with DFID/GEMS1 as a Business Development Officer (BDO) 2012 -2015, Alkasim has facilitated the development and transformation of several trade associations from ordinary association to business associations. He has facilitated capacity building for BMOs, assisted in identifying, defining and planning advocacy activities for BMOs in Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Abia, and Lagos states respectively. It has been within his experience to liaise between projects and client associations, ensure relationships between business interests and maintain healthy relationships between businesses and supporting organizations including DFID, USAID and Country Embassies working to support growth and development in Nigeria.

Alkasim is also conversant with public sector administration. He has worked with the Kano State Government as protocol officer at governor’s office Kano state as Assistant chief of protocols, where his activities were diplomatic relations at state and federal level, and as well management of public-private sector business relationship.