Abubakar Ibrahim Surajo
Surajo Abubakar Ibrahim began his undergraduate studies in Nigeria at Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Katsina (UMYUK) where he was offered admission to pursue his B.Sc. Degree in Industrial Chemistry from 2012 to 2016. As someone whose future ambition was to pursue a lifetime career in the Petroleum industry, he felt that a degree in industrial chemistry was not in line with his career goal. Therefore, he voluntarily withdrew from UMYUK University in 2014 after emerging as one of the ten successful Nigerians who were sponsored to Cairo University in Egypt by the Federal Government to obtain their undergraduate degrees under the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) between the governments of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Arab Republic of Egypt. Despite the language barrier, Abubakar graduated from Cairo University (in 2019) with a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Petroleum Geosciences within the minimum graduation period (4 years). He was the Vice President and Program Manager for Society of Exploration Geophysicists Cairo University (SEG CU) Chapter during the 2018/2019 academic session.
It was a tragic irony that Abubakar was forced to reconsider his career goal in the Petroleum industry on account of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and global warming which was ratified by about 200 countries including Nigeria. This persuaded him as an aspiring geoscientist to investigate the global challenges around energy and climate change so that he can rebrand himself with new set of skills and geoscience expertise needed in the current sustainable transition of the global energy sector and in the battle against climate change and global warming. In response to this, Abubakar completed more than 100 international trainings and fellowships on climate change and global energy transition offered by the Open University UK, Cornell University USA, IFP School France, Bard College USA, On Deck, Oxford School of Climate Change, FXB USA, United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) and many other reputable universities and international organizations around the world.
In addition to this, Abubakar obtained three InforMEA diplomas on different aspects of Environmental Laws and Governance offered by the United Nations (UN) through their virtual learning platforms (UNITAR, InforMEA, UN CC:Learn etc.). In October 2021, he completed the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training on the science, policies and solutions for climate and energy challenges which was led by the former USA Vice President, AI Gore, and world-renowned scientists. He also received full scholarship in 2021 from the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) USA for the ACCO Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential. In summer 2021, he completed the Climate Action Academy Educators training, and he was certified as Climate Educator by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Climate-KIC Young Innovators).
These academic qualifications and professional exposure driven by his passion and deep interest in the current pressing global issues has exposed him to many green opportunities worth thousands of dollars and leadership positions through different volunteer activities with international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as ClimateScience, Climate Smart Nigeria (CSN), Ten Billion Strong, Climate Interactive, FXB USA and many other NGOs where he is currently building positive environmental reputation both in his country, Nigeria and at international levels. Abubakar is an expert Judge for the annual Climate Science Olympiad, and he is also volunteering for ‘’Ten Billion Strong’’ as a Teaching Fellow and Administrator for the Green Leaders Academy Training designed to prepare emerging youth leaders from all parts of the world to understand key environmental issues, develop leadership skills, and learn how to use civic engagement to effectively address environmental challenges.
Abubakar is a permanent member of Education, Communication, and Outreach Stakeholders (ECOS) Community which is the Informal Group of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He is part of the writing team for the working group of ECOS UNFCCC Glasgow Work Programme Submission (WPG) on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE). And in addition to this, he was one of the ECOS Council members nominated in January 2022 to contest for the positions of ECOS focal point (global south) and steering committee member. Abubakar is also a permanent member of the United People Global (UPG), a community of like-minded global change makers committed in making the world a better place, and also inaugural committee member for the launching of “The Ethiopian Climate Change workgroup (ECCWG)” in February 2022. He is a member at the World Youth Alliance (WAY), Global Ambassadors of sustainability (GAoS) and one of the Global Youth Ambassadors (GYA).
It is in line with these academic qualifications and professional exposure that Surajo Abubakar Ibrahim decided to pursue his postgraduate studies in Applied Geophysics at Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria) to unleash his research potential and delineate the applications of geosciences in the current global energy transition and environmental challenges.