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The affairs of ACAPEnt are vested in a Governing Council which is headed by a President and Chairman of Council. The Council is however, empowered to co-opt men of high standing and integrity from several sectors of the economy for the furtherance of her objectives. While the Council is a policy-making body, it executes its policies through its standing committees as well as adhoc committees for specific assignment.

Governance Structure

The Council is the highest policy formulation organ of the Academy. The council functions through the Secretariat and Committees.

The President of the Academy is the Chairman of council and head of the Executive Committee of the Academy. He directs the programme and mandate of the Academy on behalf of members.

The Secretariat of the Academy is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Academy. At its helm of affairs is the Registrar who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute. He is assisted by Deputy Vice Presidents (Corporate and Public Affairs, Programmes and Membership)

Committees of Council In order to enhance the quality of the decision- making process, the Council may appoint permanent or ad hoc committees which may be responsible for any areas of activities in which a committee’s contribution is required. At the present time, the following committees are established by the Council

1. Executive/Strategic Planning Committee comprises the Immediate Past President, President, Registrar and all Council Committee Chairmen. This committee is responsible for meeting and taking strategic decisions on the running of the Academy in line with the policy directives of the Council. The President is the Chief External Verifier, as the Institute is an Awarding body, and a Professional Membership Organisation.

2. Education/Quality Assurance Committee is responsible for setting standard of education for the certificate and professional examinations of the Academy. The Committee primary responsibility shall be to develop detailed assessment methodology, instruments of assessment and documentation to be used for assessment. Prepare and review syllabus and programme contents of the Academy’s academic and professional awards, and to ensure that it conforms to the standard of education established by the Institute, and the regulatory authorities. It shall be responsible for reviewing and approving manuals published for the institute’s courses and recommending appropriate texts for all levels of the Institute courses as may be necessary

Role of the Chief Verifier-Role of the Chief Verifier-The main role of the Chief Verifier is to ensure that the standards of the internally assessed components of ACAPEnt qualifications and membership are consistent across centres and External Verifiers over a period of time, ensuring rigorous monitoring of external verifiers for accredited qualifications. In addition they provide on-going feedback regarding the internally assessed elements as appropriate. Chief Verifiers are assigned to a sector area or an individual qualification, based on their expertise. They provide support and guidance to the team of External Verifiers working within the given sector area or qualification ensuring rigorous external verification of assessment decisions. This may include helping External Verifiers to interpret the standards, accompanying External Verifiers on quality visits and sampling visit reports.

3. Membership Committee is responsible for evaluating membership applications for any grade of membership and upgrading before recommending possible actions to the Council. It is also responsible for providing guidelines for membership and monitoring implementation of membership policy enunciated by the Council.

4. Ethics and Disciplinary Committee is responsible for reviewing the Academy’s policy on ethical conducts of members and marketing practitioners and for setting up a system for monitoring and impacting ethical considerations by members in the conduct of their profession and businesses. Also, the committee is charged with the responsibility for developing a feedback system with the secretariat, members and organisations and ensures that disciplinary matters referred to it are reviewed and recommendations made to the Council for necessary action

5. Training and Consultancy Committee is responsible for setting standard and policies on training and consultancy activities of the Academy and carrying out consultancy services and training as may be requested by the secretariat. It shall set standard for assessing centres offering the Academy courses on full-time or part-time basis. Accreditation of such institution shall be based on the outcome of the recommendation of the committee. It shall be responsible for reviewing application for registration of training centres/providers of learning and where the Institute courses are offered. The committee shall review performance of centres from time to time. It may carry out inspection or visitation as may be necessary to assess suitability and quality of centres and advise the council appropriately. The committee is responsible for establishing the process for implementation and incorporation of emerging trends from the industry, and recommend the process for Mandatory Continuing Political Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development (MACPEL) Programme for every category of members.

