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Meet the Team

Our team are experts in their respective fields with over 42 years collective educational experience:

Dr Alim Abubakre, Chair

Alim completed his doctoral studies on CSR and Strategy at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, UK.
With a proven record in entrepreneurial endeavours, research, international project management, consulting, stakeholder engagement and executive education, Alim has worked with many of the world's top business schools and multi-national corporations to create the vision for TEXEM's learning programmes. Under Alim’s leadership, Texem has trained hundreds of African senior executives including CEOs, Chairs of Boards, Government Ministers and Vice-Chancellors on different management themes. In partnership with institutions such as University of Oxford, Henley Business School, Aston Business School and Manchester Business School, Alim has developed academic curricula for executive development programmes. His achievements have included 60-70% repeat participation in executive development programmes based on the quality of academic programmes and the experience of participants.

While working on World Bank projects, Alim was instrumental to accessing and implementing many successful projects which before his involvement had project management issues. 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 ever undertaken in West Africa as at 2007.

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.

In 2010, Alim was selected as one of the top 100 Virgin Media emerging entrepreneurs in the UK and took part in the award-winning Enterpriser programme, created by the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management. More recently, he joined the directors of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies as part of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.
Alim was among the senior executives in the UK in October 2015 who were invited to join the Lord Mayor of London to meet Governors, CEOs and Chairs of Boards in some African countries with the intent of promoting bilateral trade between the UK and these African countries.


Lydia Adigun – Project Manager

Lydia was nominated the best student in her year when she graduated from Coventry University with a master's degree in Engineering Project Management. Since then she has gained a wealth of practical experience working as a Vessel Planner at APMoller Terminals and as an engineer at NNPC.

Sarah Collier – Political Risk Analysis Specialist and Director

With a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and an Msc in African Politics from SOAS, University of London, Sarah has spent many years living in Tanzania and is passionate about African issues. Her expertise in the area of political risk analysis has been immensely useful for many multi-national companies, especially those with interests in sub-Saharan Africa.

Idris Jega, Director Marketing

Idris completed his PhD studies in Geographical Information Science (GIS) at the University of Leicester on 'Novel methods for interpolating demand surfaces in spatial data infrastructure poor environments' (May 2015). Before returning to carry out his PhD, he worked with three retail and commercial banks in Nigeria for over ten years (February 2000 to November 2010). He was the Business Development Manager at Skye Bank Plc. Birnin Kebbi branch, Nigeria from August 2006 to November 2010. Thus he has excellent inter-personal and customer facing skills.


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Dayo Babatunde (Senior Partner, Ernst and Young, Nigeria)
Executive Development programme at Oxford was perfectly conducted-The Faculty were very high profile with excellent communication skills. The tours were educative, informative and enlightening.
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