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Mohammed Hayatu-Deen: The Man With The Experience And Vision To Reform Nigeria



Mohammed Hayatu-Deen: The Man With The Experience And Vision To Reform Nigeria

Mohammed Hayatu-Deen (MHD) is a family-oriented man who comes from a disciplined family and has built his own family on the values of hard work, the importance of family, and the importance of working as a team to achieve agreed goals.

MHD was born in Bama, Borno State, in a polygamous family as the first of several children. He spent his adolescent years at Bama before moving to Zaria when his father, Hayatu-Deen Jere (an accomplished educationist who was Director of Schools in the then Northern Region), was transferred from Bama to Zaria.

MHD was very lucky to be exposed to the richness and diversity of Nigeria by receiving his elementary education in Zaria and subsequently the famous Government College Keffi in the then Benue-Plateau State. He went to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, for his undergraduate degree, qualifying with a BSc. Economics (1976).

He founded the Alpine Group in 2005 – a project development company focused on intervening in high-growth sectors of the economy through direct investments. Alpine’s flagship project, the Ado Bayero Mall in Kano, commissioned in 2014, is currently one of the two largest shopping malls in West Africa.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the group

MHD has a burning desire to work with colleagues and public servants all over the country in addressing the obstacles and challenges they face, and take advantage of the immense opportunities available to be innovative, serve the nation and make Nigeria achieve its preeminent position as a superpower not just in possibilities, but in reality.

He wants to contribute – he knows he is ready because he has managed people and built systems that became profitable enterprises. Yes, he has been a great change agent both as GMD in NNDC and as Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of FSB International Bank Plc. Today, Nigeria lacks institutions and leadership that can drive change with measurable, sustainable results.

Today, our public service is threatened.

Everyone is watching our government suspiciously, and nothing can be built in an environment dominated by a deficit of trust.

That’s where MHD sees an opportunity.

People are eager for a government they can believe in.

People are thirsty for quality leadership that delivers on the assignment to provide public goods without discrimination.

MHD sees how his children’s eyes light up in disbelief when he shares stories of how easy it was to get a job after graduation.

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MHD extra-curricular activities, awards, and commendations

MHD has been involved in several extracurricular and national assignments:

Member of the Institute of Directors

Director of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce

Director of the Nigerian German Business Council

Member of the Nigerian Industries Transparency Initiative

Member World Economic Forum

Member of the Corporate Council on Africa

Member of the Africa Business Round Table

Member of the West Africa Business Association

Member Presidential Advisory Council

Chairman Nigeria’s Technical Committee on Privatisation

Member President Buhari’s 2015 Transition Committee

Member Vision 2010 Committee

Member National Council on Nigerian Vision (NCNV) and

Chairman Nigerian Economic Summit Group – for two terms between 2003 – 2007.

How is Mohammed Hayatu-Deen different?

MHD recognizes that the task is monumental and requires deep reflection and strategic thinking. MHD is precisely what Nigeria needs in status and intellect. He is a change manager who has sacrificed his entire life building broken systems. His wealth of experience in the private and public sector space, heading top institutions in the North and the South, gives him a great perspective.

MHD possesses the ability to settle differences where disputes may arise. MHD will be a president for all, not a president for a section of the country or his friends and family.

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MHD’s work ethic is comparable with those of global leaders of thought, and he intends to bring all these qualities to the service of the people. He will take bold steps to forge alliances and partnerships across the globe to foster unparalleled trade and investment relationships, which will fast-track Nigeria’s economic recovery.

PROFILE – Mohammed Hayatu-Deen (OON)

Educational Qualifications:

Bsc. Economics ABU Zaria (1976), Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business

School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (1998); Strategic Leadership and Corporate Renewal,

London Business School (2000); Making Corporate Boards more effective, Harvard

Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (2000); Strategic Leadership Programme,

INSEAD, France.


Prior to his establishing Alpine Investment Services, Mr. Hayatu-Deen was the Pioneer

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FSB International Bank Plc (1990-2001), a

Distressed Government savings institution that Mr. Hayatu-Deen was able to transform

into a major Commercial Bank in Nigeria. It arguably represents the best case of turn

around management and privatization in Nigeria. Chairman/CEO FSB International Bank

Plc (2001-2004); Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, New Nigeria

Development Company (1983-1988). The New Nigeria Development Company was the

single largest diversified holding company in Nigeria. As Group Chief Executive, Mr.

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Hayatu-Deen provided leadership, direction and oversight to 140 subsidiary and

associate companies under the group portfolio.

Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has in the course of his career been Chairman/ Director of

several organizations including; Nigerian Stock Exchange (Council Member), Northern

Nigeria Investments Limited, Nigeria Hotels Limited, Kaduna Textiles Limited, New Nigeria

Construction Company, Benue Cement Company, Sokoto Cement Company Northern

Nigeria, Virgin Nigeria Limited, Seven Up Bottling Company, PZ Cussons, Inlaks Computers

Limited, etc.

Mr. Hayatu-Deen has been involved in a number of extra-curricular and national

assignments as a member of the Institute of Directors, Director of the Nigerian American

Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Nigerian German Business Council, Member of

the World Economic Forum, Member of the Africa Business Round Table, Member, West

Africa Business Association, Member National Council of Vision 2010, Member National

Council on Privatisation and Chairman of the Technical Committee, Member Presidential

Advisory Council, Member President Buhari’s Transition Committee & Chairman of

Transition Committee on Economy and Chairman Nigerian Economic Summit Group –

Nigeria’s leading economic think-thank.

Mohammed founded the Alpine Group in 2005 – a project development company

focused on intervening in high growth sectors of the economy through direct

investments. Alpine’s flagship project, the Ado Bayero Mall in Kano which has just been

commissioned is currently the largest shopping mall in operation in West Africa.

In recognition of his services to the nation, the President of the Federal Republic of

Nigeria bestowed a national honor of, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) on

Mohammed Hayatu-Deen in 2000.

Mohammed is happily married to Hafsat and they have five children

MHD is a great listener and communicator and has the independence of mind to make hard decisions if it is in the interest of a more significant number of people. MHD will not be shy to speak and walk with Nigerians throughout his tenure in office. He knows how to assemble a team that can deliver the best service. He will take responsibility and accept criticism. He will reinforce the rule of law and the rights of every Nigerian regardless of location or level of access and build systems to support justice institutions.

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