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Abdullahi Bello Umar

Abdullahi Bello Umar MNIM, FCE

Abdullahi holds a Bsc and an MBA from Bayero University, Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria respectively, and is currently undergoing a Doctorate of Management distance learning programme at the Swiss Management University, Zug in Switzerland.

He is an experienced banker having worked with several reputable banks before and beyond the Nigerian banking reforms and consolidation of 2005 and 2009. With principal responsibilities for business development in 2004, he successfully spearheaded the setting up of a bank branch to a profitably sustainable level of operations. Abdullahi has garnered considerable experience in Strategic Operations and Marketing Management, Executive Leadership, Team Building, Emotional Intelligence and Administration and is a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Fellow of the Institute of Economists of Nigeria.

Abdullahi is a Professional Manager, trainer and facilitator with interest in Organisational & Human Behaviour, Service Management & Delivery, Customer Relationship Management, Business Communication, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SMEs and entrepreneurial development. As an alumnus of the Kaduna Business School, he has studied Innovation and Entrepreneurship (a World Bank Sponsored programme) and is one of the pioneer students to obtain the European Business Competence* License (Level B) jointly administered with the International Centre of the EBC* L in Vienna, Austria and the Council Business Competence for Europe in Paderborn, Germany. He also attended a Business Leadership Programme sponsored by the Ford Foundation and organised by LEAP AFRICA – a non-profit organisation championing leadership development as a catalyst for wealth creation and nation building. He enjoys writing as a hobby and this motivated him to become a student of The Writers Bureau Ltd. Manchester, UK.

A chance encounter in 2005 with Tony Buzan’s book – How to Mind Map – while visiting a friend at the UNIDO office in Abuja Nigeria, ignited an evergreen interest that culminated five years later in accreditation by ThinkBuzan Ltd. Cardiff, UK as an iMindMap Advanced Instructor and the pioneer ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor (TLI) in Africa.

Abdullahi now passionately advocates creativity, intellectual capital development and mental literacy using the well researched and proven efficacy of Mind Maps® – a revolutionary visual thinking tool developed by Tony Buzan™. As a member of the School Based Management Committee of one of the public primary schools in Kaduna South Local Government Council, his vision is to contribute his own quota to education in Nigeria with the introduction of “Learn2Learn©” – a project introducing children to mind mapping in order to aid better appreciation and understanding of more efficient study techniques. Corporate and social training and consulting assignments are also designed and planned so as to reach out to as wide an audience as possible thereby promoting better learning techniques with a view to the ultimate realisation of global mental literacy.

His goal is to be the vanguard of Mind Mapping in Nigeria.