Attahir B. Yusuf

PhD Management

VP Academic Affairs/Provost and Dean, School of Business & Entrepreneurship
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A former Group Executive Director with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Professor Attahir B. Yusuf, now heads the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, one of AUN’s five schools and host of the University’s prestigious Business and Entrepreneurship programs taught by an experienced global faculty.

Prof. Yusuf received his Doctorate from the University of Sussex in the UK in 1986.  He has an MSc in Management and Technology from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology in 1984. His first degree in Business Management was from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Following a long and productive international academic career, Dr. Yusuf in 2005, 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 of the Corporation.  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.  
Dr. Yusuf has chaired and was a member of the Board of several other companies. He is also 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, Dr. Yusuf taught in a many 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.

Dr. Yusuf has also consulted for companies in New Zealand, the Middle East, the West Indies, the South Pacific, and Africa. His expertise in consulting includes 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 numerous 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.