A former Group Executive Director with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Professor Attahir Yusuf, now heads the SBE, one of AUN’s five schools and host of the University’s prestigious Business and Entrepreneurship programs taught by experienced global faculty.
Prof. Yusuf received his PhD from the University of Sussex in the UK in 1986. He has an MSc in Management Technology from the University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology (now Cardiff University) in 1984.
Following a long and productive international academic career, in 2005, Dr. Yusuf was appointed as General Manager Corporate Planning, NNPC, and a year later was promoted to Group General Manager, Corporate Planning and Development, a position from which he oversaw Strategy, Budget, and Business Development matters. He rose to the position of Group Executive Director, Corporate Services, in April 2009 and was in charge of Human Resources, Medical, Pension, Security, and the London Office. He later became the Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment. In this position, he oversaw nine subsidiaries. Dr. Yusuf was also the Group Executive Director of Business Development and a member of the Board of NNPC.
Professor Yusuf has chaired the boards of several other companies and is credited with establishing several companies for NNPC, including Crude and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Shipping companies, and revamping the NNPC Retail Ltd into a profitable venture. Before joining the NNPC, Professor Yusuf taught in a variety of universities in Nigeria and abroad, including the University of Maiduguri; The University of the West Indies, Barbados; PNG University of the Technology, Papua New Guinea; the University of the South Pacific, Fiji; Massey University, New Zealand; Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, and the University of Sharjah, UAE.
Professor Yusuf has also consulted for companies in New Zealand, the Middle East, the West Indies, the South Pacific, and Africa. He has consulted for many organizations in the areas of Organizational Development, Strategy Implementation, Change Management, Strategic Information Systems Management, and Small Business Development.
Dean Yusuf’s scholarly research and professional activities have included the publication of more than 20 articles in academic journals such as the Journal of Small Business Management, the Journal of Entrepreneurship, and Journal of International Management. He has also given over 30 international conference presentations and is a member of several international professional organizations.