Nigeria Leadership Initiative | Fellows

Hadiza Bala Usman

Hadiza Bala Usman


In April 2014, she co-founded the global movement #BringBackOurGirls which has been agitating for the rescue of the 219 girls abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram from Chibok Secondary School in Borno State Nigeria.

She currently works as the Director Strategy of Good Governance Group a Non-Governmental Organization from October 2011 to date. She started her education at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Staff Primary School and went ahead to complete both my Secondary and Undergraduate Studies at the University campus with a Bsc in Business Administration from 1996 - 2000. She later obtained an MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 2008 - 2009.

She started her career with Centre For Democratic Development And Research Training [CEDDERT] Zaria, a Non Governmental Organization from June 1999- June 2000 as a Research Assistant. Following which she worked at the Bureau Of Public Enterprise [BPE], the agency charged with the implementation of the privatisation programme of the Federal republic of Nigeria from July 2000- August 2004 as an Enterprise Officer. She was then hired by the UNDP for the Federal Capital Territory Administration [FCTA] from October 2004 - January 2008 as a Special Assistant, to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, on Project Implementation.