Engr. Umar has a distinguished career experience spanning over 36 years in Development Banking, Property Development and Investment, Industrial Manufacturing/Production Management, Insurance, Airport Concessions Management and Security Printing & Minting Project Supervision and Execution.
He has served as chairman of different organisations among which are Nigeria Aviation Handling Company Limited, Aviation Medical Clinics (AMC), Board of Trustees-Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) and National Airport Security Committee. He also served as the MD/CEO of Kapital Insurance Company limited (1989-2004), MD/CEO of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) (2004-2005) and Executive Director of Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Plc (2011-2014).
Engr. Umar holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Banking from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (1981-1983), as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas USA (1977-1981). He is also a PhD candidate. He attended the Executive Program in International Management at Stanford University, California USA, National University of Singapore, Kellogg School of Management, North-West University Chicago USA and Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was also at Lagos Business School Management Development for Senior Executives 2000
He is an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN); Member, American Institute of Industrial Engineers (MAIIE); Member National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), MNI Member, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN No. R11.191) and Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants, amongst others.
Engr. Umar held leadership roles as Chairman-Bauchi State Privatization Committee (1986-1988), Chairman-New Sharada Development (Residents) Association (2000-2002), Monitor-General, Senior Executive Course (SEC) 23, NIPSS, Kuru,2001, amongst others.
He also received many awards amongst which are; National Hero of Democracy Award (2017); NIPSS Director General’s “Outstanding Leadership Qualities” award for Senior Executive Course (2001), Development in Nigeria Merit Award (DINMA) (2003), Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria Merit Award (1999). He is happily married with children.