6. Training and Consultancy Committee is responsible for setting standard and policies on training and consultancy activities of the Academy and carrying out consultancy services and training as may be requested by the secretariat. It shall set standard for assessing centres offering the institute courses on full-time or part-time basis. Accreditation of such institution shall be based on the outcome of the recommendation of the committee. It shall be responsible for reviewing application for registration of training centres/providers of learning and where the Academy courses are offered. The committee shall review performance of centres from time to time. It may carry out inspection or visitation as may be necessary to assess suitability and quality of centres and advise the council appropriately. The committee is responsible for establishing the process for implementation and incorporation of emerging trends from the industry, and recommend the process for Mandatory Continuing Political Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development (MACPEL) Programme for every category of members.

7. Events Committee is responsible for organising formal events such as induction, award ceremonies, conferences, workshop, seminars, local and overseas tours, reception of delegations and other formal occasions designed to enhance the image of the Academy.



A renowned Doctor of Technopreneurship, he is an academic entrepreneur, corporate entrepreneur and eloquent public speaker par excellence. Muhammad Mansur is an internationally-acclaimed entrepreneurship mentor, consultant, master trainer of trainers and, former Director of Entrepreneurship- Airforce Institute of Technology, Kaduna, Nigeria and current Director of ICT, Maryam Abacha American University of Niger. An Oracle Certified Associate Database Administrator 11g and Information Technology wizard of international repute; he holds triple Master’s degrees (including M.Phil in Entrepreneurship) and Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship (Technopreneurship Option) from the famous Kampala International University, Uganda. With outstanding expertise in technology entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic entrepreneurship, edupreneurship, his research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on technology entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, youth entrepreneurship and empowerment, job creation and poverty eradication with emphasis on academic entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship and strategic entrepreneurship. He is a Member, Nigerian Computer Society; Fellow, Institute of Public Speaking, Nigeria; and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship as well as an Associate Editor - African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS).


Olayemi Ifatimehin, Ph.D, TRCN, SMCEnt, FCSBE, FCGEP

Ifatimehin Olayemi Olufemi is a young academia and works in the Department of Public Administration, Kogi State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration with specialization in International Administration, Developmental Administration and Public Policy Analysis. He has published locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Olayemi is widely travelled trainer, facilitator and a consultant. He is a senior member of ICENT, direct member of DSA UK, Member NPSA, member TRCN and a Board Member of Research and Innovation Board in KSU among others. He is a recipient of several awards, some of which include best graduating student t undergraduate level, best staff 2020 of the faculty of management sciences, KSU, most innovative staff of the department of public administration, KSU among others. Dr. Ola’s passion is to empower the young ones with practical and pedagogical skills to succeed, create wealth and improve the economy of Nigeria. Education must be to tool to edge out poverty in Nigeria and in indeed Africa is his strong belief. Dr. Ola, is happily married to Rhoda and the union is blessed with a child Olabisi. Dr Ifatimehin is a Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBEnt) and The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN)



Dr. Lukman Raimi is an Assistant Professor at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam in the Department of Entrepreneurship. Previously, he was the Chair of Entrepreneurship, the Coordinator Graduate Program SBE and Assistant Director Centre for Entrepreneurship at the American University of Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship & CSR from Leicester Business School, De Montfort University Leicester, UK; Bsc in Economics; MSc in Economics, MSc in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management; and a PGDE (Business Education). He is an Entrepreneurship Educator, Activator and Facilitator trained at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Ahmedabad, India under the World Bank-Step B Project. He had undergone a special training in Enterprise Education for Employability at the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos Nigeria under the British Council’s sponsorship. He is an alumnus of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, United Kingdom having participated in the 2014 Residential Mentoring. He attended the Experiential Classroom XX for Entrepreneurship Educators at the University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, US. He is a member of the following Professional bodies: Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICENT), Fellow - 2015; Institute of Management Consultants, Fellow, 2019; The Academy of Management Nigeria, Member, 2018; Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals of Nigeria, Fellow, 2017; African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBENT), Fellow – 2021; and The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN) Fellow – 2021. Dr. Lukman has over 35 published articles, and had delivered conferences/seminar papers in Turkey, Malaysia, Ghana, Togo, India, Belfast, Leicester, US. His publications are listed in Scopus, Researchgate and Google Scholar with growing citations. He was honored with the Best PhD Thesis Award for Facultyo of Business and Law, De Montfort University, Leicester UK. His paper titled “Corporate social responsibility, waqf system and zakat system as faith-based model for poverty reduction”, was awarded Highly Commendable Academic Paper by World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK. His collaborative research in CSR was awarded Highly Commended Paper at the International Conference on Business and Economics (ICBE2018), Seoul, South Korea, June 25-27, 2018. His ongoing research focuses on Medical Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Community Entrepreneurship and Informal Entrepreneurship.


