In a significant development, President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Khalil Suleiman Halilu as the new Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (aNASENI). This move marks a transition of leadership, with Halilu taking the reins from Dr. Bashir Gwandu, four months after his appointment by former President Muhammadu Buhari. Here are nine intriguing facts about the new NASENI boss:
1. A Kano Native with a Rich Heritage
Khalil Suleiman Halilu was born on October 29, 1990, in Kano, Nigeria, into a lineage of traders. His roots in a culturally diverse and bustling city have undoubtedly influenced his career journey.
2. Educational Background
His educational journey commenced at Rainbow Primary School in Kano in 1996, followed by secondary education at St. Thomas Catholic School (2001–2003). He completed his studies at Prime College in Kano in 2006.
3. International Education
Halilu pursued higher education abroad, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2009 and a Master of Science in International Business in 2010 at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. This international exposure likely broadened his horizons.
4. An Eco-Friendly Entrepreneur
Before venturing into the tech industry, Halilu dabbled in waste recycling, demonstrating his commitment to sustainable practices.
5. Entrepreneurial Spirit
Khalil Suleiman Halilu is not just a CEO; he is a serial entrepreneur. He has founded several start-ups, including The CANs (an eco-friendly hub), OyaOya Strategic Services Ltd., and ShapShap Logistics Ltd., showcasing his passion for innovation and business.
6. Diverse Career Path
His professional journey has seen him in various roles, such as co-founder and CEO of KSH Construction & Design LTD in 2014, creative director and business developer at Africa Infotech Consultancy in 2015, and operations manager at ZCET Global Meter Services Ltd. He has also served as the chief operating officer at Scirrocco International Limited, specializing in the production of tea and cold beverages.
7. Boardroom Experience
Halilu’s expertise extends to board memberships, having served on various boards, including Africa Infotech Consultancy, JIGS Environmental Services, and Agro-Allied Ltd., reflecting his capacity for leadership and strategic thinking.
8. Prior Leadership Role
Before his appointment as the CEO of NASENI, he held the position of chairperson at MACE Nigeria Ltd., further solidifying his credentials as an accomplished leader.
9. Sporting Enthusiast
Beyond the boardroom, Khalil Suleiman Halilu enjoys leisure activities, with golf and polo being two of his favorite sports. He is an active member of prestigious clubs such as the Lagos Polo Club, the Nigerian Polo Association, the Abuja Polo Club, and the Kano Golf Club.
Khalil Suleiman Halilu’s diverse background, entrepreneurial drive, and leadership experience make him a promising choice to lead NASENI into a new era of innovation and development.
Source: Vanguard News
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