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Member, Governing Council and Director General, The Electoral Institute, Independent National Commission

Dr. Sa'ad Umar Idris graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Nigeria with a B.Sc. Political Science (Best Second-Class Upper Division Student) from the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), which earned him the Henry Ijembi Award for being the Best Graduating Student from Department of Political Science, F.A.S.S, A.B.U Zaria in 1989. He obtained an M.Sc. Business Studies (Human Resources Management Major) from Salford University, Salford, Manchester, UK in 1993 and emerged among the top two on the course. Thereafter, he attended a Management Development Programme at Further Education Staff College, Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol, UK in October, 1993.

In 2001, Dr. Idris got a fellowship from the Chinese Government to undertake a Ph.D in Economics. In July 2005, Dr. Idris graduated with a Ph.D Economics (Labour Economics Major) from the Premier Renmin (People’s) University of China, Beijing. During the course of his Ph.D programme, he was involved in various researches both in and outside China especially in the areas of training and development which has been his research interest and professional field. During his fellowship Ph.D programme at Beijing, he had the opportunity to work with renowned Professors both in and outside China, including renown American Professor of Economics and Nobel Prize Winner, Professor James Heckman. He is a Member/Fellow of many Professional bodies, some of which are the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Fellow, Institute of Industrialist and Corporate Administrators (FIICA), and Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration (FICA). He is also an Honorary Fellow and Ambassador of the Chattered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria (CILRMN) and a Council Member of the Institute as well.

Dr. Idris has over 30 years’ experience in the Nigerian Public Service, most of which was spent on the training function, he had always been involved in developing and implementation of visionary, dynamic and innovative training solutions that addresses issues of preparation and coordination of training/capacity building plans, providing organizational set-up for trainings; designing training programmes and organizing logistics for large scale International Trainings and Study Tours.

He was appointed Director of Training of The Electoral Institute (TEI), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2015 and in 2017, he became the Acting Director-General of the Institute, a position he occupied before becoming the substantive Director-General in 2019. Since his joining the Institute, he has been responsible for matters pertaining to Coordination of Electoral Training and Research Activities of the Institute and also supervises and coordinates Research Publications of the Institute which includes TEI Monograph series, Nigeria Electoral Journal, TEI Public Lectures, Policy Dialogues and RoundTable series. This is in addition to supervising the Electoral Risk Assessment Research and Surveys including Electoral Risk Management (ERM) and Electoral Violence Mitigation and Advocacy Tool (EVMAT) activities etc.

During his public service career, Dr. Idris had chaired so many Committees and had been a Member of several Boards/Councils. In addition, he has to his credit several publications and Electoral Papers and Presentations. Ha has also attended several courses, seminars and conferences both within and outside Nigeria. The most recent of these being the International Virtual Workshop/Exchange Programme on Electoral Political System and Political Party Regime held in October 2021 and jointly organised by The Electoral Institute (TEI), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria and the National Electoral Institute (INE) Mexico, where he gave a detailed presentation on an Overview of Nigeria’s Electoral and Political System.

Dr. Idris speaks several languages including Mandarin (Chinese) Language.