Paulin Mbecke, Ph.D, FCEnt, FCSBE,FCGEP,FCPEL

Paulin MBECKE He is a university Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, at the “Université du Moyen Lualaba – UML” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from where he originates. Prof Mbecke has a BA degree in Rural/Community Development from the DRC; a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Development Administration and a Master of Management and PhD degrees in Public and Development Management from the School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg – South Africa. For his PhD, obtained in 2010, he developed the Integrated Modelled Theory (IMT) which uses Artificial Intelligence via Bayesian Networks to facilitate the understanding of factors conducive to child abuse neglect and exploitation as to facilitate its prevention and management of cases. He previously worked as Research Associate in the Department of Economics and spent two years as a Post-Graduate Fellow in the Faculty of Economics and Management Science at the University of South Africa. He spent ten years as Senior Researcher and Senior Project Manager for the Crime Prevention and Safety and Security Research Groups at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria South Africa from 2002 to 2012. Prof Mbecke is passionate and active in the humanitarian, relief, and human rights fields. He is currently the Chairman of the Executive Governance Board of the Refugee Children’s Project (RCP), a relief and advocacy organisation assisting migrants and local vulnerable, destitute, and marginalised children, women, and families in and around Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been the Executive Chairman of RCP since 2002 and the Chairman of the Global Initiative for Peace and African Development (GIPAD). From 1997 to 2002 he worked as Deputy Project Director in charge of advocacy, policy, and information for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), where he facilitated partnership with government, local communities, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (in 1998, JRS become the main UNHCR implementing partner). He has work experience in South Africa, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi and recently Cyprus in the European Union. Prof Mbecke fluently speaks both English and French. He has written and presented papers locally (South Africa and DRC) and at international conferences on entrepreneurship, refugees, child abuse, public policy, gender, service delivery, social development, safety and security, governance, and other socio-economic issues. He has published articles in local and international accredited journals. He also teaches courses on population, environment and development, gender and development, community development, entrepreneurship in the DRC and Burundi and is an associate academic at the University of South Africa (UNISA).


Alh. (Hon.) Samaila Mohd A. Mafara, MAGENT, PGDPA, FCAI, FCEnt, FCPEL

An Agricultural Economist, former member of House of Assembly, former State Director, NOA and Permanent Secretary LG Service Commission. He is currently the Permanent Commissioner, State and Local Government Contributory Pension Commission, A political entrepreneur of great repute. Fellow of the Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship of Nigeria and its Pioneer President.



A well-versed, resourceful and cerebral entrepreneurship educator. An internationally-acclaimed Doctor of Financial Management and expert in Entrepreneurial Finance, Investment Analysis, Enterprise Risk Management and Financial analysis. A born teacher, educational administrator and manager of great repute. Maryam Abdu is currently, the Chairman of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). Kaduna Chapter, and under her able leadership Kaduna Chapter won the ‘2015 Best Branch’ Award of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). A trailblazer in Africa’s Female Entrepreneurship, Maryam Abdu is a Senior Lecturer at Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, and the Coordinator, Kaduna State Consultancy Services Unit of Management of Kaduna State University. Her research interests lies in Financial Management, Entrepreneurial Accounting and Finance, Female Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management among others. Maryam Abdu has many journal publications both at home and abroad and presented papers at Conferences both at home and abroad. A professional par excellence, Maryam is a Fellow and advisory board member, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship; Fellow, Academy of Business and Retail Management; Fellow Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered); Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration; Member, The Academy of Management Nigeria and Member, International Research and Development Institute among others.


