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Mr. Yau Isa Garba

Yau Isa Garba is currently the National Director, National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), a subsidiary of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), where he leads research and development on emerging technologies.

Mr Garba holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Computer Engineering and is an alumnus of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi (ATBU) and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.




He held several positions in academia and industry, with experience spanning both research and development in information technology and embedded systems. Mr Garba is certified by Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA in areas related to systems administration, networking, and computer security.

He is a technology enthusiast, an expert on emerging technologies, with experience spanning both industry and academia. He is a pragmatic engineer with expertise in the development of both hardware and software systems, with applications in healthcare, agriculture, renewable energy, and educational technology. He has designed several tools to inspire young Nigerians to embrace technology using the popular ‘Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ (STEM) scheme. He is also an ardent precision agriculturalist where he has been designing and deploying innovative systems to take Nigerian agricultural industries to new levels.

Before joining NITDA, he has been the co-founder and CEO of a technology startup developing cutting-edge products for the renewable energy sector. He is still a hands-on engineer, spending quality times with machines and tools in the NCAIR research and development labs.