Dr Alim Abubakre is on the advisory board of London Business School Africa Club[1]and is the non-executive chair of These Executive Minds. Dr Alim Abubakre had worked at Nottingham Business School as a visiting lecturer before joining Coventry University in 2016, firstly as a visiting lecturer and in 2017 as full-time staff. He is a Senior Fellow of the Advance Higher Education Academy (HEA). Alim is also a Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and a Certified Management & Business Educator.

Alim is a former entrepreneur interested in research, international project management, consulting, stakeholder engagement, connecting Africa and executive education [2]. Dr Alim Abubakre has worked with many of the world’s top business schools and multinational corporations to create executive development programmes for African executives [3] in the past ten years. Under Alim’s leadership, Texem has trained over four thousand African senior executives, including CEOs, Chairs of Boards, Government Ministers, and Vice-Chancellors, on different management themes that help organisations achieve their goals[4]. In partnership with institutions such as the University of Oxford, Henley Business School, Aston Business School[5] and Manchester Business School[6], Alim has developed academic curricula for executive development programmes[7]. His achievements have included 60-70% repeat participation in executive development programmes based on the quality of educational programmes and the experience of participants [8].

While working on World Bank projects, Alim was instrumental in accessing and implementing many successful projects with project management issues before his involvement. Alim also worked as part of the project management team that delivered a Public-Private Partnership infrastructure project valued at £3 billion (after Purchasing Power Parity considerations); this was the largest public-private partnership project undertaken in West Africa as of 2007.

He has designed and co-delivered programmes for Private sector organisations such as Airtel, UBA, Ecobank, Seplat, Masters Energy, Energia, Unilever, Fidelity Bank, Ag Leventis, GTBank, First Bank and Union Assurance. Nigerian Government (Ministers, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, and Directors) others include executives from Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Nigerian Petroleum Corporation, Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PEFMB, and PPRA. He has also worked with multinational organisations such as Directors at Heineken, Unilever, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Deloitte, Mc Kinsey & Company, Manchester United, Bentley, CSRwire, Jaguar Land Rover, Cadbury, Manpower, Microsoft, among others.

Until recently, Alim was a member of the board of Cambridge to Africa and the Director of Strategy at a consulting firm in Cambridge, advising many Russell group institutions on their internationalisation strategies.