Prof. Isa Mohammed Adamu, Ph.D, FCEnt,FCSBE

Professor Isa Mohammed Adamu is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics at Taraba State University, Jalingo. Until his appointment to the current position, he doubled as the Dean of Management Sciences and the TETFund Desk Officer. A 1988 Bachelor of Economics graduate of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Adamu obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a PhD at the International Islamic University of Malaysia in 2014. With many years of work experience, Prof. Adamu started his career as a Lecturer at the Kaduna Polytechnic in 1990-and 2015 and he later joined the services of Taraba State University, where he rose to become a Senior Lecturer. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administrators of Nigeria, a Fellow at the Institute of Management Consultants, and a Fellow and Council Member of the Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Fellow of Global President of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He hails from Kunini, Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State


Prof. Akeem O. Salami, PhD, FIMC, FCEnt, FCSBE, FCGEP, FCPEL

He is a cerebral multiple academic award-winner professor of operations research and business management at Department of Business Administration,, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria. Prof. Akeem Salami is a born entrepreneurship teacher, consultant and mentor, educational administrator and academic leader of international repute. He is a renowned operations researcher, management scientist and strategist, quantitative analyst, entrepreneurial mentor and consultant of great repute, with research focus on Operations Research, Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Akeem Salami has many journal publications both at home and abroad and presented papers at conferences both at home and abroad. A professional par excellence, he has participated in a number of consultancy researches that involved field works, large data handling and reporting. He is a Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship , Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Fellow of Global President of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the institute’s African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AJENTS). He was the Dean, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.



She has been in lecturing profession from 1995 to date and within the period has taught many courses and supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate projects related to her area of specialization. She has also published several papers in reputable national and international journals, attended various conferences and workshops, belonged to many relevant professional associations and rendered appropriate community services. She has also handled various administrative duties and served in several boards and committees in Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and Federal University, Gusau. The Dean has reviewed several articles for academic journals and is an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of some Universities. She is an active member of many Islamic and community organisations. A notable academic, renowned Professor of Fishery Management and Aquaculture and female entrepreneurship trail blazer, she is one of the pioneers for the establishment of Centre for Entrepreneurial Development, Federal University Gusau and still the Chairperson of the Centre’s advisory committee. She is presently an appointed member for the establishment of Zamfara State University. An erudite scholar and professional par excellence, she is a Member, Science Association of Nigeria;, Member, Zoological Society of Nigeria; Member, Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria; Member, Fisheries Society of Nigeria; Member, Agricultural Society of Nigeria; Member, Catfish Farmers’ Association of Nigeria and Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship among others. Professor Bilkisu, a resourceful and cerebral aquaculture entrepreneur had at various times been Head of Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Member, Faculty Board of Science, Member, Faculty Board of Agriculture; Chairman, Faculty of Agriculture Admissions Committee; Dean, Faculty of Science and Member, University Social Ethics Committee, among others at her alma mater - the prestigious Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto. A born teacher, educational administrator and manager of great repute, she is a former Deputy Vice Chancellor and Member, Governing Council, Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State. She is currently a Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Abuja, Nigeria.A woman of great virtues, she is happily married to Professor Abdullahi Shinkafi (the Secretary to the State Government, Zamfara State) with blessed children. Her hobbies are reading and travelling. Hajiya Bilkisu speaks Hausa, English, Arabic and Fulfulde fluently. She is a Fellow/ Council Member, Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIMEnt); African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBEnt); The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN) and Member, Board of Trustees, Home of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Pst. Edwin Zuobomudor Agbana, M.Sc., SMCEnt,FCSBE, FCGEP, FTIME, FCPEL

