Alhaji Mohammed Kabir Ilyasu voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Foreign Service in 2002 after working for 29 years. Born in Katsina state in June, 1948 Alhaji Ilyasu holds a Bachelor degree in political science and Master in Public Policy. He is equipped with analytical skills with cumulative experience in Public and Strategic Planning and extensive working experience in Nigeria's diplomatic service with reasonable exposure to the working patterns of international organizations, such as the UN, African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth. His working experiences with the Nigerian Foreign Service gave him a firsthand understanding of the difficulties faced in achieving economic development in countries where he spent his entire working tour, from the Republic of Congo (1977-1980) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1988-1991) and finally Ethiopia (1997-2000).
Alhaji Ilyasu has passion for seeking avenues for translating policies into effective tool of modernization and development, and has strong commitment to technical innovation, cost optimisation, safety, quality and project execution. Highly interested in human capacity development, he seeks ventures to provide jobs and makes substantial contributions to infrastructural development in education, health and capacity building whenever he has opportunity. Kabir's other interests are also in community service by generating debate on new ideas, promoting teamwork, capacity building with renewed dedication, personal effectiveness and enhanced self-awareness, loyalty to common cause, commitment, and continuous drive towards self-excellence.