Abduljabbar M. Umar

Director General, KanInvest

Abduljabbar M. Umar is a highly accomplished professional with a wealth of experience spanning both public and private sectors. He presently serves as the Director General of the Kano State Investment Promotion Agency (KanInvest).

His extensive professional journey includes a noteworthy stint as the Honourable Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Kano State on Investments and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) from July to October 2023. Prior to this role, he served as the Chief Executive Officer for West Africa Operations and Head of Strategy Development at Cust Social Business Ltd (CSB). Notably, CSB functions as the third-party logistics provider for the Global Fund in Nigeria, collaborating with the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA) to distribute essential commodities across the country. In this capacity, Mr. Umar also oversaw logistics operations for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Health and Human Services Secretariat, managing the supply chain and distribution of health commodities, equipment, as well as bio and non-bio samples/specimens, including vaccines.

Before joining CSB, Mr. Umar served as a Program Manager and head of EHA Clinic/eHealth Africa’s Community Health and HealthFinancing business, covering Nigeria. His commitment to public service is evident in his roles between2020 and 2022, where he served as a Special Assistant and Advisorto the Presidency of Nigeria.

During this period, he was pivotal in establishing and operationalizing the Nigeria Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, later transitioning to the Nigeria Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19.

An active member of professional associations, Mr. Umar is affiliated with the Association of Financial Analysts of Nigeria (AFAN) and the Accredited Financial Planners Association (AFPA).

Mr. Umar has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business(Marketing) from the University of Wales, United Kingdom, a Master’s Degree in International Health from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and an LLB Bachelor of Laws Degree from Birkbeck, University of London.

hamid sidi ali


Alhaji Hamid Sidi Ali, from Kano State, is a core professional manager, administrator, Accountant, and investment promoter.

Graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, with a BSc. (Hons) Accounting and Masters in Business Administration.

 Sidi Ali began his working career after completing his one-year National Service (NYSC) in Lagos with KPMG Nigeria (A reputable and well-known International chartered Accounting Firm) and later joined Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and later Kano State Internal Revenue Service (KIRS) to establish a new Unit as the pioneer Head (Corporate/Individual Performance Management Unit), where he brought his professionalism and wealth of experience to bear, which saw the astronomical growth of revenue collection and management in Kano State within the period.

 His proven competence, capacity and outstanding performance at KIRS led to his posting by the Office of the Kano State Head of Civil Service to the established Kano State Investment Promotion Agency (KanInvest) in December 2020 as the Director Revenue Operations and was later elevated as Director Strategy and Policy, and then as Director (Project Development & Investor Relations) and on 22nd December 2023 as Director Administration and General Services, of Kano State Investment Promotion Agency (KanInvest).

 Alhaji Sidi Ali is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Corporate Administration (ICA) and an Associate Member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) and The Institute of Mediators & Conciliators of Nigeria (ICMC)


Aminu Muhammad Kawu, Esq (AICMC)

Aminu Muhammed Kawu is an indigene of Kano State. A Barrister and a Solicitor with over 10 years of experience. 

He obtained his Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from Bayero University, Kano State.

He is an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association at the National and State levels (Kano Branch).

He is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators. 

Currently, he is the Board Secretary/Legal Adviser of the Kano State Investment and Promotion Agency.