Hon Faruk Malami Yabo, MFR Yariman Yabo, Director General /CEO To Be Connected Nigeria and President/ CEO Africa Global Connection is a recipient of the Presidential National Honor, Member of the Order of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria for his outstanding public service as Honorable Commissioner for Finance and subsequently, Honorable Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development in Sokoto State, Nigeria between 2007 to May 2015 He also served as Chairman, Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCT) Sokoto State, Nigeria; this earned him recognition by the National Office of the MDG. He was also a Member of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), as well as a Member of the National Joint Tax Board (JTB) and NEPAD Peer Review Committee. He was also the Chairman State Tenders Board.

His delivery on infrastructure, primary health care, peace/security and functional entrepreneurship model earned him recognition from the national and international institutions. These include USAID, the Department of State Services (DSS), State of Georgia, USA, Black Congressional Caucas, the State of Maryland, Washington DC Chamber of Commerce, African Leadership Magazine Grassroots Development Award, National Assembly and News Watch Commissioner of the year awards. Prior to joining the Public Sector, Faruk worked with Bank of the North Limited until the late 1990’s.

He founded a technology Company called ‘K-Tech’, which pioneered the introduction of Computer Software in the three Major Nigeria Language, (Igbo,Yoruba and Hausa) in early 2000.

He studied Public Administration at the Bayero University Kano and holds Masters Degree in Public Policy Administration (MPPA) from the same University. Hon Faruk attended Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government where he studied Public Financial Management. He also attended University of Manchester business school where he studied International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).

His professional membership includes; Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered National Accountant (CNA), Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Economics of Nigeria (ACIT), Member of Chartered Institute of Administration (MCIA), Fellow Certified Financial Analyst (FCFA). He also attended short courses at National Open University of Malaysia, Chevro Institute of Politics (Prague) Chezch Republic, University of Nicosia, Cyprus and Royal University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain and Imperial College London, United Kingdom.

Hon Faruk Yabo is currently on the Advisory Board of Shehu Shagari World Institute for Leadership and Good Governance (SSWI), He is also on the Board of Center for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) UK, Advisory Board Member, African Leadership Magazine,Interim Governing Board Member Admiralty University of Nigeria (a PPP project with the Nigerian Navy), Patron ECOWAS Youth Council, Vice President Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Board Member NewAD Energy UK. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Governance & Leadership Studies in Africa (IGLSA).

He is also leading the drive towards combining sports with education, a dual career path academic program offered for athletes by Johan Cruyff Institute of Sports, Barcelona Spain which is part of the Dutch University System.

Through public speech and paper presentations he has created a profound public consciousness and connection towards harnessing the talent, energy and the innovation of Africa’s young people in order to achieve accelerated growth and development in the Continent. He is a member of IBB International Golf Club, Honorary Member Barcelona Football Club, Spain and member Washington DC City Club.