Class of 2011 Speaker, Abubakar Radda, has earned the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Human Resource Management from Apollos University.
He was also inducted into the Delta Epsilon Tau Honors Society. The induction was solely based on excellent academic performance finishing with a 4.0 CGPA and recommendation by the Chair of his dissertation committee. The Honors Society membership is only given to successful graduates based on the approval of the US university education regulator.
According to information on its website, Apollos University, headquartered in Great Falls, Montana, is an American privately owned distance education university. The university offers accredited Doctoral, Master's, Bachelor's and Associate's degree programs in Business Administration, Management and Information Technology.
Speaking on his motivation to venture into the doctorate program, he said the singular reason was ‘my quest to grow and better myself in every way possible.’
“Learning is a life-long skill. I have come to appreciate and look for ways to always keep learning, growing and developing. My father's constant push calling me Prof. whenever we spoke further fueled my motivation greatly.” He is also passionate about helping young people.
Dr. Radda received a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Chemistry at AUN in May 2011. In 2012, he proceeded to the University of Plymouth in the UK, where he obtained an MSc in Oil & Gas Management.
While at AUN, Radda exhibited leadership qualities to the admiration of his peers, a reason he won an overwhelming majority to be the speaker for the 2011 graduating class.
He participated in the 2010 Global Model United Nations Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, where he helped to draft the Secretary General's Report and working papers, made the presentation on the Rules of Procedure for the United Nations General Assembly/Committee simulations on how the rules are effectively applied.
Immediately after graduating in May 2011 and before he was mobilized for the mandatory national youth service, Radda was made the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Student Affairs. He also served in the capacity of Coordinator of Alumni Relations in 2013 and later Academic Advisor and Coordinator, Alumni Relations.
In 2014, he was recruited by General Electric Oil & Gas where he was enrolled in two sets of training: Projects and Services Finance (FP&A) (three months) and Projects and Operations Specialist (six months).
From September 2015 to March 2017, Mr. Radda was an instructor at AUN (School of Business & Entrepreneurship) as well as Assistant Director, Academic Advising and Retention.
Before graduation, he won several awards. They include the Dean's Academic Excellence Performance Award, (in 2008 and 2011), President’s Academic Excellence Performance Award, (in 2009 and 2010), and President’s Outstanding Leadership Award in May 2011. In the same year, he also won the Honor Society’s Outstanding Community Service Award.
Before he enrolled in the doctoral program, Mr. Radda had vast industry experience.
In 2014, he was Group Chief Financial Officer of AA Mbamba Petroleum Nigeria Limited and, in 2015, became Executive Director of Human Resources for the Economics on the Move Foundation, a nongovernmental organization with headquarters in Irvine, California.
Dr. Radda is the Head of Administration & Human Resources of Max Air Ltd, a position he has held since December 2016.
He has publications in different journals, including those co-authored with students, colleagues, mentors, and supervisors.
Story by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa