Profile of Keynote Speaker, Alhaji Bature Masari
Alhaji Bature Umar Masari is the Director General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications and Masters Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy.
A former Special Assistant to former House of Representatives Speaker, Alhaji Bello Aminu Masari, Alhaji Masari veered into active politics in 2004 and served as Sole Administrator and Executive Chairman of Kafur Local Government at various times. He was also Special Adviser to the Katsina State Governor on Employment Promotion and Vocational Training and later Poverty Alleviation, prior to his current appointment as Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
An erudite Journalist, entrepreneur and administrator, Alhaji Masari worked at various times in different capacities with the defunct Democrat Newspapers, Thisday Newspapers and the Nigeria Customs Service where he distinguished himself. He is a member of notable professional bodies including the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and has participated in several local and international conferences and seminars.