Agbana is a Lecturer with the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality and Head of Entreprenuership Unit. He is a Commonwealth/ILo certified Trainer of the GET Ahead for Youth in Enterprise Training programme 2011. Mr. Agbana is an enterprise development specialist with a special focus on Youth and Women entrepreneurship development. His passion for entrepreneurship grew from his early day at the University of Calabar which made him to join the Junior Chamber International club (JCI) a leadership training organization for youth in the world. Mr. Agbana was amongst the first trained to master the GET Ahead for Youth in terprise Training manual in Namibia, and he has facilitated the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Capacity Building training manual in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. And he has facilitated in numerous Training of Trainers’ programmes under the ILO, the Commonwealth Youth Programme, that provides basic business skills and vocational training for youth resource centers in Namibia using the ILO ‘GET Ahead’ entrepreneurship training tools. Presently, Mr. Agbana is the Bayelsa State Coordinator for Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship of Nigeria, he is consulting for different organization on enterprise development and strategic planning, he is also a lead facilitator for the Nirsal-CBN Entreprenuership training. He brings with him a wealth of experience in communication and transferring of skills, development project management, monitoring & evaluation and impact assessment of youth development programmes He is a Professional Economist from the University of Calabar 2003, MSc. Economics and PHd Economics in-view.


Amb. (Prince) Kabir Shola Olaoye, MBA, FCEnt, GFPJHR,FCPEL

A well-rounded civil engineer and manager, Kabir Olaoye is a Peace Ambassador, social and technology entrepreneur of great repute. A consummate manager, gifted communicator and author, leveraging solid business acumen with natural leadership skills in coaching, mentoring and motivating team performance above expectations. Prince Kabir is a seasoned and top performing professional with unique blend of skills and experience. He is a highly motivated team-player and motivator. Tenaciously focused on the achievement of corporate objectives and always willing to up the ante. He is innovative minded, highly experienced professional with proven track record for improving productivity on any assigned role. He is a Founding member and Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship .


Alain Ndedi, Ph.D, FCEnt, FCSBE, FCGEP, FCPEL

Professor Ndedi book was featured among the 28 Best Intrapreneurship Books of All Time ( Former World Bank and USAID consultant, chairman of lance d’afrique, Executive Director of Cameroon Human Resources SARL and author of more than 30 books, Alain Ndedi who holds a PhD in business management and another one in forensic accounting, is a professor with an extensive experience in entrepreneurship, finance, and economic development for the past 15 years. He has supervised more than 40 PhD students and approximately 50 Masters students. He was Dean at Saint Monica University, within the School of Business and Public Policy; lecturer of entrepreneurship and project management at the university of Johannesburg, Université de l’entrepreneuriat and at the Higher Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (IME). He is a visiting professor at Hope Africa University and International Leadership University where he teaches Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Management, and Organisational Behaviour. Professor Ndedi has consulted for the UNDP, African Union, NEPAD, and many African governments on issues related to public finance, budget management, monitoring and evaluation. Associated as professor with Charisma University since 2014, Professor Ndedi held position at the University of Johannesburg, Researcher at Wits University, Lecturer at Boston College, external examiner at the University of Cape Peninsula, State University of New York (SUNY), and the University of Johannesburg. He worked as Political Analyst at SABC, South African Broadcasting Corporation, a state-owned public broadcaster in South Africa. From 2004-2008, he was Director at YENEPAD, a platform of African scholars based in South Africa working on African renaissance programmes. Professor Ndedi wrote Case studies on Volkwagen unethical behaviour, the war between Komatsu and Caterpillar, the WhatsApp founders Bryan Ancton and Jan Koum, the Maponya Mall in Soweto, the battle between Coca Cola and Pepsi, the google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the Douala Stock Exchange, Yahoo downfall, and the Shell corporate irresponsibility behaviour in Nigeria. He is a Fellow/ Council Member, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship (ICENT) (ATIMENT); African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBENT) and The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN).


Muse Sulaimon Adigun, Ph.D, MCEnt, FCPEL

Dr. Sulaimon Adigun Muse, the Head of Department of Political Science, is currently a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education. Dr. Muse has more than nineteen (19) years of experience in classroom teaching. His areas of interest are in Political Science, education and entrepreneurship. His core competencies are in the area of comparative analysis, international relations, public policy, elections and good governance, citizenship participation and local governance. He has published in many reputable journals in national and international journal outfits. He is a sports enthusiast, he also loves listening to news and engaging on current affairs. He is an Alumnus of the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa. He also belongs to many professional/academic organizations at both national and international levels


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