Mr. Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, SAN, OON, FCIArb (UK)​
Second Vice President

Mr. Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud SAN, OON, has been the second Vice President of the National Council of The Exchange since September 24, 2014. He is the Managing Partner and one of the founding partners of the law firm of DIKKO & MAHMOUD. Mr. Mahmoud was one time Kano State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice and was in the public service (from 1979 to 1993) as prosecutor and legal adviser. He held various positions including Director Litigation, Public Prosecution, Solicitor-General at the Ministry of Justice, Kano.

Mr. Mahmoud was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2001 and is a Life Bencher of the Body of Benchers, the highest regulatory body for the legal profession in Nigeria. He has served on several national assignments. He was a member of the Presidential Committee on Incentives, Waivers and Concessions (for Investments and Businesses) in Nigeria. He also served as a member of the Vision 2020, Business Support Group. He chaired the National Committee on the review of the Nigeria’s Code of Corporate Governance for Public Companies. Mr. Mahmoud serves on advisory basis on the World Bank Country Advisory Group for Nigeria and on the National Advisory Council of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) a British Council run programme supported by the DFID. 

Mr. Mahmoud trained at Ahmadu Bello University graduating in 1979. He holds a Master’s degree in Law from the same University. He was at various times at different global institutes, including the International Development Law Institute (IDLI) now IDLO in Rome, Italy, where he obtained a certificate in Law and Development in 1987, and Harvard University where he obtained a certificate in Techniques of Privatization from the Harvard Institute of International Development (2000). He was also at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he attended the Summer Institute in Corporate Law and Business in 2001. He was admitted as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK after obtaining a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration of the Institute at Keble College Oxford UK in 2008. Mr. Mahmoud is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and was accepted into the Energy Arbit​rators List (EAL) in 2013. Mr. Mahmoud holds the national honour of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

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