Muhammad Sani Kassim

Muhammad Sani Kassim is a fiercely passionate believer of peace, qualitative education, good and transformative governance in Africa.

In 2015, he founded African Centre for Universal Basic Education, which aimed at strengthening the ability of African Countries to provide increased access to quality basic education especially for girls, people with disabilities and Out-of-School Children (OOSC) and to significantly improve employability skills for African youth.

His organisation has so far impacted more than 3 million people through various innovative projects including educational policy reforms advocacy in 7 countries, which earned him several international awards and honours including the 2018 Pan-African; EDU-HERO African Award, 2019 Democracy Heroes Award, 2019 Nigerian Mayor of Impact Award among others.

In 2018, Muhammad was appointed as a Monitor and Youth Gender Ambassador to the Kaduna State Government charged with grassroots mobilization in achieving Gender Equality in the State and as a Member of the Youth Advisory Group to United Nations Population Fund (Kaduna Sub-office); advising and reviewing policies and concepts to effectively accommodate the aspirations of Nigerian youth in the United Nations Agenda. He was also listed by the Young African Leaders Initiative as an influential young changemaker that shaped the 2019 General Elections in Nigeria.

Muhammad is a founding member of the prominent African Intellects Hub, a Pan-African youth Think Thank and Leadership Hub which creates contents that informs and inspires while brainstorming on critical models, situations and scenarios that will put Africa on the global map of development and several other initiatives aimed at providing solutions to African problems.

He holds a certificate on policymaking from British Council in partnership with MØller Institute, Churchill College, from the University of Cambridge, Design Thinking – Design Research and Analysis from Alison MOOC, a Millennium Fellow to United Nations Academic Impact and an Agricultural and Bio-Resources Engineer at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (Nigeria). Muhammad is an ardent policy researcher, advocate and human capital development enthusiast. He is not just able to design effective human-centred development projects but championed a public centred policy change.

Muhammad possesses the personal integrity to act impartial and objective, and has founded Shin Kun Sheda? during the Civic Changemakers Programme, a simplified Hausa language civic tech project disseminating credible governance information to the grassroots to amplify the voices of the citizens and hold leaders accountable.