Dr. John Akanya, CON
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Dr. John Ndanusa Akanya has a distinguished career spanning more than four decades as an academician and as a senior professor with the Federal Government of Nigeria. He is a PhD holder in Analytical Chemistry from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom.
Dr. John served as a Senior Lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and later as an Associate professor at Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria. Prior to that, he worked with the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), where he started off as the national expert in Quality Assurance and went on to become the Director General of SON.
Dr. John has written 300 academic publications in various national and international journals. He has received multiple awards and he has also been conferred with the National Award of the “Officer of the Order pf the Niger” by President of Nigeria in year 2004. Dr. Akanya is a renowned personality in the reformation of Industries especially in Standardization and Quality Assurance Management system. He is a member of several industry boards and he also provides quality assurance services to other institutions, both public and private in Nigeria.
As past National Expert in Quality Assurance, he was key to the development of the National Accreditation system (ISO 17025), the National Quality Management Training and Certification system (ISO 9000 series) and the Environmental Management System (ISO 14000 series standards). He is an internationally recognized Teacher and Lead Auditor in these fields.
Dr. Akanya has been associated with the African Industries Group. He is part of various key projects and advisor to the group on its industrialization initiatives. He is working closely with the management on the group’s ambitious project of a fully integrated iron ore mining and processing plant in Kaduna State, Nigeria. His proficiency in standards of product manufacturing and Quality Assurance along with industry knowledge and Government Liaising has been an asset for the group.