About us

Neem Institute is an expert consultancy and advisory company with significant expertise in strategic communications, education, psychology, research and professional development. We support public and private sector organisations to accelerate their efficiency and improve performance, while creating clear value for their stakeholders.

At the Institute, we specialise in finding in solutions that propel organisational outcomes and achievements. Most importantly, we are a trusted partner to our clients. We help them anticipate, plan, execute and secure their futures through our in-depth expertise, astute counsel and creative strategies.

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Our Mission and Values

In a rapidly evolving national and global context, and a time of transformational change, Neem Institute strives to add value to our clients’ organisations and benefit society. We support clients to achieve their objectives through insightful counsel, compelling narratives, capacity building and creative solutions. The values we share reflect our commitment to our people and our clients.

A message from our Managing Director

At Neem Institute, our vision is to work with clients to identify dynamic solutions to the complex questions and issues of today, and build the foundation and institutional capacity to address the challenges of tomorrow.

At our core is a commitment to value addition, excellence, innovation and investing in people. Our name has become synonymous with quality and we operate under a culture of collaboration and inclusiveness, and we always deliver results.

Thank you for your interest in Neem Institute. Your partner in progress!

Dr. Fatima Akilu
Managing Director

Our Experience

We work with a collection of experts from diverse backgrounds and with experiences gained from various industries.

Collectively, our team can boast of over 30 years of cumulative staff experience in designing and implementing cutting-edge services to clients and stakeholders.

We work with a network of international and national experts and institutions in the design and delivery of our bespoke services.

In addition to our training and professional development programmes, our team of professionals have been contracted to work for a host of clients that range from international development agencies, corporate organisations, government institutions, and international non-governmental organisations on complex issues relating to national security, development research, staff development, and communications.

Team

Our Core Team

Dr. Fatima Akilu

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Dr. Akilu is a trained Psychologist with over 20 years' experience in the field of mental health and psychology. She is also a Communications' expert, having worked as the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Leadership Newspaper and a Head of Communications to the Former Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

Dr. Akilu is a renowned C/PVE Expert and served as the Director of Behavioural Analysis and Strategic Communications at the Office of the National Security Adviser from 2012 - 2015. In this capacity, she pioneered Nigeria's Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme. A seasoned educationist with over 12 years' lecturing experience as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Broome Community College (USA), Dr. Akilu has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Reading (UK).

Mrs. Hurera Atta

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & HEAD, PROGRAMMES & ADMINISTRATION

A devoted advocate of human rights, civil liberties, and education - especially for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds - Mrs. Atta has built a legal and corporate career spanning over 28 years. She handled highprofile and controversial human rights cases representing young at-risk women. In her capacity as General Manager at Allan Woods Limited, she oversaw and spearheaded the development of the educational institution to bridge the gap in the area of professional development for Nigerian professionals. Mrs. Atta holds an LL.B from University College Wales, Aberystwyth (UK) and qualified with a Bachelors of Law (B.L) from the Council of Legal Education (Nigerian Law School) in 1992.

Dr. Abiye Iruayenama

HEAD, PSYCHOLOGY & STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT

Dr. Iruayenama is a socio-cognitive Psychologist and communications expert. He has extensive experience in delivering capacity building workshops on mental health and wellness , Psychology for Leaders and Effective Management Strategies for national and international clients. Dr. Iruayenama has supported the design and implementation of P/CVE and post-conflict reintegration programme, and has offered self-care trainings to frontline practitioners responding to the consequences of violent extremism and conflict in Northeast Nigeria and Syria. Dr. Abiye Iruayenama has a PhD in Psychology from Brunel University (UK).

Emmanuel Bosah

P/CVE EXPERT & ADVISORY SERVICES LEAD

Mr. Bosah is a P/CVE Expert and leads the Advisory Services Component at Neem Institute. Over the past 4 years, he has designed, advised on, and implemented post-conflict recovery and stabilisation programmes that includes components on P/CVE. He also advises on corporate strategy, business improvement as well as project management. Mr. Bosah holds a LL.B from Kingston University , London and an LL.M from the University of Aberdeen (UK).

Ashraf Usman

HEAD, EDUCATION & RESEARCH

Mr Usman is a development expert with significant project management experience in project consulting, design, implementation and monitoring. He has managed projects focused on reforming education policy, teacher capacity and standards, and established a creative education initiative for out-of-school girls in conflict-affected communities. He has also led research projects designed to understand the drivers of conflicts in Nigeria, with policy outcomes for state and non-state stakeholders. Mr. Usman has a BSc in Biomedical Science from Lancaster University (UK) and MSc in Administrative Management from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China).

Ahmad Jumare

HEAD, STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS & ADVOCACY

Mr Jumare has diverse experience in the areas of security, strategic communications, project management and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). He has represented Nigeria in several high-level security and social developmental meetings across the world. of Maiduguri. He also participated in the development of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) messaging toolkit, a strategic communications tool designed to aid the development campaigns and counter-narratives for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in the preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) space. Mr Jumare has a BSc in International Business from Middlesex University (UK).

Peter Ebeh

PSYCHOLOGIST AND HEAD OF TRAINING CENTRE

Mr. Ebeh is a Psychologist with over 10 years’ progressive experience in Psychology and Counselling . He is the Head of Neem’s Psychology and Training Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State. Mr. Ebeh has provided psychotherapy to highly radicalized women whose husbands were front line Boko Haram fighters in Borno state, and counselling to over 2,000 children formerly associated with armed group. He also trains staff of partner organisations on self-care and wellness, as well emotional intelligence. Mr. Ebeh has a Masters in Psychology from the University of Maiduguri.