Professor Umar Garba Danbatta


Professor Umar Garba Danbatta is the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the agency responsible for regulating the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.

He has also been Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), International Centre for Advanced Communications Studies.

In addition, Professor Danbatta has served as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Kano University of Science and Technology in Wudil, Nigeria, and he was a member of the Implementing Committee of Northwest University, Kano, Nigeria.

He was a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, at Bayero University, Kano, for 28 years, where he taught telecommunications engineering and electronics, and was variously Dean of the Faculty and Head of Department.

He has also been a member of more than 60 university committees and task forces, including numerous stints as Chairman.

Professor Danbatta is the author of more than 50 articles, conference proceedings and technical reports, and wrote the book elements of Static Engineering Electromagnetics.

A recipient of 18 awards and certificates of honour, he has served two terms as a Member of Council of the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and is also a COREN Registered Engineer and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).

He has a BEng and MSc from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, and a PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).


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