Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Backbone LTD

Yusuf Kazaure is a seasoned professional with over 30 years cumulative working experience spanning Architecture, Construction, Banking, Government and Information Technology.

He started his career in public service where he was an Architect in the Kano State Ministry of Works and Housing before moving into the banking sector where he remained for a total of 10 years. He was also in architectural practice for a short period when he established and ran his own firm.

Thereafter with the return of democracy in 1999, he moved to Jigawa State Government where he served as a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and then Ministry Urban &Regional Planning.

Thereafter he served as the Director General in charge of International and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Executive Governor’s Office

1n 2002, he was appointed as the pioneer Managing Director/CEO of Galaxy Information Technology and Telecommunication Ltd – a Jigawa State owned ICT company. He was responsible for the planning, setting up and running of the award winning Jigawa Broadband Network which won several National and International awards especially in the use of ICT for development (ICT4D).

His passion for deepening the role of ICTs for effective governance and national development resulted in Mr. Kazaure being a key member of the initial core team of Galaxy Backbone Ltd in 2006 as the Deputy Managing Director and later Executive Director. One of the pioneer staff of Galaxy Backbone, he has at various times headed the Business Operations, Education, Development and States functions – which focused essentially on ICT4D Initiatives – and Customer Operations and Services departments of the company before becoming Managing Director/CEO in 2014.

In the period he has been with Galaxy Backbone, the company has laid the foundation for e-Government by creating an enabling platform that currently connects over 700 Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in over 4,000 locations across the country.

Mr. Kazaure possesses a BSc and MSc in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Bayero University Kano, he also has a Diploma in Computing from Oxford University in the UK.

He has also attended many executive training courses at various universities including Insead in France, Strategic Alliances at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, USA, the Advance Management Program (AMP) of the Lagos Business School, The CIO Institute of Carnegie Mellon University USA, and the E-government Course at the Sung Kyun Kwan University, Seoul, South Korea.

He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and the Nigeria Computer Society.

An avid sportsman, his interests include playing golf, swimming, horse riding, as well as farming and alternative energy.

He is married with children.