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Fatimah Abba Wakilbe

PhD Researcher (with LU Business School)
Areas of expertise
Peacebuilding, Northern Nigeria, Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation

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2015 – 2020: Leeds University Business School, Centre for Decision Research (CDR) – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management (in view).

Thesis Title: Collaborative Planning in Post-Conflict Environments: A Case Study of Prospective Oil producing Communities of Borno State, Nigeria.

Supervisors:  (From 2020) Prof Edward Newman and Prof Anna Mdee (POLIS)

2013-2014: Sheffield Hallam University – Post-Graduate Diploma in Research Methods for Business and Management (Merit Award).

2011-2012: University of Dundee, Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) – Master of Science (MSc) in International Oil and Gas Management.

Course Structure: • Management in Energy and Natural Resource Industries • Petroleum Policy and Economics • International Petroleum Law and Policy • Environmental Law and Policy • Stakeholder Management and Business Ethics • Leadership and Decision Making • Human Resource Management • Dissertation (Safety Culture in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry – with Distinction).

2004-2008: University of Abuja, Nigeria - Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology.



April 2009 - February 2010: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Lagos State, Nigeria - National Petroleum Investment Management Services Division (NAPIMS) - Admin Services Department - Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Admin Manager (during compulsory one year National Youth Service Corps - NYSC scheme).

August 2013 – Present: Priori Education Counselling Nigeria (CAC registered nongovernmental humanitarian organisation for education support services) – Founder and Researcher.

February 2015 – Present: Leeds University Business School, Centre for Decision Research, Leeds, UK - Postgraduate Researcher.

April 2015 – Present: Borno Young Minds Association (BYM) Nigeria (CAC registered nongovernmental humanitarian organisation for fostering personal development among Borno youth through effective collaboration and shared learning) – Founder and Project Coordinator.

May 2015 – March 2016: Doctoral Seminar Series (DSS) Leeds University Business School, UK - Member of Organising Committee and Social Media Representative.

May 2016 – June 2016: Borno State Government (BOSG) - Government consultant with the United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP) for Data Corroboration and Communication during the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.

September 2017 – March 2018: Leeds Researchers in Development Network (RidNet), Centre for Global Development, University of Leeds, UK - Member of Organising Committee and Business School Representative.


January 2014: Workshop on career paths, choosing institutions and courses for senior secondary schools at Maiduguri Capital School, Borno State, Nigeria; a humanitarian project organised by Priori Education Counselling.

June 2015 – June 2016: Needs assessment and dialogue with widowed women in various IDP Camps across Maiduguri. Fundraising and provision of start-up grants for women that have benefitted from government/NGO initiated skill acquisition schemes. Fundraising and provision of food items, shoes and educational material for children at various IDP camps across Maiduguri. Part of humanitarian relief programmes organised by Borno Young Minds Association Nigeria (BYM).

April 2017 – August 2017: Comprehensive needs assessment and participatory dialogues with stakeholders in Borno’s prospective oil industry, in Maiduguri, and local government communities of Gubio and Kukawa - with a total number of over 500 participants; as part of data collection for completion of PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

April 2017 – Present: Fundraising and provision of free school lunches for orphaned children admitted in private schools across Borno state. Coordinated by Priori Education Counselling Nigeria. An ongoing FEED AN ORPHAN IN SCHOOL program.

December 2017 – May 2018: Presentations on carrying out field research in conflict prone settings as a Brown Bag event for the Leeds Researchers in Development Network (RidNet) and the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnerships (WRDTP), Security Conflict and Justice Pathways (SCJ) – for Leeds, Sheffield and York, UK.